Batman: Three Jokers artist Jason Fabok has shared the inked and colored versions of the first page from the three-issue miniseries, pointing out the first of the Easter eggs that the series will have for fans to discover.
“Here’s a look at the inks for page 1 from Batman: Three Jokers Book 1,” wrote Fabok. “You can see how much the colors of @bdanderson13 [Brad Anderson] brings life to the work. The Batmobile is a cross between the Bolland-Mobile and the one I draw in the book later on.”
Brian Bolland was the artist on the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke written by comic book legend Alan Moore. It’s one of Joker’s most nefariously memorable tales, in which he paralyzes Barbara Gordon during a home invasion.
The first few panels are a direct reference to The Killing Joke, with the close-up of Thomas Wayne’s gravestone as a leaf blows by.
According to Fabok, the leaf itself is also a reference. “Also, the first three panels are meant to homage the intro of Killing Joke, where we pull back from an extreme close-up…you’ll even notice the leaf that blows by is the same from Killing Joke page 1 panel 2…it’s that kind of depth you’ll see all through the book.”
In the panels, the Bolland version of the Batmobile careens down the lane and smashes into Thomas Wayne’s gravestone before Batman stumbles up the path towards Wayne Manor.
DC’s Batman: Three Jokers will dredge up the past and re-examine who the Joker really is, as his victims, Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood, work together to solve a mystery.
Written by Geoff Johns with art by Jason Fabok, Batman: Three Jokers Issue #1 arrives in comic book stores and participating digital retailers on June 17, 2020.
Artist Jason Fabok has revealed the first page from the Batman: Three Jokers miniseries, and there are already Easter eggs to be found.