By Todd Allen
For the moment, it looks like the rumor mill was wrong on the Bat-book backups being linked. At least if they are, it isn’t in an obvious way. DC has announced the backup in Detective Comics will be a 10-page feature about Harvey Dent, A.K.A. Two-Face. Since this is going to highlight Dent’s history, I suppose it’s possible the Court of Owls (the backup in Batman) will pop up in Dent’s past, but that’s not the first thing that comes to mind.
The Two-Face feature will still be written by Tony Daniel. As with Batman (and All-Star Western, for that matter), the same writer(s) is involved with the entire book. Say what you will about these $3.99, 40 page comics, but if you’re going to do them and fill out the book with a backup, consistency in the writing across the features is probably the best way to go… if you’re not expanding the existing lead feature from 20 to 30 pages. (Yes, there are still a few artists who can keep up with that.)
Joining Daniel for the backup will be artist Szymon Kudranski. If that name doesn’t immediately leap out at you, he did the backup/short story in Detective Comics #5, which just came out. He’s also on the current Penguin miniseries, did some Streets of Gotham and also some Spawn. Hmmm… Greg Capullo, over on Batman, used to draw Spawn. Daniel did a little bit of Spawn for Image. Now Daniel gets an artist for his backup feature that’s drawn some Spawn.
Anyway, Kudranski isn’t coming out of nowhere and it’s interesting that he’d have a short piece in Detective so close to the announcement of the backup. That’s most likely a coincidence, with 3 issues to go before the backup starts, but interesting none the less. Detective fans can pick up the most recent issue that still warm off the presses and see who’s coming to play.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.