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First Look: The Joker Recruits Deathstroke

First Look: The Joker Recruits Deathstroke

By Tim Beedle Friday, June 5th, 2020

Slade Wilson strikes a deal with Gotham’s grinning devil in this exclusive first look at Batman Secret Files #3.

It's nearly here, Bat-fans! It’s been almost two and a half months since the last issue of Batman, and we’ve been patiently waiting for James Tynion IV’s gripping “Their Dark Designs” to pick back up. Yet, while all eyes this week will be on Batman #92, which continues the storyline and promises to give us our biggest dose of the scene-stealing Punchline so far, there’s another must-read new comic in stores tomorrow that you won’t want to miss. Batman Secret Files #3 sheds some crucial light on the five assassins who have come to Gotham to create trouble for Batman, including Deathstroke, Cheshire, Merlyn, Mr. Teeth and Gunsmith. How did they get involved? What’s their motivations? And in the case of the brand-new Mr. Teeth and Gunsmith, who the heck are they?

The extra-sized comic features a dream team of writers and artists, including Tynion as well as Mariko Tamaki, Dan Watters, Phillip K. Johnson, Vita Ayala, Sumit Kumar, Riley Rossmo, Victor Ibanez, John Paul Leon and Andie Tong. But if those names aren’t enough to entice you, read on. We also have an exclusive sneak peek at the book, featuring a look at Tynion and Kumar’s Deathstroke tale. Why would an assassin who prides himself as a professional fall in line with someone as unpredictable as the Joker? What are we missing? And how much pain will Batman be in when this is all through? (Let’s not forget. Deathstroke is one of the people who’s beaten Batman in the past.)

We can’t give you all the answers today, but we can promise a brutal Batman/Deathstroke fight and a Punchline appearance if you check out the preview below.



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Batman Secret Files #3 is in stores and available digitally on Tuesday, June 9.