Bestselling kids graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown is finally getting a crack at Batman with Batman and Robin and Howard, a new middle grade graphic novel due out in November.

Brown is already the author of the popular Jedi Academy books, the Darth Vader and Son series, and his own Lucy and Andy Neanderthal and new Space-Time! books. And of course, Incredible Change Bots. No one know how to bring warmth and whimsy to a billion-dollar franchise quite like Brown, so welcome him to Gotham!

The book spotlights young Damian Wayne as he begins the year at a new school — and discovers it ain’t easy being the son of Batman, especially when he meets the smartest, most athletic kid in school, Howard.

Brown is excited about taking on the Caped Crusader because who wouldn’t be? “It was really exciting to have a chance to make a book with Batman—a character I’ve enjoyed seeing so many different versions of—but it turned out what I enjoyed even more was writing a story that showed Robin’s character, beyond the sidekick surface,” he said in a statement. “I wanted to take these superheroes out of their element a little, show how they might struggle in the real world like the rest of us—or maybe show how the rest of us can have a heroic side, too. And when Robin meets Howard, I thought readers might see that a friendly rivalry can be better than a rivalry, but sometimes just being friends is the best.”

The book hits stores on November 9, 2021. And here’s an irresistible preview.

Batman and Robin and Howard
Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
MSRP: $9.99
On sale everywhere books are sold on 11/9/2021

Sidelined by a crime-fighting field trip gone wrong, Damian Wayne must refocus his attention on his life as an average student and must learn how to be a team player—especially when meets his match in his new rival, Howard.

To Damian Wayne, there is nothing more important than protecting the streets of Gotham City as Robin. But when he makes a critical mistake while out on patrol, Damian finds himself benched. And what’s more, Damian’s dad, Bruce Wayne—a.k.a. Batman—decides that starting over in a new school will be just the distraction Damian needs from his superhero routine.

Certain that Gotham Metro Academy has nothing to teach him, Damian is completely unprepared for the challenge he finds in Howard—the smartest and most athletic kid in school. The boys’ rivalry is instantaneous and fierce…and both are sure only one of them can be the best in their class.

What follows is a funny story of rivalry, friendship, and mystery from bestselling author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown.