Friday, March 13, 2009

The All New Batman and Robin - First Look

As you may or may not know, depending on if you read/follow DC Comics, is that Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne) went missing, then was killed by Darkseid in Final Crisis #6 and has since been subsequently shown reborn in an unknown time and place at the end of Final Crisis #7. With Wayne’s departure from the DC landscape a huge void has been created, a void that obviously must be filled. Enter Battle for the Cowl, a three issue comic book mini-series which will answer the question once and for all who will be the new Batman.

DC Comics - Batman: Battle For The Cowl Teaser Image 1
Most people think it will be one of three men: Richard “Dick” Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing and the original Robin; Tim Drake, the third Robin; or Jason Todd, the recently resurrected second Robin who may or may not be the title character of the new series Red Robin. The Blot has absolutely no clue who will take over the mantle of Batman, but I’d like to see the cowl go to Bruce Wayne’s true successor Dick Grayson. I think as long as it’s not possibly deceased, former Batman replacement Jean-Paul Valley (a.k.a. Azrael) I’ll be a happy reader.

DC Comics - Batman: Battle for the Cowl Teaser Image 2 - Catwoman, Hush, Nightwing, Jason Todd & Robin
What’s cool though is that after Battle for the Cowl concludes, DC will be reorganizing the Batman family of titles and launching five all new series including what “is being pegged as the ‘flagship’ Batman title” Batman and Robin. While DC will still be producing Detective Comics and Batman, Batman and Robin, written by Grant Morrison and penciled by Frank Quitely, will be where all eyes are focused when it is launched in June 2009. (link)

DC Comics - Batman and Robin #1 Cover Artwork by Frank Quitely
While we still don’t know who will be under Batman’s cowl when all is said and done, we at least now have our very first look at the all new team of Batman and Robin courtesy of IGN.com (see above). This is the cover for Batman and Robin #1 drawn by Quitely, and after seeing it I am dying to know who the new Dark Knight and Boy Wonder will be.

Head here to read IGN’s interview with author Grant Morrison and to see some pages of art from Batman & Robin by Frank Quitely.

*Potential Spoiler* After reading IGN’s interview with Morrison, does anyone else think the new Robin is without a doubt Damian Wayne, Bruce's illegitimate son with Ra's al Ghul's daughter Talia? Thoughts!?!
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