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Metal: Batman Lost Art Teases Bruce Wayne’s [SPOILER]

Metal: Batman Lost Art Teases Bruce Wayne’s [SPOILER]

The second issue of Dark Nights: Metal concluded with Batman being transformed into a gateway, through which the demon Barbatos and his seven evil Batmen have entered the DC Universe from the Dark Multiverse. Readers will have to wait for the release of Batman Lost in November to see how Batman will “face his greatest fears,” but via his Twitter account, writer Scott Snyder has shared a page from the one-shot (which he dubs “METAL #3.5) featuring a much older Bruce Wayne… and a mysterious young girl.


The first panel shows the girl peeking her head into Bruce’s room, while the next panel features three young boys, draped in shadows. All three appear to have on formal suits and ties, with the girl wearing a dress. Perhaps all four are attending some type of party at Wayne Manor? As for Batman, the receding white hair, wrinkles and mustache on his face indicate that this is a much older, more weary Bruce Wayne.

RELATED: Coipel, Bengal Join Snyder for Dark Nights: Metal One-Shot, Batman Lost

One lingering question from the art, which appears to be by one of the one-shot’s announced artists, Olivier Coipel, is, who is this young girl? With his advanced age, it’s quite possible she’s Bruce’s granddaughter, or a version of Helena Wayne, who is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman on Earth-Two (also known as the superhero Huntress). Since Bruce wasn’t that old when he became lost in the Dark Multiverse, either time accelerates faster there, or Batman is experiencing some type of nightmare scenario.

Batman Lost arrives in stores on Wednesday, November 8. The $3.99 one-shot will feature a foil-stamped cover by Bengal.


  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER
  • Cover by BENGAL
  • Trapped in the Dark Multiverse, Batman must face his greatest fears!

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Mister Miracle Will Take a (Short) Break Between Issues 6 and 7

Mister Miracle Will Take a (Short) Break Between Issues 6 and 7

Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle is already shaping up to be DC Comics’ breakout hit of 2017. The duo’s take on Scott Free is breathing new life into Jack Kirby’s New Gods, so when Gerads mentioned on Twitter that the title would take a short break between issues six and seven to let his schedule breathe, it is understandable that readers might take pause at the news.

Thankfully, the creative team has something special up their sleeves during the hiatus.

RELATED: Yes, Mister Miracle is Part Of Rebirth (And Dark Nights: Metal) Continuity

The break between Mister Miracle #6-7 comes right at the midway point of the 12-issue series, which makes it the most logical point in the story to offer readers something different. Perhaps King will team with another artist for a special self-contained story that takes place during the events of Mister Miracle. An issue dedicated to Mister Miracle’s wife Big Barda would be embraced, for example. Or what if the spotlight is placed on the villains of Apokolips, who have stricken a blow against New Genesis by killing its leader, the Highfather?

There are a number of different avenues Mister Miracle can embark on. After the reaction to the first two issues, it’s safe to say fans will be present and accounted for to see what King and Gerads come up with next.

The next issue in the series, Mister Miracle #3, hits stands on October 11.

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Len Wein, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor, Dies at 69

Len Wein, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor, Dies at 69

Len Wein, the award-winning writer and editor, perhaps best known for co-creating Swamp Thing for DC Comics and Wolverine for Marvel Comics, along with editing Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, passed away Sunday, according to multiple industry reports including word of the news from fellow comics veteran Paul Kupperberg. He was 69 years old.

Wein got his start in comics in 1968 working on DC’s Teen Titans #18. His first Marvel work came in Daredevil #71 in 1970. From there, he continued writing anthology stories for both publishers, along with guest-spots on such titles as Superman and The Flash.

Together with Bernie Wrightson, they created the supernatural superhero Swamp Thing in 1971’s The House of Secrets #92. Swamp Thing would go on to star in various ongoing and miniseries that continue to this day. Wein also contributed to the Man-Thing mythos over at Marvel by introducing the concept of “Whoever Knows Fear Burns at the Man-Thing’s Touch.”

