Obviously, DC Comics has found a way to sell comics more easily: by placing codes inside them to unlock content in successful video games. The recipe worked perfectly in 2021 with the Batman/Fortnite mini-series (biggest sale comics in France last year), but this year Epic Games’ game went messing around with Marvel. Never mind, DC turns to the side of the parent company with the game Gotham Knights, to deliver a prequel in good and due form.
Video games and comics hand in hand
In reality, it’s been many years that video games under DC Comics license are systematically accompanied by comics (the most successful having been Injustice, but we also remember Batman: Arkham Unhinged or even Scribblenauts Unmasked) – but it’s the presence of a content code in each issue of Gotham Knights: Gilded City which shows us the editorial/commercial strategy by bringing it closer to what was done for Batman/Fortnite.
Gotham Knights: Gilded City (“the golden city”) is a six-issue title written by Evan Narcisse (Black Panther Rising) and illustrated by ABEL, and the particularity of the story is that it will take us very far into the past to go back to the origins of Gotham City, in the 1800s. The plot should have a connection with a virus that Batman was investigating before he died in the present of the video game – since apparently the official communication claims that the Knight Black is indeed dead.
The first item to unlock will be a skin for the Bat-motorcycle (which, for example, we saw Batgirl using in the trailer of Gotham Knights which was dedicated to him), and many preview boards accompany the announcement of this comicbook, which we put for you below. The main cover is by Greg Capullo, with variations by Jim Lee, Christopher Mitten and Yanick Paquette. Release of the first issue on October 25, 2022, just before the release of the game.