DC Comics announced today that James Tynion IV, Sam Johns and Mirka Andolfo are set to take fans on a journey behind the origins of The Joker’s new field general: Punchline. From her first appearance in the pages of Batman to her spotlight story in The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, Punchline has quickly established herself as one of 2020’s breakout comic book characters. On November 10, the mystery behind this new character is explored further in Punchline #1, a special oversized (48-page) one-shot.
Written by Batman scribe James Tynion IV and Sam Johns (DC’s Crimes of Passion, Over the Garden Wall, Razorblades) with art by Mirka Andolfo (DC Comics Bombshells, Hex Wives, Harley Quinn), this one-shot will also feature a main cover by Yasmine Putri (DCeased) and a variant cover by Frank Cho.
“Back when I first introduced Punchline, I said many times that this wasn’t going to be a flash-in-the-pan character. That I had big plans for her moving forward, that would drive big story next year and beyond,” says Tynion IV. “Joker War is over, but Punchline’s plans have only just begun. I’m thrilled to be telling this frightening story that expands her past and sets up her future with the amazing Sam Johns and the incredible Mirka Andolfo. This is only the beginning!”
Facing the consequences of her role in “The Joker War,” Punchline is the story of Alexis Kaye and how she’ll take Leslie Thompkins, Harper Row, and Cullen Row on a harrowing journey that reveals her radicalization to The Joker’s ideology.
“Fans immediately responded to Punchline,” says Johns, “so I’m thrilled to be part of the team that gets to build the foundation of this deadly cult icon. Working with such a talented artist as Mirka means we didn’t have to hold back on any of the action, horror, or romance…And when it comes to Punchline and Joker, you often need to pull off all three at once!”
Punchline #1 arrives in open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.