This week DC Comics announced the return of an extremely popular title: Batman/Superman. The new series, written by Josh Williamson and David Marquez, will hit comic book store shelves this August!
The first story arc, detailed more fully in the press release below, revolves around the titular characters teaming up to hunt down superheros that have been infected by the evil, vile Batman Who Laughs.
If the title sounds familiar, you are in good company. Batman / Superman and Superman / Batman have been alternating titles in the DC publishing slate from 2003 to 2016 when Batman / Superman finished it’s 32-issue run with a story called ‘The Final Days of Superman”. Issue twenty of that volume was the first to not have the “New 52” dressing on the cover. Incidentally, that volume also saw its’ premiere issue with an August cover date.
The first issue will feature a connecting cover and will feature Batman, Superman and the Batman Who Laughs prominently across the two covers.
The final issue of the Batman Who Laughs miniseries will be released at the end of July and so fans of the villain won’t have to wait long to see him again!
For full details, see the press release below.
FULL PRESS RELEASE:
BATMAN AND SUPERMAN UNITE TO UNCOVER THE SECRET SIX
The Bonds of Trust and Friendship Between the World’s Finest Heroes are Tested
The Batman Who Laughs Mini-Series Expands to Seven Issues
Up in the sky, in the dark of the night, trust no one—for the Secret Six walk among us! Spinning out of the devastating events of DC’s THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS, Superman and Batman join together once more in an all-new monthly comic book—and they’re facing a terrifying new threat that could strike from anywhere. Writer Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, JUSTICE LEAGUE/SUICIDE SQUAD) and artist David Marquez (Civil War II, Avengers) announced today in an interview with THR’s Heat Vision that DC’s World’s Finest Heroes will team-up in BATMAN/SUPERMAN, debuting on August 14, 2019.
To launch the new DC series, the first arc of BATMAN/SUPERMAN will follow the two titular heroes as they hunt down six infected heroes in the DCU—people revealed to be infected by the Batman Who Laughs with a deadly pathogen that violently transforms them into the evilest versions of themselves. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever.
But before the Caped Crusader teams up with The Last Son of Krypton this August, DC will extend Scott Snyder and Jock’s thrilling mini-series THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS to a surprise seventh issue, highlighting the final showdown between Batman and the Jokerized version of himself who originated from the Dark Multiverse in DARK NIGHTS: METAL. Bruce Wayne will have to outsmart Bruce Wayne in this ultimate test of good vs. evil, so don’t miss the finale to the epic miniseries that will tear up the very foundations of Gotham City!
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1, written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by David Marquez with colors by Dave Stewart, will hit shelves August 14, 2019. BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 cover art is by Marquez and Alejandro Sánchez with a variant cover by Leinil Yu.