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Batman Goes To France!

Paris has an 'Arkham Asylum,' too! Who knew?

Batman and Robin #26

Sometimes the cover to a comic will totally blow you away- which is exactly what the upcoming cover to August's issue of Batman and Robin #28 did to me. The jaw-droppingly gorgeous Chris Burnham cover to the upcoming issue written by David Hine and illustrated by Greg Tocchini was revealed by DC earlier today. It isn't just that the cover is stunning- but it is also extremely different than many covers I have seen on the stands. I feel like DC editors gave Burnham a lot of flexibility to artistically strut his stuff with this one. Likening to a Salvador Dali painting, Burnham uses abstract imagery to reveal both the plight of Batman and Robin and some of Paris' most famous monuments like (but not limited to) the Arc de Triomphe, Tour Eiffel, and the Lourve. The premise? Paris will be topsy-turvy if Batman and Robin don't do something to stop the prisoners of Le Jardin Noir who have mysteriously been freed!

The Jardin Noir is the equivalent of France's Arkham Asylum and made it's first appearance in Batman Annual #26. While we don't know much about the Jadin Noir or the overall crime in France, it does seem like a pretty cool way to introduce some completely new villains for Dick Grayson (Batman) to combat. It will also be pretty cool to see some new additions to his "rogues gallery." Will we see another appearance of Nightrunner, who also appeared in the Annual issue? Or perhaps we'll see Korrigan again?

What do you guys think of the introduction of Le Jardin Noir as France's Arkham Asylum? Do you think it's a good idea, or do you think that Batman writers could have had an opportunity to create something different for France? Are you looking forward to this issue?

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Posted by Mercy_

Very very cool.

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Posted by Icarusflies

I am SOOOOO excited about this issue!!!!

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Edited by Kallarkz
Very glad i decided to get into this series. 
  Looks very interesting.

Posted by DomDom

....Fascinating....
Posted by wingster

I haven't been keeping up with this title, if Dick (Batman) is in France, whose looking after Gotham? I thought Bruce was the world traveling Batman?

Posted by CrimsonTempest

I think I gotta get high to make sense of this cover. It's very trippy, I like it. Hopefully David Hine makes another good story to go with it as well.

Posted by sj_esposito

The cover is absolutely amazing. Really eye-catching; more so than any recent cover that I can recall.

The story could go either way, really. I like the idea of Le Jardin Noir and getting a taste of French supervillains. However, shouldn't this have been Bruce's jurisdiction? I was under the impression that Dick and Damian were the Batman and Robin of Gotham and Bruce would be the global crime fighter. Perhaps they'll address this within the context of the story -- I hope so.

Posted by webling

Always good to see more Nightrunner

Posted by RedK

very inceptiony cover

Posted by Caligula

lol. I love the cover :D

Posted by hitechlolife

It's going more for Magritte over Dali. Awesome cover nonetheless, I'll probably grab a couple copies of it.

Posted by Caligula

Very Clockwork Orangish

Posted by thabigred

épatant!    

Posted by Wattup

J'adore!

Posted by longbowhunter

Chris Burnham is one of my favorite working artists.
Posted by Neverpraying

weird >_>

Posted by cyberninja

Whoa, that cover would make one hell of a painting. 

Posted by Decept-O

Wow!  Incredible cover to say the very least, thanks for sharing that here for us to see.  I love different artistic interpretations and it seems like we don't get enough of them with comic books of late. 

 

I heard that Batman and Robin were going to France because they had to take a....Oui Oui.  :)

Posted by Xenozoic Shaman

I only just read the "All the Rage" story in Detective Comics Annual #12 & Batman Annual #28, and I thought the Arkham equivalent "Le Jardin Noir" was a neat idea.  An alternate asylum brings a bit of familiarity to the Batman adventures in France.  They can always try something different in other countries if they wish.

Posted by UnosInfinitos

Wow France's supervillains are mind rapey

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

YES! David Hine is a fantastic writer and I'm beyond eager to get my hands on anything he's writing. This is glorious news!

AND more Nightrunner.
Posted by Nefarious

Wow.

Posted by entropy_aegis

Good cover.Glad to see Hine on writing duties.

Posted by webling

Um...It's issue 26.

