Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch are reuniting for a 12-issue maxi-series that will dive into Batman’s head. The two previously worked together on The Authority, and The Batman’s Grave will have the Dark Knight face questions about life and death as he tries to get into the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face. The interior pages will be by Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan.
Ellis made the following statement:
“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.”
The Batman in this story will immerse himself into the murder victims’ minds. He’ll try to understand how their lives were and obsess over every detail within. This will be his way to process the evidence and try to understand what happened as the victim approached the moment of their death.
Hitch added the following:
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 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 goes on sale Wednesday, October 9. A cover by Hitch will be available along with a variant cover by JeeHyung Lee.