Frank Miller will pen the next installment in what is now a full Dark Knight series, Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child, DC Comics announced Friday. This will be Miller’s fourth book set in the dark future of the DC Universe first seen in his seminal 1986 miniseries, The Dark Knight Returns.
Written by Miller and drawn by Rafael Grampá, the 48-page one-shot issue will pick up three years after the Miller’s last Dark Knight book, The Dark Knight 3: The Master Race.
“Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Carrie Kelley, and Lara Kent overcame the renegade priest Quar and his cult of Kandorian fanatics in their bid to convert humanity into worshipping them as gods,” DC said in a news release.
“During this interim, Lara has spent time learning about what it means to be human, while Carrie has grown into her role as Gotham City’s new protector, Batwoman. When a terrifying evil returns to Gotham City, Lara and Carrie team up to take on this new threat, but this time with a secret weapon — Jonathan Kent. Known as the ‘Golden Child,’ Jonathan possesses power unlike anything the world has ever seen and could be all that stands in the way of the destruction of Gotham City, as well as the whole planet.”
Grampá’s style is characterized by intricate linework, and he rarely works in interiors — indeed, Golden Child will be his first comics work in six years — so expect the book to look fantastic.
Dark Knight Returns: Golden Child will hit shelves on Dec. 11 as part of DC’s Black Label imprint, which suggests that it contains some mature content. Check out the full cover and two un-colored pages from Golden Child below.