Best known for his work on the Final Fantasy franchise, artist Yoshitaka Amano has been commissioned by comics publisher DC to create a Batman series variant cover. The Yoshitaka Amano Detective Comics cover was revealed in DC’s solicitations for August 2022. [Thanks, GamesRadar!]
Check out a preview of the Yoshitaka Amano Batman illustration below. It will appear as a variant cover on issue #1063 of DC’s Detective Comics. It goes on sale on August 23, 2022.
Below is the standard cover art for Detective Comics #1063, by artist Evan Cagle.
The Yoshitaka Amano Batman cover is a “1:25” variant. This means that one variant edition will be printed for every 25 standard editions, making it more scarce by default. Another variant cover with art by X-Men artist Jim Lee, inker Scott Williams, and colorist Alex Sinclair will be printed at a 1:50 ratio. The issue is expected to cost $4.99 USD for the standard and $5.99 USD for the variants.
Detective Comics is the original name of the series that DC took its name as a publisher from. Beginning in 1937, Detective Comics saw the debut of iconic American superhero characters like Batman and is the longest continuously published comic in the United States. DC reset its numbering in 2011 after 881 issues but resumed the original count in 2016 with issue #934. Issue #1063, which bears the Yoshitaka Amano Batman variant, will feature interactions between Batman’s alter ego Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent, the original identity of the villain Two-Face.
For his part, Yoshitaka Amano’s work goes beyond Final Fantasy. He also created a variant for the Harley Quinn comic series and a special gallery for Fate/Grand Order. Even the Nichiren Shu sect of Buddhism commissioned him to illustrate the influential Lotus Sutra scripture for a line of merchandise and commemorative art.
Detective Comics #1063 goes on sale on August 23, 2022.