Back in June, it was announced that seven evil incarnations of Batman would invade the DC Universe in a series of one-shots that tie into the Scott Snyder-penned event Dark Nights: Metal. One of the most intimidating of these corrupted versions of the Caped Crusader is the Doomsday-inspired behemoth known as The Devastator, and based on his appearance in Jason Fabok's cover art for Batman: The Devastator #1 by Frank Tieri and Tony S. Daniel, he'll truly be a force to be reckoned with.
The cover, which is drawn by Fabok and features colors by Brad Anderson, puts a sinister spin on the quintessential shot of Batman perched broodingly atop a gargoyle. However, while the gargoyle and the bat-like ears are decidedly Batman-esque, the hulking figure and bony protrusions immediately evoke memories of the longtime Superman foe Doomsday.
Although readers first learned about The Murder Machine, The Red Death, The Devastator, The Merciless, The Drowned, The Batman Who Laughs and The Dawnbreaker in mid-June, Batman and the rest of the Justice League have yet to discover their existence. But that won’t last long, as DC’s heroes are scheduled to do battle with the denizens of the Dark Multiverse once the upcoming one-shots arrive in September and November. Each of the Dark Nights: Metal tie-ins will feature “a different, corrupted version of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse to wreak havoc on Earth.”
Priced at $3.99, each of the Batman one-shots will ship with a foil-stamped cover by by Jason Fabok, featuring a protective UV coating.
Batman: The Devastator #1 by Frank Tieri and Tony S. Daniel goes on sale November 1.