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Joker is back in comics to menace Batman, pals

For a year the Joker’s been out of sight, out of mind and out of trouble.

That changed Wednesday in the pages of “Batman” No. 13, when the clown prince of crime returned to Gotham with a mission to help Batman become a better man, even if it means going after everyone and everything that the Dark Knight and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, hold dear.

It’s a big step for the Joker, who has been out of the picture since DC Comics relaunched its line of comics in September 2011.

“It’s meant to be a deeply psychologically terrifying story for Batman,” said Snyder, who’s been writing the book since its launch last year. “It’s stripping the Dark Knight down so that he can be saved from himself.”

Bryan earns most ACA nominations

Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter.

The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year’s American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars such as Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday.

Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with six nominations apiece, while Swift and Eric Church took five nods each for the third annual fan-voted awards.

Bryan, Swift, Lady A, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean are up for the night’s top honor, artist of the year.

The performance-heavy ACAs will air live Dec. 10 on Fox with Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins returning as co-hosts. Voting is open on the show’s website.

Songwriters Hall announces nods

Elvis Costello, B.B. King and Ray Davies are among the nominees for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They’re joined by a slew of top acts, including Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill and Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Rock With You” and “Off the Wall.”

Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press a list of nominees in advance of the official announcement, set for Tuesday.

Also nominated are Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, former Eurythmics bandmates Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Aeromsith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Bobby Womack and Foreigner’s Lou Gramm and Mick Jones.

Finalists named for book awards

Robert Caro, Junot Diaz and the late Anthony Shadid are among the finalists for the National Book Awards.

Other nominees announced Wednesday were novelists Dave Eggers and Louise Erdrich and nonfiction writers Anne Applebaum and Katherine Boo. Twenty authors, five each in four competitive categories, were picked.

The winners will be announced Nov. 14.

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