I’m not going to waste your time with a flowery intro. There’s no time for that. Batman and Spawn are crossing over again. It’s written by Todd McFarlane and drawn by Greg Capullo. First teased at SDCC, today DC Comics has released new details for the December-shipping one-shot, which is colored by Dave McCaig.
Here’s DC’s description for the 48-page one-shot:
Two dark heroes, cursed by tragedy, find their paths crossing again…but not by choice! What sinister foe is at work, pitting the Dark Knight against the Hellspawn? From the shadows of Gotham City to New York City, this epic event is the blockbuster you’ve been waiting almost two decades for!
That ‘sinister foe’, as revealed in the release announcing the details, is Gotham City’s own Court of Owls, a group artist Greg Capullo helped co-create with Scott Snyder back in 2011.
McFarlane and Capullo both spoke about working on the new Batman/Spawn crossover, and they both clearly know that this is awesome:
“Look, this is really simple. I get to play with one of the greatest comic characters ever (Batman), get to reunite with amazing artist Greg Capullo, AND am able to mix in my own creation (Spawn) into the storyline. These are the types of projects many of us creators in the comic industry only get to be a part of a few times in our careers,” said writer Todd McFarlane.
“I was fortunate enough to be able to draw both Spawn and Batman each for over a decade,” said artist Greg Capullo. “Now I get to use those decades of experience to bring fans the event they’ve waited nearly 20 years to see happen. Spawn and Batman together again. It’s gonna be fire.”
McFarlane added, “My goal with this book is two-fold; First to just make it as fun a read as possible both visually and story wise. Then second, I hope this book will continue to add to some of the many reasons any of us actually collect superhero comic books. That’s to release an “Event” book that folks will remember for years to come. This should be one heck of a nice holiday gift!”
Batman and Spawn have met twice before, in a pair of 1994 one-shots, Spawn/Batman by artist McFarlane and writer Frank Miller, and Batman/Spawn: War Devil by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, and Klaus Janson. Those two original crossovers will receive a collected edition, with a new cover by Capullo & McFarlane, for the first time in December, ahead of the release of the new one-shot.
The new Batman/Spawn one-shot will sport a main cover by Capullo, McFarlane, & McCaig, and just so many variant covers from artists including McFarlane himself (open-to-order, 1:250 inked, 1:666 signed, and 1:1000 signed by McFarlane & Capullo), Capullo (1:666 signed, the aforementioned 1:1000) Francesco Mattina (open-to-order), Gabrielle Dell’Otto (open-to-order), J. Scott Campbell (open-to-order), Jim Lee (open-to-order & 1:100), Sean Murphy (open-to-order), Jason Fabok (1:25), and Brett Booth (1:50).
Check out some unfinished interior pages from the new one-shot below. Batman/Spawn will go on sale in stores and digitally on Tuesday, December 13th.