Stop what you’re doing and check out this 8-page Batman story that’s part of Detective Comics #1000.
It’s written by comics superstar Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis has largely focused on Superman since joining up with DC, but I’d be struggling for a long time thinking of a better story he’s written than this one. Without spoiling anything — it’s only 8 pages after all — but one of Batman’s oldest enemies reveals to an old man that they know a major secret that could ruin Batman.
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Reuniting with his frequent Daredevil collaborator artist Alex Maleev, Bendis proves why he’s so good at these street level style stories. With Green Arrow getting cancelled, it seems like a perfect time to have Bendis take up that character so we could get more stories this good.
Here’s all of the details of the massive landmark issue:
DC today unveiled full story details on the landmark 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, debuting on March 27, 2019. The 96-page DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 celebrates the Dark Knight through a series of seven-to-nine-page standalone short stories from an all-star collection of the top writers and artists in Batman’s recent history including Tom King, Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, Warren Ellis and Becky Cloonan and more.
“Following in the footsteps of the blockbuster ACTION COMICS #1000, DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 is going to be a must-have for every kind of Batman fan,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “Everyone we asked to be a part of this monumental issue immediately said yes and we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on the comic book.”
The full lineup of stories, writers and artists to be featured in DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 is:
‘Medieval,’ by Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke
Appearing in DC’s comic book continuity for the very first time, a new and mysterious version of the Arkham Knight will be debuting in a story that looks at Batman’s encounters with his villains throughout his career through the Arkham Knight’s eyes—but the Knight’s scheme remains to be seen.
‘Batman’s Longest Case,’ by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
One of the most popular talent teams in the history of the Dark Knight delivers a tale in which Batman follows clues around the world, leading him back to his home in Gotham City and to a secret organization that has been keeping tabs on him for years.
‘Manufacture for Use,’ by Kevin Smith and Jim Lee
The fan-favorite director of Clerks and one of Batman’s most visionary artists present a story that cuts between Batman fighting his greatest villains and his attempts to track down the gun that killed his parents.
‘The Legend of Knute Brody’ by Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs and John Kalisz
The villains of Gotham speak, documentary-style, about that one henchman they each hired who was the absolute WORST at his job, constantly screwing up their plans.
‘The Batman’s Design’ by Warren Ellis and Becky Cloonan
Warren Ellis pens “The Batman’s Design” with Becky Cloonan, the first woman to draw Batman in the main comic series, in a story of Batman pursuing a pack of technologically enhanced mercenaries into a warehouse, where they think they’ve trapped him.
‘Return to Crime Alley’ by Denny O’Neil and Steve Epting
A direct sequel to O’Neil’s classic “There Is No Hope in Crime Alley,” from DETECTIVE COMICS #457, in which Leslie Thompkins takes Batman to task for his addiction to violence, which, in her mind, perpetuates the horror that birthed him.
‘Heretic’ by Christopher Priest and Neal Adams
Two of the biggest powerhouse writers and artists in the comic book industry work together on a story featuring Batman helping a young man escape from Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Assassins— who then turned up in Gotham, dead. Batman travels to Tibet with a message for the League.
‘The Last Crime in Gotham’ by Geoff Johns and Kelley Jones
Superstar writer Geoff Johns and famed artist Kelley Jones tell a future story where the future family of Batman and Catwoman face off in a battle with the family of The Joker and Harley Quinn.
‘The Precedent’ by James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez
The team of James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez return to DETECTIVE COMICS after their highly successful Rebirth run, in a story of the night Bruce Wayne made the decision to bring Dick Grayson into his dark world, ending with the classic candlelight oath.
‘Batman’s Greatest Case’ by Tom King, Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones
Groundbreaking BATMAN writer Tom King is joined by Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones, who share artistic duties on the story. Presented using parallel story threads, Bruce Wayne visits his parents’ grave while Batman assembles his entire coalition of allies around him.
In addition to the above stories, DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 will feature additional art from Mikel Janín and Amanda Conner, as well as a two-page spread from Jason Fabok depicting the current state of the Batman universe and its heroes and villains.
To further celebrate the Caped Crusader’s 80-year legacy, DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 will offer an extensive retailer variant cover program. Hard-core collectors will want to get their hands on this series of variant covers showcasing the Dark Knight through various decades from iconic Batman artists such as Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Jim Steranko, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Tim Sale, Jock and Greg Capullo—plus an homage to Jerry Robinson’s cover of November 1942’s DETECTIVE COMICS #69 by Bruce Timm.
This 96-page oversize collector’s edition issue will be available at comics retailers and digitally on March 27, 2019, for $9.99. Visit www.dccomics.com or the DC YouTube channel for the latest news and updates.