3 Icon DC Comics to Get Novelizations

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed the iconic Batman: The Killing JokeBatman: The Court of Owls, and Harley Quinn: Mad Love will be getting novelizations releasing in the next year.

Batman: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland is a 1988 graphic novel that tells the story of Batman hunting down the Joker after the Joker escaped Arkham, shot and possibly sexually assaulted Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (the Joker stripped her down and took photos of her to mentally and emotionally torment her father and fans debate whether or not she was assaulted), and kidnapped her father, Commissioner Jim Gordon. The story has had fan backlash over Moore’s disregard for Barbara Gordon as a strong female character and the use of her as a plot point to evoke emotion in both her father and Batman. Alan Moore has even gone so far as to say he somewhat regrets creating this story. Despite the backlash, the story is still highly regarded as iconic, especially with Brian Bolland’s art and colors.

Batman: The Killing Joke novelization will release September 25th, 2018, written by Christa Faust (Money Shot) and Gary Phillips (The Jook, Violent Spring).

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Batman: The Court of Owls is a 2011 comic arc written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo from the New 52. The story revolves around Batman as he investigates a new (and old) threat to Gotham City: the Court of Owls, an underground secret society of Gothamite elites who have been influencing and controlling the city behind the scenes since its inception. The arc was a wonderful and fresh take on a character who has existed for decades, adding a totally new threat that fits into the Gotham lore.

Batman: The Court of Owls novelization will release on November 13th, 2018, and is being written by Greg Cox (Star Trek: The Q Continuum).

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Harley Quinn: Mad Love is a 1994 one-shot written by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm and drawn by Bruce Timm, who is responsible for the iconic 1990s and early 2000s DCAU tv shows (Superman, Batman, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited). The story, which was also later adapted in the Batman: The Animated Series, serves as an origin for Harley Quin as she reflects on her life before she teamed up with the Joker and shows she blames Batman for the Joker’s disinterest in a romantic and sexual (cue the “Rev up your Harley” quote) relationship with her. Paul Dini and Bruce Timm are responsible for the creation of Harley Quinn, a character who has only grown in popularity, recently starring in the live-action Suicide Squad, played by Margot Robbie.

Harley Quinn: Mad Love will release on February 12th, 2019, written by Paul Dini (Dark Night: A True Batman Story and Batman: Heart of Hush) and Pat Cadigan (SynnersMindplayers).

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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