Lee Bermejo, a Batman artist who has written about Batman: Damned and Joker, is taking his previous work in a new direction for a new story called Batman: Dear Detective.
Bermejo is taking his previous Batman covers and repurposing them into a 56-page graphic novella. The pictures will mostly be variant covers from Detective Comics and will include letters written to Batman. The events will be organized in a detective noir story that will see the Dark Knight on the lookout for a villain who taunts him.
Bermejo talked about how the original concept came to be, and how it makes it so special.
I knew as soon as the variant cover editor offered me a cover run. I wanted to do something different with the covers that would not necessarily be sequential but that readers could interact with and follow as a narrative. The nature of the book just immediately brought to mind classic pulp imagery and the classic detective tale on the quest for a foe who is taunting him.
The award-winning artist was inspired by Jack the Ripper as well as Zodiac letters and revealed that the story wasn''t just an afterthought. While Bermejo was directing cover art, he was also developing narratives that would accompany it in order to tell a cohesive story from beginning to end.
Although he had the main idea from the beginning, Bermejo had to do some editing as the story progressed. The first and last images were sent first, and new scenes needed to be added to the story.
Bermejo had previously written and illustrated Batman: Noel, set in 1843 and based on Charles Dickens'' classic, A Christmas Carol.
When Batman: Dear Detective is released on September 6, DC enthusiasts may get their hands on it.