DC Comics has revealed a whopping sixteen retailer exclusive variant covers for the upcoming debut issue of The Batman Who Laughs. Based on the fan-favorite character from Dark Nights: Metal, the new six-part comic miniseries, written by Scott Snyder, revolves around the title character and introduces us to the new Punisher-esque “Grim Knight”.

In total, twelve comic book shops are participating in the event, including Bulletproof Comics, BuyMeToys.com, Comic Market Street, Comic MintComicXposureComic Sketch ArtFrankie’s ComicsMidtown ComicsOne Stop Comic ShopTorpedo Comics, Unknown Comic Books, and Yesteryear Comics, plus two each from KRS Comics & Scorpion Comics. What’s more, many shops have special editions of their variant covers.

The cover artists include some of comics greatest names, such as Clayton Crain, Tony Daniel, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Johnny Desjardins, Jason Fabok, Greg Horn, Jock, Tyler Kirkham, Warren Louw, Francesco Mattina, Mike Mayhew, Rodolfo Migliari, Lucio Parrillo, Natali Sanders, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Mico Suayan.

The Batman Who Laughs issue #1 will be released on Wednesday, December 12th in both print & digital for just $4.99 for the standard edition:

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Synopsis:

Left rattled by the events of Dark Nights: Metal, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. But even though evil devoured evil in the collapse of Challengers Mountain, the Dark Knight still has his doubts. He discovers that the Batman Who Laughs not only survived the fight with The Joker at the end of Metal, but now he is enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse – something both terrifying and oddly familiar. But when Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman won’t break…the same rule that created this insatiable villain – the Batman Who Laughs!

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