"Dark Moon Rising"
Publisher DC Comics
Publication date January 2006 – February 2007
Genre Superhero
Creative team
Writer(s) Matt Wagner

"Dark Moon Rising" is a two-part comic book series written by Matt Wagner about the superhero Batman. It contains two six part mini series entitled Batman and the Monster Men and Batman and the Mad Monk. The two series take place after the events of Batman: Year One and before Batman: The Man Who Laughs.

Batman and the Monster Men

Batman and the Monster Men has Batman have his first encounter with Hugo Strange and his hulking Monster Men. It also introduces Julie Madison, as well as her father Norman to the Post Crisis continuity and revealing that Sal Maroni was involved in the funding for Strange's project on Arkham Asylum patients.

Characters involved

Continuity Changes

  • Julie Madison is now a law student instead of an actress.
  • Norman Madison is introduced.
  • Sal Maroni is involved in funding Hugo Strange's patients.

Batman and the Mad Monk

Batman and the Mad Monk has Batman battling the vampiric Monk. Julie Madison and Norman Madison return.

Characters involved

  • Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Julie Madison
  • Norman Madison
  • Alfred Pennyworth
  • James Gordon
  • Monk
  • Dala

Continuity changes

  • Dala is now not a vampire like she was in the original story.
  • The Monk is now Niccolai, the vampiric leader of the cult known as The Brotherhood.
  • Julie joins the UN Peace Corps and goes to Africa after the death of her father instead of becoming the Grace Kelly analogue Princess Portia, ruler of Moldacia.

Category:Comics by Matt Wagner

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