Over the weekend Gerard Way (former My Chemical Romance vocalist and Umbrella Academy scribe), posted some images and designs on Twitter from an apparently approved proposal of a "Vertigo" Batman title, that unfortunately never saw the light of day.
He's so far posted a cover and three designs for Batman, Joker and Mr. Freeze, all with very different, off-beat looks. I'm not sure if when he said "Vertigo" (note: he added the quotations) if he literally meant it was to be published by Vertigo, or if it would simply have been in Vertigo style, regardless, it's a damn shame it never happened, because from a visual standpoint, it looks really interesting.
This isn't he first time that a book from DC, written by a prominent rock musician, hasn't seen the light of day, anyone remember that Etrigan mini-series by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and artist Sam Kieth? I know Ian had written a Lobo book before, but perhaps DC was working on a line of sorts with characters written by musicians? Who knows? I can only speculate.
Nevertheless, it's unfortunate we never got to see, or even find out what exactly this is/was. Hit up Way's Twitter account to see the other images I mentioned above.
UPDATE: In reading some replies Way sent out over Twitter, he states what happened to the book:
"Just got busy is all. Dan and Ian at DC were crazy supportive of the project but my life took a different turn at the time"So there you have it, nothing crazy or anything. With My Chemical Romance breaking up earlier this year, maybe there's a chance this gets resurrected? I'd say it's a slim one, if any at all, but I know it'd be cool to see.
(Source: Gerard Way's Twitter)