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First Look at Batman: Damned

This week at San Diego Comic Con, we got our first look at Batman: Damned, the debut book for DC's adult reader line, Black Label. The book is written by Brian Azzarello, with art by the incredible Lee Bermejo, and is a follow-up to this team's previous graphic novel, Joker. Don't expect to see too much of the Joker in this story because he's going to be dead. Yes, you read that correctly... Dead. Batman is working to uncover who is responsible for the Joker's death, but finds himself coming up short. Someone has information on the murder though, and that someone just happens to be John Constantine! And he's not the only magic-based character set to appear, with reveals of Zatana, Etrigan, and others teased to play a role in the story. Check below for the solicitation and special preview provided exclusively at SDCC!

DC BLACK LABEL, the highly anticipated new imprint from DC Comics, starts here!

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 bimonthly super-natural horror story told by two of comics’ greatest modern creators—a visceral thrill-ride that proudly puts the “black” in BLACK LABEL.

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