Chip Kidd reveals the back story and the ultra-realistic pencil and ink drawings of the famed DC Comics illustrator Alex Ross in Rough Justice: The DC Comics Sketches of Alex Ross (Pantheon, $24.95). The collection, much of it available for the first time, is a trove: deleted scenes and altered panels for the epic Kingdom Come saga, proposals for revamping Batgirl, Captain Marvel, and an imagined son of Batman named Batboy, and unused alternate comic book cover ideas for the monthly Superman and Batman comics. Kidd is the four-time Eisner Award–winning designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross.
Batman: Death by Design (DC Comics, $24.99) is a graphic collaboration between Dave Taylor and Chip Kidd. This unique take on the Batman mythology is set against the period backdrop of an expansive Gotham City construction boom, combining visual and thematic elements from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and Elia Kazan’s The Waterfront. “Pure deliciousness, from start to finish.”– Michael Chabon. Taylor’s previous Batman work includes Batman: Shadow of the Bat and Batman & Superman: World’s Finest. Kidd is the four-time Eisner Award–winning designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross.