Legendary creator Frank Miller is revisiting his Dark Knight Returns universe once again. DC Comics announced a new sequel called Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child.The Golden Child is a direct followup to The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Set three years after the events of that series, The Golden Child focuses on former Robin, Carrie Kelley, in her new role as Batwoman, as well as the two children of Superman, Lara and Jonathan Kent. Together, these three heroes will confront an old evil that once again threatens Gotham City. Jonathan is the titular Golden Child, a hero with incredible mental powers despite his young age.

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Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child will be published as a single 48-page comic under DC’s Black Label imprint. Miller is writing the story, with Rafael Grampá (Mesmo Delivery) returning to comics for the first time in over half a decade to draw the issue. Jordie Bellaire (Batman) is coloring the issue. In addition to Grampá’s standard cover, DC will also offer variant covers by Miller, Paul Pope, Joëlle Jones and Andy Kubert.

“The Dark Knight Returns story began with its heroes getting older,” said Miller in a statement. “Now we’re seeing the next generation of heroes in action, and Rafael was the obvious choice for me to usher in these heroes that are vigorous, untested and loaded with promise. I think that Jonathan Kent in particular will surprise everybody with his unforeseen abilities and impossible mind.”

This will mark the fourth comic to spin directly out of the original Dark Knight Returns story. DC previously published two sequels, 2001’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again and 2015’s The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, and the 2016 prequel The Dark Knight: The Last Crusade. The original series was also adapted as a two-part animated movie in 2012 and 2013.

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Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 is priced at $5.99 and will arrive in stores on December 11, 2019.

For more on Miller’s Dark Knight Universe, find out how Superman: Year One changes a familiar origin story and see 7 ways Miller changed Batman forever.

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