The first new series from DC Black Label is collected in a spectacular new hardcover!
The Joker is dead.
There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.
Problem is, Batman can't remember... and the more he digs into this labyrinthian case, the more his mind starts to doubt everything he's uncovering.
So who better to set him straight than... John Constantine? Problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people's heads even more. So with John's "help," the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker.
BATMAN: DAMNED is a supernatural horror story told by two of comics' greatest modern creators-a visceral thrill-ride that proudly puts the "black" in BLACK LABEL.
This new collection includes a sketch gallery and other bonus features.
This eccentric outside-of-continuity tale from DC's newly launched mature readers label plunges deep into the angry psyche of its flagship hero. Following Batman's umpteenth confrontation with the Joker, which seems to culminate in the psychotic clown's demise, the stabbed hero awakens in a police ambulance. Upon escaping, he is joined by urban mystic John Constantine, who leads him on the mayhem-laden trail of an apparently not dead Joker, while simultaneously guiding him on an odyssey through memories of Batman's childhood traumas stemming from his parents' dysfunctional marriage. He encounters several of DC's occult mainstays, including reimaginings of the Spectre, the Demon, and Swamp Thing, all leading toward a surprise ending. Azzarello (the 100 Bullets series) has previously written both Batman and John Constantine brilliantly in their respective milieus, but the fusion here of Batman's costumed crime fiction and Constantine's mystical-meets-the-mundane flavor does not quite gel. What results is a horror quest spliced with "Batman on the couch" examinations of his control-through-fear m.o. Bermejo's painted art is moody and macabre, but ultimately serves to gloss a script that needed fine-tuning. It's not a disaster, but it's also not a good entry point for newbies to its universe; this volume's recommended strictly for completists dedicated to Batman's eight decades of tropes and enamored of DC's roster of other magical players.