Kicking off in Detective Comics #27, the 96-page celebratory issue, is writer John Layman and artist Jason Fabok’s final story on the series – Gothtopia. The story will depict an utopian Gotham City, where crime has almost been eliminated. As part of Gothtopia, there will be a variety of tie-ins from other titles in the Batman Family that will be set in the world created in Detective Comics. We have created a checklist so that readers can keep track of the main story as well as all the accompanying tie-in issues.
What is Gothtopia about? Writer John Layman has described the arc as…
Gotham is a city of dark shadows, and we’ve see plenty of “dark reflections” of various heroes and villains over the years. What happens we when see a “light reflection?” And if this Gotham is so much better, why would anybody possibly want it any other way, or to return it to normal?
For those wondering if Gothtopia is a new status-quo for the Batman titles – it is not. John Layman has stated in interviews that “…this is not an Elseworlds or an imaginary story. This is the new reality of the [DC Universe] Batverse — at least for this storyline.” Most likely, this means that it is an alternate reality within the DC’s multiverse that could be revisited in the future.
Originally intended as a self-contained story, the world of Gothtopia has branched out into other titles in the Batman family. Catwoman, Batgirl, Batwing and Birds of Prey will all tie-in – telling their own stories.
These tie-ins are not essential in order to follow the overall narrative in Gothtopia but do expand the world that has been created. I suggest that if you are unsure about the tie-ins that you give Detective Comics #27 a try first. If you enjoy the world that has been introduced and would like to read more then try the tie-ins.
Gothtopia will run from January until March. Take a look at the image below for all the release dates* as well as a listing of all the titles that are involved in the story.
Gothtopia kicks off in the Detective Comics #27, which is available on January 8th in all good comic stores and digitally.
*All release dates are correct at the time of posting but may change due to external factors.