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‘Batman’ to Receive Backup Stories Starting With Issue #8, Will Kick Off a Bat-Family Crossover

Well we finally have news about the first big crossover event in DC’s New 52, and I have to say it all sounds very exciting actually. As announced this morning on The Source, starting with issue #8, Batman will be receiving backup stories co-written by Scott Snyder and newcomer James Tynion IV with art by Rafael Albuquerque that will explore the history of the Court of Owls and lead up to the first crossover. Hit the jump for all the details.

First off, the backups. From The Source:

BATMAN #8 will feature the first of a series of back-up stories exploring the dark history of the Court of Owls, the mysterious and malevolent secret society wreaking havoc upon Gotham City in the ongoing series.

The back-ups will bring together the fan-favorite writer/artist pairing of Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, whose ongoing collaboration on AMERICAN VAMPIRE has made the critically acclaimed title one of the iconic series of the Vertigo line. James Tynion IV will co-write with Snyder.

These back-up stories with continue to reveal more about the Court’s sinister agenda as we move toward “The Night of The Owls” – a massive crossover event coming in May, which will span the Bat-books and reveal the full breadth of their master plan. With their claws sunk into Gotham history, the Owls represent a threat unlike anything Batman’s faced before, threatening to tip the city’s balance of power once and for all.

“The first backup, in issue eight will give a sense of the terrifying scope of the Court of Owls’ attack on Gotham. This really will be the first shot in a war for the soul of Gotham City,” said Snyder. “And then, starting in issue nine, we’ll begin a three part story called ‘The Fall of the House of Wayne’ that will investigate the secret history of the Court of Owls and its relationship to the Wayne family – particularly to Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce’s parents. The story will be told from the point of view of Jarvis Pennyworth, Alfred’s father, and offer some big surprises and shocks about the forces that shaped the bat-mythology as we know it. Can’t wait for you all to see these stories!

“I’m also excited to be co-writing with my friend, James Tynion IV, a young writer I’m extremely excited about. Especially in the spirit of the New 52, it’s a real thrill to get to give someone new and talented a chance to get his foot in the door, and James is a writer to watch and expect great things from!”“And of course, I’m over the moon about getting to work with my good friend and AMERICAN VAMPIRE co-creator Rafael Albuquerque on the some of the very first ones!”

Along with the news they teased some art: current Batman artist Greg Capullo’s stellar cover to issue #8, and some sketches by Albuquerque for the backups:

Now the post in The Source really didn’t say much about the crossover event and supposedly we’ll receive more news on that later today, but Snyder did drop a few massive points on Twitter this morning:

All I have to say? It’s about time. Crossovers these days usually mean buying 20-30 issues, mostly from other series you have no interest in, in order to get the complete and full story. If this is any indicator of how DC wishes their crossovers to be executed as a whole, then I’m absolutely thrilled. It would really cement that the relaunch was done to fundamentally change their strategies and help the fans out. Let’s hope DC takes note and applies this crossover philosophy to the rest of their titles, so support that positive image by checking out the Night of the Owls crossover this year.

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