Ever since he was introduced in Batman: Zero Year, Duke Thomas has seemed destined for heroism. He began as a young kid caught up in a city-wide tragedy, became one of a number of Robins, and blossomed into something new. Something… different.
Now, after featuring heavily in All-Star Batman and the one-shots leading up to Metal, Duke is finally becoming a full-fledged Gotham defender. With that, he will also star in Batman and the Signal, a new miniseries coming this November.
Details on the series (as well as Duke’s official code name) were revealed at SDCC, though little was known beyond the title of the series and announcement that Scott Snyder and Tony Patrick would be writing. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusive details on the miniseries. Head over there for some statements from Snyder and insight into DC’s New Talent Development Workshop, but there are two things of note: it will be illustrated by Cully Hamner (wooo!), and it will be a three issue miniseries. The latter is particularly surprising, both in that it’s a mini and how short it will be. Brevity is a virtue, so let’s see how Gotham’s daytime defender takes to it.
Batman and the Signal #1 hits comic shops and digital platforms on November 8.
UPDATE: Nerdist has an exclusive look at Duke’s new costume design, including notes on the practical functions of the costume.