DC Comics Reveals New Batman ‘Detective Comics’ Team To Turn Gotham Into “Gothic Opera”

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Coming in July 2022, DC Comics is bringing a new creative team to ‘Detective Comics.’ Comic book writer Ram V and artist Rafael Albuquerque are doing an overhaul of the Batman mythos by turning Gotham City into a “gothic opera” for a four-part miniseries.

“The story starts with “Gotham Nocturne” part 1 of 4: “Overture.” Something is terribly wrong with Batman. No matter the tests Bruce takes, nor the numbers he counts, the greatest detective in the world can’t pin down the source of this creeping dread—of his own inner demons and a looming mortality. He’s not alone in the grips of this terror, as it seems real demons are creeping through the shadows of Gotham City, answering the clarion call of a strange melody that’s haunting Gotham…and seems to be turning its denizens into something else,” DC Universe explains. “The curtains are rising on a new, terrifying mystery as Batman tries to figure out what’s happening to both the city he protects and his own mind in this lush, operatic mystery.”

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Ram V expressed his excitement about joining the project.

“It’s a thrill to be writing a title with the kind of history and pedigree that Detective Comics has. When the opportunity first came across my desk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. For me, the draw of Batman as a character and that of the world around him had always been this blanket of tragedy that lay above it all. So, with that perspective, ‘Gotham Nocturne’ is a quintessentially Batman story, told with the aesthetics of a gothic opera,” he said.

Albuquerque added, “Batman is a legend we all grew up with and most of us spent a lot of time just imagining what we would do if we were in this position. That’s how serious Batman is to me and I have been lucky enough to do a little bit of it over my time as an artist. Ram V brings something special to the table. Unique. Ram’s story not only matches my vision of this beloved character but also twists it, elevating it to another level, making me want to be part of this special new take, that I think is going to be as special to the fans as it’s been for me.”

This “gothic opera” story arc will being with issue #1062 and will have the main cover drawn by Evan Cagle.

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