Earlier this week, DC announced their plans for the backups in Batman comics. Yesterday, they announced what the backups in Detective Comics will be about. Harvey Dent!
DETECTIVE COMICS #8 will feature the first in a multi-part series of back-up stories following Harvey Dent and his villainous alter ego, Two-Face. Written by Tony S. Daniel (writer/artist of DETECTIVE COMICS) and drawn by Szymon Kudranski, the 10-page stories will offer a unique look into Dent’s secret past and an in-depth examination of the monster he’s become. Daniel and Kudranski collaborated previously on “Russian Roulette,” the one-shot back-up in DETECTIVE COMICS #5, which was released last week.
Since the launch of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, Two-Face has made only a brief cameo appearance in the first few issues of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT. These back-ups will reveal the classic character’s full history. Following his sojourn in Arkham Asylum, Dent will attempt to rebuild himself as a man, even as his dark side continues to exert its influence upon him.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Szymon Kudraski, who’ll no doubt capture the dark mood and tone I’m reaching for in DETECTIVE COMICS,” said Daniel. “I’m going deep into the character of Harvey Dent and the inner conflicts and demons he must confront. I’m approaching the characters and story the way I would a multi-layered psychological thriller, one that covers a man at the losing end of a battle within himself.”
“Readers who have enjoyed the twists, turns and surprises of Tony’s run on DETECTIVE so far will love this special story featuring Two-Face,” said Mike Marts, BATMAN group editor. “This is Harvey Dent as we’ve never seen him before—a new threat, a new troubled soul for DC COMICS-THE NEW 52!”
Skitch Commentary: I don’t really have all that strong a connection to Two-Face. As much as I read Batman, I can’t think of too many memorable Two-Face stories I’ve actually read. I did love how they told his story in the film version of “Dark Knight Returns,” but nothing else is really coming to mind.
That said, I always thought he was a character with a lot of really cool potential there, so he’s a great choice to feature in some back ups. Really curious to see what DC has in mind for him.
Tags: Batman, DC Comics Relaunch, Detective Comics, Two-Face