It’s no secret that the various Batmen of the Dark Multiverse are a violent bunch, but as the Penguin finds out in the preview below (debuting via DC Comics), his personal Dark Knight is particularly deadly.
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 tells the story of a Bruce Wayne who finds himself fueled by tragedy, and powered by the emerald ring of a Green Lantern. This ring, however, seems unconcerned with protecting his bearer’s opponents from deadly harm — indeed, it seems more than willing to go along with Bruce Wayne’s homicidal tendencies than it is interested in encouraging him to employ less lethal actions.
In the 1994 Elseworlds story Batman: In Darkest Night, we were presented with an alternative universe in which an adult Bruce Wayne is chosen by Abin Sur’s power ring, and launches his crime-fighting career as a Green Lantern. But in the Dark Multiverse, an enraged young Bruce is bestowed with the ring moments after the murder of his parents, and turns its power on Joe Chill, incinerating him.
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1, by writer Sam Humphries and artist Ethan Van Sciver, lands Oct. 4.
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