The Killing Joke, Mad Love, and Court of Owls are getting novelizations

Have you ever read something that you loved so much that you wished you could read it again for the first time?

Well, thanks to a new collaboration between DC Comics and Titan Books, you just might get your chance.  The publishers are coming together to release a new line of novelizations based on some of the most popular and beloved Batman stories of all time: Mad Love, The Killing Joke, and The Court of Owls.

Get ready for some fresh perspectives on these fan-favorite stories, and remember that it’s not at all unprecedented: there have been novelizations of comic stories for years now,and several with great acclaim.  Greg Rucka’s No Man’s Land adaptation in particular is widely regarded as just as good as the source material, if not even better.

Batman: The Killing Joke comes out on September 25th, Batman: The Court of Owls on November 13th, followed by Harley Quinn: Mad Love on February 12, 2019… just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Per the press release:


TITAN BOOKS is delighted to announce a brand new collaboration project with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, to produce a high-end range of inspired novels and novelizations featuring some of DC’s most popular concepts and characters: Harley Quinn, The Joker, Batman and The Court of Owls.

The publishing programme is set to commence on September 25th 2018 with Batman: The Killing Joke by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips, the novelization of the famous Alan Moore and Brian Bolland graphic novel, which explores the nature of Batman’s conflict with his most infamous nemesis: The Joker. Originally published in 1988 The Killing Joke continues to be one of the most talked about graphic novels released by an American-publisher, and now to mark the anniversary of its 30th year this official novelization will explore, expand and adapt this classic story once again, bringing new insight for both fans of the original comic and those discovering this story for the first time.

Batman: The Killing Joke will be followed by Batman: The Court of Owls by Greg Cox on November 13th 2018. An original novel that pits Gotham City’s greatest detective against a secret society of the wealthy elite that has controlled the city for centuries through influence, money and murder. Originally created by Scott Snyder, the Court of Owls are an intriguing and deadly organization who employ the force of assassins known as Talons. When a series of murders in the modern day pits them against the Dark Knight, he seeks to end their reign of terror before it claims even more victims.

Finally, Titan Books and DC will be publishing the first original novel to feature one of the franchise’s most notable fan favorites. Harley Quinn: Mad Love by Hugo award-winning author Pat Cadigan will release on February 12th 2019 and offers an expansion of the Harley Quinn storyline, fully outlined by Paul Dini exclusively for the novel, who first created the character alongside Bruce Timm for 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series. Inspired by the 1994 Eisner Award-winning comic Mad Love by Dini and Timm, this brand new novel will reveal new secrets of the iconic Harley Quinn as she even now seeks to kill Batman.

The DC Novels will all publish in beautiful hardback editions featuring cover designs by Titan Books’ Natasha Mackenzie. Titan Books is excited to bring new depth and detail to the world of Gotham City with a range of fiction that offers a perfect jumping on point for those looking to discover some of the city’s most infamous residents, as well as those well versed in the gritty world of Gotham City’s streets.

Check out the cover images below, and head on over to Entertainment Weekly for more details.

VIA: Entertainment Weekly