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Batman Ubiquitous

blog_Xbats700Man, what with the current Batman and Robin comic series, the awesome Christopher Nolan flicks and that whole "Return of Bruce Wayne" thing, it really is a great time to be into all things Batman. Actually now that I think about it, aside from those dark days during the Schumacher era its never been a bad time to be a fan of the caped crusader.

This week Bats hits yet another major milestone as his self titled monthly reaches the ripe old age of 700 issues and DC is pulling out all the stops. With artwork supplied by Andy Kubert, Tony Daniel and Frank Quitely (yes!), good old Grant Morrison tackles the comic with a story that's been kept tight under wraps - the synopsis is pretty simple revealing only that all 3 men to have donned the cape and cowl are featured to some extent. Bruce Wayne (past), Dick Grayson (present), and Damian Wayne (future). Whatever it turns out to be, I've already started to prepare my mind for the inevitable blowing of. Just to sweeten the deal (and lighten up the wallet), there are two covers for the book - one featuring art by David Finch (shown here) and another provided by Mike Mignola (the Hellboy dude).

Of course, there are a bunch of other comics coming out this week too but sorry fellas, you're taking the backseat to this one.

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