Announced on his blog earlier today, Paul Cornell will be stepping in for a bit and taking over writing duties on Batman & Robin. If you're from around these parts, you already know the folks around here love Mr. Cornell and they love Batman & Robin. So this is really exciting news. To add a cherry on top the awesome sundae, Cornell told IGN he's created a new villain for Dick and Damian. (Seriously, the news just gets better and better.)

Back in July it was announced that Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason would be taking the reins on the critically acclaimed series; and that's still the plan. Cornell will be joined by Scott McDaniel on art for a three-issue arc (#17-19) before Tomasi and Gleason come on full time.

Batman & Robin #17 hits your local comic shop on November 24. Check out the new cover, courtesy of Guillem March…

Bad. Ass.


  1. I was just thinking about how awesome Paul Cornell is this morning, while going to work.

  2. So, I guess I’m not dropping B&R after next issue.  Cool.

  3. Good for Cornell and great for us!

  4. I was going to drop Batman & Robin after Grant Morrison, but I definitely believe Paul Cornell can keep the same feel as Morrison did. So I’m staying for 3 more!

  5. I don’t want a three-issue gap, so I guess I’ll buy it.

  6. I’m on board although I don’t know how I feel about Scott McDaniel art.  I liked him back in the glory days of the Bat books, but his recent stuff hasn’t impressed me.  I’m excited for more Cornell, but disheartened at having to buy the book (because I buy waaaaaayyyy too much).

  7. Once again, DC has got me more excited for a fill in job than the main run. First, we have that interesting sounding Lois Lane issue of Superman this week, after which I’ll be redropping when JMS comes back on.

    This case is similar, yet different. I’ll be following Tomasi and Gleason into this title, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t more excited for Cornell’s story.

  8. Cool, I wonder what the new villain will be like? I think this is a good idea. It lets someone else have an opportunity to tackle these characters and will ease the readers in before the new creative team is on board.

  9. This could be very, very good.

  10. It’s like Christmas every day around here. Awesome.

    Tomasi ain’t copped liver either, kids.

  11. I don’t like being a downer, but it drives me a little nuts that I have to hear about this change on a site other than DC’s. I mean, this is major. New writer, new artist, and new storyline for three issues? You’d think that DC would post something about it in their blog or, at the very least, change the information on their list of upcoming comics. Issues 17-19 are all still listed as being created by Tomasi, Gleason and Irwin on DC’s official website. It irks me that they haven’t already updated that information and, if past actions are any indication, they probably won’t update it.

    Aside from all that, yay! I’m looking forward to these issues. 

  12. A great book and I am looking forward to keeping this book on my pull list. Very excited about Cornell.

  13. I’m game.

    Stupid question:  Is Quitely still going to do the covers for BnR?  

  14. scott mcdaniel drawing dick grayson batman? im in!

  15. Well played, DC. Well played…

  16. Ah man. I’ve enjoyed Cornell’s work and freakin’ McDaniel is back on a Batman book I read? Bravo, DC.

  17. Gah! Quit playin’ games with my heart, DC! I’ve jumped on and off this book more times than I can count, and I’d just gotten off again and now I hear Tomasi and Gleason are coming on? And Paul Cornell before them? 

  18. Truly great news. For readers and for Paul Cornell.

  19. Bad news turning into good news, can’t beat that 🙂 And March kicks ass. That’s a great cover. Will miss him on Azrael.

  20. On one hand I am very disappointed that, yet again, a huge change has to be made because a creative team couldn’t (or never originally had) time to finish something. But as replacements go; having Tomasi be replaced by Cornell is pretty damn good. If he is creating an entirely new villain then it is something to pay attention too.

    Either way though I am not a big fan of Scott McDaniel, so that’s a bit of a problem for me. 

  21. Hmmm… not sure whether to suffer through these three issues to get to Tomasi and Gleason or whether to just hop off until they start their stint with issue #20.

  22. Oh goodie. I can carry on buying B&R for another 3 issues then

  23. Excited for Cornell. Not as much for McDaniel. I dug his stuff way back on Nightwing and Richard Dragon (remember that?), but recently he’s become a parody of himself. The current Detective stuff for instance; I cant decide which makes me wretch harder, the story or the art.

  24. I’m looking forward to this, and I love Tomasi/Gleason, so still exctied about those as well. Though I can’t help but think that Tomasi and Gleason would be a much better team on a new Martian Manhunter series post-Brightest Day…