Scott Snyder Writing DETECTIVE COMICS

Scott Snyder's rise in the comic book world has been pretty rapid in 2009, and will result in him taking over the namesake of DC Comics, Detective Comics, as the new ongoing writer.

Announced this morning by DC Comics, taking on Batman will be Snyder's first assignment as a newly signed exclusive writer. The writer most recently had the limited series Iron Man: Noir at Marvel Comics and launched American Vampire, an ongoing series at Vertigo that featured a second story written by horror legend Stephen King for the first arc. On DCU Blog The Source, Snyder expressed his enthusiasm for Batman. He also announced a co-feature starring police commissioner James Gordon and a return to the storytelling that earned the book its title: Detective work.

“I’ve read Batman religiously since the 80’s, and there are many stories dear to my heart - from Year One to the Cult to No Man’s Land to Hush and The Long Halloween - but I’ve been particularly amazed by what the Batman team in general, and Grant specifically, has done with the character over the last few years. I couldn’t be more thrilled or honored to be working on Detective right now … this is honestly my dream job. As for the series, I want to play things pretty close to the vest for now, but I can tell you that it’ll star Batman, and will focus heavily on his CSI work and hardcore mysteries set around Gotham. The back-up will center on Commissioner Gordon and involve a certain case - and a dark figure - from his past that comes back to haunt him in present day Gotham. The feature and back-up will be stand-alone, but will affect and inform each other."

This news follows other big bat-stories this week, including David Finch launching the new ongoing Batman: The Dark Knight, Paul Cornell writing a Knight and Squire mini-series fleshing out the British Batman & Robin, and a series of one-shots bringing Bruce Wayne back into the present day DCU in a big way.

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