Late Knight tales

A mere 11 years af­ter it was first an­nounced, Bat­man:Eu­ropa is fi­nally sched­uled in...

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There’s a grand tra­di­tion of comics run­ning late, but few have been quite so tardy as Bat­man: Eu­ropa. An­nounced way back in 2004, it’s fi­nally due out this Novem­ber. Prob­a­bly.

Writ­ten by Brian Az­zarello and Mat­teo Casali, with pen­cils from Jim Lee and Giuseppe Ca­muncoli, the lim­ited run se­ries finds the Dark Knight run­ning out of time as he con­tracts a deadly virus. He has one un­likely hope: the Joker. To­gether the two arch­en­e­mies go on a Euro­pean road-trip to try to find a cure. There’s no word, as yet, on whether they’ll be stop­ping off at the Lou­vre or tak­ing in some shows along the way.

Get­ting Jim Lee back on a Bat-book is a pretty big deal – though there seems to be a sub­tle caveat. DC’s so­lic­i­ta­tion for the se­ries says the first is­sue is pen­cilled and inked by Jim Lee, which rather sug­gests that the rest of it is not.

Still, ex­cit­ing times. Eu­ropa has been on and off the sched­ules for years now, last ap­pear­ing back in 2011, but it re­ally does hon­estly look like we’re fi­nally get­ting the thing on 18 Novem­ber.

Dark Knight Re­turns... Again

There will be a third vol­ume of Frank Miller’s much-lauded Dark Knight saga. Dark Knight III: The Mas­ter Race (no, se­ri­ously) has been penned by Frank Miller and Brian Az­zarello, with Andy Ku­bert and Klaus Jan­son on art du­ties. At the time of go­ing to press very lit­tle is known about the story, though DC is call­ing it “The epic end­ing you never saw com­ing”. It is of course the se­quel to Miller’s epochal The Dark Knight Re­turns, which changed the face of comics in 1987, and 2002’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again. De­spite the mixed re­cep­tion to Miller’s re­cent Bat-books, the thought of him work­ing on a new Dark Knight ti­tle is still an ex­cit­ing one. It will be pub­lished later this year by DC.

Fin­ger ac­knowl­edged

In other Bat news to warm the cock­les, an agree­ment has been made that writer Bill Fin­ger will be posthu­mously ac­knowl­edged as hav­ing been in­volved in Bat­man’s creation. Fin­ger was the ghost­writer who worked along­side Bob Kane in the ’30s to help cre­ate the char­ac­ter and his world – and, ru­mour has it, was in­volved in defin­ing the look of the caped cru­sader.

De­spite that, he didn’t re­ceive the same lev­els of recog­ni­tion for his in­put. This new deal means that he will re­ceive a credit on the Gotham TV show and the up­com­ing Bat­man Vs Su­per­man: Dawn Of Jus­tice movie. For its part, DC has al­ready ac­knowl­edged Fin­ger’s con­tri­bu­tion. A reis­sue of De­tec­tive Comics #27, which marked Bat­man’s de­but, has been amended to in­clude a credit for the writer.

Francesco Mat­tina cover for Eu­ropa#3.

Diego La­torre vari­ant for #3 of the 4 is­sues.

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