Batman is one of the most iconic fictional characters in the world. So it makes perfect sense why we’re getting a project that reflects his status as a global icon. This September, DC takes Batman’s war on crime worldwide in a new hardcover anthology, Batman: The World. This 184-page book is a first-of-its-kind publishing event. It features stories by top creative teams from across the globe, taking place in their home countries.
Batman: The World launches worldwide on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Just in time for Batman Day, which lands on Saturday, September 18, this year. Kicking off the anthology is a story from writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo (Batman: Damned, Joker). In the story titled “Global City,” Batman reflects on his time in Gotham, protecting his city and its inhabitants from all manner of threats. But when he looks beyond the skyscrapers, he realizes that the call for justice knows no borders. There are wrongs to be righted everywhere.
The Azzarello/Bermejo story sets off a series of tales chronicling Batman’s past and present. Stories told by some of the best-known international voices in comics. Each international version of Batman: The World will also feature its own unique cover art by the local creative team. Batman: The World features the talents of the following writers and artists:
Mathieu Gabella and Thierry Martin (France)
Paco Roca (Spain)
Alessandro Bilotta and Nicola Mari (Italy)
Benjamin von Eckartsberg/Thomas von Kummant (Germany)
Stepan Kopriva and Michal Suchánek (Czech Republic)
Tomasz Kolodziejczak, Piotr Kowalski, and Brad Simpson (Poland)
Ertan Ergil and Ethem Onur Bilgiç (Turkey)
Alberto Chimal and Rulo Valdés (Mexico)
Carlos Estefan and Pedro Mauro (Brazil)
Inpyo Jeon, Jae-kwang Park, and Kim Jung Gi (Korea)
Xu Xiaodong, Lu Xiaotong, Qiu Kun, and Yi Nan (China)
Kirill Kutuzov, Egor Prutov, and Natalia Zaidova (Russia)
Okadaya Yuichi (Japan)
Batman: The World launches globally on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.