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Pirate Batman is Suprisingly Eerie

Ever wanted to see Batman, if he was Edward Teach?  If he was a caveman?

If he was a Pilgrim?

Pine no longer, because Andy Kubert‘s completed covers for Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne have been revealed.  Frankly, we think there’s something off about Pirate Batman.  We just can’t put our fingers on – oh, that’s right.  He’s smiling.

Grant Morrison has given himself the opportunity to indulge in historical Bat Men with a plot development that caused Batman to become lost in time.  (Most of his friends and family think that he’s dead.)  Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne is a 5 part series that will be released mid-May.  More covers after the jump:  

In order, the Bat Men appear as:

  • Caveman Batman (Cave-Batman?)

  • Pilgrim Batman

  • The previously pictured pirate Batman
  • Cowboy Batman

  • 1930s private eye Batman

  • And finally, Batman Batman

When laid side by side, the backgrounds of the six covers form a familiar shape:

Larger version here.

Larger high-rez versions of the covers, including pencil sketches and uncolored inks, can be found at IGN’s gallery, here.

(Pictures via DC Comics and IGN)

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Susana Polo thought she'd get her Creative Writing degree from Oberlin, work a crap job, and fake it until she made it into comics. Instead she stumbled into a great job: founding and running this very website (she's Editor at Large now, very fancy). She's spoken at events like Geek Girl Con, New York Comic Con, and Comic Book City Con, wants to get a Batwoman tattoo and write a graphic novel, and one of her canine teeth is in backwards.