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'Gotham by Midnight' will showcase the scary side of Batman's city

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Gotham By Midnight
DC Comics

For a story about a man who dresses up as a bat to strike fear into the hearts of criminals at night, surprisingly few Batman yarns are horror stories. That’ll change soon, though—DC Comics has announced Gotham by Midnight, a new series by Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith.

Over at SyFy’s blog Blastr, writer Ray Fawkes revealed more details about the new horror series. It will focus on Gotham City Police Department’s Midnight Shift, the organization’s X-Files-esque team. Led by Jim Corrigan, the team will investigate a supernatural sickness afflicting the city. Other mysterious elements include Corrigan’s secret role as host to The Spectre, an avatar of divine judgment, and the notion that Gotham City itself might have a dark and terrible secret that explains why it has deranged criminals within its limits.

It sounds like Fawkes is taking a few cues from Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s seminal graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth—and like that classic work, the new series has a distinguished artist in Ben Templesmith, whose work will help Gotham by Midnight establish a unique and creepy visual identity.

Gotham by Midnight launches Nov. 26, 2014.