An Early Look at Francesco Francavilla’s Layouts for Detective Comics

There's a perfect storm brewing over Gotham City, and we couldn't be more excited for it to touch down. November 24th sees the start of Scott Snyder's run on Detective Comics and the new story line "The Black Mirror." The bulk of that 40-page issue will be drawn by Jock, but there's a Maraschino cherry on top: a Commissioner Gordon co-feature drawn by rising star Francesco Francavilla. 

To pull back the cowl a little, DC Comics has released six pages of Francavilla's layout, showcasing what the artist sees as the most important step in his creative process. Here we get to see the rough pencils which will ultimately serve as blueprint for Francavilla's finished pages. The mood and atmosphere are already evident with the balance of light and dark, and even minus the words, there's a great sense of tension and suspense. 


Looks like we've got a yarn on our hands, folks. 

Detective Comics #871, written by Scott Snyder and featuring art from Jock and Francesco Francavilla, is out November 24th. 


  1. Exxxxccellent (say it a la Burns).

  2. These are beautiful and I’ve head nothing but good things about American Vampire, so I’m looking forward to this.

  3. Wow, if those are just the layouts I can’t wait to see the final art.

  4. Serenity now!!

  5. Can’t wait!!  Batman Inc and Tec are definitely gonna be worth my $4 even though you’re not getting all that many pages with Batman Inc, but I don’t know if I’m gonna be beat for Batman: The Dark Knight yet?!  Something is telling me to just wait on the hardcover for that one, for some reason.

  6. i am retardedly excited about this.

  7. Hoy crap!  Those are only his layouts?!

  8. @StupendousMan: Right?

  9. Damn, even his layouts are beautiful.

  10. This guy is brilliant. I haven’t been this excited for Detective in years.

  11. awesome!!! I’m super excited about this.

  12. These look great. Hopefully it will be better than the current Detective Comics.

  13. Awesomeness. Can’t wait for this current arc to end so we can bring on Jock and Francavilla

  14. yes, yes, yes….you get the point

  15. I don’t get it. They look like normal layouts to me

  16. This book can not come soon enough.

  17. Detective Comics, a rollercoaster of a book.

  18. wow. If those are preliminary layouts, then i understand why it takes so long to produce one comic on schedule. 

  19. Wow those look amazing! I wouldn’t mind if this back up were actually in black and white. I think it would be more grity or noir.

  20. I feel like ‘Tec Comics is getting a back seat right now to Batman and Batman and Robin….It’s a shame because the storyline and artwork have been fantastic as of late………..