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BATMAN’s Newest Foe is PUNCHLINE – and She May Have a JOKER Connection

Punchline character design
Credit: Jorge Jimenez

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Batman writer James Tynion IV has introduced Batman’s newest foe – a Joker-esque villain named Punchline, who first appeared on the cover of March’s Batman #92 but who has not yet made her in-story debut.

Tynion offered more details on Punchline – including that codename – in his latest email newsletter.

“Who is this character on the amazing Yasmine Putri Batman #92 cover?!” reads the newsletter. “But when does she appear for the first time? Is it Batman #89? Is it Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3? Am I writing her origin story in the Joker 80th Anniversary Special? Is she Joker’s new girlfriend? Is she a part of ‘Joker War??! Who the heck is this Punchline, and why does she want to stab everyone?!?!?!?!?!?!

Credit: Jorge Jimenez

“Wait, I’m not supposed to say that’s Punchline yet, am I?” the newsletter continues. “I’m not supposed to say any of this! And what about this incredible character design from Jorge Jimenez…? Well, while we’re here… Maybe I’ll let you be the first to meet her. I am very excited for her to start showing up in the books. Spoilers. She is not a nice guy.”

As for “Joker War”, Tynion offered some new insight into his upcoming Batman tale, which the writer calls the “biggest Joker story since ‘Batman: Endgame’ back during the ‘New 52.'”

“This story is going to have huge, huge ramifications for Gotham City. You’ll see all the seeds planted for ‘Joker War’ in the background of [current Batman story] ‘Their Dark Designs’ especially as it hits its climax in April, but the big story starts in May,” Tynion explained. “It is going to be a very, very scary story. I can’t say much about it yet, other than you should probably read it and order lots and lots and lots of copies, just in case you get too freaked up and tear one of them up from the excitement.”

According to Tynion, “Joker War” begins in Batman #95, which has not yet been solicited. The latest solicited issue of Batman is April 15’s #93.

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