Writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch have announced they will reunite on a superhero story with a new twelve-issue Batman maxi-series entitled The Batman's Grave.
The title relates to Bruce trying to get inside the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face. Ellis and Hitch's Batman deliberately identifies with the victims of the murder cases he takes on, in order to get inside their heads and immerse himself with every detail of their life and death.
Additionally, the series will explore Alfred's weekly tending to the small cemetery on the Wayne grounds to keep Thomas & Martha's plot weeded and clean, and the inevitability of one day burying Bruce alongside them.
About the comic, Ellis said, “My very first work at DC was two issues of Legends of the Dark Knight, 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.”
“I’ve drawn some covers and used Batman in Justice League and JLA,” says 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.”
The Batman’s Grave #1, written by Warren Ellis with art by Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan, will be released on Wednesday, October 9th.
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