DC has announced yet another new series coming in October, this time a twelve-issue maxi-series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch. The Batman’s Grave will be a monthly series about life, death and questions that some are too afraid to ask.
The team that brought us The Authority now turn their talents towards The World’s Greatest Detective, whose current case forces him to inhabit the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face—without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents.
But first, Ellis and Hitch get into the mind of a butler. Once a week, rain or shine, Alfred Pennyworth walks to a little cemetery plot in the Wayne Manor grounds. He meticulously tends to Thomas and Martha’s headstones, plinths and slabs: weeding, cleaning, polishing. But how much longer before there’s another Wayne memorial to tend to?
Within this dynamic duo’s new comic lives a Batman with an almost psychotic identification with murder victims. He immerses himself in their lives and obsesses over every detail of their deaths. Even as Batman would process the evidence and approach the perpetrator from one side, he would live inside the life of the victim as they approached their death.
The Batman’s Grave #1 will release on October 9 and feature a variant cover by JeeHyung Lee. Be sure to check out the first cover and some of the interior art from the first issue above.