After making an announcement about it during San Diego Comic Con, DC Comics has fully revealed the new series and costume for Batman’s protege Duke Thomas who is now known as Signal.
Originally it was rumored to be an ongoing series, Batman and The Signal is a three-issue miniseries co-written by Duke’s co-creator Scott Snyder and newcomer Tony Patrick with art from Cully Hammer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Patrick was a participant in the New Talent Development Workshop from DC that Snyder taught.
“I brought up Duke Thomas [the “Signal” of the series’ title] in the course,” Patrick said. “During the course, I said to Scott, ‘You have this African-American teen character, what’re you going to do with him? What’s going to become of him?’ And Scott said, ‘I’d love to do a series about him in the future, and I’m looking for someone to help me write it!'”
The new series kicks off after the events of Dark Days: The Culling and features Duke becoming a full superhero that can stand on his own after having spent most of the last year as a nameless protege to Batman. Snyder said the choice of Patrick to work with him was an obvious one because his experience working with teens in Brooklyn.
“I work with students, and what I’ve realized is, I’m a real advocate for high school kids,” Patrick said. “I realized that I go after what I need when it comes to getting resources from the kids, but as an artist, I never did that to myself until recently. I think it was that class that I said to myself, if you don’t raise your hand and say that you’re interested in this, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity.”
The full solicitation for the first issue, arriving November 08, is below.
BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1
Written by Scott Snyder and Tony Patrick
Art and cover by Cully Hamner
Variant cover by Declan Shalvey
Batman may own the night, but with new villains emerging during the day he needs an ally to defend the city when he can’t. Only one teen is up to the challenge, Duke Thomas. After months of training, he’s ready to step out of the shadow of the bat to become his own kind of hero. Meet Gotham City’s newest protector: The Signal! Spinning out of adventures in ALL-STAR BATMAN and WE ARE ROBIN, comics superstar Scott Snyder and newcomer Tony Patrick take our young hero to new heights in this exciting miniseries with artwork by Cully Hamner.