Dynamite Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Conde Nast Partner for Release of New SHADOW/BATMAN Cross-Over Event
The World's Greatest Mystery. The World's Greatest Detective. They can barely stand each other, so how will they possibly deal with the World's Greatest Evil? What legacy can two of the world's most enduring icons of justice leave once they discover an ancient evil has been living inside the world they protect for centuries, attached to its heart. Can Batman and the Shadow save the world without killing it in the process?
Writer Steve Orlando said, "Shadow/Batman continues to be a dream moment for me, working with two of the biggest icons of pulp fiction and pop culture history is and will always be an honor. To dig even deeper into the pasts and motivations of the characters, to craft villains and challenges that force them to redefine themselves and grow as the fascinating, obsessed, passionate people they are, is wonderful. In Batman/Shadow, Batman faced a truth he was afraid to comprehend. In Shadow/Batman, the Shadow is finally faced with a moment he's avoided his entire life: the moment the Shadow does not know."
Artist Giovanni Timpano said, "I was working on the finale of the second arc of Eclipse when Dynamite Executive Editor Joseph Rybandt emailed me, asking if I was interested in working again on The Shadow. I have to admit that I was a bit doubtful, because I drew several stories of The Shadow, with several writers, so I was wondering if I would have been able to add something new and different from the previous times. I'm that type of artist who always needs a challenge, who doesn't like to repeat himself. Then Joe told me that it was not just The Shadow, but The Shadow/Batman. And later, once I read Steve Orlando's idea for the story, all of my doubts vanished. We all know how important The Shadow was for Batman's creation back in the day, and Steve have taken this connection between the two characters and transformed it into the very heart of his story. This is not a simple crossover between these two heroes, this is an important piece for both characters' history. That's why it was impossible to say no to this project. All this gave me a different incentive to add something new to my take on The Shadow. Basically, this is my third time on The Shadow, and I feel as I'm founding my definitive version of the character."
Dynamite Senior Editor Matt Idelson said, "Doing a sequel to a great story is never easy. You find yourself comparing the work you're doing to that which came before even before the rest of the world does. In this case, though, I think Shadow/Batman is not only a sequel, but a logical and necessary extension to Batman/Shadow, and a powerful story on its own. Steve has so deftly avoided repeating anything from the prior series, creating something that is so fresh, so awesome, there won't be a single reader that walks away disappointed. And Gio's art is tremendous! He's always known what he's doing, but his work has grown and evolved so much since his earlier Shadow work and I can't think of another artist who would have fit this project so perfectly."
"What DC and Dynamite Entertainment started with Batman/Shadow early in 2017 continues to spark interest with fans of these classic characters," said Hank Kanalz, DC's SVP Editorial Strategy & Administration. "Shadow/Batmanis a compelling story that not only continues to honor the history of both heroes, but adds to it - which should be the goal for any great crossover comic. We can't wait for the fans to see what Steve and Giovanni deliver."
The Shadow/Batman #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Shadow/Batman #1 with their local comic book retailers. The Shadow/Batman #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.