Exclusive Batman: Damned pages redefine The Dark Knight
DC Comics has provided SuperHeroHype with four exclusive pages from the forthcoming Batman: Damned #1 before it hits shelves on September 19. Check out The Dark Knight, Constantine and Enchantress in the exclusive pages in our gallery below!
From writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, the creative team behind 2008’s Joker, the bimonthly supernatural horror story Batman: Damned follows Batman and DC’s outlaw magician John Constantine as they hunt the truth of who killed The Joker through a Gotham City hellscape.
The Joker is dead. There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery. Problem is, Batman can’t remember…and the more he digs into this labyrinthian case, the more his mind starts to doubt everything he’s uncovering. So who better to set him straight than…John Constantine? Problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. So with John’s “help,” the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker.
DC Black Label, a new publishing imprint from DC Entertainment, gives premier talent the opportunity to expand upon the canon of DC’s iconic Super Hero comic book characters with unique, standalone stories that are outside of the current DC Universe continuity. An all-star lineup of creative teams will craft their own personal definitive DC stories in the tradition of compelling literary works like Batman: The Killing Joke, DC: The New Frontier and Watchmen.
Besides Batman: Damned, other titles in the first wave of DC Black Label include Superman: Year One from Frank Miller and John Romita Jr., Batman: The Last Knight on Earth from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez, Wonder Woman: Diana’s Daughter from Greg Rucka, and The Other History of the DC Universe from screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, The American Way).
DC Entertainment has also announced new details for Batman Day 2018. Now in its fifth year, the fan-favorite holiday will take place on September 15, 2018 and include Batman-themed events at thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries worldwide. As part of the Batman Day festivities, fans who visit participating retailers will receive the first chapter of Batman: White Knight, written and drawn by Sean Murphy, a month ahead of the collected edition release. The book will also feature a preview of Batman: Damned. Younger fans can pick up a free copy of the first chapter of Batman: A Lot of Li’l Gotham.