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For the past few years, DC has partnered with comic shops, major bookstores and other various retailers in order to bring us Batman Day. Serving as a celebration of all things Dark Knight, each have offered free reprints (and sometimes new stories altogether) of some of the Caped Crusader’s key adventures, not to mention other promo goodies. Basically, it feels like Free Comic Book Day all over again, only with the focus placed squarely on the timeless icon.
While the festivities continuing into this year seemed like a foregone conclusion, we all wondered which books participating stores would be offering. Well, as it turns out, Harley Quinn is taking over with the intention of celebrating her 25th anniversary.
Now, don’t fear because the Masked Manhunter himself won’t be left out of his own holiday, lest the masses rebel. Actually, the publisher tends to offer something featuring the best of both worlds, that being Batman Day 2017 Special Edition #1. Basically, it’ll be a reprint of Batman #16, the first chapter of “I Am Bane,” written by Tom King with art by David Finch (you can read our review here), only this time Ryan Sook will provide cover art that pays homage to The Dark Knight Returns. Not only that, but an original three-page story written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, with art by Bret Blevins will also be included.
For those wanting something entirely Harley, they’ll need to pick up Harley Quinn Batman Day 2017 Special Edition #1, which reprints Harley Quinn #11, the first chapter of “Joker Loves Harley,” written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, with art by John Timms and a cover by Amanda Conner (click here for our review of that one’s original printing).
Finally, let it be known that DC isn’t leaving out younger readers, as they’ll also be offering DC Super Hero Girls Batman Day 2017 Special Edition #1, featuring a chapter of the upcoming all-ages original graphic novel DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle, starring Harley Quinn and written by Shea Fontana, with art by Marcelo DiChiara and Agnes Garbowska and a cover by Yancey Labat.
In addition to those must reads, paper masks are also said to be made available when Batman Day arrives on September 23.