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Preview: Batman Secret Files: The Signal #1

Batman Secret Files: The Signal #1

Written by: Tony Patrick
Art by: Christian Duce

The Signal comes back as Gotham City’s daytime protector after his time with the Outsiders. But during his sabbatical from his hometown, everything about the city and the people closest to him changed. And the mystery of the White Market, a deadly source of weapons being trafficked into Gotham City that even Batman can’t track down, will only push the Signal further away from everything he knows and into a brand-new world of danger. Writer Tony Patrick returns to pen a new chapter in the life of Duke Thomas alongside fan-favorite artist Christian Duce!

Batman Secret Files: The Signal #1

DC Shares First Look at Batman: Secret Files – The Signal

DC has released the first look at Batman: Secret Files, a new monthly spotlighting more of Batman’s allies fighting for justice and a safe Gotham City in one-shot solo adventures. This series pairs some of the most talented writers and artists in comics together to deliver action-packed stories featuring the deep bench of characters that make up the Batman Family.

Beginning Tuesday, July 7, writer Tony Patrick and fan-favorite artist Christian Duce team up to bring you a new Gotham City adventure featuring Duke Thomas, a.k.a. The Signal! Patrick returns to write this adventure for the first time since 2017’s Batman and The Signal miniseries.

After his time as a member of the Outsiders, Duke Thomas, a.k.a. The Signal, returns home to be the daytime guardian of Gotham City. But during his time away everything has changed, including those closest to him. And with a deadly influx of weapons being trafficked into Gotham by the mysterious White Market, The Signal enters a brand-new world of danger in his hometown, one that will push him farther away from everything he knows!

This 40-page $4.99 one-shot arrives in comic book stores and at participating digital retailers on Tuesday, July 7, 2021, with a main cover by Ken Lashley and a variant cover by Batman and The Signal artist Cully Hamner. Lashley also provides the art for a 1 in 25 “ratio” variant cover, available for $5.99 (check local comic book stores for availability and pre-order).

Batman: Secret Files

Explore the Bat-Family in Batman Secret Files

Gotham is full of heroes, far more than Batman. He can’t be everywhere and has a family of heroes to help him out. This July, DC launches Batman Secret Files, a new monthly series of one-shots featuring Batman’s partners in crimefighting. In this series, Bat-fans will see new adventures in Gotham City, exploring the deep bench of heroes the Dark Knight has inspired.

Batman Secret Files: The Signal #1

The return of Duke Thomas, a.k.a. The Signal, kicks off this series on Tuesday, July 7. In a story written by Tony Patrick with art by Christian Duce, The Signal comes back as Gotham City’s daytime protector after his time with the Outsiders. But during his sabbatical from his hometown, everything about the city and the people closest to him changed. And the mystery of the White Market, a deadly source of weapons being trafficked into Gotham City that even Batman can’t track down, will only push the Signal further away from everything he knows and into a brand-new world of danger.

This 40-page one-shot features a main cover by Ken Lashley with a variant cover by Cully Hamner.

Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1

On Tuesday July 27, Detective Comics and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki teams up with acclaimed Stray Bullets writer/artist David Lapham for a new tale featuring Gotham City’s Violet Vengeance! Huntress has been through a LOT lately…including her brain being invaded by a violent parasite bent on sending her on a deadly slugfest. If that wasn’t enough, now she has to deal with enhanced abilities too, thanks to a villain by the name of Vile. This parasite has given her the ability to see through the eyes of his victims and this is not her idea of a good time! Huntress isn’t one to be played with, and she’s on the hunt for Vile, with a crossbow bolt with his name on it!

Also weighing at 40 pages, this one-shot features a main cover by Irvin Rodriguez, with a card stock variant by Riccardo Federici.

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