John Carpenter Is Writing a Joker Comic And, You Know What, Why Not?

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2019 might be the year that we have too much of the Joker. The character will be portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in the hotly-anticipated Joker this October which is sure to get a ton of attention and even some play at awards shows. Then there’s the always-present speculation of him appearing in another Batman film (let’s give it a rest for a second, please). On top of that, the Clown Prince of Crime is still a major part of the DC comic book universe. We are always getting a lot of the Joker and sometimes — not often but sometimes — I feel like we may be reaching a breaking point.

So I’m torn on the news that horror master John Carpenter is writing (with co-author Anthony Burch) a one-off Joker comic, also due to be released in October. The one-shot is titled Joker: Year of the Villain #1 and sounds…unique?

Read the synopsis below:

Now a human-alien hybrid, Lex Luthor has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what “Apex Lex” has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a DC release but that sounds radically, unapologetically out there. “Apex Lex”? I don’t know how I feel about that. At the same time, I’m willing to try anything Carpenter is attached to. Seriously. I watched Ghosts of Mars.

Carpenter, one of the greatest horror directors of all time, has been taking it pretty easy in his old age. He seemingly spends most of his time playing video games, making kind remarks about up-and-coming filmmakers and living off of royalties from his earlier films. Not a bad life if you ask me. It’s been far too long since we’ve seen original content from the maestro so I’m going to be excited to read Joker: Year of the Villain when it hits later this year, no matter how silly the plot is. This could be the beginning of Carpenter working in the comics industry more and I’d be all for that. The more Carpenter, the better.