The Third Eye Guide to JOKER WAR

Published March 16th, 2020

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The biggest BATMAN crossover event story since NIGHT OF THE OWLS arrives with JOKER WAR, and we CAN’T WAIT!

The biggest – possibly most final – showdown between the DARK KNIGHT and the CLOWN PRINCE OF CRIME is here!

We gotta tell ya: James Tynion IV is really off to a great start with his BATMAN run, and we’re enjoying every single second of it.

Now, things ramp up in a big way as we begin the road to JOKER WAR (with the first official prelude, NIGHTWING #70, available and in-store now).

In JOKER WAR, the Clown Prince of Crime is planning to make his next attack on the Dark Knight and the Bat-Family his most deadly — and it will have a lasting impact on the entire world of Gotham for years to come.

How does he plan something so ambitious? With an army, and some of the most powerful weapons he’s ever used

What’s different this go around?

Throughout the events of HELL ARISEN and YEAR OF THE VILLAIN, THE JOKER has walked a road to becoming the most sinister, chaos-embracing version of himself we’ve ever seen.

Now, after having done extensive research on the BAT-FAMILY, including discovering the secret identities of some of Batman’s closest allies — it appears he intends on using his research to destroy Batman in every way he possibly can.

What about the Punchline?

At The Joker’s side during this onslaught upon The Dark Knight is a mysterious new character that we first met in the pages of HELL ARISEN #3.

Her name is PUNCHLINE, and she’s the Joker’s new partner, taking the place of Harley Quinn — and being insanely more deadly.

This has been one of the most exciting new character debuts we’ve seen in a minute, and every issue of BATMAN from #89 to current, has been revealing more and more about her!

Who is CLOWNHUNTER? Make sure you’re on board for his first appearance in BATMAN #96, the second chapter of JOKER WAR!

While new characters like PUNCHLINE and THE DESIGNER are taking a lot of spotlight currently — the one that’s going to blow you away, Third Eye Faithful, is a mysterious new BATMAN character known only as CLOWNHUNTER.

Very little is known about the character, but judging by the name: he or she is going to be one heck of an introduction to the world of BATMAN — and may be one of the hottest first appearances to hit a comic in ages.

Does BATMAN finally have his own Eddie Brock / VENOM-type anti-hero arch-type coming into play? OK, so there WAS Azrael — but Clownhunter sounds so much cooler!

Make sure you add BATMAN to your Third Eye Pullbox, so you’re able to get your copy of BATMAN #96, featuring CLOWNHUNTER’s 1st appearance!

Where to get started to prep for JOKER WAR?

If you’re like us: you like to go right to the very start, and Third Eye Faithful, fear not: we can help.

BATMAN #86 is the 1st part of JOKER WAR scribe James Tynion IV’s run, and trust us: it just gets better and better with every issue.

We’ve got BATMAN #86 to current in stock now to get you caught up — swing by and scoop ’em!

Stay up to date with JOKER WAR with our JOKER WAR Checklist!!

We’re so excited about JOKER WAR, and we know you are too — so we put together a checklist that has all of the tie-ins for JOKER WAR on it, to keep you up to date!

They are:

  • BATMAN #95 *JOKER WAR PART 1*
  • BATMAN #96 *JOKER WAR PART 2*
  • BATMAN #97 *JOKER WAR PART 3*
  • BATMAN #98 *JOKER WAR PART 4*
  • BATMAN #99 *JOKER WAR PART 5*
  • BATMAN #100 *JOKER WAR PART 6 – FINALE*
  • BATGIRL #47 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • BATGIRL #48 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • BATGIRL #49 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • BATGIRL #50 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • CATWOMAN #25 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • CATWOMAN #26 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1022 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1023 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1024 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1025 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1026 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • Harley Quinn #75 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • NIGHTWING #70 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • NIGHTWING #71*JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • NIGHTWING #72 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • NIGHTWING #73 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • NIGHTWING #74 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • NIGHTWING #75 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*
  • RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #48 *JOKER WAR TIE-IN*

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