DC Comics‘ Batman and Image Comics‘ Spawn are two of their respective companies’ most recognizable and iconic characters, so much so that they are some of the first characters that spring to mind when you think of DC or Image. Now the two will reunite in the four-colored pages of comics for the first time in 28 years in this December’s Batman/Spawn one-shot, written by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and drawn by long-time artist for both Batman and Spawn Greg Capullo!
The news, which was first teased at the San Diego Comic-Con in July of this year, was dropped today by DC via press release, revealing that the one-shot will focus on Batman foes the Court of Owls will attempt to use Spawn to beat the Dark Knight Detective.
As for the why of the book, McFarlane says, “Look, this is really simple. I get to play with one of the greatest comic characters ever (Batman), get to reunite with amazing artist Greg Capullo, AND am able to mix in my own creation (Spawn) into the storyline.”
Capullo shares McFarlane’s sentiments, adding, “I was fortunate enough to be able to draw both Spawn and Batman each for over a decade. Now I get to use those decades of experience to bring fans the event they’ve waited nearly 20 years to see happen. Spawn and Batman together again. It’s gonna be fire.”
And in November, ahead of the big comic event, DC is dropping more Batman/Spawn goodness, Batman/Spawn: The Complete Collection, collecting the first two crossovers, Frank Miller and McFarlane’s Spawn/Batman and Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, and Klaus Janson‘s Batman/Spawn: War Devil.
Batman/Spawn goes on sale December 13. Check out more info from the press release, as well as more art from both Batman/Spawn and Batman/Spawn: The Complete Collection!
BATMAN SPAWN #1
Written by TODD McFARLANE
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant covers by TODD McFARLANE, GABRIELE DELL’OTTO, SEAN MURPHY, FRANCESCO MATTINA, J. SCOTT CAMPBELL and JIM LEE
Blank sketch cover
Team variant cover by GREG CAPULLO and TODD McFARLANE
1:25 variant cover by JASON FABOK
1:50 variant cover by BRETT BOOTH
1:100 variant cover by JIM LEE
1:250 signed variant cover by TODD McFARLANE INKED
1:666 signed variant cover by TODD McFARLANE
1:666 signed variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
1:1000 signed variant cover by TODD McFARLANE and GREG CAPULLO
$6.99 US | 48 pages | Prestige | One-shot (all covers are card stock)
ON SALE 12/13/22
Two dark heroes, cursed by tragedy, find their paths crossing again…but not by choice! What sinister foe is at work, pitting the Dark Knight against the Hellspawn? From the shadows of Gotham City to New York City, this epic event is the blockbuster you’ve been waiting almost two decades for!
Batman/Spawn: The Classic Collection
Written by DOUG MOENCH, CHUCK DIXON, ALAN GRANT, and FRANK MILLER
Art by KLAUS JANSON and TODD McFARLANE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO and TODD McFARLANE
$19.99 US | 112 pages | 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Hardcover | ISBN: 978-1-77952-150-7
ON SALE 11/15/22
An ancient evil has arisen in Gotham City. The last time it appeared, an entire colony was wiped clean from the face of the Earth, leaving only one clue: Croatoan. Whoever or whatever Croatoan is, it’ll take all of the Batman’s investigative skills and the supernatural abilities of an ex-soldier turned Hellspawn to save Gotham’s citizens from the hell that is about to be unleashed on our world. For the first time in three decades, this edition of the classic meeting between comics’ caped avengers of the night reprints Batman/Spawn: War Devil #1 by legendary Batman writers and artists Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, and Klaus Janson…plus the Spawn/Batman one-shot by Batman: The Dark Knight Returns writer Frank Miller and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, which brings Batman to Spawn’s home turf of New York City! Two heroes with different methods in two very different tales. Capes will clash.