Hermanator X wrote:24 hours in the life of Batman. Some of it is hilarious Link
Vaneta Rogers wrote:Over the last four years, Grant Morrison has taken Bruce Wayne and the entire Batman universe through several upheavals and a series of epic stories.
With this month's conclusion to Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, the writer moves the caped crusader into a new era. Beginning in November, the DC universe will have two Batmen, and Bruce Wayne will start recruiting even more heroes around the world to wear the symbol of the bat.
This month's "The Road Home" event will see several heroes reacting to Bruce's homecoming, and Morrison will introduce the hero's new status quo in the one-shot Batman: The Return #1 with art by David Finch.
DennisMM wrote:Perhaps it's just me, but the concept and title "Batman, Incorporated" seem awfully weak. Batmen of the World?
hkhan wrote:These are some concepts that I have done to get onto the Dark Knight sequel. You can see them here:
http://humzakhan.blogspot.com/2010/10/c ... night.html
I have also added and revamped work on my website which you can view in the gallery section here:
Matt Brady wrote:TOP ARTIST JIM LEE SPEARHEADS COLLABORATION FOR MINISERIES THAT TEAMS BATMAN WITH THE JOKER
DC Comics announces BATMAN: EUROPA, an upcoming fully painted miniseries spearheaded by Jim Lee and featuring both U.S. and continental European contributors.
Lee, fan-favorite artist and Editorial Director of DC's progressive WildStorm imprint, recently returned from a year living with his family in Italy and immersing himself in the Italian comics community.
Says Lee, "I had the chance to meet some fantastic creators throughout Europe, so it was just natural to try and set up projects spotlighting some of them who have never worked on DC characters before."
BATMAN: EUROPA will be cowritten by Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, SUPERMAN) and Matteo Casali (Bonerest, Quebrada). Each issue will be illustrated by a different artist, showcasing their distinctive styles as Batman - and his unexpected ally the Joker - track a mysterious foe through Paris, Berlin, Prague, and, finally, Rome. The debut issue's illustrator is Lee, followed by Giuseppe Camuncoli (THE INTIMATES, SWAMP THING). Gabriele Dell'Otto (Secret War) will provide art for the fourth issue. The third issue's artist will be announced as soon as the choice is finalized.
Lee added more on the genesis of the project. "Giuseppe (or Cammo as he is better known) and I shared studio space for a year in Reggio Emilia, and we would sit around and talk about projects at our informal second 'studio' - the brasserie - and over drinks, we would talk comics with Matteo. Out of those talks came this idea to do something involving a diverse and eclectic group of creators. After several late-night phone calls to Brian Azzarello, we came up with a storyline which would pit Batman against his greatest villains and best showcase the individual talents coming together for this unique project.
"What's also cool is that this will be Cammo's first published painted project. For years, fans have seen his incredible line work on SWAMP THING, HELLBLAZER, ROBIN and, in November, THE INTIMATES from WildStorm. What they haven't seen is his painted work, which is just as fantastic."
Lee continued about his collaborators, "Another great 'first' to come out of this project is that it will give Gabriele Dell'Otto his first chance to work his magic at DC. I have been a big fan of his stunning work on Secret War and gave him an open invitation for him to do something... anything for us after his commitments on that project were complete. His renditions of the Marvel characters are incredible and I look forward to his take on Batman and his Rogues Gallery.
"There is going to be a friendly one-ups-manship on this project that is going to bring out the very best in all of us."
BATMAN: EUROPA will be coedited by Scott Dunbier, WildStorm Executive Editor, and Mark Chiarello, DC's Editorial Art Director and an acclaimed painter himself (BATMAN: HOUDINI). It is currently scheduled from DC for the third quarter of 2005. DC's international publishing efforts will be offering this project throughout the world.
Dell'Otto will discuss BATMAN: EUROPA at Comic Action 2004 in Essen, Germany on October 21-24. Lee and Camuncoli are attending Wizard World Texas in Arlington, TX, November 5-7.
In a project teaming the writer with Jim Lee and a host of European artists, Brian Azzarello tells CBR how "Batman: Europa" works to the artistic strengths of the hero and spills details on his "100 Bullets" reunion.
Grant Morrison discusses bringing back Bruce Wayyne and how the hero's mission changes with the launch of Batman Inc.
[Note – This interview was conducted before the release of The Return of Bruce Wayne #6 and Batman and Robin #16.]
