Even in comic books there are certain absolutes: Uncle Ben stays dead, Krypton was destroyed, and no matter what they do the X-Men are always hated and feared. One of those absolutes used to be the lack of origin for the Joker, or at least a canonical origin of the Joker, but all that will change in the near future when DC Comics will reveal the official origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime. That was just one, but perhaps the most consequential, of numerous announcements pertaining to DC’s Rebirth project at WonderCon this past weekend.
Geoff Johns, DC’s Chief Creative Officer, revealed that the Joker’s origin will be revealed in an upcoming issue of Justice League. Head down to the comic book store and save your copy of Justice League #50 now because that is where all will be revealed. And in an interview with IGN, Johns employed that old adage of any good mystery, it’s always the one you least suspect. “The answer probably won’t be an answer people predict,” he said.
Whether or not it refers back to Alan Moore‘s seminal and celebrated The Killing Joke is uncertain, but in lieu of an actual origin for the character, it’s long been accepted as the most likely origin for the Joker, even if the character himself confesses in the story that it may not be true. The reveal of Joker’s origin to the reader comes after Batman himself learned the Joker’s back story in Justice League #42, after he sat in the all knowing Mobius Chair.
As for the rest of the Rebirth line-up, it will launch this coming May with an 80-page one-shot written by Johns and continue on with relaunched titles featuring new creative teams from June through to September. Many of the books will be starting again from issue #1, but both Action Comics and Detective Comics will be returning to their original numbering.
DC Rebirth launches later this year on May 25 at a comic book store near you.