Brian Michael Bendis' first Batman story, a six-page Elseworlds short created with artist Michael Gaydos, will be reprinted in copies of Bendis and Gaydos' Pearl #1, Bendis' first creator-owned work to be published through DC Comics.
Here's what Bendis had to say about the story, titled "Citizen Wayne" (via DCComics.com):
"Newer fans don’t know because it was a long time ago, but just before I signed with Marvel—just before I started Ultimate Spider-Man and Jessica Jones—Michael Gaydos and I were hired to write and draw a six-page Batman story. It was an Elseworlds Batman story called 'Citizen Wayne.' It was Citizen Kane with Batman...I called up Dan DiDio and I said, 'Hey, can we reprint that Batman story in the back of Pearl? People don’t know about it and it’s cute.' Dan said yes, so our very first Batman story will be reprinted in the back of Pearl #1. People who have already ordered the issue are getting a bonus. This is on the house, as they say. For anyone else who wants a copy of it, pick up Pearl #1. You’re going to get a brand-new character from the creators of Jessica Jones and as a bonus, a pretty fun Batman story."
Pearl #1 will be available August 15.