This year DC Comics celebrated Action Comics reaching the milestone of 1000 issues, with that also came Brian Michael Bendis taking over everything Superman. Next year, it’s time to celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary as well as another one of their title’s reaching issue 1000, Detective Comics. Today DC Entertainment revealed their plans to celebrate these milestones with two books.
First off let’s talk about Detective Comics #1000. This will be a 96 page issue featuring new original story written by Peter J. Tomasi with artwork by Doug Mahnke. A very exciting aspect of this book is the fact that it will include the comic book debut of the Arkham Knight. A character that is very familiar to a lot of people as he was the main antagonist for Rockstedy Studios’ last Batman video game Batman: Arkham Knight. In the game it was very obvious that Jason Todd was the Knight, but DC is promising that this will, “reveal a never-before-seen iteration of the Arkham Knight”.
Along with that story, the book will pay tribute to the Dark Knight’s 80 year old history with a series of supporting stories by some of DC Comic’s top writers including Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Christopher Priest, Denny O’niel, Neal Adams, Kelly Jones, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Maleev and others.
The other title will be a hardcover book titled Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman. This will feature an amazing all new cover by Jim Lee and is a guest editor, former DC Comics publisher and writer Paul Levitz. It will include many rare and unpublished comic shorts from Batman’s history like a Levitz & Denys Cown story as well as the original layouts from Detective Comics #200 by Lew Sayre Schwartz and Bob Kane. Besides stories it will have essays about the caped crusader and Detective Comics by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Glen David Gold, Denny O’Niel, former San Diego police cheif Shelley Zimmerman and pulp historian Anthony Tollin.
“The enduring popularity of Batman over the past 80 years speaks to the character’s multi-generational appeal,” said DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. “We’re proud to celebrate Batman’s cultural impact with these special releases and look forward to a year of commemorating this milestone anniversary with fans across the globe.”
Since his debut in Detective Comics #27 in March of 1939, one way or another Batman has been able to stay relevant in pop culture. I am very excited to see what Tomasi has in mind for a story featuring the Arkham Knight as well as what other plans DC Comics has for a character turning 80 years old.
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Both titles Detective Comics #1000 and Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman will be available in March of 2019.
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Source: DC Entertainment