Rich Johnston wrote:Bleeding Cool has been saying that DC, after years of resisting it, were moving to letting artists write their own projects, as a way to keep them on board with the company. Well Lee Bermejo, who drew the best-selling Joker original graphic novel written by Brian Azzarello, has taken advantage of this and seized the writing reins for Batman: Noel, a new original graphic novel with a Christmassy theme.
This was announced at ComicsPro, to an audience of comics retailers, who made a wodge of cash from Joker. Naturally they were all very happy.
Vaneta Rogers wrote:There may be rumors about something big coming to the Batman universe this fall, but for Detective Comics writer Scott Snyder, big things are already happening.
American Vampire, the Vertigo comic he co-creates with artist Rafael Albuquerque, is up for a 2011 Eisner Award as "Best New Series.". The nomination comes only a year after Snyder first broke into comics in March 2010.
But the excitement for Snyder's work is also building in the DCU. As he wraps up a 10-issue story in Detective Comics in August, Snyder and artists Jock and Francesco Francavilla will finish one of the most critically acclaimed Batman stories about Jim Gordon and Dick Grayson.
In July, Snyder gets the chance to portray a Joker without Bruce Wayne, and DC will ship two issues of Detective Comics. Then August's oversized Detective Comics #881 will conclude the creative team's story, although there's still not word about what they'll do next.
The writer has also revealed that fan-favorite character Cassandra Cain plays a role in next month's Batman mini-series, Gates of Gotham, which Snyder's co-writing with Kyle Higgins.
Newsarama talked with the writer to find out more about his books, which trying to clarify what "big things" might be happening in the DCU later this year, and what role he's going to play in them.
Readers who have been following DC's Batman Inc. have seen Bruce Wayne's roster of international crime-fighters grow with the addition of new characters like Nightrunner and Batman Japan (formerly known as Mr. Unknown), but the newest member has a pretty interesting history. After a glimpse last month, Batman Inc. #6, which hit stores yesterday, gave fans a proper introduction to David Zavimbi, the new, jetpack-powered Batman of Northern Africa.
What wasn't in the issue, however, was the codename that we at ComicsAlliance are proud to exclusively reveal: Batwing.
Check out a few exclusive character design sketches from Batman Inc. artist Chris Burnham, as well as a look at this brand new character's surprising history below!
Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/05/1 ... z1MNqml2dR
Graeme McMillan wrote:Something interesting about this month’s Batman and Robin solicitation: The absence, again, of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Originally announced as the ongoing team to replace Grant Morrison with #17, Tomasi and Gleason’s opening arc got bumped to #20 to allow them both more time to work on Brightest Day. But then, after their initial three issues were done, they were replaced on the title by Judd Winick, Greg Tocchini and Guillem March for an arc, and now, it seems by David Hine and Tocchini. Has Batman and Robin become the new Batman Confidential/Legends of The Dark Knight revolving creative team series without an announcement, or has something happened to Tomasi and Gleason that we should be worried about?
Written by DAVID HINE
Art by GREG TOCCHINI
Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
1:10 Variant cover by J.G. JONES
Le Jardin Noir – France’s very own Arkham Asylum – falls under siege! Someone has freed the lunatics, and unless they can be stopped, they’ll turn Paris into a surreal Hell on Earth! Batman and Robin join Nightrunner in a mind-bending battle with the strangest lineup of villains this side of Bizarro World.
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale AUGUST 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
If there's one writer in the Batman universe that can explore the dark depths of a villainous mind, it's David Hine. And in August's Batman and Robin #26, Hine is using an "experimental" style as he takes Dick and Damian into a new kind of crazy.
During his run last year on Detective Comics and various tie-in mini-series, Hine took readers into the halls of Arkham Asylum and the demented mind of Jeremiah Arkham. Hine then followed that in December with two Detective and Batman Annuals that introduced the French version of Arkham Asylum – Le Jardin Noir.
In Batman and Robin #26, Hine teams with artist Greg Tocchini to revisit Le Jardin Noir, this time in a series of stories that Hine calls "sketches" that fill the one-shot. In the story, someone has freed the lunatics from Le Jardin Noir, and as Chris Burnham's surreal cover indicates, Batman and Robin are challenged by the "living nightmare" the escapees create in Paris.
