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Comic Cover Of The Week: Batman Europa #3

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Salutations my comic collecting cohorts and welcome to another instalment of “Comic Cover Of The Week,” and this episode our spotlight of excellence falls upon “Batman: Europa #3.” Written by: Brian Azzarello and Matt Casali. Cover and interior art by: Diego Latorre. Variant cover by: Francesco Mattina and Diego Latorre.

‘Batman, weakened by a deadly virus, arrives in Paris to find answers. But with the Joker alongside for the journey, The Dark Knight is guaranteed to face many terrifying challenges as they together follow a trail that ultimately leads to a common enemy.’

Batman Europa #3 variant

Variant cover by Francesco Mattina

The Caped Crusader and Clown Prince of Crime crash the city of Paris in the penultimate issue of the mini-series. With Batman crippled by an enemy even he cannot defeat, a deadly virus to which there seems to be no known cure, he finds that he has to team up with his nemesis The Joker, who seems to be his only hope for salvation. Together the bitter enemies search Europe, desperate to find the answers before the debilitating disease enacts its final denouement. Another fine issue from superstar writer Brian Azzarello, with gorgeous painterly style artwork by Diego Latorre.

Batman: Europa #3 is available at your local comic book emporium right now.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Batman Europa #1

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Copyright: DC Comics

11 years after it was first announced, Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee‘s mini-series Batman: Europa finally hits the comic-book shelves. Originally announced by DC Comics in 2004, the series follows the Caped Crusader and his arch nemesis The Joker as they team up (!?) and journey across Europe in search of a cure for a deadly debilitating virus that is slowly sapping the life from the Dark Knight.

J Lee EuropaThe first issue begins with a brutal, knock-down, drag out fight between Batman and Killer Croc, and ends with him teaming up with the master of mirth and mayhem. After eleven years of anticipation, the series actually delivers on its promise; two superstar creators and the world’s most beloved Superhero. Though Azzarello is around for the long haul alongside Batman and the Joker, Lee (with Giuseppe Camuncoli) is providing the art for just the first issue, with selected artistic talent from across Europe taking on illustrating duties from issue #2.

After over a decade of waiting, this lives up to the hype, Azzarello as always is marvellous and Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli‘s visuals are sublime. So why not pack up your travel bags and join Bats and Mr J on their trek through the E.U. but be prepared for a dark and daunting, but ultimately entertaining journey.

Batman: Europa is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Brian Azzarello. Cover by: Jim Lee. Interior art by: Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli.