Batman and Joker’s Uneasy Alliance Lead New DC Comic Book Releases

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 launches its first issue, forcing the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime to team up and save their allies.


The team between Batman and the Joker leads DC Comics’ new releases on Tuesday.


This week is Batman and the Joker: The Deadly Duo #1, the start of a new DC Black Label series written and illustrated by Marc Silvestri. The limited series is Silvestri’s first released under DC’s imprint for discerning readers. The two sworn enemies will forge an uneasy alliance to save their respective allies, Commissioner Jim Gordon and Harley Quinn, after they are kidnapped by an unknown threat lurking in the shadows. The title promises Joker-like monsters, severed heads and more, to give readers “a dark, gritty Gotham that only Marc Silvestri” can provide.

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Whereas The deadly duo takes place outside of the main DC continuity, there are plenty of other Gotham-related titles for readers to check out. One of them is poison ivy #6, which concludes the series’ very first arc. Originally, poison ivy was intended to be a six-issue miniseries, however, the book has since been upgraded to continuing status, meaning readers will have more to dive into after the title’s sixth issue.

As with other Gotham-centric titles, Batman #129, Batman: Knightwatch #3 and Gotham City: Year One #2 also came out. Readers can also choose new chapters for monkey prince, Shazam’s New Champion, Black Knights of Steel and more. The full list of releases can be found below in alphabetical order, including covers and solicitations.


  • Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
  • Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
  • Backing artwork by LEONARDO ROMERO
  • Variant coverage by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
  • Variant coverage by FRANCESCO MATTIN
  • 1:25 variant covered by SIMONE DI MEO
  • 1:50 sheet variant cover by JOCK
  • 90s cover month variant cover by RAYAN BENJAMIN
  • $4.99 | 40 pages | Variant US$5.99 (card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • Failsafe countered every move Batman and the Justice League attempted. The Dark Knight has no more options on… Earth? The best-selling Failsafe bow continues! In the backup, we travel back to the early years of detective Dark Knight, revisiting his most psychedelic/breathtaking period and the dawn of his backup protection system… ZUR-EN-ARRH!

  • Written by MARC SILVESTRI
  • Art and cover by MARC SILVESTRI
  • Batman variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
  • Joker variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
  • 1:25 variant covered by KYLE HOTZ
  • B&W variant cover 1:50 by MARC SILVESTRI
  • Variant coverage 1:100 by JORGE FORNES
  • 1:250 variant cover signed by MARC SILVESTRI
  • $4.99 | 32 pages | 1 of 7 (all covers are card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • The Joker will do anything to recover Harley Quinn after her kidnapping by a strange culprit. But who? Mysterious Joker-like monsters roam the streets of Gotham, picking up severed heads. But why? Jim Gordon has disappeared and after receiving a package containing a bloody piece from the Commissioner of Gotham, Batman knows he must do anything to save him. But how? When the Joker proposes an uneasy alliance with Batman, the answers to these questions begin to become clear – and they will shake Gotham City and the Bat-Family to their core. This meticulously crafted tale of the Dark Knight’s deadliest team will introduce you to a dark and gritty Gotham that only Marc Silvestri could bring to you.

BATMAN – KNIGHT WATCH #3

  • Written by J. TORRES
  • Art and cover by ERICH OWEN
  • $2.99 ​​| 32 pages | 3 out of 5
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • Mad Hatter has hats from Penguin, Riddler, Clock King, and Scarecrow, but his collection isn’t complete without the “Bat hat,” aka the Batman cowl.

  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Artwork by YASMINE PUTRI
  • Covered by DAN MORA
  • Variant coverage by JJ JONES
  • 1:25 variant covered by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
  • $3.99 USD | 32 pages | 8 out of 12 | Variant US$4.99 (card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • The battle between the Three Kingdoms began brutally, and to call the opening salvo less than shocking is an understatement! Can Trinity stop further bloodshed? Where did all-out war really begin?

