“Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1” variant cover features The Joker

The first of what is sure to be many variant covers for the upcoming finale of Frank Miller’s Batman epic has been revealed.  The retail-exclusive image, drawn by Dave Johnson and based on a Jim Lee sketch, depicts Batman over the lifeless body of the Joker, recalling the villain’s final bow in The Dark Knight Returns.

Personally, I kind of like it.  Granted, I thought it was going to be something like Batman holding Superman’s cape in a bloody fist, and there’s really no place to go from there but up.  And, uh, let’s assume “Your Logo Here” won’t make the final cut.

What do you guys think?

The 8-part series launches November 25th.