Let it be known that in September 2018, DC Comics moved mankind forward into a new age. From now on, history will be separated between two eras: the meaningless billions of years before this moment, and everything after we found out what Batman's dick looks like.
The member we mention makes its debut in this week's Batman: Damned #1 by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. Ostensibly, the comic centers on the compelling mystery of who killed The Joker. While Batman is wringing his hands and wondering if he finally snapped and just can't remember doing the deed, elements of the occult descend on Gotham City. The issue features beautiful illustrations along with a great hook -- it's just too bad all that is going to be buried under headlines that try in vain to separate Bruce Wayne's penis from the civilian name of Nightwing.
We are introduced to the newest member of the Bat-family midway through the oversized comic. After reaching the Batcave, Batman strips down and leaves his shit all over the floor for his servant-dad to clean up. Then it happens.
That's a dick, alright.
How and why did DC Comics do this? Well, Batman: Damned marks the start of DC's Black Label, an R-rated "mature readers" imprint that could be compared to Marvel's MAX line from a few years back. Since grisly violence is commonplace in regular superhero comics and uncensored curse words wouldn't move the needle, full-frontal nudity seems like the only thing that might get people talking. And hey, it worked. We're here, aren't we?
Still, I wonder how this panel came to be. Did Bermejo take liberties with the script and get away with art murder? Or did Azzarello spend an afternoon describing Batman's penis in painstaking detail for one panel? Look, I want to know who killed The Joker too, but not before we solve the riddles that are "Who First Thought of Showing Batman Naked?" and "Was There A Conversation About Whether Batman Should Be Circumcised?".
You can buy Batman: The Damned #1 online at sites like Comixology, but digital copies are censored and therefore Batdickless. All the more reason to visit and support your local comic shop!