Introducing twisted new characters and strange places to readers has become a bit of a specialty for Hine. He began writing for DC three years ago after establishing his stories of bizarre mutants and Inhumans while writing Marvel comics like District X and Son of M. Even before that, in his debut independent comic — the psychologically twisted yet critically acclaimed Strange Embrace — Hine proved that he was particularly skilled at portraying the disturbing side of human nature.
It turns out this specialty isn't exactly an accident, as he revealed in the interview below. Not only does the writer enjoy these kind of stories, but he has worked among the mentally ill, giving him insight into the setting in which he places his characters.
Newsarama talked with Hine to find out about the "sketches" he's writing in Batman and Robin #26 — and why he's so interested in the more twisted side of the Bat-universe.
Newsarama: David, you've obviously got a real affinity for stories about villains and insane asylums. Does that worry you? Or is this just what interests and delights you as a writer?
David Hine: I’m past worrying. I’m drawn to these kind of stories and I have to accept that. I just don’t do light and cheery.
I do take mental illness very seriously. I’ve worked in a mental hospital and seen the tragedy of unbalanced minds. I was working in my holidays when I was a student, cleaning and feeding patients, not as medical staff. But even while I was working there I found myself enthralled by the stories that the patients had to tell. Their stories were unbearably sad and almost always imbued with a kind of black humor that I think rubbed off on me. The woman in her seventies who told me she was a ballerina and proved it by deftly kicking me in the head. The woman with no stomach who refused to eat but would steal food from everyone else’s plate the minute my back was turned. Old Tommy who walked around with an alarm clock around his neck and half a dozen wrist watches, but for whom the time was always “ ’Alf past ten.” And one poor guy who told me that forty years ago his parents told him they were taking him for a drive in the country. They left him at the hospital and he never saw them again.
What struck me most forcefully was that many of the patients were there voluntarily, unhappy in the hospital but utterly incapable of dealing with the outside world.
None of these people were criminals, of course, and you’ll notice that many of the characters I’ve created, although nominally villains are not really wicked or even strictly villains at all. I have a tendency to see the best in the bad guys and the worst in the heroes. It’s all about the gray areas.
Nrama: What can you tell us about this story's premise?
Hine: The story that ran in the last Batman and Detective Annuals introduced the French version of Arkham Asylum – Le Jardin Noir, or The Black Garden. In this story a mysterious character, who resembles the Son of Man from Magritte’s paintings, frees a selection of the inmates and starts to turn Paris into a surrealist’s theme park. The escapees are all metahumans with unusual abilities to warp reality and our perception of reality. I won’t go into too much detail about the ‘Son of Man’ character or his motivations because that’s very much the key to the story. Batman, Robin and Nightrunner will have to get to the bottom of who he is and why he’s turning Paris into his personalized art gallery before the body count goes ballistic.
Nrama: Why did France interest you in particular? Do you have ties to the country?
Hine: I live in a bi-cultural household. My partner is French and my son goes to the French Lycee in London, so French is spoken as much as English, and we watch a lot of French movies, read a lot of French books and comics. I lived for six months in Paris when I was younger and have spent a lot of time in France over the years.
I love French culture. It’s the home of Surrealism and was a major center for Dada events. It’s also the country where the minister of culture declared bandes dessinées to be the 9th Art, and where American B movies were transformed into nouvelle vague cinema. In other words, a country that blurs the distinctions between low and high art.
It was the obvious setting for this story, particularly as it ended up being more experimental than I first intended.
Nrama: It's just a one-issue story?
Hine: Yes. It was originally pitched as a mini-series, then a three-part arc, but has ended up as a 20-page short story. That’s not a lot of space to introduce a whole new set of characters and also give face time to three lead heroes. So I adopted the approach of delivering a series of "sketches." The story is subtitled, "Scenes from a Work in Progress." It should work fine as a short story, but it only skims the surface of the concept of the Asylum and its inmates.
Nrama: Le Jardin Noir is described as France's equivalent to Arkham Asylum. But how is it different?
Hine: Gotham’s Arkham Asylum is a prison. Le Jardin Noir is more of a traditional asylum. When I wrote my Arkham books I showed Jeremiah Arkham trying to evolve the asylum into this kind of institution, where the insane are given shelter and support, rather than just incarceration. Jeremiah turned out to be as insane as the inmates, so that didn’t really work out, but I would like to explore the idea more with Le Jardin Noir, to examine whether the inmates perceptions are as valid as those of the "sane."
Nrama: How has it been writing Dick and Damian with this backdrop? Are they a little more out of their element than they are in Gotham?
Hine: Initially, yes. They’re dropped into an unfamiliar environment that has been further transformed into a nightmare scene, where bodies melt and transform and people behave like beasts.
Dick has to bring his analytical resources to bear to see past the surface appearances and also to find a motivation for the mayhem. The meaning is in the motive.
Damian’s precociousness means that he isn’t the slightest bit intimidated and he dives in with his usual disregard for caution, with potentially disastrous consequences.
My tongue is firmly in my cheek for the duration of this story and in order to condense it down to those 20 pages, I adopted the style of a certain well-known writer that I’ve long admired. It’s not too hard to guess who that is, but there are more clues in the story.
Nrama: Who are some of the characters we'll meet in this story, and how will they challenge Batman and Robin?
Hine: Sister Crystal has a kind of Midas touch that turns organic material to glass. Her lover, The Id, has the ability to release uncontrolled desires that overcome civilized behavior. Skin Talker has a rare skin disease where writing appears spontaneously on his flesh, the text of which appears to foretell the future for selected individuals. Ray Man has the ability to distort reality to his own designs. Batman and Robin start out trying to save the citizens of Paris from these weird characters but very soon find themselves falling victim to their metahuman powers, and they soon find themselves fighting just to survive.
I hasten to add that while Robin may indeed be turned to glass, Batman doesn’t actually get his eye pierced by the Eiffel Tower as depicted in Chris Burnham’s cover. That’s purely symbolic, and although Chris denied it, I’m convinced he was just trying to depict the worst visual pun of all time.
Nrama: The cover is unique for a Batman comic. But with all these characters you've described, it's not surprising at all to hear about them. This isn't your first time inventing strange characters for Batman's world. Is there a certain approach you take when creating crazy characters for the Batman universe? Are there parameters? Or is the sky the limit?
Hine: I subscribe to the idea that anything goes in comics. I loved the craziness of the '60s DC comics when you could have stories like "Rainbow Batman" or have Lois Lane spend an entire issue of her comic trying to hide her colossally expanded head in "Lois Lane’s Super Brain." That kind of thing is no longer appropriate for most of the DC titles, which are pretty much grounded in a "realistic" setting. But with so many monthly Bat-titles, I think it’s nice to have one where you can go a little crazy. Batman and Robin seems to have become that title.
Nrama: What does Greg Tocchini bring to the story?
Hine: We’re months away from publication and I haven’t seen any of Greg’s art for this issue yet, but I was very pleased to hear he was drawing it. I was absolutely knocked out by Greg’s art for the Radical book, The Last Days of American Crime. That was my first exposure to his work, and I was hugely impressed by the originality of style, the sensuousness of the line and the cinematic quality of the storytelling. I think Greg’s on the fast-track to A-list status. I’m really excited to see how he handles the challenges of this story.
Nrama: Is there anything else you want to tell fans about the issue?
Hine: If you think Le Jardin Noir is a cool concept and you like the characters in this story, make some noise.
Nrama: Will we see more from you in the Batman universe after this?
Hine: Hopefully more from Le Jardin Noir and the man currently known as The Son of Man. It depends whether people like this issue or if it bombs. I guess it could go either way.
Rich Johnston wrote:Batman Odyssey will be returning in October with a new volume and a new number one. And creator Neal Adams wants everyone to know it.What the heck is happening with Batman Odyssey?
DC tells us the solicitations have begun for the last 7 monthly issues.
Your stores have not been reacting to your enthusiasm, but rather, they have been reacting to the internet chatter. Chatter that I…. perhaps should have responded to.
Now it’s all verblunget and you guys are the ones who are losing out, and I am sorry.
The continuing series is just great! It’s exciting and dramatic with neanderthals, evolved dinosaurs, magicians, war, death, gnomes, trolls and tests, the like of which Batman, the modern Ulysses has never faced in his life… all happening in a real underworld.
The multiple climaxes are killer. But if you care…. Man, I hate to say this… you’ve got to hoc your stores like bloody hell to get these issues.
My promise to you is to give you the best, most exciting comic books ever. I’ve never failed you, and I never will. But this time, you’ve got to dig in and demand your stores get this. The best Batman series ever.
A note: You notice Marvel is actually promoting my work for them? Avengers and the “Secret Project?” You’ll notice Dark Horse is promoting Blood? Well, for some reason, DC isn’t promoting “Batman Odyssey.”
So…. it’s up to you and me, guys and gals.
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