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: