As San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) International 2015 begins, DC Comics has announced the full creative team joining writer Frank Miller in his Dark Knight III: Master Race series.
This is a departure from his previous Dark Knight offerings, 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns and 2001’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again also known as DK2, where Frank Miller was both the sole writer and sole penciller.
Since the major DC Entertainment film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice seems modeled in part on Miller’s Dark Knight work, this is appears to be a timely announcement. Ben Affleck’s movie Batman has a striking resemblence to the older grizzled Batman of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight comics series.
For 2015’s Dark Knight III: Master Race Frank Miller returns now as co-writer and Klaus Janson returns as inker with Brian Azzarello as co-writer and Andy Kubert as penciller.
This is a highly anticipated finale for a series much loved by fans whose 1980’s offering changed the industry and ushered in a dark age with Grant Morrison and Brian Bolland’s the Killing Joke, another book with Batman at its center.
DC Comics’ announcement is below.
DC ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDES NEW DETAILS FOR
DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE
Icons Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson to Provide Art for Final Chapter of Dark Knight Trilogy, Book to Include Bonus Comic With A Host of Special Guest Artists
SAN DIEGO, CA (July 9, 2015) – DC Entertainment began Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015 with a blockbuster announcement, revealing today that artists Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson will be joining living-legend Batman writer and artist Frank Miller and acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello in bringing the final chapter of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga to life.
“THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the epic conclusion to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS trilogy – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.
THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE will be an eight-issue, comic book periodical, to be published monthly under the DC Comics imprint. Within each 32 page periodical there will be a special 16 page “Dark Knight Universe” comic affixed in the center. Each “Dark Knight Universe” comic will feature a rotating cast of special guest artists and characters.
“We went into this knowing that we had to give fans more,” said Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “We’re pulling out all the stops to deliver an amazing conclusion to this exciting body of work. We hope it inspires the next generation of writers and artists, the way it has already inspired us.”
According to Kubert, “Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello have crafted such an incredible story for DKIII, as I am truly honored to be associated with them, this project, and Klaus Janson. We, along with the fans, are in for a great ride!”
“Any opportunity to work with Frank Miller is a happy occasion for me,” said Janson. “When we add the talents of Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert to the mix, we have the ingredients to achieve something truly memorable. This will be amazing!”
Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.
About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.
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