Horror Icon John Carpenter To Write New Joker Comic

The Master of Horror takes on the Clown Prince of Crime later this year.

Joker John Carpenter
DC Comics/Philip Tan

DC's Joker announcements just keep on comic. Only a day or so after Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's new Joker comic, Killer Smile, was announced, DC also revealed that horror legend John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), will take on the Clown Prince of Crime October this year.

Framed as a part of the publisher's plans for 'Year of the Villain', Carpenter will be joined by Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch to tell a story all about Joker's plans to outdo everyone else. With the world in the thrall of villainy, Batman's arch-nemesis endeavours to prove "that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing."

Speaking to DC, Carpenter revealed his love for the Joker and how he considers him to be "the greatest villain in comics". Burch, meanwhile, previously collaborated with Carpenter on BOOM! Studios’ Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack, a spin-off comic centred around the film of the same name.

The comic itself will be a special forty-page one-shot, and will retail for $4.99. With Philip Tan and Marc Deering are pulling art duties you can be sure it's going to look the part. The cover already looks like it's playing heavily to Carpenter's horror roots, so here's hoping the director makes this brief foray into comics a regular occurrence in the future.

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