The next installment of DC's digital-frist reprint Jiro Kuwata's Bat-Manga involves Batman and Robin facing off against a trio of mechanical ne'er-do-wells known as the Robot Robbers, and let's be real here: if you're anything at all like me, that's all you need to know.

If, however, you'd like a little more information, then I've got good news for you! We have in our hands an exclusive preview of the next issue, available on Comixology and other digital outlets this Saturday. And not only does it feature Batman duking it out with a robot robber, it also features the wondrous technology of his crime sensor.

Like many of the stories that Kuwata wrote and drew while working on the Batman comic in Shonen King, "The Robot Robbers" is actually an adaptation of a story that was originally published on this side of the Pacific. In this case, it's a 13-pager by Batman's co-creator Bill Finger and Charles Paris from 1947's Batman #42:

 

 

If you've been keeping track, you might've noticed that Kuwata's adaptations don't usually reach that far back. They tended to be stories that would've been running in the current comics of the day, but there's a good reason why "The Robot Robbers" might have fallen into his lap --- it was reprinted in 1966's Batman 3-D, which would have put it on the shelves around the same time as the original Death Man story that he so famously put a pretty fantastic spin on.

Here's the official solicitation:

The Robot Robbers (Pt.1 of 2): Three criminal masterminds are broken out of prison and each is given a super-powered robot to perform his next crime. Can Batman and Robin stop these mechanical menaces?

 

 

 

 

 

Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Chapter 44 will be on sale digitally onSaturday, May 2.