The Straits Times
Published on Oct 11, 2012

After long absence, Joker's back to bedevil Batman


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - For a year the Joker's been out of sight, out of mind and out of trouble.

That changed on Wednesday in the pages of Batman No. 13, when the clown prince of crime returned to Gotham with a mission to help Batman become a better man, even if it means going after everyone and everything that the Dark Knight and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, hold dear.

It's a big step for the Joker, who has been out of the picture since DC Comics relaunched its line of comics in September 2011.

Up until now, the only time readers saw the jade-haired, white-skinned criminal was in the first pages of "Detective Comics," where he calmly, efficiently carved off his face and escaped from Arkham Asylum.