Genre film legend John Carpenter is famous for his biting cynicism and bleak sense of humor—perfect for a character like DC Comics’ Joker. The Clown Prince of Crime‘s murderous jokes don’t feel all that far removed from what you’d find in
Carpenter will team up on the book with Anthony Burch, the writer of
According to the press release, the one-shot will take place in the current continuity; Lex Luthor is now an alien hybrid who has made an appeal to humanity: embrace doom and give in to evil. He’s willing to give various DC villains (and heroes) the tools to do their worst. However, Joker isn’t gonna sit idly by and wait for Lex. That means he’s gonna try to raise even more hell, outdoing the efforts of alien-enhanced baddies the world over. He is on a mission to “get his swagger back…proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.” Oh good.
DC’s overarching ethos these past few years has been a bit baffling. Following the much-lauded and largely positive “Rebirth” event in 2016, the publisher has increasingly embraced dark-and-gritty books like