Posted by G-Man (30700 posts) - - Show Bio

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:

BATMAN #18

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.

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#1 Posted by hazmat103 (60 posts) - - Show Bio

awesome. i loved his work on Batman previously.

#2 Posted by ccraft (5078 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#3 Posted by longbowhunter (6812 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#4 Posted by ccraft (5078 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#5 Posted by oliviac (4 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm excited to see Harper Row again.

Kinda hoping she becomes part of the batfamily soon.

#6 Edited by The_Tree (7247 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#7 Posted by ccraft (5078 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#8 Posted by oliviac (4 posts) - - Show Bio

@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

#9 Posted by xAnimosity (183 posts) - - Show Bio

Maleev! Stoked!

#10 Posted by kid Apollo (709 posts) - - Show Bio

when did Harper Row become a fan favorite?

#11 Posted by Nathaniel Essex (22 posts) - - Show Bio

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!

#12 Posted by danhimself (22318 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#13 Posted by SmashBrawler (5509 posts) - - Show Bio

Kubert and Maleev? Awesome!

#14 Posted by ultimatepunchrod (88 posts) - - Show Bio

Andy Kubert? Yes please!

#15 Posted by ccraft (5078 posts) - - Show Bio

@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..

#16 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (881 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#17 Posted by iaconpoint (1290 posts) - - Show Bio

@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.

#18 Posted by TheGardener (16 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#19 Posted by lifeboy (1675 posts) - - Show Bio

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?

#20 Posted by cc1738 (358 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool. He's a good artist.

#21 Posted by Lvenger (18521 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#22 Posted by Spideycap (212 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#23 Posted by Mucklefluga (2525 posts) - - Show Bio

Yay! i love Kubert's Batman.

#24 Posted by Grey56 (728 posts) - - Show Bio

" • 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.

#25 Posted by braynehurricane (129 posts) - - Show Bio

@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.

#26 Posted by yo_yo_fun (642 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome!

#27 Posted by mattwing87 (426 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#28 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#29 Posted by MuyJingo (1592 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#30 Posted by ccraft (5078 posts) - - Show Bio
#31 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (6221 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP Alfred

#32 Posted by knightofthechronicle (643 posts) - - Show Bio

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!

#33 Posted by derf_jenkins (363 posts) - - Show Bio

I see harper as an oracle type character myself.

#34 Posted by PLTRGY13 (23 posts) - - Show Bio

I like, I like

PLTRGY13

#35 Posted by bones360uk (22 posts) - - Show Bio

Give jock a title to illustrate

#36 Posted by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#37 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#38 Posted by secondfallen616 (119 posts) - - Show Bio

Damian is going to die, bank on it.

#39 Posted by KnightofSteel (244 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#40 Posted by fps_dean (255 posts) - - Show Bio

@hazmat103 said:

awesome. i loved his work on Batman previously.