Friday, April 2nd, 2010

By Alex Segura


We’ve heard rumblings about this project for some time, but we can now make it official: Legendary comic book creator Neal Adams will be returning to Batman in 2010.

BATMAN: ODYSSEY, a 12-part mini-series launching in July, brings Adams back to the character he helped redefine. Adams’ energetic, realistic and sweeping style is both timeless and modern, and its an understatement to say his return to The Dark Knight has been something fans have been clamoring for.

ODYSSEY finds Batman facing a series of seemingly unrelated challenges, villains and allies, old and new, that push him to his limits as never before. The battles get more intense and, in turn, more deadly, The Dark Knight Detective discovers that there might be an over-arching force behind his troubles. And if this is so, if there is a dark and mysterious matrix being super-imposed over Batman’s life… what sort of life-changing voyage must he go on to free himself from this powerful and insidious direction?

Worse… where can he go that he has never gone before for his desperately needed Odyssey?

“I have been collecting bits and pieces of Batman’s life and time over the years since I was doing Batman regularly,” Adams said. “With even this massive series, I haven’t been able to shove them all in. but the juiciest and richest morsels are there. Have comic books always been this much fun?”

Adams, who will write and pencil the entire series, will also ink the first two issues, followed by pairings with some of the most lauded artistic collaborators in the comic book industry. What more do you really need? Neal Adams. On Batman. July 2010.

See you there.

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  1. vinniebartilucci says on :

    “Neal Adams. On Batman.”

    Ford is in his flivver, all’s right with the world

  2. bandito says on :

    Holy nuts! That looks and sounds terrific. I didn’t think I’d be more excited about a Batman story this year than Grant Morrison’s “Return of Bruce Wayne”, but here we are.

  3. kunstgriff says on :

    Good to see that awesome Adams cape again. Not entirely sure I’m pleased about another series where Bruce uses guns with First Wave already going for that, but this should be interesting.

  4. carnivac says on :

    Don’t care if he’s holding a gun, it’s Neal Adams drawing Batman and that’s me sold.

  5. Michel Nadorp says on :

    Impressive!12 issues! Another can’t miss series. I hope DC gets the finest inkers in the industry. John Dell should definitely be amongst them. Jerry Ordway, Kevin Nowlan, Jesse Delperdang, Bill Reinhold, Scott Williams, my imagination runs wild! Heck, why not J.L. Garcia Lopez?

  6. slacker says on :

    I have to agree … Neal Adams? Yeah, I’m sold.

    As for top inkers … is there any chance Dick Giordano was in good enough shape to ink any of this artwork before he passed? THAT would be something monumental, in my opinion.

  7. dusk83 says on :

    Wow that’s awesome news!

  8. thephylemon says on :

    I’m probably wrong, but I’m not sure that the individual with the gun is Batman. Clearly, Bats is in the top right, but the gloves and ears on the guy with the gun look wrong (and we can see his eyes, which we can’t normally see on Batman). The solicit mentions old villians, so maybe this is Catman or the psychotic Batman from a while back.

  9. kunstgriff says on :

    Makes sense. I noticed the psychotic nature, but figured an alternate Batman could easily have that look with a gun. But the ears are definitely different, and the real Batman is in a position where he wouldn’t have to climb on from the side like gun-toting Batman.

  10. Michel Nadorp says on :

    Over at Comicbookresources Neal Adams explains the gun. It’s back to his first adventures in which Batman carried a gun.

  11. heffison says on :

    So this is Bruce, and First Wave has Bruce, and there is the announced graphic novel Batman:Earth One which will feature Bruce.

    Is this part of a plan to keep fans happy even though Bruce won’t be Batman in main continuity even after he returns? Or maybe this will thematically fit in with Bruce Wayne’s return to the cowl in the main line. And is it coincidence that there is so much of a back-to-the-start vibe from all of these projects?

    That has nothing to do with how good or how much fun these separate projects will be, there just seems to be more than a coincidence, here.

  12. druzhba says on :

    Great News !!!!

  13. Kooster says on :

    Neal Adams! I’m there!

    If artists are still being considered for this title, I’d like to suggest:

    Brian Bolland (I’m assuming that Brian gets time to ink his own art.)
    Michael Golden
    Adam Hughes (Give him a break from All-Star Wonder Woman, where he can get paid for a finished assignment!)
    Howard Chaykin
    Todd McFarlane
    John Byrne (Only if he gets inked by Terry Austin!)

  14. Валентин says on :



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