Longtime friends and collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are reuniting for a new short story in a whole new world: DC.(opens in new tab)
The UK duo is working on a Batman vs. Riddler short for April 27's Batman: Black and White #5. A story which, according to DC, "pits Batman against the Riddler in a way you’ve never seen before!"
McKelvie and Gillen have worked together on-and-off for the past 17 years, with creator-owned series such as Phonogram (opens in new tab) and The Wicked + The Divine (opens in new tab), along with a celebrated run on Marvel's Young Avengers (opens in new tab). They actually got their start with a video game comic in Newsarama's sister news outlet PlayStation Magazine UK. Gillen and McKelvie's 'Save Point' ran in the magazine for several years. This Batman short would be the duo's first major project together since the conclusion of The Wicked + The Divine in 2019.
Outside of this Batman: Black and White #5 short, MckKelvie is writing and drawing an upcoming creator-owned series The Killing Horizon. Gillen has two creator-owned series underway (Die (opens in new tab) and Once & Future (opens in new tab)) and is also writing Marvel's Eternals and the licensed title Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar.
This would be Gillen's first work for DC. While DC says this would be McKelvie's first DC work, they are omitting his 2009 work drawing portions of Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? And Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive? #1.
DC's Batman: Black and White anthology series has been a fertile ground for these surprise team-ups and unusual circumstances. Also in April's #5 is artists Jorge Jimenez, Jamal Campbell, and Lee Weeks writing their own stories in a rare turn.
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