DC Digital First Grows With New ‘Legends Of The Dark Knight’ Anthology Series
by Olly MacNamee
Back in 1989, Tim Burton’s Batman debuted to thunderous applause and in answer to this culture- changing phenomenon, DC Comics launched Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. Showcasing stories by some fo the industry’s biggest names – Denny O’Neil, Grant Morrison, Ed Hannigan, Mike W. Barr, Doug Moench, José Luis Garcia-López, Klaus Janson, and others – it offers up some great stories still talked about today.
Well, DC Comics are doing it all again, but online as part of their DC Digital First initiate that seem to be finally gaining sone steam after the false start of last year. Launching on Friday 2nd April, Legends of the Dark Knight returns. Stories will be released digitally as 10-page weekly “chapters,” with two digital chapters making one print issue. The first floppy copy will be released on Tuesday May 18th.
First up is Darick Robertson (The Boys, Space Bastards), who will both write and illustrate a six-part weekly/three-issue story, ‘Bad Night, Good Knight’ with colour art by Diego Rodriguez and letters by Simon Bowland.
“A new player has arrived on the scene in Gotham City and is selling deadly chemicals to the worst villains in town: Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, and even The Joker! It’s up to Batman to stop the villains, track down the supplier, and save Gotham City from not only his most vicious foes, but this new mystery villain.”
Future contributions in this new digital series will include writer Stephanie Phillips (Future State: Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn), Becky Cloonan (Batman, Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman), Brandon Thomas (Excellence, Future State: Aquaman, Future State: Outsiders), Matthew Rosenberg (Batman: Urban Legends, Black Canary, Future State: Grifter) Brandon Easton (Future State: Mister Miracle, Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom), Che Grayson (DC’s Doomed and the Damned, Bitch Planet) and comics writing newcomer Yedoye Travis (Anime in America, Beyond the Bot), Cian Tormey (Catwoman, Batgirl), Giannis Milonogiannis (Robin, Future State: Red Hood, Future State: Gotham), Karl Mostert (DCeased: Unkillables), Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons, Judge Dredd), Dike Ruan (Shang-Chi, Bleed Them Dry), Belén Ortega (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel) and Nina Vakueva (Black Cat, King in Black: Return of the Valkyries).
The series debut issue features a dynamic cover by Robertson, with a card stock variant cover by David Marquez (Justice League) 1:25 ratio variant cover by Riccardo Federici and a special “teams” variant cover by Francesco Francavilla available to retailers ordering more than 250. copies.