Here’s a sad first for DC’s New 52, from the publisher’s shipping update:
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #8 (FEB120193) Now features a story written by Joe Harris with art by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter.
The book, which ships 4/25, was originally solicited with David Finch and Paul Jenkins as creators. Unless I’m misremembering, this is the first last-minute replacement of an entire creative team/fill-in issue for the line, coming three months after the first book to miss its scheduled ship date (Partial replacement of solicited creative teams, of course, has been happening since the first issue of some titles). Way to go with another important milestone, I guess…?
Benes had previously been announced as replacing Tony Daniel as artist on Detective Comics for a short period. Clearly, he’s a favorite of the Batman editorial office, which makes me wonder: Should we be expecting a permanent re-assignment to a Batman book anytime soon?