Batman and The Shadow are about to join forces -- again. Today, Dynamite Entertainment announced a second crossover event between the two titles from writer Steve Orlando and artist Giovanni Timpano. The six-issue crossover is due to arrive in stores this fall.
Thanks to a partnership between DC Entertainment, Conde Nast and Dynamite Entertainment, Batman and The Shadow crossed paths this past April in a miniseries by Orlando, Scott Snyder and Riley Rossmo. The new crossover event will thematically follow the events of this earlier miniseries.
According to the series synopsis,
The World's Greatest Mystery. The World's Greatest Detective. They can barely stand each other, so how will they possibly deal with the World's Greatest Evil? What legacy can two of the world's most enduring icons of justice leave once they discover an ancient evil has been living inside the world they protect for centuries, attached to its heart. Can Batman and the Shadow save the world without killing it in the process?
"Shadow/Batman continues to be a dream moment for me, working with two of the biggest icons of pulp fiction and pop culture history is and will always be an honor," shared Orlando. "To dig even deeper into the pasts and motivations of the characters, to craft villains and challenges that force them to redefine themselves and grow as the fascinating, obsessed, passionate people they are, is wonderful. In Batman/Shadow, Batman faced a truth he was afraid to comprehend. In Shadow/Batman, the Shadow is finally faced with a moment he's avoided his entire life: the moment the Shadow does not know."
"We all know how important The Shadow was for Batman's creation back in the day, and Steve have taken this connection between the two characters and transformed it into the very heart of his story. This is not a simple crossover between these two heroes, this is an important piece for both characters' history. That's why it was impossible to say no to this project. All this gave me a different incentive to add something new to my take on The Shadow. Basically, this is my third time on The Shadow, and I feel as I'm founding my definitive version of the character," added Timpano.
"Doing a sequel to a great story is never easy. You find yourself comparing the work you're doing to that which came before even before the rest of the world does. In this case, though, I think Shadow/Batman is not only a sequel, but a logical and necessary extension to Batman/Shadow, and a powerful story on its own," explained Dynamite Senior Editor Matt Idelson.
Shadow/Batman #1 goes on sale October 4. Below, you can check out a short preview and several variant covers by talent like David Finch, Dustin Ngyen, Alex Ross, Brandon Peterson, Howard Porter, Bill Sienkiewics and Ethan Van Sciver.