Saturday, April 02, 2011
Alan Grant & Norm Breyfogle Re-unite For Batman One-Shot
This would have to be one of the most exciting news of the year, no matter how you want to look at it. Details aren’t as complete as I’d like them to be, but I can announce, now that the contracts have been signed and agreements made, that DC Comics will be releasing a series of comics.
You might well be saying, “So what? DC release comics every week – it’s their job ya idjit!” And you’re right, but what sets these issues apart is both the description and the creative teams. The series is being referred to by the title "Retro-Active" at the moment, this may or may not change. The concept, according to DC Editor Jim Chadwick, is, “…to take our six flagship titles-- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Justice League-and create one new issue for each of the following decades: the 1970s, 80s and 90s. So there will be 18 individual comic books in total, three for each character.” The new story will be 36 pages long and the actual comic will be matched with a reprint of an actual story from that same time period.
And the creative teams for the three Batman titles? Len Wein will be writing the 1970s story, with an artist yet to be determined, although, personally, Rich Buckler would be an ideal choice if they can’t afford Neal Adams.
The 1980s story will see Mike W Barr and Alan Davis reunited, once more, on a Batman story. That’s right, Barr and Davis, two creators who gave Detective Comics one of it’s most memorable, albeit all too short, runs for the mid 1980s, a run that is still looked upon as being series defining, with Davis creating some iconic images and covers in combination with inker Paul Neary. And now the biggest news of them all…
Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle will be producing the 1990s book.
That’s right, hold on to your wigs people, Alan and Norm are going all out on this book, Norm has asked for at least six pages of fight scenes and is as excited as I’ve ever seen him before. The on-going push for the return of Grant and Breyfogle to the one character that they are best known for has proven successful, even if for only one issue, but then who knows where it could lead. And with the pair’s Detective Comics/Batman run being collected in hardback form in both Spain and Italy, surely it’s only a matter of time before DC Comics realise that they’re sitting on a goldmine here. Until then, we’ll have three of the most amazing books of the year on the shelves, one of which will show the artists of today just what Batman should look like, a giant, sinister bat, not a buffed up man with short pointy ears.
One more time, Alan Grant. Norm Breyfogle. Batman. Coming soon.