Over the past year, Scott Snyder has established himself as one of the most exciting comic book writers in the industry, and his recent work on Batman is a prime example why. Along with artist Greg Capullo, Snyder introduced readers to a brand-new villainous group called the Court of the Owls in one of the freshest Batman stories in nearly a decade. The most impressive part of Snyder's work is that he didn't depend on established villains to succeed, which is rare in a superhero title.

But after almost of year's worth of stories featuring these brand-new villains, DC Entertainment has announced that Snyder is finally going to bring back Batman's most famous rogue: the Joker. Batman #13 will kick off "Death of the Family," a new storyline that brings the Clown Prince of Crime back into the spotlight in a big way. The last time the Joker was seen, he had removed his own face (gross) with some help from The Dollmaker. Now it looks like he's backā€”cut off face and all. 

"Bottom line: it's the biggest, baddest, most shocking Joker story I could tell. This is Joker completely unleashed. He has been away for a full year planning this revenge, watching, plotting, setting things up. And now he's back," Snyder told DC's Source blog. "He has his traps set, his knives sharpened... And wait 'til you see him. Greg's sketches literally gave me chills. Point blank: This is Joker like you've never seen him before. He has a mission. He has a secret. And he has a serious axe to grind with Batman. It isn't going to be pretty, but it's going to be a wild ride."

Batman #13 will hit stores on October 10. Until then, check out a promotional teaser poster for the storyline by Capullo below.

[via DC's Source Blog