The Flash


TITLE: "Smile for the Camera"
COVER BLURB: "Send in the Clowns!"
DATE: December 2001

WRITER: Geoff Johns
PENCILS: Scott Kolins
INKS: Doug Hazlewood
COLORS: James Sinclair
LETTERS: Gaspar Saladino
EDITOR: Joey Cavalieri
COVER: Jim Lee


QUOTE: "Name's Deadline, warden. And I'm the... ha... new warden. I claim Iron Heights in the name of the clown prince of crime — the Joker!" —Deadline

SUMMARY: Hartley Rathaway has been arrested for the murder of his parents, a crime that he has repeatedly confessed to. Naturally, Wally West refuses to believe that his best friend is capable of such a thing. If the Flash is right and the Pied Piper is innocent, why does he believe he may be responsible? Elsewhere, the Joker has recreated the toxic chemicals that once transformed him into the demented madman he is today and, in the hopes of spreading his legacy across the globe, the clown prince of crime has infected hundreds of supervillains. Four of these Jokerized villains — Warp, Deadline, Deadshot, and Merlyn — arrive at Keystone's Iron Heights Penitentiary in order to continue spreading their sick joke. Warden Wolfe fights to maintain control of his facility, apparently killing Deadline in the process. Amidst this chaos, two Rogues find themselves under the Joker's demented influence; an injured Captain Boomerang has been revitalized by the Joker's toxin, and the recently incercerated Pied Piper is spiraling into violence and madness because of it!

LINK: The Unofficial Joker: Last Laugh Index