This April, DC Comics will be adding a little more “What The –?” to its line. But the publisher isn’t going for laughs as much as shocks with their new “WTF Certified” cover scheme. Announced earlier this month through CBR’s new B&B column, the April installments of all New 52 titles will feature gatefold covers whose hidden right halves will carry some surprising images.
The full concept of the scheme was revealed today via Diamond Comic Distributor’s “Previews” magazine. In the latest issue of the comic shop catalog, DC revealed the full cover for “Detective Comics” #900, a special issue by John Layman and Jason Fabok that features an army of Manbats and the tagline “What Is The 900?”
The image reveals some new details not seen in cover art released with the publishers solicitations earlier this month. In B&B, DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras teased the story saying, “The concept of the number 900 is important to the story. It’s something that I think will take people a little bit by surprise of what it is, but it is the theme of the issue. It’s what Batman has to face. It’s definitely part of the story in a big way.”
As for the entire “WTF” stunt, the E-i-C described the move as exploring “the theme of game-changing, upping the stakes for our heroes. This was a way to accentuate that threat or shocking moments in our heroes’ lives. What we’re doing with the covers is thematically linked to that. They will be page-fold covers; the covers will tell you a story. There will be an image that will crack the page fold, and as you open up the cover, you’ll say, ‘Oh, wow!'”
Stay tuned to CBR News for more on DC’s April line and other WTF covers.