Darwyn Cooke’s most recent foray into comic writing and illustration has been in MINUTEMEN and SILK SPECTRE as part of the controversial Before Watchmen series from DC Comics. This upcoming Batman statue, however, promises to be much less divisive– it’s just plain old awesome.

The black and white statue stands about 7 inches tall and is sure to be one of the most coveted versions in the whole line, with Cooke being one of the best and most popular artists out there. Order now and it ships out in July! Just in time for SDCC…

Batman Black and White: Toni Daniel

“The Battle For The Cowl” will always be remembered as a very weird time in Batman’s history, whether you loved it or hated it (personally I just found it way too convoluted and Marvelesque for my tastes). But what can’t be denied is that it was a pretty decent time for some pretty decent art and that’s exemplified here in a new Batman: Black and White statue from DC Direct:

Standing at 9 inches high, Batman stands on an emblem-shaped base and readies his grappling hook (with more skill than Batgirl, it seems) for action. The item is currently a pre-order and will be shipping in January of next year, a great way to cure the impending winter blahs.

New Killzone Figures! Pre-Orders from DC Direct

It is the year 2357 and, after years of fighting, the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance (ISA) sends its fleet to Helghan, the home planet of its bitter enemy – the Helghast. In a daring bid to defeat them and remove their tyrannical leader, ISA troopers begin their assault on Helghan, a world as brutal and merciless as the Helghast themselves.

Well on their way to becoming the go-to guys for video game merchandising, DC Direct is releasing a pair of great-looking Killzone figures in January 2011, celebrating both Playstation 2’s original game and the PS3’s sequel, Killzone 2.

There are two figures in the series: the Helghast Assault Infantry and the Helghast Sniper, each standing about 6 inches tall and featuring some great sculpting and paint work that brings the grim aesthetic and glowing eyes to eerie life. They come with game-accurate weapons and make a great addition to the toy shelf of any gamer.

– Killzone series 1: Set of 2 figures
– Helghast Assault Infantry 6-inch figure
– Helghast Sniper 6-inch figure

If you’re a fan of the games, too, but haven’t snagged one or both of them for yourself, here are the Amazon.com links where you can pick up both:

Killzone 1 for Playstation 2

Killzone 2 for Playstation 3