In one of the biggest surprises of San Diego Comic-Con, Grant Morrison crashed the DC Publishers panel to announce that he’s working on a sequel to his seminal graphic novel, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. He’s writing the book, with frequent collaborator Chris Burnham (Nameless) on art.
The first Arkham Asylum came out in 1989. It tells the story of the origins of the infamous asylum for the criminally insane, which houses many members of Batman’s rogues gallery, including the Joker. The story takes place over one night and sees Batman venture deeper into the madness of the asylum,as he uncovers the supernatural mystery that haunts the building. The book also featured amazing art from Dave McKean (The Sandman), who draws pretty much the scariest Joker ever put on the page.
The sequel, which will be an 120-page OGN, will take place in the Batman #666 continuity from his run on the character in the 2000s, which is pretty exciting considering #666 is one of Morrison’s most bizarre Batman stories.
Batman #666 imagined what would happen if Damian Wayne, Bruce’s son, were to succeed his father as Batman. It was a really cool “what if” story that saw Damian sell his soul to the Devil in order to protect Gotham on the night of Batman’s death. A villain known as the Third Batman, who claims to be the Anti-Christ, plans to bring about the city’s destruction once and for all, and it’s up to Damian to stop him. It’s a pretty weird story in which Gotham City is stuck in a hellish limbo — fitting for the issue’s numbering.
No release date was announced at the panel. More on this as we learn it!
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