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Issue Details

Issue #8
Published January 2008
Frequency bimonthly
Cover Price 2.99 USD; 3.65 CAD
Pages 36
Editing Bob Schreck; Brandon Montclare (assistant)
Notes Two covers were initially done for this issue; one by Lee/Williams featuring Joker, and an alternate one by Adams featuring Joker and Batman (10 issues for 1 issue mixture). Later, a third cover was done for the Retailer Roundtable Program (the variant cover with an added blue shading). This issue went on sale 2007-11-28 (non-US) and 2007-11-29 (US) (on schedule). This issue was originally announced to have a variant wraparound cover by Frank Miller, but later DC announced via press release on 2007-11-06 that it would be by Neal Adams instead (and not wraparound).

Cover Details

Characters Joker
Genre Superhero
Pencils Jim Lee (signed)
Inks Scott Williams (signed)
Colors Alex Sinclair (signed)

Cover Details - "Variant Cover"

Characters Joker; Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Genre Superhero
Pencils Neal Adams
Inks Neal Adams
Notes For every 10 copies of the standard edition, retailers were allowed to order one copy of the variant edition.

Cover Details - "RRP Cover"

Characters Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker
Genre Superhero
Pencils Neal Adams
Inks Neal Adams
Notes Cover for the Retailer Roundtable Program edition, a black, white, and blue version of the variant cover. This edition was given by DC to retailers who participate in that program.

22 page Batman and Robin story "Episode Eight"

Characters Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker; Donna Gugina (dies); Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jocko-boy Vanzetti; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Robin Hood (flashback, cameo); Alfred Pennyworth (voice); Catwoman (cameo); Batcave
Synopsis The Joker has seduced attorney Donna Gugina, and then strangles her, telling his henchwoman to get rid of the body. Dick and Batman discuss the Joker, then Batman tells Dick to get a costume if he wants to help. Batman takes Jocko-boy back to Gotham, and dumps him in the harbor. Dick finds a bow and arrows, reminding him of Robin Hood, which generates the idea for a costume. He asks Alfred (in shadows) to design a costume to his specifications. Meantime, Batman follows a green signal, and finds Green Lantern on a rooftop. He wants to talk, so they set up an appointment in 12 hours at Crime Alley. Joker visits Catwoman, asking her to join him in some mischief. Batman returns to the Batcave, where he finds Dick dressed as "Hood". Batman immediately shows him why a hood is not a good idea on a costume, and renames him to Robin.
Genre Superhero
Script Frank Miller
Pencils Jim Lee
Inks Scott Williams
Colors Alex Sinclair
Letters Jared K. Fletcher
Notes Story continued from the previous issue and continues in the next issue.

1 page DC Nation promo (ad from the publisher) "#89 [November 28, 2007] Mapping out the Multiverse, Part 1"

Script Dan Didio
Notes Dan shares Liz Gehrlein's list of all the known universes at this point. Ads for next issue, Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Red Rain #1, Green Lantern #25, and Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion #1. Appears on page 34 in this issue.

3 page promo (ad from the publisher) "House Advertisements"

Notes House ads for: Zuda: Bayou (1/2 page), World of Warcraft, Heroes hardcover, and Zuda Appear in various places in this issue.

8 page advertisement "Ads"

Notes Total of 6 one-page, 1 half-page, and 1 two-page ads for: Clive Barker's Jericho (video game, codemasters), Resistance Fall of Man (video game, Insomniac, 2 pages), World of Warcraft (card game, Upper Deck), Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art (art school), Millcase and DrawerBoxes (storage solutions), Full Sail (computer animation school, 1/2 page), Beowulf The Game (video game, Ubisoft), and Age of Empires III The Aslan Dynasties (video game, Microsoft Game Studios). Appear in various places in this issue.