Morrison & Quitely's Batman Is a Go!
Shouldn't this be blowing up the internet? It probably would if comics fans gave a shit about anything really. DC should get extra points for slyly sticking the teaser art in the back of their books this week, without proper credit, just Quitely's brilliant art standing alone. But the internets figures this shit out and really, this is a big deal because other than that slept-on Kevin Maguire Batman Confidential joint from last year, has anything DC (not Vertigo, DC) been worth anything since All-Star Superman?
Too bad there can't just be some kind of real-life version of DC retarded time fuckery in which the earth could be spun backwards or shot into another 'verse or some shit so that All-Star Batman never existed and this new Morrison and Quietly could just also be a part of the "All-Star" brand. And then, every couple years ago they make some forward-thinking incredibly dope but still all-out superhero comic for a classic DC character. No matter what though, this should be good.
And even though that tiny-ass Robin is less the "classic" and more like Damian from Morrison's "Batman & Son", that happens to be the best bat-shit crazy Morrison/Batman storyline and I'd love a return to that sort of weirdness instead of whatever's going on in "R.I.P" and subsequent fall-out from that. The art too--basically what'll make this an amazing instead of interesting Morrison comic--is especially exciting because it retains that lumpy playfullness of Quitely's work but also seems to be trying something new too.
Quitely's great but his work can sometimes feel really same-y, the above cover seems to be reaching for a little more reality, which works. I'm reminded of Paul Pope's Year 100 with a sense of reality or like, pragmatism to the costume and gadgets. Check out the padded parts of Robin's suit, or the realistic, stream-lined but still sorta bulky boots on Batman.
There's also a scrawly scratchy sense of shading to the work that's especially prominent in sample page below. Maybe it's the black and white, maybe it's the bad-ass action scene in a tunnel, but here Quitely's on his Otomo shit. Maybe all his work looks this incredible or this special kind of awesome before coloring and digital effects, but yeah, this looks good.