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Creative Team and Release Date for Brian Buccellato's BLACK BAT Announced

Find out who will be drawing the book, the covers and when we can expect it.

Back in October, during New York Comic Con, Dynamite Entertainment announced that Brian Buccellato, co-writer and colorist of THE FLASH and creator and writer of FOSTER, would be writing a new BLACK BAT series. We've been waiting for more details and they have finally been revealed.

J. Scott Campbell cover

BLACK BAT #1 is set for a May 2013 release. It will reinvent the classic masked vigilante (that may or may not have preceded BATMAN). Joining Buccellato will be interior artist Ronan Cliquet (GREEN HORNET, THE SHADOW SPECIAL and some Marvel books). The series will also see covers drawn by superstars such as J. Scott Campbell, Joe Benitez, Ardian Syaf, Billy Tan, and in his Dynamite cover artwork debut, award-winning artist Marcos Martin! That's a pretty dang impressive list.

Who is Black Bat? He's a classic pulp hero from the 1930s. In this series, Tony Quinn is a "brash" defense attorney for the mob who has no problems compromising his ethics for financial gain. When he refuses to cross a line and commit a murder, he is tortured and blinded by his gangster employers. He's given a chance to make amends when he happens to meet with a covert agency. This leads him to gaining the dark mantle the Black Bat. He is now determined to right the wrongs of his past.

Buccellato said the following on the addition of Ronan Cliquet to the series:

I couldn't be more excited to have Ronan Cliquet on board. He is bringing a gritty, almost noir inked style that is perfect for the tone of this street-level superhero book.
Marcos Martin Subscription Only Variant Cover

It should also be noted that Buccellato himself came up with Black Bat's new design. Also, the Marcos Martin cover will be a 'subscription only variant.'

We finally have the perfect interior artist, five amazing cover artists, and a firm release date for the first issue. It's all coming together! This book has been a year in the making, so it's an incredible thrill to see it come to life as the covers and art start to come in.

BLACK BAT #1 is on sale in May. Be sure to let your local comic shop know you're interested and that they need to order the series for you.

Sounds like it's time for Brian to come on the podcast once again.

Check out the other covers:

Joe Benitez cover
Ardian Syaf cover
Billy Tan cover

Here's an early look at the interiors:

31 Comments
Posted by The_Soverighn

COOL

Posted by Omega-Man

Hm Looks interesting actually. I might pick this up.

Posted by The_Soverighn

SO ITS BATMAN

Posted by Arevish

This reminds me so much of The Spider.

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

Did anyone else see the title and think this was about Cassandra Cain?

Posted by CircularLogic

I read the title and thought they were announcing the return of Cassandra Cane... siiiigh.

Still, doesn't sound bad

Posted by SupBatz

@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

Did anyone else see the title and think this was about Cassandra Cain?

Yep... Disappointment...

Posted by Catsnlynne

Is this one of the titles that will be replacing the ones that have been canceled?

Posted by Mucklefluga

Sounds like a mix of Daredevil and Batman.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@Arevish said:

This reminds me so much of The Spider.

The Spider, Black Bat and The Shadow where all created around the same time.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@Mucklefluga said:

Sounds like a mix of Daredevil and Batman.

He kind of is, both them characters as well as Two Face are based off of Black Bat

Posted by Catsnlynne

I have no idea who Cassandra Cain is.

Posted by age_of_ultron_Prime2000

This looks very good

Posted by dondave

Might pick this up

Posted by cc1738

@Catsnlynne: She's a former Batgirl.

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

@cc1738 said:

@Catsnlynne: She's a former Batgirl.

And was also called Black Bat.

Posted by roboadmiral

@Arevish said:

This reminds me so much of The Spider.

It's a '30s pulp noir character, they're all vaguely similar. The Shadow, the Green Hornet, the Spider, the Black Bat.

Posted by jsphsmth

Not as excited abpout this as I was for the Miss Fury ongoing announcement because I am really unsure of Brian Buccellato's writing.

Regardless, totally thrilled that Dynamite continues to revive the pulp heroes.

Now if only they could salvage Domino Lady from the damage done to the character at Moonstone.

Posted by Catsnlynne

Doctor Mid-Nite could also see in the dark.

Posted by The Stegman
@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

Did anyone else see the title and think this was about Cassandra Cain?

Me :( 
Posted by cc1738

@V_Scarlotte_Rose: I know. But she's more well know for being Batgirl.

Posted by Park

@The Stegman said:

@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

Did anyone else see the title and think this was about Cassandra Cain?

Me :(
Posted by Decept-O

Looks cool. Dynamite has been doing a number of titles with Public Domain characters and doing a good job. Just hate the price tag on some of 'em but I have enjoyed the few I have bought and read.

Posted by fodigg

@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

Did anyone else see the title and think this was about Cassandra Cain?

Yes. I am disappoint.

Posted by NightFang

@Decept-O said:

Looks cool. Dynamite has been doing a number of titles with Public Domain characters and doing a good job. Just hate the price tag on some of 'em but I have enjoyed the few I have bought and read.

Agreed.

Posted by bob808

I loved the Black Bat pulp stories.

Posted by jsphsmth

@Decept-O: Agreed about the $3.99 cover price, but it is harder for the smaller publishers to make a profit. I would rather spend that amount supporting Dynamite and IDW than Marvel who can well afford to charge $2.99 an issue.

Posted by Psycho_Soldier

That is not Cassandra Cain

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Wow, may have to give this serious consideration. Love pulp heroes.

Posted by Brazen_Intellect

@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

Did anyone else see the title and think this was about Cassandra Cain?

Yes...

Posted by Decept-O

@jsphsmth: That is a very good point. Just wished the cover prices were a little less and I'd def buy more! I'm lucky to pick up Dynamite titles sporadically.

Much as I love Marvel and DC, I've purchased and read far more Indie publishers for some time.