Posted by DKing_CiCADA

Inception + Batman, was anyone else thinking that 

Posted by damswedon

That cover is terrible.

It is like someone took five minutes to google surrealist art and Paris then half-arse a picture combining the two.
Edited by JonesDeini

LOVE the cover, intrigued by the concept...after Judgment of Gotham, not feeling too hot about Hine as the writer though. 

Posted by mark5
@DKing_CiCADA said:
Inception + Batman, was anyone else thinking that 
haha i was thinking the same too.
Posted by CombatSpoon86

The concept for this story arc looks really interesting, but Batman & Robin has become a rotating creative team after tons of advertising of Tomasi and Gleason taking over the book full time. I like Hine's work but still not enough to buy but I will read though

Posted by jrock85
@sEsposito7 said:
The cover is absolutely amazing. Really eye-catching; more so than any recent cover that I can recall.The story could go either way, really. I like the idea of Le Jardin Noir and getting a taste of French supervillains. However, shouldn't this have been Bruce's jurisdiction? I was under the impression that Dick and Damian were the Batman and Robin of Gotham and Bruce would be the global crime fighter. Perhaps they'll address this within the context of the story -- I hope so.
Dick Grayson is the one who trained Nightrunner, so I maybe that's why Dick is on this case so they can follow up on some things.
Posted by Fantasgasmic

I'm going to rain on the parade as it were. I am not a fan of that cover. the hands on the villain look kinda meaty. I know hands are really hard to draw, but I figure professional artists should be able to do that. Damien's face looks bad also. his jaw seems too low for the rest of his head and with the angle he's at, he ends up looking like a monkey. If this was internal art, i'd be a little more forgiving, but for a cover I think the art needs to be impressive.


Also, going to Paris is kinda the exact opposite of the things Dick-Bat should be doing. I thought the whole POINT of this stupid Batman Inc thing was that Dick and Damien stayed in Gotham, and have Bruce be the one to go around the world setting up Bat-people. If this was pre-Inc, or pre-Final Crisis it would make a little more sense conceptually, but it reminds me of why i have such a love/hate relationship with Grant Morrison's treatment of comics as a whole.
Posted by DoctorTrips

Wow, it's Batman and Robin as drawn by Salvador Dali! How surreal...

Posted by NightFang

This makes me think of some old Vertigo comic covers. 

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Man that looks nice.  I just like the picture though, for I stopped with B n R way back at #16

Posted by Out_of_Space

Nothing strange . Everyone have to go some other places sometime.

Posted by GBrutality

isn't that the nightrunner dangling off the arc de triomphe to the side there?

Posted by entropy_aegis
@GBrutality:
Yes.
Posted by tonis

now that's the beauty of letting imagination run wild :)

An issue I'd actually buy just for the cover.
Posted by Eyz

That is one incredible amazing cover! Beautiful and mind-bottling! :P

Posted by EdwardWindsor

Why is their a stringing version of x-force deadpool on the side of the image? lol . Very cool cover.

Posted by Billy Batson

viva la Batman!

Posted by TDK_1997

Very nice

Posted by blaze503

if that cover was available for purchase as a poster i would almost certainly buy it, just such a cool image.

Edited by Adnan
@blaze503 said:

if that cover was available for purchase as a poster i would almost certainly buy it, just such a cool image.


Agreed. This and the propaganda-esque Batman Beyond #5 covers would make excellent posters.

 

Nightrunner's on the cover as well, I assume he makes an appearance. More Korrigan would be nice.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@lazystudent: Nightrunner.
Edited by EdwardWindsor
@The Mighty Monarch:  iknow its Night runner, was just saying je looks like a melted Deadpool. Like a wade whos been in out in the sun to long etc.
Posted by Ridge111

I don't really think the cover looks too great. I mean, it COULD be better. I think it should be more frantic, more stuff in the background, more complex, to resemble true insanity. Just my opinion : /


The story sounds great though :)
Posted by Doctor!!!!!

When you think France, think of Pepe le Pue.
Posted by KingsCastle

The cover does have some really nice touches. The Eiffel Tower giving Batman an Eye-full and a clockwork orange worked in are some of my favorites. I'd now love to see Batman ala Van Gogh.

Posted by TheIncredibleNightcrawler1999

Poor Batman XD

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