Bluewater Productions has announced plans to release a new comic book news biography of the Joker-tearing pages from today’s headlines to examine a number of Joker-related crimes, including that of Aurora shooter James Holmes.

Beyond: The Joker, The Man Who Laughs, which will be released on June 18th and available in both print and digital formats, explores the villain’s ancient origins and his massive impact on pop-culture.

The Joker is one of the most infamous characters in comic book history-almost more popular than Batman himself. But is there a real-life “curse” surrounding the Clown Prince of Crime, one that has haunted everyone from Oscar winner Heath Ledger to a series of real-life criminals?

Written by Marvel Comics’ Punisher writer Valerie D’Orazio and with art by Dan Lauer, Beyond: The Joker, The Man Who Laughs features the same team behind the just-released Beyond: Edward Snowden, which has received enormous international attention and media coverage.

“I’ve always found the Joker to be both fascinating and disturbing, and wanted to get at the heart of the character’s worldwide appeal. What I discovered was no less paradoxical and uncanny than the Joker himself, and that’s what this comic is all about,” said Valerie D’Orazio.

“We want to be able to use the comic book medium to educate as well as entertain,” said Publisher Darren G. Davis. “With the recent Joker-related shooting in Las Vegas as well as the Slender Man stabbings, it shows you that the idea of people being inspired by fictional characters to commit crimes is a real issue.This book is one that was very disturbing to produce, because we did not want to add glory to what these people did. At the same time, we felt it was important to explore the psychology and history behind the crimes-and we hope that we inform with this book.”

Bluewater biographical comic books have been featured on CNN, FOX News and in Time Magazine, as well as many other publication and media outlets.

Print copies of Beyond: The Joker, Man Who Laughs can be ordered exclusively for $3.99 at Comic Flea Market here:

Beyond: The Joker, Man Who Laughs is available for pre-order now at Comic Flea Market and iTunes.

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