Artist Rafael Grampá unveils a terrifying version of Gotham City and Batman in the upcoming Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham.
The new DC Black Label mini- series arrives on September 16 (also known as “Batman Day” for the past few years) and pictures a Gotham City where Bruce Wayne no longer exists. Instead, Wayne assumes his secret identity full-time to combat a serial killer with ties to his checkered past.
Grampá’s inspiration starts at the very beginning for the Bat, “When his origin was introduced in Batman #1 in the 1940s, Bruce Wayne swore revenge by the spirits of his murdered parents and—driven by his belief in an omen—became Batman. For me, this subtle aspect of Bruce’s belief system has always been the fundamental core of Batman, and through that lens I recognized this untold story. Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham explores ‘who he is and why he came to be.’ It makes my dream of bringing my own interpretation of Batman to life a reality as I delve into the darkest corners of his essence. I sincerely hope readers enjoy the ride.”
Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1 will also be available in an appropriate “noir” version in stark black and white to match the tone of the story.
Variant covers by Jim Lee, Frank Miller, and David Finch will also be available for purchase, with an even harder to find black-and-white version of Lee’s cover (1-in-25), a 1-in-50 variant cover by Priscilla Petraites, a 1-in-100 variant from Paul Pope, and an ultra rare (and expensive) 1-in-250 black-and-white variant cover by Miller.
Check out Grampá’s cover below and stay tuned to Conskipper for all of your Batman news.