Neil Gaiman Writing 'Batman' As We Speak

One of the biggest bits of news coming out of Comic-Con was the announcement that Neil Gaiman would be writing Batman -- a two-parter, one for Batman, one for Detective Comics, to follow "Batman R.I.P." For his part, Neil announced that he wouldn't be talking about it, at least not much.

"So I don't have to write lots and lots of emails back to all the journalists," he blogged. "1) Yes, I am writing a two part Batman story. 2) Yes, Andy Kubert will be drawing it. 3) Yes, it will be two oversized issues. 4) No, I don't plan to say anything else about it until it's all written and drawn."

Still, we had to try. So when he was in town for his "Graveyard Book" tour -- and the book is number one on its respective list, congrats, Neil -- we asked about his "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader" two-parter. At first, he sat mute, with an almost smile on his face. Then, after a bit, "Oh, no. I'm not saying anything," he said. Then, after a bit more, he relented.

"What can I tell you about the Batman thing?" Gaiman mused. "It is a two-parter, it's being written by me, it's being drawn by Andy Kubert… I've seen the first thirteen pages so far, and the artwork is absolutely lovely, making me feel almost guilty for putting word balloons on it. And my favorite bit so far is the conversation between Selina Kyle and Joe Chill."

Gaiman anticipates the issues will be out in February.

"It's one of those things where they phoned me up and said, 'This is what we'd like you to do,'" Gaiman started to say. "It wasn't even 'This is what we'd like you to do,' it was, 'This is what's going to be happening with Batman. Would you like to write the last issue of Batman and the last issue of Detective Comics?' And when they make an offer like that, you say yes."

Are you looking forward to Neil Gaiman's take on Batman? What do you think Selina Kyle and Joe Chill have to say to each other? What other comics would you like to see Neil write?