Sean Gordon Murphy has a Batman-filled year or two ahead of him. In late 2016, the acclaimed artist/writer signed a two year deal with DC Comics, during which he will see two separate Batman projects released. The first is a collaboration with Scott Snyder, initially planned as an All Star Batman story arc, but now slated to be a standalone tale in an as yet unrevealed format designed to greater showcase his artwork.
Murphy's second Batman-themed project is a solo gig, which finds him writing and illustrating his own series, planned for eight issues, though "that may change" he teased. “The Batman book I’m doing alone will be my ‘DK’ and my ‘Year 100,'” Murphy said when the series was announced, referring to Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight and Paul Pope’s Batman: Year 100, “an Elseworld-like take on Batman. My attempt at an opus.”
Having previously promised a number of character redesigns, including a modified version of Batman's classic costume and a Joker "like you've never seen him" and "as many of the Bat villains as I can," the writer/artist took once more to Twitter to reveal his take on Harley Quinn. It's one likely to appeal to purists, too, as it appears Dr. Harleen Quinzel will forgo her current roller derby-influenced look in favor of the classic jester costume she wore for the first stage of her animated and comic book life.
You like original Harley? Huh? HUH?? DO YA?? Well, i got good news... pic.twitter.com/pVChIimSYn— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) June 29, 2017
A few days earlier, Murphy had tweeted out the previous addition to his Batman/Joker epic: a newly designed Batmobile. It appears to be rather heavily armored, leading us to wonder just how big the threat the dark Knight is destined to face, and whether he'll need to bring in a few friends to take on the growing cast of villains.
Sneak peak of the Murphy Batmobile (before DC takes away my Twitter) pic.twitter.com/0Y2wu3BujB— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) June 28, 2017
Murphy previously tackled the Dark Knight in 2005’s Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, a two-part miniseries written by Bruce Jones.