“Battle for the Cowl” graciously ruined

It’s perfect; DC Comics takes a great leap forward and simultaneously ejects ill-timed feces into its own drawers.

Tomorrow, the “Battle for the Cowl” event will finally launch, a culmination years in the making across the Batman books, beginning with Grant Morrison’s 2006 – 2008 run on the flagship title. The concept is simple; blasted into oblivion by archvillain Darkseid in Final Crisis, Batman needs someone new to take up his mantle. For the next three months, DC Comics’ “Cowl”, which extends beyond the primary event book and into mini-series like “Azrael,” “Oracle,” and “Gotham Gazette,” planed to show readers the birthing pangs of a new Dark Knight. Will it be Dick Grayson, former Nightwing and reluctant heir to Bruce Wayne’s solemn avenger? Tim Drake, young gun and recent Robin? Jason Todd, dickbag? The suspense is, for all intents and purposes, the primary reason to pick up this event which seems little more than a drawn out cash-in.

It’s all moot now, as IGN just revealed that the new dynamic duo, making its first appearance in June’s new “Batman and Robin” series, will be Grayson as Batman and Damien Wayne as Robin. Fans expected it, but hey, this is from the company that saw fit to rape and kill Sue Dibny in Identity Crisis, so an ill-conceived curve ball was always a possibility. 

It’d be a little disappointing, frankly, if not for the fact that the team behind the new series was revealed in tandem: Grant Morrison as writer and Frank Quitely as artist. Take a look at these images for the first taste:

Batman and Robin, Morrison Quitely

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It’s a fantastic team; they’ve been responsible for some of the best and most influential comics of the past several years (We3, All-Star Superman, Flex Mentallo, New X-Men), and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do with the fresh start to the Caped Crusader. (Especially if it’s not delayed to the point of no return, which it will be, undoubtedly.)

Still, shoot yourself in the foot much, DC? What’s going on with the leadership over there, exactly?

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