Batman fans will being seeing more of The Dark Knight than ever before starting next year.
DC Comics has announced Batman: Eternal.
The new weekly series will debut in the spring, features a rotating writing team that includes Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley. Detective Comics illustrator Jason Fabok will serve as the comic’s lead illustrator, but others are expected to contribute on future issues.
The year-long run of issues will have consequences for the Batman and Gotham, Scott Snyder told USA Today:
“It’s a place for me to be able to work with good friends in terms of shaping Gotham in a bigger, grander and more game-changing way than ever before. We want this to be a place where you get to tell a story about anything you want in Gotham, so long as we’re also moving this big story forward in the background.”
They haven’t forgotten that the 75th anniversary of Batman is being celebrated in 2014, Snyder promises:
“we’re gonna give you the biggest, craziest and most fun stuff we’ve done on the book and in the world of Gotham.”
Snyder and Tynion will be co-writing the first story arc that lays the groundwork for the expansive series, exploring hidden corners of Gotham not seen often in comics. Eternal will be similar to comics such as Gotham Central that feature a variety of peripheral characters and the city’s more infamous residents, but Snyder insists that the Caped Crusader will be front and center. Snyder thinks that between the five writers, they’re covered:
“We’re five guys doing our best to give you an exciting Gotham that’s changing under the feet of its characters.”
DC Comics has also announced plans to release a special anniversary issue of Detective Comics in January, with issue #27 of the comic referencing the fact that the Dark Knight made his debut in the original Detective Comics #27 in 1939.
Snyder is contributing a tale for the massive, 96-page issue out Jan. 8. The all-star lineup includes writers Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz and Peter Tomasi and illustrators Neal Adams, Dustin Nguyen and Francesco Francavilla. Plus, Adams, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Chris Burnham, Kelley Jones, Patrick Gleason and Mike Allred are among those drawing covers for the issue.
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Source: USA Today