In the wake of DC Rebirth, there’s a new team in Gotham City. Within the pages of Detective Comics, Batman and Batwoman have assembled three younger heroes: Red Robin, Spoiler, and Orphan, in addition to Clayface, one of Batman’s former enemies. Together, they’re a formidable force, but they’re already facing their greatest challenge.
Batwoman’s father, Jacob Kane, has been revealed as the man behind Colony, a rogue military operation that modeled itself after Batman and his allies. According to Kane, the League of Shadows has infiltrated Gotham, and only his army of Batmen can fight them. But failing that, Kane has authorized a drone strike on hundreds of potential suspects. Red Robin (a.k.a. Tim Drake) came up with an inventive solution: he reprogrammed the drones to target him instead of innocent civilians. But that’s a pretty tall order! As you can see in our exclusive preview for Detective Comics #940, even Batman doesn’t think that Red Robin can survive on his own.
You can see the rest of our exclusive preview in our gallery below. DC is hinting that this issue “will change Batman’s world forever—and in a way you’d never expect! Whether they win or lose, they’ve already lost…” The cover certainly implies a dark fate for Red Robin, but knowing DC, it’s probably a swerve for something else entirely.
One other thing to keep in mind: Kane wasn’t necessarily wrong. The League of Shadows is in Gotham, and they will probably be the next major threat in this book. The writer for this issue is James Tynion IV, who is joined by artist Eddy Barrows, inker Eber Ferreira, and colorist Adriano Lucas. Detective Comics #940 will be released on Wednesday, September 14.
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