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– by Emmanuel Gomez

Last week in Detective Comics #994 along with the cover and imprint we saw the beginning of the Countdown to #1000. A milestone that was reached this year by Action Comics. Yesterday DC Comics released some more information regarding the book that will be celebrating Batman’s 80th anniversary. Yesterday thanks to DC Comics we got some more information regarding the historic 96 page over sized book.

First off the main cover for the book, which you can see above is put together by the DC Comics’ art team of Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair. As you can see it’s set in the Batcave, features some of the Bat-Family, specifically Nightwing, Damian and Alfred, along with a plethora of his rogues gallery. Some of the variant covers for the book have been put together by artist like Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Jim Steranko, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Tim Sale, Jock and Greg Capullo. One of the variants by Bruce Timm will pay homage to Jerry Robinson’s cover from Detective Comics #69 in November, 1942. You can check out some of those covers below!

Detective Comics #1000 will feature an original story by the current team for Detective Comics Peter J. Tomasi with artwork by Doug Mahnke that will launch a new story arc as well as introduce the new version of the Arkham Knight character from the Arkham Knight video game to DC Comics cannon. Tomasi is no stranger to the character as he wrote the Arkham Knight’s video game origin in 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight – Genesis mini-series. Check out a teaser image of him below!

Along with this new story arc there will be several well known writers and artist featured in the book with original stories all honoring the milestone anniversary of Batman which include:

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee
Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
Warren Ellis and Becky Cloonan
Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen
Denny O’Neil and Steve Epting (a sequel to O’Neil’s 1976 DETECTIVE COMICS story “There’s No Hope in Crime Alley”)
Christopher Priest and Neal Adams
Geoff Johns and Kelley Jones
Tom King, Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez

Along with all this content the book will feature a two page spread of the current state of Batman universe by one of my all time favorite artists Jason Fabok. DC Publisher Dan DiDio made this comment about this important milestone in pop culture:“Batman is one of the most enduring characters in popular culture, and his debut in DETECTIVE COMICS represented a pivotal moment in comics and pioneered a new type of superhero that would appeal to every generation,” said DiDio. “Batman continues to have an impact on entertainment worldwide and the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS is a testament to the creative genius of Bob Kane and Bill Finger and is a fitting tribute to Batman on his 80th anniversary.”

This will be a fantastic book to pick up that will be in high demand. Make sure that you are in touch with your local comic book shop to make sure that you order your copies of this historic book! Take a look at the covers and let us know which is your favorite in the comment section below!

DC Comics’ 96 page Detective Comics #1000 will be available at your local comic shops and digitally on March 27th, 2019 for $9.99.

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Source: DC Comics