DC Comics Announces New Batman Arc “Shadows of the Bat”

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Still reeling from the fallout of the “Fear State” story-arc where Batman stopped Scarecrow, Gotham City is now facing a potential new threat in Arkham Tower, led by the enigmatic Dr. Wear. DC Comics released a “first look” for the upcoming new arc “Shadows of the Bat.”

DC Universe describes the storyline as “a massive new 12-issue weekly Detective Comics event that kicks off in January and shines a big, bat-shaped spotlight on one of Gotham’s darkest corners—Arkham. However, Arkham is no longer just a simple asylum, it’s been upgraded and reimagined into a cutting edge, artfully designed new tower overseen by an enigmatic new personality known as Dr. Wear.”

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They continue, “The Bat-Family suspects that all is not as it seems with this new project and that Dr. Wear may have other more sinister plans, but learning what those are will require them to infiltrate Arkham’s frightening new complex…and to do it largely without the aid of the person who trained and molded them into the heroes they are.”

“’Shadows of the Bat’ will catapult Detective Comics to new levels of action, mystery and suspense, while bringing some of the Bat-Family’s supporting heroes to the forefront,” DC adds. “And did we mention that this week’s Detective Comics 2021 Annual helps set the whole thing up? With that in mind, we thought it was the ideal time to sit down with ‘Shadows of the Bat’ writer Mariko Tamaki for a free-ranging discussion about what we can expect from her biggest and most ambitious DC storyline to date, which heroes will be taking a leading role and just how suspicious we should be of this oddly named new doctor. (Is he even really a doctor?!?)”

The twelve-part story-arc takes place while Batman is away from Gotham City, putting the focus on such characters like Nightwing, Batwoman, the Batgirls, Tim Drake, and Oracle.

Writer Mariko Tamaki describes Dr. Wear as “a salesman—charismatic and convincing. When we meet him at the beginning of this series, he’s in the middle of a huge press conference promoting Arkham Tower, a new and improved 2.0 version of Arkham Asylum that recently completed construction just blocks away from City Hall.”

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DC Comics also released a preview of the cover for ‘Detective Comics 2021 Annual,’ which is set to be released on January 4th, 2021.


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