When news broke last week of Cameron Stewart's upcoming three-issue arc as artist on Grant Morrison's bestselling "Batman and Robin," message board posters were pleased with the choice but many others responded with the same question: "Where's Frazer Irving?"
The British artist was heavily rumored as Morrison's next collaborator, and the partnership was talked up on the floor at all the major conventions this past summer. CBR News can report the rumors were true, but fans of the "2000 A.D." artist will just have to wait a few more months.
Irving confirmed for CBR News via email that he is indeed drawing "Batman and Robin" #10-12, following up preceding arcs by Frank Quitely, current artist Philip Tan and the aforementioned Stewart on the popular DC Comics title.
Irving revealed he hasn't received any scripts just yet so he has even started sketching, but he thought he would likely begin work in November.
"Basically I have no idea what to expect, but I know that Grant will make it good juicy stuff for me to get my art fangs stuck into," said Irving. "Also, I think Grant writes to the artists' strengths, as he sees them, so with any luck it'll be more monsters and freaky looking stuff as opposed to horses and people in kitchens talking."
A self-professed 'international comic book rock star and doodler of the dark and diabolical, as well as the lovely and lickable,' Irving previously worked with Morrison on the four-issue "Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy" miniseries.
Irving, who won numerous awards for his work on "Necronauts," also has a history within the Batverse. During the "Battle for the Cowl" event, he illustrated "Azrael: Death's Dark Knight," written by Fabian Nicieza and in 2007, he drew two issues of "Robin," #157 and #158.
Quitely's the first to admit he's, shall we say, methodical in his approach. With that said, "Batman & Robin" is scheduled as an ongoing. Can we expect any delays?
When CBR News originally spoke with Morrison about "Batman and Robin," the Scottish scribe was up front in stating Quitely would "in and out" as the book's artist.
"This is a monthly comic and Frank won't be doing all of them. With "All Star Superman," we had as long as we wanted to produce the book. This is a proper monthly comic. The other books are going to be taking their cues from it, as well. So there will be other artists involved. It will be a little more like "New X-Men." Meaning, Frank will be in and out as the artist."
"Batman and Robin" #4 with art by Philip Tan is in stores now.