DC Comics continues to try and publish as many Batman comics as readership will allow. But how many is too many? Well, clearly DC Comics seem to think the answer is; you can never have too many, with the announcement Batman: The Imposter, written by director and screenwriter Mattson Tomlin with art by Andrea Sorrentino. It will be presents as a three-issue Prestige format series under the DC Black Label imprint. And out Tuesday, October 12th.
Furthermore, in another interesting move by DC Comics to find new and innovative ways to publish, there will be localized print versions of the series will also launch day and date in the following territories: Spain, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, France, Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and Argentina. One way of covering a lot of bases all at once. And in translation specific to each country.
“Bruce Wayne’s mission as the Batman has only been under way for a year or so, but he can tell he’s making a difference. Unfortunately, he’s made some powerful enemies. All the traditional power brokers of Gotham resent the disruption the Batman has brought to town…and it seems one of them has a plan to neutralize him. There’s a second Batman haunting Gotham’s rooftops and alleys—and this one has no qualms about murdering criminals, live and on tape.
With the entire might of the Gotham City Police Department and Gotham’s rich and powerful coming down on his head, Batman must find this imposter and somehow clear his name…but how can you prove your innocence from behind a mask?”
Tomlin explained more behind the series, as well as his feelings in working with Sorrentino and colourist Jordie Bellaire:
“As a lifelong Batman fan, putting my spin on Gotham City has been a dream come true. Taking the question of ‘What if Batman was real?’ as far as narratively possible conjured incredible potential that hasn’t recently been explored in the comics. Batman: The Imposter treats Bruce Wayne and the people around him as tragically flawed and vividly real, with the obstacles Batman faces coming from a reality that closely mirrors our own.”
Having been a fan of his for years, working with Andrea Sorrentino is an absolute gift. His vividly graphic art and truly genius layouts brought this story to new heights, and Jordie Bellaire’s astounding color work has truly spoiled me for my first outing with DC.”
Look out for the three issue series, coming in October, or the hardcover collection, coming February 2022.