GOTHAM CITY: YEAR 1 #2

  • Written by TOM KING
  • Art and cover by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR
  • Variant coverage by CULLY HAMNER
  • 1:25 variant covered by NATALI SANDERS
  • $4.99 | 40 pages | 2 out of 6
  • (all covers are card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • The bloody bare-knuckle cop series continues! A bruised and battered Slam Bradley finds himself embroiled in a shocking case as the little heiress to the Wayne fortune has been kidnapped! But as with everything in Gotham City, nothing is as it seems… Can he solve the case in time to save a young life and secure Wayne’s legacy or will Gotham’s secrets bury them all?

THE JOKER: THE MAN WHO STOPPED LAUGHING #2

  • Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
  • Art and cover by CARMIN DI GIANDOMENICO
  • Backing artwork by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
  • Variant coverage by LEE BERMEJO
  • Variant coverage by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
  • 1:25 variant covered by FRANCESCO MATTIN
  • 90s cover month variant cover by KELLEY JONES
  • $5.99 USD | 40 pages (all covers are card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • Have you ever wondered if you were the best version of yourself? What if the best version of you was on national television committing shocking acts of atrocities that could only be perpetrated by a mind as twisted and broken as…that of the Joker? The Clown Prince of Crime is about to discover a shocking new truth…

MONKEY PRINCE #8

  • Written by GENE LUEN YANG 楊謹倫
  • Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG 張伯納
  • Variant coverage by SAMI BASRI
  • 1:25 variant covered by DEREK KIRK-KIM
  • $3.99 USD | 32 pages | Variant US$4.99 (card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • Sea Dragons, Trench, Atlanteans and Blank Manta’s army all clash…with Monkey Prince and Shifu Pigsy at the center of it all! Tsk tsk tsk damn Jingu bang staff, why do you have to disobey your master Monkey Prince and create such a dangerous typhoon in Amnesty Bay?

SHAZAM’S NEW CHAMPION! #3

  • Written by JOSIE CAMPBELL
  • Art and cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
  • Variant coverage by JEN BARTEL
  • 1:25 variant covered by BEN CALDWELL
  • $3.99 USD | 32 pages | 3 out of 4 | Variant US$4.99 (card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • Don’t read the comments! After a disastrous exit as Shazam, Mary is the laughing stock of the internet. Will she ever be taken seriously? Now it’s up to her to ignore the enemies and help those who really need her. Philadelphia’s missing persons problem has only gotten worse, and our hero is running out of time to find the culprit!

Poison Grass #6

  • Written by G. WILLOW WILSON
  • Artwork by MARCIO TAKARA
  • Covered by JESSICA FONG
  • Variant coverage by WARREN LOUW
  • Variant coverage by JENNY FRISON
  • 1:25 variant covered by ZOE THOROGOOD
  • $3.99 USD | 32 pages | Variant US$4.99 (card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • THE SHOCKING CONCLUSION OF POISON IVY’S FIRST BOW!
  • Poison Ivy is taken to death’s door and beyond, as the fungal parasite she harbors gives Ivy a tremendous metamorphosis. Can the world’s greatest villain find the strength within herself to carry on, or will something… again take her place? One thing is for sure, this problem is so crazy that you will ask mom for more!

AZRAEL SWORD #4

  • Written by DAN WATTERS
  • Art and cover by NIKOLA ČIŽMEŠIJA
  • Variant coverage by GERARD ZAFFINO
  • 1:25 variant covered by RICARDO LOPEZ ORTIZ
  • $3.99 USD | 32 pages | 4 out of 6 | Variant US$4.99 (card stock)
  • ON SALE 01/11/22
  • Azrael comes face to face with his most surprising enemy yet – an Eternal Hierophant who feeds from the heart of innocent, molten lava. It lives hundreds of meters below the Earth’s surface, hidden from prying eyes. He is the first son of Saint Dumas and his goal is the most divine.

All of these issues go on sale November 1 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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