BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT Gets Official Release Date

"Batman: Creature of the Night #1" preview
Credit: John Paul Leon (DC Comics)
Credit: John Paul Leon (DC Comics)

Writer Kurt Busiek and artist John Paul Leon's Batman: Creature of the Night, the long-awaited thematic sequel to Busiek and Stuart Immonen's Superman: Secret Identity first announced in 2010, has been put on the schedule for a November 29 debut.

"Superman: Secret Identity is about a young man named Clark Kent in a world where Superman is a comic book character. Batman: Creature of the Night is about a young man named Bruce Wainwright in a world where Batman is a comic book character. And both of them get involved in fantasy adventure scenarios that involve these characters," Busiek told Newsarama in 2010. "But where Superman: Secret Identity was much more about self-identity and science fiction, Batman: Creature of the Night is a lot more about horror and dark things, because... he's Batman!"

The four-issue Prestige format series Batman: Creature of the Night is set in Boston in 1968, and tells the story of Bruce Wainright, a young Batman fan whose parents are murdered during a robbery, and whose life suddenly has unexpected parallels to his.

"Bruce Wainwright goes through the tragic loss of his parents similar to Bruce Wayne, but we get to spend a lot more time with him as a child," Leon told Newsarama in 2011. "The entire first issue is dedicated to that time in his life. As far as how Batman works his way into his life, I'm going to leave that as a mystery for now.

Credit: John Paul Leon (DC Comics)

You can see more of the interior art right here. Here's the solicitation for the first issue:

BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT #1
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art and cover by JOHN PAUL LEON
Young Bruce Wainwright lost his parents in a violent crime…and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day. But as grief and rage builds inside Bruce until he feels he can’t keep it inside anymore, something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night! Perhaps Bruce’s grief isn’t inside him after all?
Modern masters Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for the spiritual companion to the beloved SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY, putting a new spin you’ve never seen before on the legend of Batman—and the dark emotions that drive him!
On sale NOVEMBER 29 • 48 pg, FC, 1 of 4, $5.99 US • RATED T+
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