As excitement continues to grow for Punchline, the Designer, the Underbroker, Clownhunter and more, both Batman #89 and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3, the two first appearances of the breakout character Punchline—The Joker’s newest partner and Batman’s latest foe—are returning to press for a third printing!
Batman #89 Third Printing, on sale April 1, featuring a minimal trade dress version of the cover by Tony S. Daniel, reprints part four of “Their Dark Designs,” written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Carlo Pagulayan and Guillem March. As the mystery surrounding the Designer continues to grow, Batman #89 marks the debut of Punchline, making a tantalizing cameo in two panels.
Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 Third Printing, on sale April 1, reprints the third issue of the four-issue miniseries, written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Steve Epting and Javi Fernandez. In the issue, Punchline appears alongside The Joker, as the war between Lex Luthor and the Batman Who Laughs heads towards its climax.
And, as backorders continue to come in, Nightwing #70—the first issue in the journey to “Joker War”—has sold out ahead of its March 18 on-sale date and is returning to press for a second printing!
Nightwing #70 Second Printing, on sale April 1, reprints “From the Darkness,” written by Dan Jurgens and illustrated by Ryan Benjamin with a cover by Mike Perkins. In the issue, The Joker begins his plot against Ric Grayson, as DC heads towards the highly anticipated “Joker War” event.
“Joker War” starts with May’s Batman #95, but the Clown Prince of Crime’s deadly machinations will be seen in the Bat-books in the weeks and months ahead, as the story’s overture plays out in issues of Nightwing, Batgirl and Detective Comics. If the comics aren’t already on your pull lists, contact your local comic book shop and let them know you’re looking for these issues to be added!