DC Comics Writer Joshua Williams Teases New Era Batman #118 Spoilers Plus Preview!

DC Comics Writer Joshua Williams Teases New Era Batman #118 Spoilers Plus Preview!

The Beat reports.

So I knew I was working on Batman before that issue came out, and so I was super-pumped. I was like, oh, man, the oval, let’s do the oval. It was one of the first things I asked…

…I have I have a few stories in me, let’s do these stories. It worked out. It was [the] right timing because of the Infinite Frontier stuff, and some of the other things that were going on with Robin and Deathstroke and just the big picture, and it worked out…

…he’s [Batman] leaving Gotham. After Fear State, he has a plan to leave for certain reasons. And then he’s hesitant, he has a moment where he’s hesitant to leave. And then something happens and it’s a mission he has to go on, it’s a case, and he’s like ‘I have to leave.’ And so he leaves to take care of that case. And he leaves Gotham in the hands of other people, and there’s a big story next year about that, about what’s going on in Gotham while he’s gone. But then I get to do a bunch of stories with him outside of Gotham for a bit…

…The first arc I’m doing is about the first case he’s involved in, and then something really, really big happens in the DCU. Like, something bad happens, and he has to get involved. And when that thing happens, it basically brings him back into the bigger story. So yeah, something’s gonna happen, and it’s gonna be one of those things where, I don’t know how to word this…it’ll be interesting. Different people have different reactions to it, and it’s gonna cause a problem in the DCU…

…it’ll happen in a book in March. And then, different people are gonna have different reactions to this thing happening. Some people are gonna have good reactions and some people are gonna be really, really pissed off, I mean, like in terms of characters. And Batman, that gives him a whole other case he has to deal with that puts him on a much bigger stage, and it starts to bring him into some of the stuff we’ve been doing with Infinite Frontier. And he’s trying to fix a problem.

… one of the Batman’s greatest tools is darkness, right? The ability to hide in the dark and use it as a weapon against people. And so I wanted to create a character that also knew how to use the darkness to manipulate and scare people and use it as a weapon. That’s what The Abyss is. I think people will be surprised the direction the stuff with The Abyss goes. He’s only in [issue] 118 little bit and then he’ll be in 119, 120, 121, but I think people will be surprised with the way he’s introduced. It will be kind of a surprising thing. But yeah, he uses darkness as a tool. Not like a Shadow Thief kind of way, you’ll see when we’re getting in there. It’s a different way.9

The book has a few more variant covers below in addition to the two above (the second and third covers above) .

Batman #118 arrives on stands December 7, 2021.

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