DC Comics is returning Batman to middle school in a new series for younger readers ‘Bruce Wayne: Not Super.’ The book is written by ‘Spy School’ author Stuart Gibbs and illustrated by ‘Flash’ artist Berat Pekmezci. It will feature a young Wayne going to a school where a lot of the students are superpowered, yet he is not.
“Next Spring, two new DC middle-grade graphic novels will introduce new takes on the iconic Batman—one through the eyes of a young Bruce Wayne, just discovering how he can be a Super Hero, and one through the eyes of a young Batman super-fan, who is learning how he can be like his hero,” DC Comics said on their website.
They continued, “Bruce Wayne: Not Super follows a 13-year-old Bruce Wayne as he attends an exclusive prep school for the gifted. But, in this book written by Stuart Gibbs (Spy School) with art by Berat Pekmezci (Flash), this school is for the super-gifted. Bruce doesn’t stand a chance of winning a race against the future Flash, or a swim meet against the future Aquaman, and he always gets picked last for dodgeball.”
The book is a “reimagination” of the Batman mythos with an alternative origin where Bruce will encounter future villains who are shown to be bullies in the school while a superpowered student body seems to ignore the bullying going on against the normal human students.
DC Comics describes the synopsis as follows,
“It’s hard enough being in middle school, but it’s even worse when you’re the only kid at your school who doesn’t have super-powers. Bruce does have a goal though: he wants to make a difference in the world. But how can he do that when he doesn’t have any powers? While the Future-Supers are currently content to simply use their gifts to glide through school and court popularity, Bruce struggles to figure out if he has any gifts at all — and if so, how to use them. His challenge comes when he discovers fellow student Jack Napier and his hired bully Bane shaking down lesser-powered students for money, including that hapless kid Dick Grayson. Someone must stand up to them and somehow, it’s going to be Bruce!”
The book is set to hit shelves on February 7, 2023, in both physical and digital formats.
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