The Long Awaited Return Of Batman Europa, For November, But Jim Lee Is No Longer Painting It

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We've asked about the whereabouts of the long-delayed Batman Europa series from 2004 a number of times over the years. But apparently we will be getting it, honest-to-goodness, in November, according to DC Comics via their media partner Comics Alliance.

The Batman series written by Brian Azzarello, featuring European comic book artists such as Matteo Casali and Giuseppe Camuncoli as well as Jim Lee,  often blamed for the decade-long delay, is coming out.

Gabriele Dell'Otto was also one of the originally attached in 2004. I wonder if Scott Dunbier will still get an editing credit?

The last time it was promised, back in 2011, it made the front of Previews, this time with Giuseppe Camuncoli on layouts for the whole series, with Jim Lee painting over them for the first issue, Camuncoli doing the whole second issue with Diego Latorre, and Jock signed up for future issues

The Long Awaited Return Of Batman Europa, For November, But Jim Lee Is No Longer Painting It

As issues began to slip, here's how DC's schedule started to look, before it was taken off the books completely.

The Long Awaited Return Of Batman Europa, For November, But Jim Lee Is No Longer Painting It

Here's how the first issue is solicited now.

BATMAN: EUROPA #1
Written by MATTEO CASALI and BRIAN AZZARELLO
Layouts by GIUSSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Art and cover by JIM LEE
1:25 Variant cover by LEE BERMEJO
1:100 B&W Sketch variant by JIM LEE
On sale NOVEMBER 18 • 40 pg, FC, 1 of 4, $4.99 US • RATED T+
Superstar artist Jim Lee returns to the Dark Knight with this premiere issue! The impossible has happened and Batman is on the verge of being taken down by an enemy he cannot defeat: a virus for which there is no cure! And the only hope for his salvation is The Joker! Who infected Batman, what does the Clown Prince of Crime know, and how will the Dark Knight get that information? Together, the enemies crisscross Europe, desperate to find answers before time runs out.
Co-conceived by Matteo Casali and Brian Azzarello, this 4-issue miniseries event will feature art by top talents over layouts by the incomparable Giuseppe Camuncoli (HELLBLAZER, Dark Wolverine), with the first issue pencilled and inked by none other than Jim Lee!

Which does suggest that Jim Lee is no longer painting the book… and maybe never did?

Still, Big Numbers #3 can only be around the corner, can't it?

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