Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch Reunite For Batman Mini
Nearly two decades ago, Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch took the comic industry by storm with The Authority. They brought “widescreen action” to comics during their 12-issue run, and their previous turn on Stormwatch. Now, Ellis and Bryan Hitch are reuniting for a new Batman miniseries.
DC Comics announced that the duo’s tale will be called The Batman’s Grave. The 12-issue story will also feature artist Kevin Nowlan, according to Comic Book Resources.
“My very first work at DC was two issues of Legends of the Dark Knight,” said Ellis in a statement. “So it’s been twenty-five years since I did a full-length story with the Batman. I’ve decided to revisit the crime scene where my career with American comics began, and I’m so grateful that my old comrade Bryan Hitch is doing this midnight run with me. It’s been too many years since we last did a long campaign together.”
“I’ve drawn some covers and used Batman in Justice League and JLA, but since I read Jim Aparo and Don Newton’s Batman runs in the ’80s, I’ve wanted to do a proper, big Batman story,” added Hitch. “Fellow Authoritarian Warren Ellis had one to tell, so when he mentioned it I said ‘yes’ before even asking what it was about. That’s what you do when Warren says, ‘I’ve got a proper, big Batman story.’ It’s been over twenty years since we’ve changed superhero comics together, and now we get to give Batman the fight of his life.”
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Here’s DC’s official description:
“The team that brought us The Authority now turn their talents towards The World’s Greatest Detective, whose current case forces him to inhabit the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face — without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents.
But first, Ellis and Hitch get into the mind of a butler. Once a week, rain or shine, Alfred Pennyworth walks to a little cemetery plot in the Wayne Manor grounds. He meticulously tends to Thomas and Martha’s headstones, plinths and slabs: weeding, cleaning, polishing. But how much longer before there’s another Wayne memorial to tend to?
Within this dynamic duo’s new comic lives a Batman with an almost psychotic identification with murder victims. He immerses himself in their lives and obsesses over every detail of their deaths. Even as Batman would process the evidence and approach the perpetrator from one side, he would live inside the life of the victim as they approached their death.”
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The Batman’s Grave #1 will hit comic stores on Wednesday, October 6.
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Recommended Reading: The Authority Omnibus
The Batman's Grave
A first look at a haunting cover.
Alfred takes a not-so-typical trip into the Wayne garden.
A touching moment.
Batman looks upon the city.