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