DC Comics

The mind behind horror classics like "Halloween" and "The Thing" is bringing his twisted bent to the Joker.

DC Comics has recruited legendary director John Carpenter to write "The Joker: Year of the Villain" with Anthony Burch ("Borderlands 2" and "League of Legends"). The two previously co-wrote BOOM! Studios’ "Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack" miniseries.

The one-shot, 40-page Joker comic will feature art from Philip Tan and Marc Deering. The cover is shown above.

According to DC's official synopsis, "Now a human-alien hybrid, Lex Luthor has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what 'Apex Lex' has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing."

In a statement, Carpenter said, "The Joker is the greatest villain in comics. I’m proud to be reunited with Anthony on this project."