New creative teams for Batman titles announced

Official Press Release

Beginning this coming spring, four titles from the BATMAN editorial offices - ROBIN, NIGHTWING, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS, and BIRDS OF PREY - will see the debut of new writers as detailed below.

"This is a really exciting time to work on the Dark Knight's adventures," says Bob Schreck, Group Editor. "We're going from THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN miniseries to the "Bruce Wayne: Murderer?" and "Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" storylines, and now we've got a whole slew of new voices and new directions for some of DC's most intriguing characters."

The new writers will take over the titles as follows:

ROBIN: Following the extra-sized 100th issue of ROBIN, which Chuck Dixon will cowrite with new writer Jon Lewis, recipient of a Xeric Grant, (True Swamp, Ghost Ship), Lewis becomes the series' regular writer with #101 in April.

"Jon's got a unique voice, and he's going to be steering the Teen Wonder in some very interesting and exciting directions," says Matt Idelson, Editor. "Bob Schreck suggested I take a look at True Swamp, and I liked what I saw enough to ask Jon if he wanted to take a stab at ROBIN."

NIGHTWING: Devin Grayson moves over to this title from BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS to NIGHTWING beginning in July with issue #71.

"This is the assignment Devin's wanted for years," says Michael Wright, series editor. "To say she's enthusiastic would be an understatement, and that enthusiasm is spilling over into everything she writes for the book."

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS: Scott Beatty takes over this title, tentatively beginning with issue #32, in stores in August.

"Scott's really established himself as a writer who understands Batman and all the other characters that populate his world, which makes him the perfect choice for GOTHAM KNIGHTS," says series editor Bob Schreck. "The name of the game in this book is teamwork, so it'll be interesting to see where Scott takes it."

BIRDS OF PREY: Award-winning writer Terry Moore takes over BIRDS OF PREY with #47, reaching stores in September 2002.

"We're delighted to have Terry Moore coming on board for BIRDS OF PREY. I've been into his work on Strangers in Paradise for years, as he's one of the best - maybe THE best - writer of female characters out there. What better book for him to take on?" says Lysa Hawkins, who takes over editing BIRDS OF PREY with issue #47.

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