Connect with us
Ram V takes over 'Detective Comics' with Albuquerque in ‘Gotham Nocturne’
DC

Comic Books

Ram V takes over ‘Detective Comics’ with Albuquerque in ‘Gotham Nocturne’

In the ‘Detective Comics’ story ‘Gotham Nocturne,’ something is terribly wrong with Batman.

Press Release

DC Comics has revealed Ram V and Rafael Albuquerque are taking over Detective Comics #1062 this July. Joining them is color artist Dave Stewart with Ivan Reis rejoining the title with issues #1066 and #1069 and backups written by Si Spurrier. DC Comics teased this new Batman news yesterday with a simple gif graphic.

Ram V and Albuquerque will begin with a four-issue story strongly inspired by opera and music, and will be titled “Gotham Nocturne” with the first part called the “overture.” This story follows the epic “Shadows of the Bat” weekly series by Mariko Tamaki and a number of artists. The series will also go back to a monthly schedule. Expect Detective Comics #1062 in comic shops on July 26.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

Writer Ram V said, of joining Detective Comics, “It’s a thrill to be writing a title with the kind of history and pedigree that Detective Comics has. When the opportunity first came across my desk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. For me, the draw of Batman as a character and that of the world around him had always been this blanket of tragedy that lay above it all. So, with that perspective, ‘Gotham Nocturne’ is a quintessentially Batman story, told with the aesthetics of a gothic opera.”

So what’s “Gotham Overture” about?

Something is terribly wrong with Batman. No matter the tests Bruce takes, nor the numbers he counts, the greatest detective in the world can’t pin down the source of this creeping dread—of his own inner demons and a looming mortality. He’s not alone in the grips of this terror, as it seems real demons are creeping through the shadows of Gotham City, answering the clarion call of a strange melody that’s haunting Gotham…and seems to be turning its denizens into something else.

Ram V added, “I’m lucky to be working with a fantastic group of creatives and editors on the project. It is hard to envision a more perfect set of collaborators than Rafael Albuquerque and Dave Stewart. Both of them are already titans in their own right but I think they are great fits, particularly for the aesthetic lens of the story. I cannot wait for readers to experience what we’re creating. It is an ambitious story. One that is hopefully worthy of the title that puts the DC in DC!”

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Joining Ram V is Si Spurrier as the ongoing backup writer with different artists. In the backups, Spurrier will explore different characters throughout Gotham, and the moments when their stories and Batman’s intersect. The first story will feature Jim Gordon’s return as a private investigator with art by Dani (Arkham City: Order of the World)in a noir-tinged story as Gordon’s investigation weaves into Batman’s.

 

New Batman series Ram V, Rafael Albuquerque, Dave Stewart

An image from the promo posted yesterday.
Credit: DC Comics

Artist Rafael Albuquerque also shared his excitement about telling this story. “Batman is a legend we all grew up with and most of us spent a lot of time just imagining what we would do if we were in this position. That’s how serious Batman is to me and I have been lucky enough to do a little bit of it over my time as an artist. Ram V brings something special to the table. Unique. Ram’s story not only matches my vision of this beloved character but also twists it, elevating it to another level, making me want to be part of this special new take, that I think is going to be as special to the fans as it’s been for me.”

Issue #1062 will have main cover drawn by Evan Cagle, with variant covers by Lee Bermejo and J.H. Williams III, as well as a 1:25 variant cover by InHyuk Lee, and 1:50 foil variant by J.H. Williams. Check those out below.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

This July, a new ongoing creative team is taking over the storied Detective Comics, with writer Ram V (Catwoman, The Many Deaths of Laila Starr) and artist Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Superman/Batman).

Starting with Detective Comics #1062, on sale July 26, Batman finds himself in a strange, dark Gotham City as he’s pulled into a high Gothic story like nothing he’s seen, or heard, before.

The story starts with “Gotham Nocturne” part 1 of 4: “Overture.” Something is terribly wrong with Batman. No matter the tests Bruce takes, nor the numbers he counts, the greatest detective in the world can’t pin down the source of this creeping dread—of his own inner demons and a looming mortality. He’s not alone in the grips of this terror, as it seems real demons are creeping through the shadows of Gotham City, answering the clarion call of a strange melody that’s haunting Gotham…and seems to be turning its denizens into something else.

The curtains are rising on a new, terrifying mystery as Batman tries to figure out what’s happening to both the city he protects and his own mind in this lush, operatic mystery.

Writer Ram V said, of joining Detective Comics, “It’s a thrill to be writing a title with the kind of history and pedigree that Detective Comics has. When the opportunity first came across my desk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. For me, the draw of Batman as a character and that of the world around him had always been this blanket of tragedy that lay above it all. So, with that perspective, ‘Gotham Nocturne’ is a quintessentially Batman story, told with the aesthetics of a gothic opera.”

He added, “I’m lucky to be working with a fantastic group of creatives and editors on the project. It is hard to envision a more perfect set of collaborators than Rafael Albuquerque and Dave Stewart. Both of them are already titans in their own right but I think they are great fits particularly for the aesthetic lens of the story. I cannot wait for readers to experience what we’re creating. It is an ambitious story. One that is hopefully worthy of the title that puts the DC in DC!”

Artist Rafael Albuquerque also shared his excitement about telling this story. “Batman is a legend we all grew up with and most of us spent a lot of time just imagining what we would do if we were in this position. That’s how serious Batman is to me and I have been lucky enough to do a little bit of it over my time as an artist. Ram V brings something special to the table. Unique. Ram’s story not only matches my vision of this beloved character but also twists it, elevating it to another level, making me want to be part of this special new take, that I think is going to be as special to the fans as it’s been for me.”

Each issue of Detective Comics will also feature a back-up story by writer Si Spurrier (John Constantine: Hellblazer, Suicide Squad: Blaze) exploring other stories of Gotham City—starting with Jim Gordon’s return as a private investigator. Artist Dani (Arkham City: Order of the World) joins Si to tell this noir-tinged story as Gordon’s investigation weaves into Batman’s.

Issue #1062 will have main cover drawn by Evan Cagle, with variant covers by Lee Bermejo and J.H. Williams III, as well as a 1:25 variant cover by InHyuk Lee, and 1:50 foil variant by J.H. Williams. Artist Ivan Reis will also return to the book in Issue #1066, as the story continues to wind through the shadowed back-alleys of Gotham City.


Become a patron today to get exclusive perks, like access to our exclusive Discord community and our monthly comic book club, ad-free browsing on aiptcomics.com, a physical trade paperback sent to your house every month, and more!

Comments

In Case You Missed It

dark winds 3.1 dark winds 3.1

‘Dark Winds’ episode 3 review: A celebration and mourning of life

Television

Mark Russell and Michael Allred discuss politics and humanity in 'Superman: Space Age' Mark Russell and Michael Allred discuss politics and humanity in 'Superman: Space Age'

Mark Russell and Michael Allred discuss politics and humanity in ‘Superman: Space Age’

Comic Books

DC Preview: Batman / Catwoman #12 DC Preview: Batman / Catwoman #12

DC Preview: Batman / Catwoman #12

Comic Books

Eldo Yoshimizu on accessing art, making manga, and transcending borders Eldo Yoshimizu on accessing art, making manga, and transcending borders

Eldo Yoshimizu on accessing art, making manga, and transcending borders

Manga and Anime

Connect
Newsletter Signup