For the past few years, DC has partnered with comic shops, major bookstores and other various retailers in order to bring us Batman Day. Serving as a celebration of all things Dark Knight, each have offered free reprints (and sometimes new stories altogether) of some of the Caped Crusader’s key adventures, not to mention other promo goodies. Basically, it feels like Free Comic Book Day all over again, only with the focus placed squarely on the timeless icon.
While the festivities continuing into this year seemed like a foregone conclusion, we all wondered which books participating stores would be offering. Well, as it turns out, an encore presentation of sorts will be offered for Batman: White Knight #1, a tale written and illustrated by Sean Gordon Murphy that’s already been widely regarded as a modern classic. In fact, some have even touted it as a one of the best yarns to feature the Masked Manhunter in history. Though I’m quite willing to let loose such hyperbole myself, my esteemed colleague Sergio Pereira gave the debut issue top marks in his review.
This time around, expect for the main narrative to be accompanied by a special preview for Batman: Damned #1 that’ll launch DC’s upcoming Black Label initiative. Penned by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Lee Bermejo, that’ll definitely be something lovers of their Joker graphic novel won’t want to miss.
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As for the younger fans, rest assured they won’t be forgotten because they’ll be able to pick up a copy of Batman: A Lot of Li’l Gotham’s first chapter. For those unfamiliar, it features cutesy versions of the heroes and villains we’ve come to love by way of Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs. If you’re anything like me, you’ll sample this one as well because those creators have proven themselves time and again.
Should these books interest you, be sure to head out to a participating retailer in your locale on Saturday, September 15th in order to celebrate Batman Day. Keep in mind that DC will begin its countdown to Detective Comics #1000, which is set to ship in early 2019, shortly following this. In my view, it’ll be the perfect way to mark the Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary.