FINCH To Write-Draw NEW BATMAN Ongoing

Exclusive DC artist David Finch can now add a new title to his resume - writer/artist.

Starting in November 2011, Finch will launch a new ongoing Batman series Batman: The Dark Knight, according to an official announcement by DC Tuesday morning.

The series will be preceded in October by Batman: The Return, a one-shot featuring Finch's pencils and written by Grant Morrison, “kicking off a new era for the Dark Knight and giving fans a quick taste of what's coming in the new ongoing”, according to the publisher.

"I've made no secret of the fact that I've wanted to draw Batman for a very, very long time,” said Finch of the new series. “Batman and his world embody everything that I love about superhero comics, and I could not be happier that I've gotten this opportunity!”

“Maybe the greatest thing about Batman is his versatility as a character. He can be so many things to so many people. For me though, the Neal Adams, Denny O'Neil issues from the early 70's are the most definitive. That work casts a very long shadow over every Batman book that has come out since, and I think it’s a testament to its strength that close to 40 years later it remains modern and vital. Batman is at his best with his hands dirty, chasing the worst of the worst with everything on the line. He's a detective, first and foremost. But he's also the enforcer. Nobody gets away with crime under Batman's watch, and he makes sure they think twice before they step over the line again.

“The Dark Knight takes Batman outside what he knows, into a world of demonology, dark arts, and mystery. He's the ultimate detective, faster, stronger and smarter than any villian, but now he faces creatures to whom logic and mortality don't apply.

“I want Dark Knight to be true to Batman's street level, crime fighter roots. He'll face a rogues gallery that we're all familiar with, but this book will take him on a darker path where he'll be stretched to his physical and psychological limits."

Look for more on this new series later today…

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