Batman: Eternal is the newest weekly year-long series from DC Comics, and it's launching in Spring 2014, just in time for Batman's 75th Anniversary.
Current Batman writer Scott Snyder will lead the series as its head writer and architect with "friends" like James Tynion IV (Talon), John Layman (Detective Comics), Ray Fawkes (Justice League Dark) and Tim Seeley (Revival), and artist Jason Fabok amongst other unannounced artists rotating in from arc to arc.
In addition, a special 104-page Detective Comics #27 in January will feature new stories by Snyder, Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz and Peter Tomasi and illustrators Neal Adams, Dustin Nguyen and Francesco Francavilla - Oh, and a guy named Frank Miller, who's doing a two-page spread for the story. The book is a special "anniversary" for the 75th, as Batman's first appearance was in the original Detective #27. After that, in February, the Flash team of Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul will take over Detective Comics.
The news hit via USAToday.com on Thursday morning before New York Comic Con could even open its doors. Snyder said of the new weekly Batman: Eternal, "It's a place for me to be able to work with good friends in terms of shaping Gotham in a bigger, grander and more game-changing way than ever before." He promises the "craziest" stories for Batman in history for the weekly. The first storyarc is co-written directly by Snyder and Tynion, and the writer promises "humongous newsworthy stuff" in the story. Each subsequent arc will play to the strengths of the individual writers.
"You'll see bombastic arcs as well but there'll be plenty of room for Ray to explore some of the darker, more mystical aspects of Gotham that he loves or Tim to explore some of the crime we haven't seen before," Snyder said. He also promised that the story will feature a wider Gotham City cast, rather than focusing exclusively on Batman, citing Gotham Central as an inspiration. The book will interact with his ongoing Batman monthly, too, as that comes back to the present when "Zero Year" ends mid 2014.
After the special Detective Comics anniverary issue in January, Manapul and Buccellato plan to focus on the "Detective" in the title. "We want to bring him closer to his roots and be more of a street-level type of hero. His superheroics will still be present, but the investigative part of Batman will be at the forefront," Manapul told USAToday.com.
The pair will also be focusing on Gotham City, specifically the way Batman protects it the way a father would a child. Buccellato added that while the team will keep their signature style intact, the world of Gotham City necessitates some changes.
"There is a perception that Francis and I are best suited for 'lighter fare' because of our run on the vibrant, fast-moving world of Barry Allen. But we also have a gritty and dark side that we will tap into as we get into the mind of the Dark Knight," Buccellato said. "Stylistically, we will use the tools in our toolbox to capture what we think the Bat-universe looks and feels like. Gotham won't look like Central City, so you won't be seeing all the bright reds, oranges and yellows that defined Flash's world."