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This Week in the Batcave


 

A fictional place where our heroes gather to defend Gotham, the Batcave would never have come into existence were it not for great comic writers and artists through the ages. The image of all of those creative minds meeting in the cave has been brought to my mind ever since Ben Affleck officially welcomed Matt Reeves to the Batcave.

 

In this new section, we will be covering the antics and the little clues left by those creative teams. Not only that, but we have elected some honorary members who are worthy of having a permanent statue in the cave, together with the T-Rex and the giant penny. In a real detective work, we go through social media feeds, selecting what is relevant and what is not and bringing it to you – and sometimes translating from Spanish or Portuguese, because we are all that awesome.  The posts are going to be split into teams, and the ones without any relevant news will be omitted. This time, Red Hood and the Outlaws was omitted. Since this is our inauguration post, we went a bit back, all the way to the beginning of March.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I present you, This Week in the Batcave.

 

BATMAN

Tom King, David Finch, Mikel Janin, Jason Fabok, Mitch Gerards

 

KING reveals what he has planned for upcoming issues of Batman. After The Button, issue #23 will feature Swamp Thing, issue #24 will be the 1st year epilogue and #25 will see the beginning of a new arc. Swamp Thing and The Button will be connected and Alan Moore is probably wanting to explode DC by now. King has also shared a panel by Mitch Gerards from issue #23 with the Bat and Swamp Thing. More recently, he has taken some days off to re-read some of his favorite books with the intent of “relearning how to write”. The guy sure is a big fan of Moore, but then again, who isn’t.

 

GERARDS himself has also been sharing some unfinished art for issue #23.

 

Furthermore, apparently The Button is going to be really heavy on information, as FABOK reports. He has also shared a uncolored face shot of his Bat. Holy grumpiness, Batman.

 

DETECTIVE COMICS

James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez, Marcio Takara

 

JAMES TYNION IV is the greatest of teases in the Batcave, no wonder his icon on Twitter is Tim Drake, the secretive Robin. Between his analysis on the way Cassandra and Damian see the world, a flashback in the upcoming Detective Comics that is so important it could easily “spawn an entire series”, and his evasive answer when asked if Anarky is appearing in the future, this guy just excels in making us all crave for new material.

 

EDDY BARROWS has been sharing a lot of unfinished art on his Facebook page.

 

MARCIO TAKARA follows suit, with art portraying Shiva and Cass. He has gone as far as declaring his undying love for one Cassandra Cain with a video of him drawing her.

 

 

ALL-STAR BATMAN

Scott Snyder, Francesco Francavilla, Rafael Albuquerque, Jock, Sean Gordon Murphy

 

SNYDER is DC’s golden boy when it comes to Batman and we all know that. Apparently DC has been giving him full control over All-Star so that he may write his “badass” Batman. The story arc coming after the one with Albuquerque will be in a dystopian future featuring art by Sean Gordon Murphy.

 

Talking about SEAN GORDON MURPHY, he has been sharing an enormous amount of sketches featuring Harley, Gordon and the Bat himself. Among those there is a sequence showing Batman jumping off Gotham P.D.’s roof to save Gordon which is very reminiscent of The New Batman Adventures “Over the Edge” episode (this is me telling you to go watch it). We have selected just some of his art to post here, if you want to see them all go to his Twitter account and check them out. They are amazing.

 

FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA has been showing his love for Gordon and for Microwave-man, I mean, Batman.

 

RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE has shared a Dark Knight Returns inspired commission and his design for All-Star Batman’s Batmobile.

 

JOCK has been replacing Afua Richardson, whose shoulder is injured, for issue #9. The art looks absolutely gorgeous, as always.

 

NIGHTWING

Tim Seeley, Javier Fernandez, Marcus To, Chris Sotomayor

 

SEELEY has confirmed that Nightwing’s hallucinations in issue #17 are linked to the plot of the upcoming summer event, Dark Days.

 

JAVIER FERNANDEZ is really proud of his Vitruvian Man inspired art for issue #19’s cover, coming out April 19, and it seems we will have some Dr. Hurt in it.

 

MARCUS TO will always be first and foremost a Red Robin artist. He gave us a glimpse of what he draws at Cons, and it is mostly Tim Drake. Yeap, that is Tim wearing a Superboy shirt. TimKon shippers gonna ship (if you don’t know what that is and have anything against non-canon, non-straight couples, please do yourself a favor and don’t go looking for it).

 

BATGIRL

Hope Larson, Chris Wildgoose, Eleonora Carlini, Inaki Miranda, Mat Lopes, Jon Lam

 

CHRIS WILDGOOSE shared some of his incredibly expressive originals, including his creative process for the Batgirl #9 cover.

 

JON LAM shared some of his inks over Chris’ character designs.

 

BATWOMAN

James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett, Steve Epting

 

MARGUERITE has made a nice little Batwoman poem on National Poetry Day. It should be titled My Naim is Kate.

 

TYNION reassured us that her redness Kate Kane shall not be leaving Detective Comics anytime soon.

 

HONORARY MEMBERS

GREG CAPULLO is already working on the art for his reunion project with Snyder and has shared a rough sketch of a really angry Bat.

 

Talking about upcoming summer events, JIM LEE has shared his pencils for the Dark Days cover.

 

Something new is coming from LEE BERMEJO. He has shared a black and white art showing a shadowy Batman over what seems to be a Kowloon Walled City inspired setting.

 

It seems we will be having some Damian in the upcoming Superman issues as PATRICK GLEASON has shared a panel featuring both him and Jon.

 

ALEX ROSS’ Instagram is filled with amazing throwback art. They are published at a crazy speed, so here we’ve made a selection to share with you. If you love Alex Ross, make sure to check all that has been published, well worth it. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

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