DC Comics Announces New Batman Weekly, Detective Comics New Creative Team

How’s that for a long headline? Yesterday DC Comics broke the news, via USA Today, that, yes, we’re getting another Batman title – a weekly series, Batman Eternal (not to be confused with Batman Forever). Scott Snyder will act as head writer with James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley, and artist Jason Fabok. The new series promises to have continuity effecting events within its plots as well. Read on after the jump.

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Batman Eternal By Jason Fabok

Launching next spring, BATMAN ETERNAL is an all-new weekly series that comes to you from “showrunner” and BATMAN writer, Scott Snyder, along with writers James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley, and artist Jason Fabok.

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,” Snyder told USA TODAY. “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.”

“We’re five guys doing our best to give you an exciting Gotham that’s changing under the feet of its characters,” Snyder continued.

And if that’s not enough Batman news for you, DC Comics also revealed that Detective Comics # 27 will be 104 pages with work by Batman creators past and present.

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Detective Comics # 27 Variant Cover By Chris Burnham

In stores January 8, DETECTIVE COMICS # 27 includes a modern-day retelling of the Dark Knight’s origin by the incredible team of writer Brad Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch! Plus, all-new stories by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Peter J. Tomasi and Guillem March, Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen, Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams, new art by legendary Batman writer/artist Frank Miller, and more! This issue – which will include variant covers by Neal Adams, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Chris Burnham, Kelley Jones, Patrick Gleason and Mike Allred – also includes John Layman and Jason Fabok’s final storyline, “Gothtopia”.

Still don’t have your Batman comic news fill? Well then, Detective Comics will soon be getting a new creative team – one I think fans will be happy with. Read on.

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Batman By Francis Manapul

The creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato will take over Detective Comics after the aforementioned extra – sized issue. I’m sure they’ll do the same wonders for Batman as they did The Flash. Check out the excerpt.

“We want to bring him closer to his roots and be more of a street-level type of hero,” Manapul told USA TODAY about his and Buccellato’s plans for the Dark Knight. “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.”

“Stylistically, we will use the tools in our toolbox to capture what we think the Bat-universe looks and feels like,” added Buccellato. “Gotham won’t look like Central City, so you won’t be seeing all the bright reds, oranges and yellows that defined Flash’s world.

Keep checking back for more New York Comic Con ’13 news throughout today and weekend.

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