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Thoughts on DC’s Upcoming Three Jokers Miniseries

March 11, 2020 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Three Jokers

Welcome back! I’m Steve Gustafson and if you enjoy discussing anything comic book related, you’ve come to the right place. Each week we cover something in the industry and I always enjoy your input in the comment section below.

Before we jump into things I wanted to give the great Mark McKenna’s Kickstarter some shine. While it doesn’t go live till March 1st, find him on social media and stay tuned for his Banana Tails project. As he says…

I created Banana Tail back in the late 1990s with my dear old departed dad and he’s never gotten to see that his son, me, developed his idea into a beloved children’s book series for those familiar with it. I started out submitting Banana Tail to staples in the children’s book market like Little Golden Books, Little, Brown, and Simon & Schuster and got very close to getting a contract with a few of them. It was eye-opening to say the least, but these “near misses” helped me realize I had something worthy.

If you click the link below there’s a 10 page preview of Banana Tail and the Checkerboard Jungle for you to sink your teeth into. You’ll be able to tell if this is a book for you.. or some child you know might enjoy it!~ Once again.. Thanks for looking!~
It’s a great book! Check it out!  

Previously on…

Last week we asked Is Wildcats Done For Good at DC?. Here’s what some of you had to say:

Ken Wood: “The original Wild Cats was one of my favorite books growing up and I loved the expanded Wild Storms universe, including Gen 13 and books like DV8. I have read the first two of Ellis’ graphic novels and plan on ordering the rest soon. They’re decent but not great. I also have Version 3.0 but haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

That universe has so much potential and it’s really too bad they aren’t doing more with it.

Then again, I feel the same about the Brigade, Blood Strike, Cyber Force universe. Reading about Undead superheroes who had a seemingly endless supply of extra body parts to put back on after they got owned was fun to read.”

About50Girls: “95% of WildC.A.T.S. was horribly written, often abandoned garbage with really great art. However, Serial Boxes by Joe Casey is one of the finest stories I’ve ever read so at least they contributed something besides awesome covers.”

Richard H1S: “Wildcats is seemingly cursed.

The last time I got “invested” in wildcats was Worldstorm. I was stoked as hell for Wildcats, a single issue came out it was great and the second issue never came.

3 yearsish later they scrapped the entire thing and it was relaunched.

Wildcats is such an interesting concept and has so many great characters I just wish they’d get it right.”

Thank you to everyone who commented! Too many comments and replies to list so you should check them out and join in the fun! This week we discuss…

Thoughts on the Three Jokers

What’s the deal with DC’s three Jokers? No matter what your thoughts, we’re about to find out a whole lot more in the three-issue Three Jokers miniseries written by Geoff Johns with art by Jason Fabok, set to hit stores this summer. 

“The world doesn’t need just another Batman-Joker story,” Johns told Entertainment Weekly in an interview. “One of the reasons I’ve never done one before is because there are so many amazing ones, so I was only gonna do one if it was different and surprising and looked at the Joker and the meaning of the Joker and his effect on Batman and his family in a new way. We’re not introducing a multiverse of Jokers, we’re not out to change these characters forever, but we are turning over some rocks about these characters and their relationships.”

Three Jokers will be answering lots of questions and while details are scarce, here’s what we know. Of course Batman will feature heavily in story along with Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) and Red Hood (Jason Todd), which happen to be two characters with deep ties to Joker.  

“It goes back to the beginning when Batman first encountered the Joker, but it’s also The Killing Joke and A Death in the Family that speak to the book and that we’re building off emotionally,” Johns says. “Barbara and Jason have gone through so much, as has Bruce, and it’s really focused on healing, on scars and wounds and what that does to somebody. If you suffer some trauma, you don’t just get over with it and move on with your life, it changes who you are. Sometimes it changes you for the better, sometimes it changes you for the worse. You can heal right, and you can heal wrong. That’s really what the book’s about: Healing right, healing wrong, and surviving.”

“We made a choice right from the beginning that we would base the look of our book around what Brian did in The Killing Joke,” Fabok says. “Just like how Gary in Doomsday Clock took a lot of his beats from Dave Gibbons, I’m kind of doing the same with Brian Bolland. Fans who have read The Killing Joke, you’re gonna see some familiar panels, you’re gonna see some familiar-looking things, like the Batcave. My thinking was almost, okay, years have passed so Batman has upgraded his Batcave from what he had originally in The Killing Joke, but the same bones are there. Even the Batmobile that I designed is loosely based around the Batmobile from The Killing Joke, where it’s got one big fin and a face built into the front, with big wheels and everything. I consciously infused a lot of that Brian Bolland, even the way he would tell stories through his panels. The Killing Joke has sat next to my desk for the last two years. I’ve been constantly referencing it, and even following a lot of the rules of how he laid out his panels in that book. I really want it to feel like it could be a spiritual sequel, at least artistically.”

What do you think? My gut says this will have a great start and an interesting middle but somehow boggle the landing. 

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!