Even More Batman? New Six-Issue ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ Series Announced

by Olly MacNamee

It would seem someone at DC Comics thinks there aren’t enough Batman or Batman-related titles already being published, so why not another one to really test the fans’ mettle and wallets?

Batman: The Dark Knight is a 6 issue mini-series by Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert that’ll see Bruce Wayne travel the globe this April. And an older, street-weary dark knight too, according to Taylor:

“When editor Ben Abernathy and Andy came to me with an idea for a world-weary Batman leaving Gotham for Europe. I immediately thought of the great stories I’d read of an older, cynical Batman. But the challenge was finding the call to adventure for a Batman who’s a little more jaded. Fortunately, I already had something up my sleeve. I actually pitched a Batman idea to Ben Abernathy all the way back in 2012 and, nine years later, we were able to find a place for this in Batman: The Dark Knight. The idea was about taking something away from Batman that no one’s ever tried to take before. And from that, a new, unique Batman villain was born. It’s all about Equilibrium.”

Batman: The Dark Knight #1 interior artwork by Andy Kubert and Brad Anderson

“But how does this Batman story begin? A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight — one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a challenging investigation, unheard-of adversaries, and find the assistance of a partner once more — all in the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! And what does “BATMAN 147” mean to Bruce Wayne when it appears after a deadly plane crash — is it a clue, or a riddle? Or just another trap for the Batman?”

Batman: The Dark Knight #1 interior artwork by Andy Kubert and Brad Anderson

So, place you’re best which countries, other than the UK,  Batman will visits, but given Taylor’s an Australian, I suspect there may be a trip down under on the cards.

And, it’s not the only mystery either. One mystery that will not be divulged as yet is the identity of Batman’s newest partner:

“And who is Batman’s new partner? All signs point to Knight or Squire (from the pages of Batman Incorporated) to help Batman crack this case, but who are the people behind these aliases, and how much will an aging Bruce Wayne be able to help them with cracked ribs, or a dislocated shoulder, or the pain associated with being Batman in the first place? When will enough be enough for the Dark Knight?”

I suppose these mysteries and more that will be solved when Batman: The Dark Knight #1 debuts Tuesday 13th April from DC Comics.

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