The Dark Knightmare

I’ve spent the last few days trying to come up with a decent layout for a Batman piece I’ve been designing for a friend that I owed a very big favor and I’m becoming very frustrated because I can’t seem to figure out how to create something that is at least kind of original.  Anything that I draw that's any good is because I'm blatantly ripping off some one else's work.  On top of that, all the styles I'm stealing from are in conflict with each other so my designs are a mess.  Darwyn Cooke's retro simplicity is directly at odds with Alex Ross' complicated hyper realism.  Mike Mignola's distant noir abstractions are the exact fucking opposite of Jim Lee's gritty explosions of detail.

Goddamnit this is going to drive me INSANE!  It's like Batman has become my arch enemy!