DC's DUKE THOMAS Finally Gets a Codename ... and His Own Ongoing Series

Duke Thomas
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Duke Thomas, the long-time sidekick of Batman, is getting his own series - and his own 100% codename - with Batman: The Signal. Co-creator Scott Snyder will write the title with Tony Patrick, an alum of Snyder's DC's Writer's Workshop.

"I brought up Duke Thomas [the "Signal" of the series' title] in the course," Patrick told The Hollywood Reporter of how he landed the job. "During the course, I said to Scott, 'You have this African-American teen character, what're you going to do with him? What's going to become of him?' And Scott said, 'I'd love to do a series about him in the future, and I'm looking for someone to help me write it!'"

"[Tony] works with kids in Brooklyn, at a center not unlike the center in the series," Snyder said of his co-writer. "He was really passionate about the character."

As the Signal, Duke Thomas will differentiate himself from Batman as being "Gotham's hero by day," according to Snyder.

Batman: The Signal will be illustrated by Cully Hamner. Here's the solicit text for the first issue:

BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1
Written by Scott Snyder and Tony Patrick • Art and cover by Cully Hamner • Variant cover by Declan Shalvey
Batman may own the night, but with new villains emerging during the day he needs an ally to defend the city when he can’t. Only one teen is up to the challenge, Duke Thomas. After months of training, he’s ready to step out of the shadow of the bat to become his own kind of hero. Meet Gotham City’s newest protector: The Signal! Spinning out of adventures in ALL-STAR BATMAN and WE ARE ROBIN, comics superstar Scott Snyder and newcomer Tony Patrick take our young hero to new heights in this exciting miniseries with artwork by Cully Hamner.
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