DC Comics has announced that Detective Comics is getting a new creative team in October to “tell twisted stories of the Dark Knight.”

The company has announced that Chew writer, John Layman is coming on board beginning with issue #13, and he will be joined by artist Jason Fabok.

“Obviously, this is a happily surreal and exciting turn-of-events for my career,” Layman told [DC Comics’] THE SOURCE. “Not only is this my first work within the DC Universe, but I get to work on one of DC’s undisputedly coolest and highest-profile characters. I’m going to take a look at the role of criminal organizations within Gotham City, hopefully from a perspective that does not get considered very often (if at all). From the symbiotic relationship a master criminal must have with Gotham in order to survive, to the lowly, often faceless criminal underling hoping to rise up the ranks. All that, plus Batman’s gonna play with a bunch of crazy new toys and kick all kinds of butt.”

There are plenty of criminal organizations in Gotham City, but from Fabok’s cover to Detective Comics #13, it looks like the first arc will focus on Batman and Bruce Wayne dealing with the Penguin.

Detective Comics #13 arrives October 3, 2012.

via The Source


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  1. Wow. I’m amazed at Cobblepot’s comeback as a major league Bat-baddie in the last year. I have not followed the current arc in Detective as I’ve got caught up in the Talon stories in the other Bat-books. I have been very pleased with the writing on many of the “new 52” books and now the Earth-2 and Worlds’ Finest series are regular reads to. It’s going to stretch it if I add Detective to my “must read” list but here’s hoping I have to fit it in.

  2. I think it’s about time for a change. Detective Comics hasn’t been as bad as Dark Knight up until now, but it’s been sort of hovering over mediocre for a while. Nothing bad, but nothing to get me excited is what I’m saying. So injecting the writer of Chew in there will no doubt revitalize the book.

    Now if only I had the chance to read Chew consistently. It’s one of those books I wish I could follow, but can’t because I follow too many books already.

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