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The most famous supervillain in comic book history — the Joker —  returns to the pages of “Batman” in a big way later this year, DC Comics has announced on its website.

The new story, “Death of the Family,” which begins in October with issue No. 13 of “Batman,” was planned long before the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.

The timing of the Joker’s return to the pages of the bestselling DC comic may discomfit some in the wake of the shooting during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Suspect James E. Holmes reportedly referred to himself as the Joker during questioning by police. Representatives of DC Comics did not respond to questions about the timing of the Joker’s return to the Batman story line.

DC Comics has more or less kept the Joker on a shelf in recent seasons.  That changes with the five-issue “Death of the…

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