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Nocenti Talks Joker’s Daughter‏

Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4Ann Nocenti, writer for Catwoman, recently talked about Joker's Daughter and the Villain's Month issue she wrote dedicated to the character. She also talks about Duela Dent, the news that her last month issue sold very quickly, and how she manages to channel the evil that is necessary to write the Joker's Daughter and a whole lot more.


Comic Book Resources: I'm not sure this has been confirmed just yet — or if you able to do so now — but is Duela Dent the featured character in "Batman: Dark Knight" #23.4: "the Joker's Daughter?"


Ann Nocenti: I can't say too much about her yet, but [artist] Georges Jeanty created a stunning world for her. I had a lot of fun figuring out the mechanics of the Nethers, a town flooded to build Gotham Reservoir. Who lives down there? What kind of people would such an underwater world attract? And I can barely look at Jason Fabok's cover, it is so gorgeously terrifying.


Comic Book Resources: Reports indicate that reorders on her Villains Month issue, in particular, are through the roof. What is it about a female Joker that you think has readers — and retailers — so cranked up?


Ann Nocenti: Well, first off, much of the credit goes to Scott Snyder. He created an amazing storyline, along with all the other Batman writers and artists, that left one shred hanging, so to speak. So I feel honored to be handed "The Face," as I tend to refer to it. The power of The Face is profound. It's a visceral power. It's got a cackling, twisted power. It's a dark trickster. But what is it? That's what we explore. The fact that we live in an age that celebrates youth and beauty, what if someone twisted that notion? What if Ugly were the new Beautiful? That is the essence, at least in this first story, of the Joker's Daughter.


Comic Book Resources: You had me at "this first story!" She's appearing in "Batman: Dark Knight," a book you don't write — at least currently. Do you have plans for Joker's Daughter in Katana or Catwoman?


Ann Nocenti: Yes! The Joker's Daughter is in "Catwoman" #24. These two women are pitted against each other in a battle for Gotham Underground — and over something else. It's a triangle, but the third player in this triangle is not who you would expect.


To read the entire interview, head on over to Comic Book Resources. Ann Nocenti's "Joker's Daughter" Villain's Month issue will appear in Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 will hit the shelves on September 25, 2013 and the character will appear in Catwoman #24 which will hit the shelves on October 23, 2013.


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