Punchline is a Hit as Two DC Titles Go Back to Press Ahead of On-Sale

Article by Chris Foti

Last month it was revealed that Batman will be getting an all new villain, Punchline. Created by James Yynion IV, Punchline is the Joker’s newest henchman and will be debuting in Batman #89 and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3. The debut of a new villain, no less a Joker related villain, obviously excited fans. Batman #89 and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 both had pre-on sale sellouts. DC will be rushing both of these titles back to press for second printings.

DC’s full press release on the subject is below.

With the recent reveal of the new character Punchline, fans jumped at the chance to add Batman #89 (on sale February 19) to their pull lists to get any clues about this new villain and her connection to the Joker. And with more Punchline to come in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 (on sale February 26) the mayhem will only get bloodier as Punchline and the Clown Prince of Crime square off against Batman and the rest of the Bat-Family in a “Joker War” story arc beginning this May.

The debut of Punchline, the Joker’s deadly new henchperson, has led to pre-on sale sellouts of both Batman #89 and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3—and now, DC announces that these issues, both written by James Tynion IV—are rushing back to press for second printings!

Batman #89’s second printing is part four of “Their Dark Designs,” written by Tynion IV with art by Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March and Danny Miki. This issue features an unnamed cameo appearance by Punchline, and will arrive in stores with a recolored version of its original cover by Tony S. Daniel.

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3’s second printing covers the confrontation between Lex Luthor and The Joker, with help from Punchline and Mercy, as the conflict between the forces of Perpetua and the Batman Who Laughs reaches the boiling point. Written by Tynion IV with art by Steve Epting, this issue will arrive in stores with a recolored version of its original cover by Epting.

The second printings of Batman #89 and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 will both be published on March 4. If the comics aren’t already on your pull lists, contact your local comic book shop and let them know you’re looking for these issues to be added!

For the latest information on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit the DC website at www.dccomics.com, the DC You Tube channel, or follow @DCComics and @thedcnation on social media.

Are you excited to meet Punchline as many DC fans seem to be? Were you able to order a copy of Batman #89 or Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 before they sold out? Will you try to grab a copy of the second printing now they’ve gone back to press? Let us know!



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