Take one of the world’s most popular fictional characters.

Add in some of the comic industry’s most talented creators.

Then present it all in glorious black and white.  What do you have?

Why, Batman: Black and White, of course.  DC Comics have announced that the beloved anthology series from yesteryear is making a comeback this December, with some added twists.  It will still be an anthology series, of course, with acclaimed writers and artists collaborating on unique, standalone Batman stories, but the six-issue miniseries will be released in 48-page, Prestige Format installments.  That means longer issues and larger pages, all the better to soak in all that gorgeous artwork.

And gorgeous it’s destined to be, as the likes of Lee Weeks, Tradd Moore, J.H. Williams III, Mitch Gerads, Andy Kubert, and Nick Bradshaw will collaborate with writers as diverse as Chip Zdarsky, Tim Seeley, Sophie Campbell, Emma Rios, and Paul Dini.

The first issue will ship with an excellent cover from Greg Capullo, and each issue will have two different variants that depict Batman and a member of his rogues gallery, respectively.  Pretty exciting stuff, so check out the details below.

Per DC:

BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE – THE ICONIC ANTHOLOGY SERIES RETURNS DECEMBER 8!

Six-Issue, 48-Page Prestige Format Series Spotlights a New Generation of Noirish Tales Featuring Gotham’s Guardian

In 1996, DC bolstered the already fabled legacy of Batman when the publisher introduced the anthology series Batman: Black and White. An incomparable collection of writers and artists collaborated on original, black and white short stories featuring the Dark Knight in multiple interpretations, all varying in terms of theme, tone and setting, yet all connected with a distinctive black and white color scheme.

On Tuesday December 8, Batman: Black and White returns as a six-issue prestige format series with a brand-new slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black and white!

This all-star lineup of writers and artists includes:

  • Paul Dini & Andy Kubert
  • Tim Seeley & Kelley Jones
  • Emma Rios
  • John Arcudi & James Harren
  • Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko
  • JH Williams III
  • Tom King & Mitch Gerads
  • G. Willow Wilson & Greg Smallwood
  • Sophie Campbell
  • David Aja
  • Dustin Weaver
  • Bilquis Evely
  • Joshua Williamson & Riley Rossmo
  • James Tynion IV & Tradd Moore
  • Lee Weeks
  • Chip Zdarsky & Nick Bradshaw
  • And many more!

The debut issue features cover art by fan-favorite Batman artist Greg Capullo; each issue will also include two variant covers, one featuring Batman, the other featuring his foes. For issue #1, Peach Momoko provides a stunning cover featuring Talia al Ghul, while J.H. Williams provides his own breathtaking rendition of the Caped Crusader.

Batman: Black and White is available at open and operating comic book stores and all participating digital retailers on Tuesday, December 8. Each of the six prestige format issues comprising the series is priced at $5.99.

For more information on Batman: Black and White and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, check out the website at www.dccomics.com, and follow on social media at @DCComics and @thedcnation.

Batman: Black and White #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on December 8.