World’s will collide once again this fall as Batman and The Shadow will team-up once more as Dynamite Comics has officially announced the six-part miniseries The Shadow/Batman. Written by Steve Orlando & drawn by Giovanni Timpano, the series is a sequel to the recent Batman/The Shadow miniseries and will be published through a partnership between Dynamite Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Conde Nast.
“The Shadow/Batman continues to be a dream moment for me, working with two of the biggest icons of pulp fiction and pop culture history is and will always be an honor,” Orlando said. “To dig even deeper into the pasts and motivations of the characters, to craft villains and challenges that force them to redefine themselves and grow as the fascinating, obsessed, passionate people they are, is wonderful. In Batman/The Shadow, Batman faced a truth he was afraid to comprehend. In The Shadow/Batman, the Shadow is finally faced with a moment he’s avoided his entire life: the moment the Shadow does not know.”
The World’s Greatest Mystery. The World’s Greatest Detective. They can barely stand each other, so how will they possibly deal with the World’s Greatest Evil? What legacy can two of the world’s most enduring icons of justice leave once they discover an ancient evil has been living inside the world they protect for centuries, attached to its heart. Can Batman and the Shadow save the world without killing it in the process?
“Doing a sequel to a great story is never easy. You find yourself comparing the work you’re doing to that which came before even before the rest of the world does. In this case, though, I think The Shadow/Batman is not only a sequel, but a logical and necessary extension to Batman/The Shadow, and a powerful story on its own,” said Dynamite Senior Editor Matt Idelson. “Steve has so deftly avoided repeating anything from the prior series, creating something that is so fresh, so awesome, there won’t be a single reader that walks away disappointed. And Gio’s art is tremendous! He’s always known what he’s doing, but his work has grown and evolved so much since his earlier Shadow work and I can’t think of another artist who would have fit this project so perfectly.”
The two iconic characters have met a few times in the past with The Shadow appearing in two issues of Batman’s series in 1973 and 1974 before the two came together again in the April 2017 launching Batman/The Shadow
Shadow/Batman is not the first time these iconic characters will join forces, as The Shadow appeared in two issues of Batman’s regular monthly comic in 1973 and 1974. Most recently, DC Entertainment, Conde Nast, and Dynamite Entertainment partnered in April 2017 to publish Batman/The Shadow, a six-issue mini-series from creators Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo. The series, which has since been met with wide critical acclaim, is the thematic prequel to Dynamite’s new Shadow/Batman series.