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:
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Backup story art by ALEX MALEEV
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
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.