Last Wednesday saw the release of Dark Nights: Metal tie in one shot, Batman Lost, written by Scott Snyder, James Tyion IV, and Joshua Williamson, with art handled by Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette, Jorge Jimenez, Jaime Mendoza, Wil Quintana, Nathan Fairbairn, and Alejandro Sanchez.
But one of the most important creators to keep an eye on was letterer Tom Napolitano, as Snyder shared as a thank-you for the positive reception of the issue that they may have snuck in special teaser for fans.
In a tweet, Snyder shares:
Thank you guys so much for the response to #DCMETAL BATMAN LOST today.
And as a thanks, a secret: there is a clue to something big planned for 2018 on those bookshelves in grandpa Bruce's study…
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) November 8, 2017
So what is a Bleeding Cool reporter and comics fan supposed to do? Well, meticulously scan through each panel with the bookshelves in the background, of course.
The shelves are filled with various Batman memorabilia, including many curious elements to a suggested possible future where Batman reveals his identity and becomes an official and licensed member of the Gotham PD. And certainly these could be hints — but what of the books themselves?
All are named after previous storylines and cases of the Batman, like Knightfall and Court of Owls. However, one title does stick out:
No Justice can be seen as one of the title on the books, and even after double checking with Google, it doesn’t seem No Justice relates to any existing Batman or DC event or storyline.
So, is No Justice the “something big planned for 2018”? If so, what exactly could it be?
Well, No Justice could relate to a world without a Justice League-style story maybe? Or maybe it does connect to the memorabilia suggesting an officially employed by the Gotham Police Batman. At this point, who knows?
But certainly, it seems we should keep our ears to the ground for whatever No Justice may turn out to be for DC in 2018.