DC Comics Will Finally Reveal The Clown Prince Of Crime's Definitive Origin In THE JOKER YEAR ONE

DC Comics Will Finally Reveal The Clown Prince Of Crime's Definitive Origin In THE JOKER YEAR ONE

DC Comics has announced plans to reveal the Clown Prince of Crime's definitive origin story in the pages of Batman next year for a story titled "The Joker Year One." Read on for details and artwork...

By JoshWilding - Nov 17, 2023 05:11 AM EST
Filed Under: DC Comics

In recent years, The Joker's origin story has become increasingly convoluted thanks to the introduction of multiple versions of the Clown Prince of Crime. Now, DC Comics has promised to finally reveal the villain's greatest secrets in "The Joker Year One," a terrifying three-part tale that will play out across Batman #142#144, starting next February. 

After the current "Mindbomb" story concludes in January's Batman #141, the Dark Knight will discover the terrible secret behind his greatest enemy. 

The story begins in Batman #142 by Chip Zdarsky, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Nesi, Andrea Sorrentino, Alejandro Sánchez, and Dave Stewart. In part one, the tragic "death" of the leader of the Red Hood Gang in a vat of chemicals has become the subject of myth...but what is the heartbreaking and gruesome tale of the monster who walked away from that violent birth?

From the first pages of "The Joker Year One" onward, it's said readers will be left questioning everything they know about The Joker, but how will it all affect Batman’s distant future? Within each issue of "The Joker Year One," artists Andrea Sorrentino and Dave Stewart are going to illustrate a story juxtaposed to show the far-reaching impact The Joker will have on DC's Caped Crusader. 

Next, in Batman #143, a mysterious figure from Batman’s past has come into Joker's orbit, changing the Clown Prince of Crime forever. And what secrets does the re-formed Red Hood Gang have for Batman’s future?

Batman #144, meanwhile, features the climactic, chilling conclusion to "The Joker Year One," delivering massive repercussions for the future.

The Red Hood Gang is on a rampage and the only man who can stop them...is The Joker. And can Batman stop a devastating new virus in a future where The Joker looms over everything? 

After "The Joker Year One" concludes, the previously announced "Dark Prisons" story will run through Batman #145 - #148, where Batman will face a terrifying figure from his past to survive Zur's onslaught. And if Batman survives, a new enemy is waiting in the wings: Amanda Waller and the U.S. military. 

2024 sounds like an exciting year for Batman fans, but is an origin story for The Joker really what fans want or need? More and more has been revealed about the villain in recent years, taking away much of the intrigue surrounding one of DC Comics' most popular villains. 

You can check out some artwork from "The Joker Year One" below. 

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lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 11/17/2023, 5:59 AM
Boooooooo. No origin needed for Joker. It's kinda like when they finally revealed Logan's origin and it just took away of the fun mystery of him.
BlackSpider
BlackSpider - 11/17/2023, 6:09 AM
@lazlodaytona - I actually thought logans origin was fine but I agree
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 11/17/2023, 6:25 AM
@BlackSpider - fair enough
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 11/17/2023, 7:27 AM
@BlackSpider - I think Wolvy might be the only time where a mystery was revealed and didn't suck or diminish the character. I do miss the mystery even though I do love the origin stuff too, so it's a wash.
Fogs
Fogs - 11/18/2023, 7:34 AM
@lazlodaytona - Jeez man I was about to write the exact same thing, about both!

Joker and Wolverine never needed origins, the whole thing is we'd always be trying to piece it together without 100% certainty.
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 11/18/2023, 10:45 AM
@Fogs -
cologne
cologne - 11/17/2023, 6:06 AM
Exactly my thoughts, no one asked for Wolverine Origin and for good reason. Also DC can‘t possibly top The Killing Joke, that book is just a masterpiece.
Fares
Fares - 11/17/2023, 6:18 AM
TheVandalore
TheVandalore - 11/17/2023, 6:20 AM
Definitive, until it's not. They can call it definitive, be we all know it will just be one more amongst many.
DevilsDreams
DevilsDreams - 11/17/2023, 7:14 AM
@TheVandalore - I'm also wondering how it could be "definitive" when they've done a storyline with 3 Jokers...
RolandD
RolandD - 11/17/2023, 6:25 AM
“Event” comics have really gotten out of hand. Hopefully, if they really do a definitive origin story for the Joker, someone will have the common sense to ret con it.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 11/17/2023, 6:26 AM
They do this every few years. 🥱
OptimusPrime114
OptimusPrime114 - 11/17/2023, 6:28 AM
No please. “Heartbreaking and gruesome” reels of sympathetic villain. No thank you.
Fogs
Fogs - 11/18/2023, 7:37 AM
@OptimusPrime114 - exactly. If there's a villain we shouldn't be sympathetic for, is him.

