Marc Silvestri Does Batman – DC Comics Announces ‘Batman/The Joker: The Deadly Duo’

by Olly MacNamee

Image Comics co-founder, Marc Silvestri, is lending his talents to DC Black Label with the announcement of a new seven-part series, Batman/The Joker: The Deadly Duo.

“The Joker will go to any lengths to get Harley Quinn back after a strange and mysterious culprit abducts her. But who would be brazen enough to incur The Joker’s wrath by committing such an unthinkable act?

To compound the terror, mysterious, Joker-like creatures are stalking the streets of Gotham, collecting severed heads, and no one knows why. Furthermore, Jim Gordon is missing, and after receiving a package containing a bloody piece of Gotham’s police commissioner, Batman realizes he must be willing to do anything to save him. But how?

When The Joker proposes an uneasy alliance with Batman, the answers to those questions begin to become clear—and they will shake Gotham City and the Bat-Family to their cores!”

Silvestri had this to say about the Batman/Joker dynamic:

“Batman and The Joker are two of the world’s most iconic characters and have been at each other’s throats for more than 80 years. I always thought is would be pretty entertaining to have them on the same side, so I wrote a story about it. Needless to say, stuff happens.”

In addition to a main cover by Silvestri, Batman/The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 features variant covers by Greg Capullo (Batman, Dark Nights: Metal, Dark Nights: Death Metal), Kyle Hotz (1:25 ratio variant cover), a 1:50 black and white ratio variant cover Silvestri, Jorge Fornes (1:100 variant cover ), and a 1:250 signed ratio variant cover, signed by Silvestri. The first issue debuts Tuesday 1st November.

Then, in December’s issue #2, “Batman and The Joker’s relationship is off to a rocky start, but differences need to be put aside in a hurry, as another piece of Commissioner Gordon is delivered to the Gotham City Police Department. Hopefully, they can work together fast, while there’s something left of Jim Gordon!”

Issue #2 features covers by Kelley Jones, Jim Lee, a 1:25 variant cover by Yanick Paquette, with a 1:50 black & white ratio variant by Silvestri, and a 1:100 ratio variant by Christopher Mitten.

All covers for Batman/The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 and #2 are card stock, and each 32-page issue is priced at $4.99

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