Rafael Grampa to write/draw Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham

New Batman three-issue mini-series coming out in September written and drawn by Rafael Grampa.


In a Gotham City where every day feels darker and more irredeemable than the last, Batman makes a definitive choice—to kill off the Bruce Wayne identity for good and embrace the cape and cowl full-time. But though he knows the streets of Gotham, Batman will soon come to find that he hardly knows himself. A serial killer is on the loose, and while the murder victims seem random at first, every clue draws Batman closer to the terrifying truth—that they are all connected, not just to each other, but to him as well. When an all-new rogues gallery of utterly depraved villains begins to emerge from the depths of the city, Batman will have to contend with the very nature of evil—including that which lurks in the darkest corners of his own heart—to face what is coming for the city he has sworn to protect.

A statement by Grampa:

“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,” said Grampá. “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.”

I’ve been seeing a lot of complaints about “ooh, another ‘is Bruce the real mask’ Batman story, how original” and sure, it’s well-treaded ground, but I’ll read Grampa draw the phone book, so I’m definitely giving this a shot.

What do you guys think?


Also wanted to highlight this Jim Lee cover for the book, which I was shocked by, to see Lee adapt to Grampa’s style like this.


batmans the killer he did it thats what I think

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Ah. This is the story set on the Earth I couldn’t identify in Dark Crisis: Big Bang: Earth-46. Nice to see it come into view!

It’s possible, but I hope that Grampa will do something a bit more clever than that old chesnut.

I mean, with the Dark Crisis stuff, it’s definitely a part of that infinite universe, though I don’t think we’ll get an official number until it’s out and it becomes popular.


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Oh! I forgot all about that! That’s neat – I think when I read that I just assumed they were implying that Barry was looking at comics that didn’t even exist yet, which I guess was technically true.

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Yeah. I remembered it because I did a post identifying all the new Earths on that list and, when I searched for that one, I couldn’t find a story titled The Gargoyle of Gotham. Someone suggested it wasn’t out yet, so… here it comes!

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