Btw they lose the point of explaining the villain's logic and having the audience sympathize with them. Very different things.
VicSage
VicSage - 11/17/2023, 6:36 AM
They had the opportunity to do something cool with the origin in Three Jokers and blew it. And even then, I wasn't interested in a Joker origin book. Just best to never answer this.

I have personally believed all of his origin stories that have been hinted at are all canon. I believe each time DC did a reboot, Joker lived a new life with a new origin, but remembered his previous life. He's constantly in a state of flux. He IS every iteration seen in the comics. My personal headcanon
X75
X75 - 11/17/2023, 6:37 AM
The definitive origin... until the next DC Universe reset ofcourse.
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 11/17/2023, 7:54 AM
@X75 - or "elseworlds" story
braunermegda
braunermegda - 11/17/2023, 6:41 AM
I thought the killing joke was his definitive origin story and to be honest DC won't top that so why should I bother
Batmangina
Batmangina - 11/17/2023, 6:42 AM
Meh. It's just the latest Definitive Cashgrab.

Superheromoviefan
Superheromoviefan - 11/17/2023, 6:43 AM

[frick]ing gimmicks
LordHarryLatts
LordHarryLatts - 11/17/2023, 6:53 AM
I hate the very idea of this. It's disgusting.
Nightwing1015
Nightwing1015 - 11/17/2023, 10:16 AM
@LordHarryLatts - were u disgusted by:

Killing Joke
Batman 89
Gotham
BTAS
GhostDog
GhostDog - 11/17/2023, 7:21 AM
we know too damn much about his ass. He’s no longer a mysterious villian.
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 11/17/2023, 7:55 AM
@GhostDog - I don't wanna know anything about the Joker's ass.
GhostDog
GhostDog - 11/17/2023, 9:13 AM
@lazlodaytona -

J0HNS0N
J0HNS0N - 11/17/2023, 7:40 AM
All it takes is some new writer coming in and saying that this origin is also only a possibility, and then it's gone.
Thing94
Thing94 - 11/17/2023, 7:58 AM
No thanks
WEAPONXOXOXO
WEAPONXOXOXO - 11/17/2023, 8:17 AM
Didn't The Killing Joke already do that back in the 80's?
Makiveli21
Makiveli21 - 11/17/2023, 9:27 AM
@WEAPONXOXOXO - and didn't three jokers confuse us all enough already after that? Theres how many of them?
WEAPONXOXOXO
WEAPONXOXOXO - 11/17/2023, 2:13 PM
@Makiveli21 - 3 jokers was just a couple of years ago. Art was amazing but I have no idea what that was about. I think I'll read it again. LOL
BritishMonkey
BritishMonkey - 11/17/2023, 8:49 AM
Yeah, ok.
The fun is he doesn't have a solid origin because he's [frick]ing insane. They can come up eith any and all origins they want, it doesn't matter.
Demigods
Demigods - 11/17/2023, 9:17 AM
[frick]ing stupid
AC1
AC1 - 11/17/2023, 9:26 AM
Ugh
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 11/17/2023, 9:57 AM
Doubt it's gonna stick. If a future writer has a good idea for a Joker origin, it'll be (re)written also. Joker's origin is about as definitive as character deaths in comics
Nomis929
Nomis929 - 11/17/2023, 11:54 AM
*sigh* Here we go again. Every 10 or so years we always get a "Definitive" origin of the Joker and it always changes a few years later.

Leave it ambiguous, it's more interesting.

videovac
videovac - 11/17/2023, 2:58 PM
The most over-rated character in history.

I wonder why a white guy that's a regular guy and a serial killer is so popular...

(That 2018 Joker movie never should have been made.)

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