In a timely teamup between DC Comics and European comic book publisher, Dargaud, Italian cartoonist Enrico Marini is delivering Batman: The Dark Prince Charming original graphic novel, which finds the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime having an unusual connection to a kidnapped girl.
Marini is best known for his rousing adventure tales on Gipsy and The Scorpion, and will make his English-language debut with this original Batman yarn being printed in French and English, with Volume 1 dropping November 1 and Volume 2 coming in April of 2018.
Here's DC's official solicitation synopsis:
"What secret connection do both Batman and the Joker share with a strange and mysterious young girl? After she’s kidnapped by The Joker, Batman must plunge deep into the underworld of Gotham City and race against time to find out where she’s being held. The stakes are high, and for Batman, it’s personal!"
I love that DC is loosening the reins on its flagship character to be interpreted by new international artists, and I dig the shadowy gloom cast over the artwork previewed in the gallery below.
Have a look, and then tell us if The Dark Prince Charming has cast a spell over you.