Batman has never shied away from going international. From battling the NKVDemon in Russia during the Post-Crisis era to recruiting allies for Batman, Inc. during the New 52, the Dark Knight has taken his crusade out of Gotham City and around the world in the DC Universe.
DC Comics has announced that the Caped Crusader will go international once again with the anthology series ‘Batman: The World,’ which will feature artists and writers from around the world.
According to a press release, “This September, DC takes Batman’s war on crime worldwide in a new hardcover anthology, Batman: The World. This 184-page book is a first-of-its-kind publishing event, featuring Batman stories by top creative teams from across the globe, taking place in their home countries. Batman: The World launches worldwide on Tuesday, September 14, 2021—just in time for Batman Day 2021 (Saturday, September 18, 2021). The complete anthology will be localized to the following international territories: North America, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, China, Korea, and Japan.”
The anthology will launch with the story “Global City” by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, the team behind ‘Batman/Death Blow.’ In this tale, “Batman reflects on his time in Gotham, protecting his city and its inhabitants from all manner of threats. But when he looks beyond the bridges, alleys, and skyscrapers, the Dark Knight realizes that the call for justice knows no borders, as there are wrongs to be righted everywhere. Their story sets off a series of tales chronicling Batman’s past and present, stories told by some of the best-known international voices in comics.”
DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee said, “Batman has grown into a true pop culture icon, known the world over.”
He added, “’Batman: The World’ is DC’s way of showing fans everywhere that Batman is more than a character; Batman is a phenomenon that transcends languages and borders.”
The call for justice knows no borders. All-star talent from 14 countries join forces for BATMAN: THE WORLD, out 9/14 before the #BatmanDay celebration on 9/18: https://t.co/OzciXGZJCq pic.twitter.com/AXVUyLnbDp
— Batman (@DCBatman) May 26, 2021
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