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Matt Wagner’s “Dark Knight III” Variant Laughs Last

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Matt Wagner’s “Dark Knight III” Variant Laughs Last

Over a dozen covers from “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” have been revealed, featuring art by Rafael Albuquerque, Joshua Middleton, Darwyn Cooke and, yes, Frank Miller.

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Now, Eisner Award-winner Matt Wagner has shared his cover on Facebook, drawing inspiration from (spoiler alert!) the Joker’s ill-fated end in Miller and Klaus Janson’s original “The Dark Knight Returns.” In addition to the final piece, Wagner also shared the original thumbnail and uncolored inks for the cover.

The cover, colored by Wagner’s son, Brennan, will be sold through Comic*Pop Collectibles.

“Dark Knight III: The Master Race” is co-written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello with art by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson. The sequel to the seminal “Dark Knight Returns” and its follow-up “The Dark Knight Strikes Again,” “The Dark Knight III” #1 is scheduled for release on Nov. 25.

All said, over thirty retailers are participating in the first issue variant cover program. In addition to the artwork below, DC Comics has released the full list of stores and artists involved in the initiative.

  • 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 (including additional pencils only variant)
  • 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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