RELATED: Wein’s “Swamp Thing” Homecoming Blurs the Lines Between Man, Monster & Hero

During Wein’s tenure at Marvel, he teamed with artists John Romita Sr. and Herb Trimpe to create Wolverine in The Incredible Hulk #180. In 1975, Wolverine would appear as a member of a revamped X-Men team in Giant-Size X-Men #1, penned by Wein and illustrated by Dave Cockrum. The new lineup that included classic characters like Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus would become mainstays across multiple X-Men lineups and volumes.

Wein returned to DC in the late 1970s as a writer and editor, where as the former he created Batman supporting cast member Lucius Fox, and contributed to a rare DC/Marvel crossover in DC Special Series #27. His work as an editor included runs on New Teen TitansBatman and the Outsiders, and All-Star Squadron, and the aforementioned Watchmen.

Word of Wein’s passing began to spread across social media, with writer Brian Michael Bendis thanking the creator for his work on the X-Men and Swamp Thing. “Len Wein, co-creator of WOLVERINE and SWAMP THING & more responsible for the x-men you love than he gets credit for. Thank you.”

Tom King posted an image from Batman #15, which shows Commissioner Jim Gordon using Wein’s Marvel nickname.

Legendary creator Neil Gaiman posted a thread of messages to his longtime friend.

Wein was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards’ Hall of Fame in 2008. CBR sends its condolences to Wein’s friends, family and loved ones at this time.

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Power Man & Iron Fist Creative Team Move to Image for Bitter Root

Power Man & Iron Fist Creative Team Move to Image for Bitter Root

Writer David F. Walker and artist Sanford Greene, the creative team behind Marvel Comics’ Power Man and Iron Fist, are reuniting for a new ongoing series at Image Comics titled Bitter Root. Joined by co-writer Chuck Brown, Bitter Root is set during the Harlem Renaissance and follows a family of monster hunters who are the world’s only hope against supernatural forces.

RELATED: Walker Sets Harlem Ablaze With Power Man, Iron Fist & Alex Wilder

Bitter Root is going to be unlike any comic book people have seen,” Walker said in a statement at Rose City Comic Con in Portland. “We’re mixing action and horror, with a cast of characters unique to the medium to tell an epic tale of the Sangerye family and the sacrifices they are willing to make for humanity. I’m excited for this series for several reasons. It gives me the chance to work with Sanford again, Chuck, who is a great co-writer, and Image, which publishes some absolutely amazing comics.”

Bitter Root is a dream project,” Brown added. “Walker, Greene, and I share the same tastes while bringing our own unique talents and perspectives to the book. Bitter Root takes a classic horror genre and remolds it into something new and eye opening. I haven’t had this much fun creating comics in awhile.”

Walker, Greene and Brown’s Bitter Root arrives in 2018.

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Marvel Legacy Trailer Hypes Surprise Return of Iconic Character

Marvel Legacy Trailer Hypes Surprise Return of Iconic Character

With the events of Secret Empire in the rear-view mirror, if just barely, Marvel Comics can now shift its focus to its next publishing initiative, Marvel Legacy. This morning the company debuted a new trailer for the venture, promoting Marvel Legacy #1 and the 1,000,000 BC Avengers, original renumbering of issues, and the promise of the return of an iconic character.

RELATED: Alex Ross Covers Marvel Legacy’s Thor Revival

Viewers are greeted by Tom Brevoort, Marvel’s senior vice president of publishing, who teases what’s inside Marvel Legacy #1, a one-shot meant to set off a chain of events that will have far-reaching ramifications across the Marvel Universe for years to come.

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso also reaffirms the Marvel Legacy era will see the return of fan-favorite characters, but not at the expense of newer heroes like the Miles Morales Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel.

However, the part of the trailer that will undoubtedly garner the most attention comes near the end, when Brevoort reiterates that “Marvel Legacy also features the surprising, unexpected return of a big Marvel icon.” Since the initial Marvel Legacy announcement, fans have been pondering which long-forgotten hero or group of heroes could make a triumphant return. Also, Alonso has been quoted as saying its final page of the one-shot is “probably gonna break the internet.”

Marvel Comics’ Legacy initiative kicks off Sept. 27 with Marvel Legacy #1, a 50-page one-shot from writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic that promises to tell the “startling origin of the Marvel Universe” and underscore how “it’s all connected.”

