Bill Sienkiewicz has Batman horsing around in his newly-revealed variant cover to “Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1,” part of DC Comics’ retailer variant cover program in support of the highly-anticipated third installment of Frank Miller‘s “Dark Knight” series.
It’s an image somewhat familiar to Bat-fans, echoing a famous scene in Frank Miler, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley’s original “Dark Knight Returns” in which Gotham’s knight mounts a trusty steed in pursuit of justice. The atmospheric, equine alternate cover from industry legend Bill Sienkiewicz is available through Hypno Comics & Games in Ventura, CA.
The variant is the latest reveal from the whole line of alternate covers announced by DC, which includes contributions from Matt Wagner, Josh Middleton, Dave Gibbons, Lee Bermejo, Rafael Albuquerque, Tyler Kirkham, Klaus Janson and Eduardo Risso.
The sequel to the seminal “Dark Knight Returns” and its early 2000’s follow-up “The Dark Knight Strikes Again,” “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” is written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello, featuring art from Andy Kubert and frequent Miller collaborator Klaus Janson. “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race” #1 is scheduled for release on Nov. 25.
More than thirty retailers are participating in this program. The full list of stores and artists involved in the DC Comics initiative can be found below.
- BuyMeToys.com – Gary Frank
- Newbury Comics – Michael Allred
- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – Paul Pope
- Books-A-Million – Rafael Albuquerque
- Silver Snail – Francis Manapul
- Hypno Comics – Bill Sienkiewicz
- Borderlands Comics and Games – Klaus Janson
- Graham Crackers Comics – Darwyn Cooke
- Yesteryear Comics – Jason Fabok
- Third Eye Comics – Brian Bolland
- M&M Comics Service – Dave Dorman
- Legacy Comics and Cards – Artgerm
- Dynamic Forces – Jae Lee
- Midtown Comics – Greg Capullo
- Midtown Comics – Marc Silvestri
- Rebel Base Comics & Toys – Sean Murphy
- Lone Star Comics – John Cassaday
- Dragon’s Lair – Ivan Reis
- Tate’s Comics + Toys + More – Kevin Eastman
- Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Amanda Conner
- Diamond UK – Jock
- Forbidden Planet Limited – Adam Hughes
- AOD Collectibles – Dale Keown
- JScottCampbell.com – J. Scott Campbell
- Heroes and Fantasties – Tim Sale
- Yancy St. Comics – Kelley Jones
- Zapp! Comics – Terry Dodson
- Madness Games & Comics – Joshua Middleton
- Ssalefish Comics – John Romita, Jr.
- Lange’s Sports – David Finch
- Disposable Heroes Comics – Simon Bisley
- Phantom – Walter Simonson
- Hastings – Tyler Kirkham
- Beyond Comics – Eduardo Risso
- Instock Trades – Lee Bermejo
- Discount Comic Book Service – Neal Adams
- Bulletproof Comics – Gabriele Dell’Otto
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