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Guest Artist Announced for BATMAN #18

If you're going to get a guest artist for BATMAN, you have to go big, right?

Comic fans aren't to fond when a comic gets a guest artist. Often it just turns the series in a different direction and you wonder how that issue will fit into the trade when it's released (at least I think about that stuff). Sometimes guest artists can be a good thing as it allows a different person to give their interpretation to the character or the writer might adapt the story to better suit their artistic talents.

I can speak for most people in saying an issue of BATMAN without Greg Capullo is hard to swallow. But we have seen a brilliantly executed issue when Becky Cloonan jumped on for issue #12. Now the time has come for another guest artist for issue #18.

Our friends over at IGN Comics have announced that Andy Kubert will be working on the issue along with Sandra Hope on inks. The issue will also feature a back-up by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by Alex Maleev.

The issue is also featuring the return of Harper Row and an "unspeakable tragedy." There's no rest for Batman when Scott Snyder is around. Here's the official synopsis:



Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV


Backup story art by ALEX MALEEV


Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT

1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO

On sale March 13 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

• Welcome guest-artists Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope!
• In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity!
• Fan-favorite character Harper Row returns — will she be able to pull Batman back from the brink?

Thanks to ccraft1994 for the tip.

Posted by hazmat103

awesome. i loved his work on Batman previously.

Posted by ccraft

I cant wait for this! But idk how I feel about Harper being a voice of reasoning for Batman...

Posted by longbowhunter

I'm most excited to see Alex Maleev in the back up.

Posted by ccraft

Whoa my user name on CV article! Im famous :)

Posted by oliviac

I'm excited to see Harper Row again.

Kinda hoping she becomes part of the batfamily soon.

Edited by The_Tree

Andy Kubert, f### yeah! I love the way he draws Batman, shame that it's only one issue.

Posted by ccraft

@oliviac: Probably as his new butler, sorry alf..

Posted by oliviac

@ccraft: Yes, the punk girl is going to be the new butler. Makes sense.

Stop talking to me. We're in the same room. :I

Posted by xAnimosity

Maleev! Stoked!

Posted by kid Apollo

when did Harper Row become a fan favorite?

Posted by Nathaniel Essex

Wait a minute, comic fans don't like guest artist issues? Wow, clearly I've been out of the loop, I always loved them and think they can make a nice break from things and they usually go out of their way to get a top notch artist. I don't know how I missed Becky Cloonan doing Batman though, I'm going to have to catch up, she's one of my favorite artists!

Posted by danhimself

well if they're going to replace Capullo for an issue then at least it's with Kubert

Posted by SmashBrawler

Kubert and Maleev? Awesome!

Posted by ultimatepunchrod

Andy Kubert? Yes please!

Posted by ccraft

@kid Apollo: Idk, I hope she doesnt become a new member of the bat family.. But thts what Scott seems to be going with this..

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I don't know any of Andy Kubert's stuff... Or at least I don't know him by name if I've seen it, though. As long as the art is good, though, I'll be happy.

Posted by iaconpoint

@kid Apollo said:

when did Harper Row become a fan favorite?

She's a fav to a certain part of the population. (Hint: her brother.) Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by TheGardener

I'm assuming this is when Harper Row gets introduced as the new Robin.

Posted by lifeboy

Is that picture above a sample of andy's art? I dont know who he is either. Is he an artist for dc or another company?

Posted by cc1738

Cool. He's a good artist.

Posted by Lvenger

Excellent news! I loved his previous work on Batman and his work in general. Issue 18 is going to be a gorgeous read!

Posted by Spideycap

Nice, I love seeing everyones version of the new 52 Bats, as I personally think its the best looking Batsuit ever. I was already assuming that the events of Death of the Family would leave him more distant and single minded than he already was, and it pretty much says as much there. I love it when Bruce goes into his little dark place, criminals are gonna be wetting themselves.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Yay! i love Kubert's Batman.

Posted by Grey56

" • Fan-favorite character Harper Row returns — will she be able to pull Batman back from the brink?"

Who decided she was a fan favorite ? That aside, Kubert's art is always enjoyable.

Posted by braynehurricane

@G_Money_Christmas said:

I don't know any of Andy Kubert's stuff... Or at least I don't know him by name if I've seen it, though. As long as the art is good, though, I'll be happy.

He's the son of Joe Kubert and brother of Adam Kubert (both also comic book artists). He's done work with both Marvel and DC but maybe most famously did the art on Grant's "Batman and Son" and "Time and the Batman." Also recently guested on Action Comics #5 and Action Comics #6, substituting for Rags Morales.

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Posted by mattwing87

This kind of looks like Wolverine without his claws....

Posted by doordoor123

I think what Batman needs is a mother-figure in his life. Someone who is there to kiss his boo-boos. And show him what it means to care.

I'm thinking that Harper is going to fill that role for him. Alfred likes when Bruce figures things out on his own and he suggests things to him, but he doesn't go out of his way to show Bruce affection.

I would love for Harper to fill that role for him. It would be pretty great. Someone to tell Bruce that he means something even when he is in a deep dark pit psychologically.

Posted by MuyJingo

Yay. I think Capullo is grossly overrated. Scratchy art which takes me out of the scene almost every time.

Posted by ccraft
Posted by MadeinBangladesh

RIP Alfred

Posted by knightofthechronicle

Enough with being a guest artist Andy, you're work is too good for being a guest. DC, if you read this, get this man on a book!

Posted by derf_jenkins

I see harper as an oracle type character myself.

Posted by PLTRGY13

I like, I like


Posted by bones360uk

Give jock a title to illustrate

Posted by Smurfboy

<---HUGE fan of Andy/Adam Kubert!! They're amazing artists.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

You had me completely at default his art makes this already freaking awesome even if Snyder wasn't writing it!

Posted by secondfallen616

Damian is going to die, bank on it.

Posted by KnightofSteel

I love the way Kubert draws bats. Also Hope on inks? That's one solid combo there, can't wait.

Posted by fps_dean

@hazmat103 said:

awesome. i loved his work on Batman previously.