In a meticulously detailed variant cover of Batman #124 drawn by Filya Bratukhin, the Caped Crusader has a gigantic Bat-Mech stored in the Batcave.
In a superb variant cover for Batman #124 from DC Comics, artist Filya Bratukhin has created a finely detailed portrait of the Batcave containing a giant Batman Mech. The cover is made in the Wimmel pictures style, an art style that features large, meticulously detailed scenes brimming with things to discover. It is suitable for the Batcave, which has acquired a large amount of items over the years.
The Batcave is Batman’s central base of operations, located beneath Wayne Manor. The cave is a resting place for Batman between missions, but it has many other purposes besides that. It contains Batman’s arsenal of gadgets and vehicles, including iconic devices like the Batcomputer and Batmobile. Additionally, the cave also contains a variety of memorabilia from Batman’s most iconic cases, such as a giant penny and a mechanical dinosaur. Artists have depicted the cave in different ways over the years, but Bratukhin’s variant cover paints the cave in an entirely new light.
While the cover masterfully displays the cavernous size of space, the truly standout part of the cover comes from the meticulous level of detail it includes. The electrical wires and hydraulic machinery that power the platforms and electronics throughout the cave are displayed in a way they rarely appear in other works of art. Spare tires and machine parts are strewn across the central platform, and the Batmobile appears to be in the works. The Batcomputer’s various monitors each contain a different image, representing the various threats and emergencies that require Batman’s attention. All this chaos gives an idea of how many different things Batman has to juggle at once to the point that he doesn’t have time to keep his cave organized. And while the various trophies Batman has accumulated are overwhelmed by all the chaos, discerning viewers can still find them if they examine the image carefully. More obscure details can also be found this way, such as the rarely used Bat Train and the Justice-Buster armor that Batman used to defeat the Justice League during Batman: Endgame. But perhaps the most striking part of the cover is the giant Bat Mech towering over everything else in the cave.
While Batman has used many forms of robotic armor during his crime-fighting career, this giant robot easily outshines all of those suits in terms of size. Batman used a giant robot both in the Batman ’66 comics and in a story written by Nick Dragotta in the Batman Black & White anthology comics, but none of these stories are canon in the main DC Comics continuity. This mech could be a tribute to one of them, or it could be a reference to the DC mechanics series coming out later this year. Or it could just be a new Bat Device that Bratukhin thinks Batman should have in his arsenal. No matter why he’s there, nothing changes the fact that he’s incredibly cool and a treat to watch.
Among all the various devices and trophies in the Batcave, Batman appears almost small. But the massive amount of artefacts in the cave speaks to the magnitude of his legacy and impact. And if he adds the giant Bat Mech featured on this cover to his arsenal, it could allow him to fight threats he couldn’t before, improving Batmanlegacy even more.
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