Writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando Tease a New Mystery to Be Solved This April
A new mystery begins this April as DC Entertainment, Condé Nast and Dynamite Entertainment unite Batman and The Shadow for an epic crossover. This team-up of history’s most well known vigilantes will send Batman on a quest to unlock the enigma surrounding the obscure Shadow. Writers Scott Snyder (BATMAN, ALL-STAR BATMAN) and Steve Orlando (MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA) along with artist Riley Rossmo (BATMAN, CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER) introduce a new miniseries full of suspense, action and deadly intrigue.
“Batman is a myth that transcends the comic book page and inspires us to achieve, while The Shadow is the cornerstone of so much of the pop culture and comics we see today,” explains Orlando. “To bring together the World’s Greatest Detective and the World’s Greatest Mystery is an honor. BATMAN/THE SHADOW will pay tribute to legacies in comics and pulp fiction, as the two characters meet in a generations-deep conflict unlike any they’ve seen before, with a case that stretches back to the origins of time, and will redefine murder.”
In the six issue miniseries, murder has come to Gotham. Gotham’s protector, Batman, discovers a trail of evidence that leads to a suspect by the name of Lamont Cranston. The only problem is—Cranston has been dead for over fifty years! As Batman attempts to unravel the enigma surrounding Cranston’s life, the mysterious Shadow will do everything in his power to stop him from learning too much.
“This crossover, uniting Batman and The Shadow once again, is something we’re very enthusiastic about,” says DC Senior Vice President of Editorial Strategy & Administration Hank Kanalz. “Batman has crossed paths with some of the most legendary characters in entertainment, engaging fans from across the comics universe. The best stories delve into the core of our characters—they explore what makes them heroes. Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo bring their unbelievable level of talent to this series that pays tribute to these characters and their incredible legacies.”
“The Shadow and Batman are two of the longest tenured pop culture icons so it’s a perfect fit for them to join forces,” said Cathy Hoffman Glosser, Senior Vice President of Licensing for Condé Nast. “Bringing The Shadow and Batman together in Gotham is thrilling and fans will be pleased with what is in store for them.”
“Both DC and Dynamite publish the most iconic characters in comics today, and few are as recognizable as The Shadow and Batman,” states Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. “In speaking with DC about potential ventures, we both recognized that Batman and The Shadow had one of the most beloved meetings in comics, yet while brief, have remained fan favorites for many years. The time was right for the hero who recognizes that ‘villains are a superstitious, cowardly lot’ to again meet the man ‘who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.’ We’re extremely fortunate to be launching this series with one of my favorite writers in the industry today, Scott Snyder, and one of the hottest up-and-coming writers in the industry, Steve Orlando. The art from Riley Rossmo complements the story so well. Working hand in hand with DC and Condé Nast, the creative team placed together is incredible and I can’t express how excited I am for fans to see this touchstone series.”
A return to the detective stories of the past, BATMAN/THE SHADOW #1 from Snyder, Orlando and Rossmo will debut April 26, 2017.
About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.
About Condé Nast:
Condé Nast is a premier media company renowned for producing the highest quality content for the world’s most influential audiences. Attracting more than 100 million consumers across its industry-leading print, digital and video brands, the company’s portfolio includes some of the most iconic titles in media: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, GQ Style, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Wired, W, Golf Digest, Golf World, Teen Vogue, Ars Technica, The Scene, Pitchfork and Backchannel. The company’s newest division, Condé Nast Entertainment, was launched in 2011 to develop film, television and premium digital video programming.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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