A New European Batman Graphic Novel: ‘The Dark Prince Charming’ by Enrico Marini


French publisher Dargaud caused plenty of buzz when it announced last month a two-volume Batman graphic novel by legendary European comics creator Enrico Marini (Le Scorpion, Eagles of Rome, Gipsy). By itself, that is exciting news. But there was no news about a simultaneously published English version. Perhaps that was a secret that can only now be revealed. DC has just announced that it will be publishing this work, entitled, “Batman: The Dark Prince Charming.” Now, that’s some Batman news!


With this work, Enrico Marini will make his American comics and mainstream superhero debut. If you’ve seen his work for “Le Scorpion,” for instance, you can expect some cool swagger. And Batman will need all his confidence for this new story as he confronts his arch-nemesis The Joker. According to the DC press release, what distinguishes this story from other Batman tales is that this time, “it’s personal!” When has it not been personal when it comes to these two characters? Whatever the case, this time, Batman is…European! And let’s not lose sight of another character in this tale: Catwoman! I will have more to say about Catwoman in an upcoming post.


Here is the official description of the story according to DC:

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!


Pretty cool news however you spin it! Book one of Batman: The Dark Prince Charming will be in stores on November 1, 2017. Look for book two coming in spring 2018!


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6 responses to “A New European Batman Graphic Novel: ‘The Dark Prince Charming’ by Enrico Marini

  1. Hmm a European Batman… To me he’ll always be as he was in the 1960s/70s black and white TV series 🙂 Mind you a Scottish Batman – McBatman- in a kilt – if only I could draw…

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    Beautiful drawings!

  3. I’ve just read about this, a very exciting project indeed – the art looks wonderful and the two-volume graphic novel approach is an intriguing approach.

    • Yes, Chris, I do believe this is a significant Batman project! It will be interesting to learn more about the process behind this. It seems as if it was originally only to be a Dargaud publication.

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