As Tom King's "Knightmares" story arc in the Batman ongoing comic book series continues next week, the writer shared a concept cover from the series.
Posted on King's Twitter account, the unused cover is illustrated by Mikel Janin, King's collaborator on "The War of Jokes and Riddles." As a concept cover, the issue numbering does not accurately reflect what issue the cover is actually for. On the cover, Batman is seen riding a horse through a desert, ominously dragging a coffin behind him.
Another preliminary cover for an upcoming Batman issue by @janinmikel that Detective Comics Comics didn’t go for. (The issue 57 part is just a graphic place holder for the real number). Love this one too. Plus, it brings up the big question: who’s in the casket? pic.twitter.com/0kILNSmJE7— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 26, 2019
While it is unknown if the cover for the issue in question was meant to be a part of the "Knightmares" story arc, given the story's trend of featuring hallucinatory tales, the body in the casket could either represent an upcoming death or one of a character long-dead continuing to haunt Bruce Wayne.
Whatever the case, the rejected cover teases a solitary journey for the Dark Knight and one heavily informed by death sometime in the future of King's run.
Batman #66 is written by Tom King and illustrated by Jorge Fornes. It is scheduled to go on sale on March 6 from DC Comics.