DC Comics & July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Joker & Grrl Power Too! Bane’s Daughter Vengeance, Punchline, Bluebird, Harley Quinn &… The Suicide Squad?!

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The Joker #5
story by: James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg
art by: Francesco Francavilla
backup story by: James Tynion IV and Sam Johns
backup art by: Sweeney Boo
cover by: Guillem March
ON SALE: 7/13/21
$5.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by: Kaare Andrews
variant cover by: Sean Phillips
1:25 variant cover by: Riccardo Federici
US $5.99 (card stock for both covers)

The never-before-seen tale of The Joker’s first night in Arkham Asylum is finally revealed!

When a lunatic in a clown suit tries to poison Gotham City’s reservoir and is placed in Arkham Asylum before his trial, Detective Jim Gordon realizes something’s different about this new inmate that could forever change the future of Gotham.

Backup: Rising-star artist Sweeney Boo joins the series as things get worse and worse for Punchline and Bluebird. Punchline’s prison war against the Queen of Spades escalates, and no prisoner at Blackgate Penitentiary will be exempt from choosing sides. And after barely escaping death at the hands of Punchline’s former accomplice, will Bluebird have the will to continue her investigation and find the mysterious woman from Punchline’s past who has the answers she’s looking for?

Harley Quinn #5
story by: Stephanie Phillips
art by: Riley Rossmo
cover by: Riley Rossmo
ON SALE 7/27/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by Derrick Chew
US $4.99 (card stock)

Did I miss something, or is there another new creep in a funny costume tryin’ to take over Gotham? Villains in this city are like that multiheaded hydra monster: blow a few up in Arkham Asylum, and 50 more pop up in ridiculous costumes thinkin’ they’re worthy of one of those fancy character variant covers. And here I thought bustin’ outta Hugo Strange’s new headquarters and savin’ the clowns was gonna be my biggest problem today.

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1
story by Brian Azzarello
art by Alex Maleev and Matt Hollingsworth
cover by Alex Maleev
ON SALE : 8/3/21
$6.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC BLACK LABEL
1 of 3
Prestige Plus format
Ages 17+
variant cover by Jorge Fornes US $6.99 (card stock)
8 ½” x 10 7/8″

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Batman: No Man’s Land) collaborate for the first time in this three-issue, oversize, Prestige plus format Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against The Joker. When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror.

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