DC’s long-running detective comics will return to a monthly release schedule in April – and Batman will once again return as the title’s solo star.
The normally Batman-centric series moved to a weekly schedule with Detective Comics #1046 on December 28 for a 12-part storyline that will continue through Detective Comics #1058 on March 22.
Although most North American comics are traditionally published monthly, Detective Comics was one of the first titles to experiment with more frequent shipments, including as early as the early ’70s. For readers, that meant less time. waiting between episodes of serialized stories like the current Detective Comics story; for publishers, publishing a popular title more frequently can mean higher sales. So when it works, it’s a win-win.
Detective Comics’ current weekly series titled “Shadows of the Bat” began with the “Fear State” event finale and features Batman’s crime-fighting allies and proteges – known colloquially as the Bat- family – who are rallying after leaving Gotham. City.
With Detective Comics returning to a standard monthly schedule, Batman – who will return to Gotham for the “Shadows of the Bat” finale, will also return as the title’s main character, taking on the Riddler (just in time to star of the villain to star in The Batman movie) as he returns to Gotham on a wave of media popularity.
Series writer Mariko Tamaki will continue as Detective Comics’ lead writer, though for issue #1059 she will be joined by “co-guest writer” Nadia Shammas. The issue will be drawn by veteran artist Ivan Reis with inker Danny Miki.
The issue will also include the first in a three-part series titled “Gotham Girl: Discontinued‘ by Sina Grace, David Lapham and Trish Mulvihill.
Detective Comics #1059 – the first issue back on the monthly calendar – goes on sale April 26.
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