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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dark "Relapse"

Let's hope that Eminem's (MM) new Joker persona isn't going to have a severe street backlash...

by: Rick Marshall
Eminem’s new album, “Relapse,” hits shelves Tuesday, and it looks like the Punisher-themed promotional shoot he did for XXL Magazine a month ago isn’t the only comics connection in the album. Among the various imagery in the album liner is a shot of Eminem decked out like the late Heath Ledger’s award-winning interpretation of The Joker in “The Dark Knight.” The shot depicts Eminem with scarred grin, painted face and suit, holding a set of alphabet blocks that spell the word “KILL” — and appears in a collage of psych charts, pills and prescription forms at the center of the booklet.

Sure, the full album is available on MySpace right now, but “Relapse” will officially be available for purchase this week at shops. Check out MTV’s “Relapse” preview for some context on the album, as well as our extensive coverage of all things Eminem as we approach the May 19 release date.

Eminem will also be taking the stage during the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, and with so many comic book references in the time leading up to this album, there’s always the chance that we could see a few more call-outs to the comics world on Sunday, May 31.