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.
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.