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Batman's newest villains inspired by the Catholic Church and Michael Jackon in Rafael Grampá's Gargoyle of Gotham

Ahead of the launch of Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #2, Rafael Grampá unveils its two new supervillains

Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #2
Image credit: Rafael Grampa (DC/Black Label)

After inviting readers into a bold new vision of Gotham City and the Batman mythos in the inaugural issue of Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham, acclaimed comic book creator Rafael Grampá doubles down on the stakes and new villains with the DC Black miniseries’ second issue. On sale beginning December 12, the series previously introduced the obsidian supervillain Crytoon with its first issue as Gotham falls into widespread moral and urban decay despite Batman’s best efforts. Though the Dark Knight defeated the crying clown after a harrowing chase through the city, the evil is only escalating in Gotham as two new villains in the Virgin and Moth-er surface with even more insidious plans.

With Bruce Wayne haunted by reopening old wounds linked directly to his parents’ murders, Jim Gordon takes point in the investigation as the body count grows around the city. This places the veteran lawman squarely in harm’s way as Batman uncovers a vast conspiracy with sinister implications as the threat these villains pose become even more personal to him than ever. While The Virgin presents a theologically unholy challenge for Batman, Moth-er unleashes a lethal swarm of moths on anyone who opposes them, with Gordon right in their sights.

In an exclusive interview with Popverse, including an extended preview of Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #2, Rafael Grampá reveals the childhood trauma and pop culture influences that inspired the villains debuting in the issue, explains the deeper themes that they bring to the story, and teases what readers can expect when Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #2 goes on sale December 12.

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Sam Stone is an entertainment journalist based out of the Washington, D.C. area that has been working in the industry since 2016. Starting out as a columnist for the Image Comics preview magazine Image+, Sam also translated the Eisner Award nominated-Beowulf for the publisher. Sam has since written for CBR, Looper, and Marvel.com, with a penchant for Star Trek, Nintendo, and martial arts movies.