DC has announced the creative line up for Detective Comics #1000, celebrating the comic series that not only introduced introduced Batman but also provided the publisher with its name.
Among the highlights of this landmark issue is an original story by writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke that will make video game character Arkham Knight comic book canon.
Along with a two-page spread by artist Jason Fabok that provides a snapshot of the current state of the Batman universe, the massive anthology takes inspiration from Action Comics #1000 earlier this year by compiling a who’s who of iconic comic book creators, whose original stories will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Caped Crusader. The issue will include contributions from:
- Kevin Smith and Jim Lee
- Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
- Warren Ellis and Becky Cloonan
- Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen
- Denny O’Neil and Steve Epting (a sequel to O’Neil’s 1976 Detective Comics story “There’s No Hope in Crime Alley”)
- Christopher Priest and Neal Adams
- Geoff Johns and Kelley Jones
- Tom King, Tony Daniel and Joëlle Jones
- Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
- James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez
“Batman is one of the most enduring characters in popular culture, and his debut in Detective Comics represented a pivotal moment in comics and pioneered a new type of superhero that would appeal to every generation,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio said in a statement. “Batman continues to have an impact on entertainment worldwide and the 1,000th issue of Detective Comics is a testament to the creative genius of Bob Kane and Bill Finger and is a fitting tribute to Batman on his 80th anniversary.”
Detective Comics #1000 will also feature variant covers by the likes of Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Jim Steranko, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Tim Sale, Jock, Greg Capullo and Bruce Timm. There's also a wraparound cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair that traces the evolution of the Dark Knight.
Detective Comics #1000 goes on sale March 27, 2019.