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Tom King Teases Catwoman’s Answer to Batman’s Proposal

Tom King Teases Catwoman’s Answer to Batman’s Proposal

Writer Tom King dropped a bombshell inside the pages of Batman #24 when the Dark Knight proposed to his longtime love interest/nemesis Catwoman. While fans have to wait until the flashback tale “The War of Jokes and Riddles” concludes for Selina Kyle’s response, King has released a piece of artwork teasing her answer.

The writer shared the image with the message, “Meanwhile, in Batman 32. Catwoman is giving her answer.” The black-and-white art, by Mikel Janin, comes from Batman #32 and shows the Bat and Cat’s alter egos of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in what looks like a tender moment, with Bruce caressing and kissing Selina’s left hand. The real mystery is whether this takes place before or after Catwoman’s made her decision on marrying the Batman. Is this a kiss of joy, or sadness? Your guess is as good as ours.

RELATED: King & Weeks Will Tell the Story of Batman and Catwoman’s First Date, Ever

“The War of Jokes and Riddles” is running through Batman #25-32 and follows Bruce as he recounts to Selina a turf war between the Joker and Riddler in his early days as Batman. Before the story arc wraps up, Bruce will reveal to Selina a deep, dark secret that he’s kept only to himself.

Batman #32, from writer Tom King and artist Mikel Janin, goes on sale Oct. 4.

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Murphy Debuts Batman: White Knight’s Batgirl, Nightwing

Murphy Debuts Batman: White Knight’s Batgirl, Nightwing

Sean Gordon Murphy isn’t shy when it comes to revealing story details on social media, but it was going to take a lot to follow up on his announcement of the name the Joker will go by in Batman: White Knight. That said, the writer/artist’s latest revelation is a pretty big piece of news; showcased on the cover for the series’ third issue are the redesigned looks for Batman family members Nightwing and Batgirl.

RELATED: Batman: White Knight Unveils a New Batmobile

The cover shows Nightwing and Batgirl swinging through the air, no doubt in hot pursuit of an evildoer — or even in this reality, where Batman’s the bad guy, they’re still part of Bruce Wayne’s costumed inner circle. Nightwing’s familiar chest symbol can be seen, though he appears to be sporting a shorter haircut, along with the addition of a jacket. Batgirl has a shorter cape on her back, with what looks like a different style Bat symbol than what she is currently wearing in DC’s Rebirth era. Very small changes to her belt, gloves, and boots are also noticeable.

RELATED: The Joker Gets a New Alias in Batman: White Knight

The series will flip the dynamic between Batman and his arch nemesis, the Joker, with the latter set up as the hero of the story alongside his longtime love interest, Harley Quinn.

Batman: White Knight #1, by Sean Gordon Murphy, arrives in stores Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

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Cable Writer Ed Brisson Signs Exclusivity Agreement with Marvel

Cable Writer Ed Brisson Signs Exclusivity Agreement with Marvel

Marvel Comics has signed writer Ed Brisson to an exclusivity agreement. Along with writing Iron Fist and Old Man Logan, Brisson will take over writing duties on Cable for an arc titled “Newer Mutants” as part of the publisher’s upcoming Marvel Legacy initiative.

RELATED: INTERVIEW: Ed Brisson’s Iron Fist Unites Marvel’s Martial Arts Masters

“I’ve been a huge Marvel fan since I was a kid,” Brisson said in a press release. “I grew up with stacks of Spider-Man, Punisher, Daredevil, Ghost Rider and X-Men littering my bedroom floor. The comics would be in tatters because I would read them repeatedly, often having to tape the covers back on. I remember being on vacation when Kraven’s Last Hunt was coming out and begging my mom to drive me a half hour to the closest town with a convenience store so that I wouldn’t miss out on the latest issue. It’s still surreal to me that I’m currently writing some of those characters that I grew up reading. I don’t know that I’ll ever get over that feeling. I hope that I don’t.”

For the moment, though, Brisson said he’s happy to keep on working on his main project — Iron Fist.

