John Carpenter Taking on The Joker in Upcoming Comic

The Master of Horror will have a hand in writing the first issue of DC Comics’ Year of the Villain event.

By Chris Morse

An exciting new event will soon be underway in the world of DC Comics, beginning with a very special Joker comic co-written by the Master of Horror himself, John Carpenter. The Batman villain has always had a much darker edge than most comic book baddies, so it's only fitting that a horror legend helps bring his next story to life. Introducing The Joker: Year of the Villain #1.

If you haven't been following the world of comics, the Year of the Villain event is set to be a thrilling one. The fun kicked off in an issue of the current Justice League run, where longtime Superman nemesis Lex Luthor faked his own death and distributed all of his wealth and assets to other villains across the DC Universe, effectively giving them the means to beat their rival superheroes.

This newfound wealth and power is delivered to each villain in a package tailor-made to them and their unique attributes. Each issue of the new series will focus on a different villain, with the Master of Horror's Joker story kicking things off later this year. If these details don't have you sold on picking up some of these books, we're not sure what will.

The Joker: Year of the Villain #1 will be jointly written by Carpenter and Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch. Providing art for the issue is Philip Tan (Curse of Brimstone, The Black Order) and Marc Deering (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, The Black Order). Thanks to Polygon for those details.

This 40-page issue will release on October 2nd, 2019. If there are any other upcoming issues particularly relevant to horror, we'll be sure to keep you up to speed here on Dead Entertainment. Stay tuned!

About the Author

Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo