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– by Emmanuel Gomez

Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch the creators behind Wildstorm’s The Authority are teaming up together once again to take on Batman in a twelve issue monthly maxi-series titled The Batman’s Grave. Here is the summary provided by DC.

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?

Ellis commented about working again on Batman as well as reuniting with Hitch on the creative team for this book. “My very first work at DC was two issues of Legends of the Dark Knight,” begins Ellis, “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 in 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.”

Hitch also talked about his experience drawing The Dark Knight over the years in Justice League books and why he was so excited to jump onboard this project with Ellis. “I’ve drawn some covers and used Batman in Justice League and JLA,” continues Hitch, “but since I read Jim Aparo and Don Newton’s Batman runs in the 80’s I’ve wanted to do a proper, big Batman story. 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 changed Superhero comics together, and now we get to give Batman the fight of his life.”

Check out some of the interiors for The Batman’s Grave by Hitch and Kevin Nowlan as well as a cover by Hitch as well below!

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.

This is going to be a very interesting title with a lot of depth, which I suspect may require to be read again as a trade. Over at Marvel Ellis had one of my favorite runs on Moon Knight and at AfterShock he had a comic book titled Shipwreck that I found interesting. But I will say that as much as Batman is my favorite superhero, I would really enjoy seeing other great DC characters get a quality book like this is setting up to be.

Will you be picking up this 12 issue monthly maxi-series? Let us know in the comment section below!

DC’s The Batman’s Grave can be found in comic book stores everywhere on Wednesday, October 9th.

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Source : DC Comics