Steve Niles & Kelly Jones Team for new Batman Series

"30 Days of Night" author Steve Niles revealed on his forum Thursday evening that he'll be joined by famed illustrator Kelly Jones on a brand new, 12-issue Batman series for DC Comics. CBR News has learned the name of the project is "Batman: Gotham After Midnight" and will likely be released sometime in 2008.

The project is noteworthy for a number of reasons. This series marks the return to Batman by Kelly Jones for the first time since the late 1990s. Perhaps most celebrated for illustrating the preeminent Elseworlds story "Batman & Dracula: Red Rain" and its two sequels, Jones also enjoyed a long and memorable run with the "Batman" title from 1995 - 1998, approaching art on the series with a dark and moody style, often depicting Batman with incredibly long ears and an enormous, billowing cape, evoking an almost demonic look for the Dark Knight.

"Gotham After Midnight" will be the second go 'round with Batman for Steve Niles, whose "30 Days of Night" has been adapted for the screen and will be released in just a few weeks. Niles previously wrote the Batman character in the three-issue series "Batman: Gotham County Line" with art by Scott Hampton. The new 12-issue project reunites Niles and Jones, who've collaborated numerous times previously on the Niles creation Cal MacDonald, the hard-living, supernatural monster hunter.

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