1st Look: BATMAN #28's 'Spoiler Issue' Cover

Batman #28 cover
The actual cover to Batman #28
Credit: DC Comics
The actual cover to Batman #28
The actual cover to Batman #28
Credit: DC Comics

Batman fans may recall that February’s originally-solicited Batman #28 (which would have been the conclusion to "Dark City," the second of three ‘Zero Year’ chapters) was pushed back a month to Batman #29, and a special 2014 “spoiler issue” issue was put in its place (click here for a refresher course on those details and this recent interview with Scott Snyder dicussing Batman in 2014 ).

Today Newsarama can 'exclusively' (at least for a few minutes, anyway) show you the actual new cover to the reworked Batman #28.

Right now you might be thinking – ‘A jail cell door? In a title in which not one but two different prisons play a regular role? What a boring-ass cover for an issue intended to spoil things and get us excited about the rest of 2014.’

But take a very close look, specifically at the keyhole to the cell door (hint: tilt your head 90 degrees to the left)… We’ll wait for you…

design of a character in Batman's future appearing in Batman #28
design of a character in Batman's future appearing in Batman #28
Credit: DC Comics

So now, what can that mean? We ran it through the Bat-computer we picked up at Radio Shack and it spit out two interpretations:

One – that Batman lands in jail. "Orange is the New Batsuit?"

Two – that Batman finally privatizes the Gotham City correctional facility system – i.e. he starts locking up his own prisoners. Many fans might argue he should have started doing that years ago.

Of course if he did he'd probably have one of those fancy see-through cells like in Thor: The Dark World and Star Trek: Into Darkness so he could have awesomely cinematic confrontations with his captives, but that wouldn't make for a cool teaser cover.

Add to that a couple of bits from the now infamous ‘Batsgiving’ teaser (see below) – a Commissioner Gordon seemingly bound by handcuffs and Alfred sporting what looks like a straightjacket, and you got some full-on intrigue.

Credit: DC Comics

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Batman #28 Howard Chaylin 'Steampunk' variant cover
Batman #28 Howard Chaylin 'Steampunk' variant cover
Credit: DC Entertainment

BATMAN #28
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art & cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:25 Steampunk variant cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN
On sale FEBRUARY 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
This special issue, written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion with art and cover by Dustin Nguyen, will provide a peek at what's to come in the weekly Batman Eternal series, with glimpses at some key characters in the series.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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