Friday, June 17, 2016
Night of the Monster Men Coming in September
A while back when Rebirth was announced, the DC editorial team mentioned that there would be breaks built into the schedule to allow the now twice-monthly titles to stay on schedule, and it looks like the Batman crossover Night of the Monster Men is the first example of that.
Spreading across September and October (from what I'm assuming is the 2nd issues in September and the 1st in October), Night of the Monster Men will see Batman, Detective Comics and Nightwing deal with Kaiju-like threats invading Gotham City. Writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo will be spearheading the event acting as show runner and designer (you can check out many of Rossmo's great designs here), but will work with each book's regular writers to deliver the story.
I'm a little bit surprised that there is a crossover so soon, but like I said, people like Didio and Lee basically said this stuff would be coming, so it makes sense. What I do like about this story is that it reminds me of how the Batman books were in the late 90s to all the way before Infinite Crisis, where there were just spur of the moment stories that took place across multiple titles. It goes back to what I was saying about Rebirth as a whole, where already, character interactions feel more natural, so going "Batman and company fight Kaijus" kind of makes sense in a way. Also, unlike all the New 52 crossovers, this isn't being billed as a big continuity shaking event, it just seems like a fun way to dovetail everything together while giving each book some time to get ahead. We'll see how it goes, Steve Orlando has done some great work for DC in the past year and I love Riley Rossmo's work, so I hope it turns out well.
(Source: Comic Vine)