The Source revealed earlier this year that Batman issue 8 will feature a series of back-up stories that explore the history of the dark secret society known as the Court of Owls. Today The Source brought us an exclusive look at that issue’s variant cover by fan-favorite artist Jason Fabok.

“The description for this cover was that Batman was being tackled, or smothered by the Court of Owls,” Fabok told THE SOURCE. “The idea of the court reaching down to Batman in a zombie like manner immediately sprang to mind.  Artistically I really wanted to play with the shadows on both Batman and the owl-masked men so I added a strong source light on one side to light the shot. I used my camera on my Macbook to get some rough shadow reference and went from there. I penciled the piece traditionally but inked it digitally on my cintiq. Peter did a great job as usual on colors. I’m very humbled to have had the opportunity to do a BATMAN cover, especially in connection with such an excellent BATMAN run.”

Batman 8 variant cover

Batman #8 is in stores April 18th, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo. The back-up story mentioned earlier is brought to us by both writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by Rafael Albuquerque, an artist from American Vampire. What do you think of the variant cover that has Batman surrounded by the Court? Let us know in the comments or over in the forums. And be sure to check back with Comic Booked as we go along for the ride into the history of the Court of Owls starting issue 8.