With 2020 being what it is, I was surprised we’d have an official Batman Day – but here it is! September 19th, 2020. But, unlike normal years, I don’t really have events or excessive travel. Honestly, aside from a shop Batman Day sale – it’s all going to be at home celebrating.
So, what DO you do for Batman Day during a pandemic?
Thirty years after Batman: The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Three Jokers reexamines the myth of who, or what, The Joker is and what is at the heart of his eternal battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, the writer/artist team that waged the ‘Darkseid War’ in the pages of Justice League, reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker! After years of anticipation starting in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the epic miniseries you’ve been waiting for is here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. It’s a mystery unlike any Batman has ever faced!
Three Jokers is finally upon us! To celebrate, let’s talk about some of my top Joker recommendations.
It’s no secret that the Joker is one of the most wildly popular villains of all time – not just in Batman, or even DC – but in comic history, and even mainstream society. He’s a frequent reoccurring main villain in Batman films, games, shows, etc. He can be portrayed cartoonish and campy, or as an anarchist, or in some cases, so close to the real, it feels eerie to think how some people are just one bad day away from madness. There’s a demand for everyone’s favorite Jester of Genocide, and entertainment is willing to provide at any opportunity.
But less talked about in mainstream society is the comic book versions, so I’d like to share some favorites and classics, as well as some underrated or overlooked reads.
“In Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity by Kami Garcia, Mico Suayan and Jason Badower, Harley Quinn is hunting two serial killers: The Joker, a brutal psychopath who murdered her roommate and disappeared years ago, and the killer currently terrorizing Gotham City. Throughout the acclaimed series, Garcia has been consulting forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurz, MD, to ensure the accuracy of the story and of Harley’s methodology.
In the one-shot Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1, see pieces of the puzzle on Harley’s investigation board and steal a glimpse into John Kelly’s high school notebook—a book he still carries today.”
Written by Kami Garcia & forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurtz, MD
Cover & interior art by David Mack and series artists Mico Suayan & Jason Badower
Additional art by Cat Staggs & Mike Mayhew
Color by Annette Kwok
Letters by Richard Starkings & Tyler Smith of Comicraft
Love the Harley you see in movies, shows, etc, and want to get to know the character better? You’re in luck, because there are loads of comics!
Wait? Getting into Harley comics intimidates you? Look no further, friends! I’m starting a series for you!
These are some of my highest recommendations for new to comics fans wanting to get into reading. I’ll leave my Amazon Affiliate links for the ones I can, but of course highly recommend local comic shops to get your reads!
If a video is more your style, I do have this list up in video form, complete with me rambling excitedly on YouTube.
In Gotham City, where heinous acts of violence are a daily occurence, the GCPD relies on Harley Quinn, a young forensic psychiatrist and profiler, to consult on their toughest cases. But Harley is haunted by one unsolved case—the night she discovered her roommate’s body marked with the signature of a notorious serial killer known as the Joker.
Five years later, the case remains unsolved and a new series of horrific murders occur throughout the city. As the murders escalate, Harley’s obsession with finding the depraved psychopath reponsible leads her down a dangerous path. When the past and the present finally collide, Harley has to decide how far she is willing to go—and how many lines she is willing to cross—to solve these cases once and for all.
Batman Day 2019 was probably one of my busiest so far! Two comics shops and a trip to Barnes and Noble (plus a stop at the mall and Spirit Halloween, but those weren’t Batman related) – all adding up to a great but exhausting day!
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is a coming-of-age story about choices, consequences, justice, fairness, and progress and how a weird kid from Gotham’s poorest part of town goes about defining her world for herself. From Eisner Award and Caldecott Honor-winning author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Supergirl: Being Super).
Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen’s parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that’s taking over the neighborhood, Harleen gets mad.
When Harleen decides to turn her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join Ivy, who’s campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is at once a tale of the classic Harley readers know and love, and a heartfelt story about the choices teenagers make and how they can define–or destroy–their lives.