Writer Scott Snyder's next take on the Dark Knight will come in Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1, the first in a series of one-shots set in an alternate universe.
"Knightfall" was a story arc from 1993 that saw Bane break Batman's back, after which he was temporarily replaced by Jean-Paul Valley/Azrael. Although the Caped Crusader eventually took back his mantle, this new story will imagine a world in which he didn't, and Azrael continued to be Batman. Azrael won't have turned from his extreme methods of fighting crime, resulting in an oppressive world deadly to criminals. This new story will see Bane's child rising up to fight Azrael.
Snyder has written several different books featuring Batman, including Batman, Batman: Last Knight on Earth and Justice League. He'll be co-writing with Kyle Higgins, who is known for his work on such comics as Nightwing. The one-shot book will be illustrated by Javier Fernandez (Justice League) and feature a cover from Lee Weeks (Batman). You can read the summary for the comic and see the cover, as well as concept art of Azrael from Riccardo Federici, below.
Co-written by Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL, JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS) and Kyle Higgins (DEATHSTROKE, BATMAN ETERNAL, NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER), with art by Javier Fernandez (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and a cover by Lee Weeks (BATMAN), this one-shot takes place in a Gotham City 30 years after a broken Bruce Wayne failed to take back the mantle of the Bat. In his place arose Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Saint Batman. Under his iron rule, Saint Batman has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams – killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear—all in the name of justice.
But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham rises: The Son of Bane.
Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall's will retail for $5.99 and run 48-pages. The comic will be available October 16.