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First Look At Absolute Batman And What It Means For Absolute Universe

Our first look at Absolute Batman by Scott Snyder and Nick Dragotta and what it means for the Absolute Universe with the superhero as underdog

Article Summary

  • Scott Snyder and Nick Dragotta unveil a reimagined Absolute Batman.
  • New underdog Batman portrayed as kinetic warrior with manga influences.
  • Batsuit features zips, batons, and a cape that doubles as a weapon.
  • Absolute Universe redefines DC heroes as underdogs in a closer reality.

The new Absolute Batman is a very different Batman. Still Bruce Wayne, but a very different Bruce Wayne with a different life. As a comic book, it has a very different look. And I have your first look inside the pages of the ashcan coming to comic book retailers exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con.

Absolute Universe Will Have The Superhero As Underdog

Artist Nick Dragotta draws on the manga influences that make his work so identifiable, with a strong kinetic feel on the page, mirrored in this new look for this Batman. I am expecting someone at some point to ask, "how can someone so big move so fast?"

Absolute Universe Will Have The Superhero As Underdog

With a suit of zips, batons, hooks and cape, which become a hand-to-hand weapon from panel to panel, even working as prosthetic limbs. And a massive Batman, with spikes and stitches, from the ground up.

Absolute Universe Will Have The Superhero As Underdog

This is Batman as underdog. Batman as warrior. That's Absolute Batman, the new ongoing series by Scott Snyder and Nick Dragotta. But it's also a reflection of the Absolute Universe continuity as a whole. Where Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest are underdogs, fighting for their survival as well as everything else, because the world they live in is a different one. And far closer to now.

How would the world now react to a new Batman? A Superman? A Wonder Woman? Would they be as welcoming? Would their fanbase be toxic? What would people even believe.

The superhero as underdog. Welcome to DC Comics' Absolute Universe, launching with the Absolute Batman Ashcan at San Diego Comic-Con and then in all comic book stores in October with DC All-In #1 and Absolute Batman #1. I get the feeling that DC Comics could well own SDCC this year at this rate.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from The Union Club on Greek Street, shops at Gosh, Piranha and FP. Father of two daughters. Political cartoonist.
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