The Dark Knight Partners With An Unimaginable Ally In Christian Ward’s “Batman: City Of Madness”

August 11, 2023
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When it comes to comic books, one of our all-time favorites is the brilliantly talented, multiple Eisner winning comic creator, Christian Ward.  He has worked on a plethora of comic books and his art is INSTANTLY recognizable.


Imagine our excitement when DC revealed an upcoming Black Label mini-series featuring our favorite comic book character, written and illustrated by the one and only, Christian Ward, Batman: City of Madness.”  (Check out an interview between Christian and Forbidden Planet TV at the end of this article.)

The story starts below Gotham in a horrific mirror-world that the Court of Owls has kept at bay and the Dark Knight encounters a sinister version of himself.  Things go horribly wrong and Batman finds himself in a position where he needs to work WITH the Court of Owls to reign over the chaos that ensues.  “Batman: City of Madness” will be a three-part prestige format mini-series and honestly… we…can’t…WAIT!  “Batman: City of Madness #1” will be at a comic book store near you on October 1st.  Here is what DC has to say about this must read series.

Christian Ward: Main Cover

Buried deep beneath Gotham City there exists another Gotham. This Gotham Below is a living nightmare, populated by twisted mirrors of our Gotham’s denizens, fueled by the fear and hatred flowing down from above.

Martin Simmonds: Variant Cover

For decades, the doorway between the cities has been sealed and heavily guarded by the Court of Owls. But now the door swings wide, and the twisted version of the Dark Knight has escaped…to trap and train a Robin of his own. Batman must form an uneasy alliance with the Court and its deadly allies to stop him—and to hold back the wave of twisted super-villains, nightmarish versions of his own nemeses, each one worse than the last, that’s spilling into his streets!

Bill Sienkiewicz: Variant Cover

Visionary writer-artist Christian Ward unleashes his cosmic-horror take on Batman’s world, in a tribute to disturbing Dark Knight classics like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Gothic! You’ll never look at Batman’s villains the same way again…you simply won’t have the stomach for it!

Christian Ward: Variant Cover



Art and cover by CHRISTIAN WARD

Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

1:25 variant cover by MARTIN SIMMONDS

1:50 variant cover by CHRISTIAN WARD

$6.99 US | 48 pages | 1 of 3 | Prestige Plus | 8 1/2″ x 10 7/8″

(all covers are card stock)

As you can see, this is going to be epic.  We’ll see you in line at the comic book store on October 1st!  As promised, here is a recent interview between Christian Ward and Andrew Sumner at Forbidden Planet TV.


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