RELATED: Yes, The Punisher Now Has Rhodey’s War Machine Armor

“I’ve been having a blast writing Iron Fist,” Brisson said. “He’s one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe and I think that Mike Perkins and I have been doing some pretty interesting stuff with him, adding things to his mythology that will hopefully be felt for years to come.”

For Marvel Legacy, Brisson will pit Old Man Logan against the ninja group The Hand, while introducing a new threat in the Scarlet Samurai.

“We’re taking Logan back to face off against one of his more classic foes: The Hand,” Brisson said. “To my mind, The Hand’s never really been much of a serious threat for Logan in the past, as he has a tendency to cut through them like butter.”

RELATED: Comic Legends: Why Did Captain Britain Become Britanic?

But that’s not the case anymore. According to Brisson, under the guidance of Gorgon and the mysterious Scarlet Samurai, plans are afoot to improve The Hand, to make them deadlier so that they’re no longer simply cannon fodder for superheroes.

Both Gorgon and Logan have gone head-to-head on several occasions, but in the Marvel Legacy arc Gorgon will be desperate to take Logan down. Scarlet Samurai, on the other hand, is a new player in the game, who wants something from Logan that will slowly be revealed over the course of the story.

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Thompson, Bachalo Tackling Spider-Man vs. Deadpool

Thompson, Bachalo Tackling Spider-Man vs. Deadpool

There’s going to be a shakeup in the relationship between Marvel Comics’ wacky pairing of Spider-Man and Deadpool. Not only will Spider-Man/Deadpool get a new creative team —
writer Robbie Thompson and artist Chris Bachalo — in November’s issue #23, but the series will also be retitled Spider-Man vs. Deadpool.

RELATED: Marvel Legacy Honors Deadpool’s Despicable Roots

The news was announced by Marvel editor Nick Lowe during the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Like the main Deadpool series, the book will have interlude issues, but instead of flashbacks, it’ll have flash forwards: Starting with Old Man Wilson and Old Man Parker at a retirement home.

Spider-Man/Deadpool launched in 2016 from writer Joe Kelly and artist Ed McGuinness, and saw the wallcrawler working reluctantly alongside the Merc with a Mouth. The series has shuffled creative teams during its run, most notably during the Deadpool-focused “‘Til Death Do Us…” crossover with the main Deadpool series and Deadpool: The Mercs For Money.

RELATED: Peter Parker Returns to the Daily Bugle in Marvel Legacy

Thompson is no stranger to the world of Spider-Man, having penned Spidey, a retelling of Spider-Man’s earlier days as a teenager and just coming into his own as a superhero, and Silk, which starred Cindy Moon as a new Spider-Man supporting character who was bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker.

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DC’s Duke Thomas Set to Star In Ongoing Series

DC’s Duke Thomas Set to Star In Ongoing Series

Batman’s latest protege, Duke Thomas, will headline his own ongoing series titled Batman: The Signal, written by DC Talent Workshop alum Tony Patrick. The announcement was made during the Dark Nights: Metal and Dark Matter panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

RELATED: SDCC: DC Reveals Dark Nights: Metal’s Evil Batmen

Dubbed “Gotham’s hero by day” by Snyder, Thomas received his new superhero moniker from the Joker in Dark Days: The Casting, a prelude to Dark Nights: Metal.

In an interview with CBR, Snyder gave some hints that a solo book for Thomas was in the near future. “What I will say about The Signal, or Signal, is that Duke is a character I’ve had a lot invested in for a long time, and there’s been so many calls to get him his own book and his own name and his own story. But, I didn’t want to do it before I felt we had the right platform.”

He added, “One of the reasons we put him in The Casting was to show his importance to us and spotlight the part of the mythology in Gotham that he’s actually essential to. So the other half of this, from just a logistics standpoint, is that I wanted this to be a place where I could bring in new talent.”

“The other thing I’d say is that I think it’s a really cool concept just in that, Joker is actually really open about it,” Snyder said. “We’ve hinted at in previous stuff, but, to have something that actually makes a hero-by-day for Gotham is actually really cool. It’s something we haven’t seen and gives Duke a mythology that is brand new.”

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