DC announced today that Frank Miller and Jim Lee are getting the band back together and finishing the story that began five years ago in the pages of All-Star Batman and Robin. The high profile series is less famous for its story or visuals than its many publication problems, from severe delays to botched censor bars over all the cussin'. The series disappeared after its tenth issue hit the stands in the summer of 2008. It was never formally cancelled, but this was kind of a Jimmy Hoffa situation. Those final issues were buried out there under a stadium never to be seen again, not hiding out in Argentina, biding their time.
Or so we thought.
The story of the God Damn Batman and his reluctant ward will reach its conclusion, says Lee, but under a new banner. In 2011, a new monthly series will pick up where All-Star left off. The new title? Dark Knight: Boy Wonder. Six issues and a definitive ending. A new issue every month, promises Lee.
It's probably a good idea to ditch the original monicker, given all the toxicity. But that's not the only reason this is interesting. Branding the series as a Dark Knight title is an assertion on Miller's part that this story is part and parcel of his landmark works like The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and the Dark Knight Strikes Again. These are all meant for the same row of real estate on your top shelf.
“I feel terrible about how late the book fell behind. 100 percent of the blame falls upon my shoulders, so one of the reasons we chose the February, 2011, start date was to ensure that DARK KNIGHT: BOY WONDER would ship regularly and on-time. There are a number of reasons for it’s incredible delay but rather than focus on what cannot be changed, I want to promise fans that they will see cool snippets and exclusive previews on this very blog [DC's The Source] in the coming months to whet their appetites for the the next chapter of the story of the Dark Knight and Robin, the Boy Wonder.”
What'ya say, old chums? Give some ol' pro's a second chance?