DC COMICS’ BATMAN ANNOUNCEMENTS

DC Comics has announced Batman Eternal, a weekly series from story supervisor/writer Scott Snyder, along with writers James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley, and artist Jason Fabok.

According to Snyder, Batman Eternal will “set the stage for a new Gotham and new characters and a new set of stories that will take Batman into 2015. 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. You’ll see bombastic arcs as well but there’ll be plenty of room for Ray to explore some of the darker, more mystical aspects of Gotham that he loves or Tim to explore some of the crime we haven’t seen before.”

DC also announced a Jan. 8 release for Detective Comics #27, a 104-page issue that serves as an homage to the original Detective Comics #27, which marked Batman’s comic debut in 1939.

The issue includes a modern-day retelling of the Batman’s origin by writer Brad Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch, as well as stories by Snyder and Sean Murphy, Peter J. Tomasi and Guillem March, Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen, Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams, and new art by Frank Miller. The issue — which will include variant covers by Adams, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Chris Burnham, Kelley Jones, Patrick Gleason and Mike Allred — also features John Layman and Jason Fabok’s final storyline, “Gothtopia,” before the new creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato take over writing duties for the series in the spring.

“We want to bring him closer to his roots and be more of a street-level type of hero,” Manapul said. “His superheroics will still be present, but the investigative part of Batman will be at the forefront …We’ve always written stories about hope, and it will be very interesting to see what comes out when we walk through the sullen streets of Gotham City.”

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