Batman’s Gotham City Turns into a Gothic Opera House in ‘Gotham Nocturne’
Ram V takes over as an ongoing writer for Detective Comics with Rafael Albuquerque on art, with the first arc titled “Gotham Nocturne”.
Warning! Spoiler for Detective comics #1062 by DC Comics
DC Comics ushers in a new era for Detective comics, as the title will be taken in a whole new direction inspired by opera and music, called “Gotham Nocturne”. On Wednesday, DC revealed that Ram V, Rafael Albuquerque and Dave Stewart will be reprising the iconic track from issue #1062, which will see Gotham City transform into a gothic opera house as a strange melody haunts Batman.
Detective comics is one of the longest running titles in comic book history, as Batman made his first appearance in Detective Comic #27 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. With over 1000 issues published in the more than 80 years the comic has been published by DC Comics, Detective comics is one of the most important ongoing series in the medium. Many iconic heroes and villains have made their comic book debuts in the series. The title is still running in modern times, as a new creative team will take over the comic starting in July.
Aries V (swamp thing, venom), Raphael Albuquerque (American Vampire) and Dave Stewart (Batman: Beyond the White Knight) will team up for the next arc and beyond Detective comics. The new on-going creative team will tell a story heavily inspired by opera and music, as Batman is drawn into a gothic story like never before. Starting with “Gotham Nocturne” part 1 of 4: “Overture”, in Detective comics #1062, Batman will face his own immortality, leading him through Gotham and discovering a “haunting melody” that transforms the city and its people.
Ivan Reis will join the title in an upcoming arc as a performer on issues 1066-1099. Meanwhile, Detective comics will also feature a back-up story from Si Spurrier, where it will explore different Gotham characters and some of their early encounters with Batman. Spurrier will be joined by artist Dani for the stories. Detective comics #1062 will feature a cover by Evan Cagle and variants by Lee Bermejo, JH Williams III, and a 1:25 variant cover by InHyuk Lee and a 1:50 foil variant by Williams III.
See the solicitation for Detective comics #1062 by DC Comics below.
Starting with Detective comics #1062, on sale July 26, finds Batman in a strange and dark city of Gotham as he is drawn into a gothic story unlike anything he’s ever seen or heard before.
The story begins with “Gotham Nocturne” part 1 of 4: “Overture”. Something is seriously wrong with Batman. No matter what tests Bruce takes, or what numbers he tallies, the world’s greatest detective can’t pinpoint the source of this creeping terror – his own inner demons and impending mortality. He’s not alone in this terror, as it seems that real demons are creeping into Gotham City’s shadows, answering the bugle of a strange melody that haunts Gotham… and seems to turn its inhabitants into something thing. other.
The curtains rise on a terrifying new mystery as Batman tries to figure out what’s happening to both the city he protects and his own mind in this lush, lyrical mystery.
Ram V said in a press release that he knew exactly what direction he wanted Batman and Gotham City to take after having the opportunity to work on the iconic title.
“It’s a pleasure to write a title with the kind of history and pedigree that Detective Comic books possesses. When the opportunity first presented itself on my desk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. For me, the appeal of Batman as a character and of the world around him has always been this cover of tragedy that was above all else. So, from that perspective, ‘Gotham Nocturne’ is a quintessentially Batman story, told with the aesthetics of a gothic opera.
Readers can see the gothic opera-inspired version of Batman and Gotham City when Detective comics #1062 by DC Comics’ Ram V, Rafael Albuquerque, and Dave Stewart hits comic book stores and online retailers July 26th.
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