This week noticed the print release of Legends of the Dark Knight #8, the digital-first Batman anthology sequence that includes quick tales starring the caped crusader from a big selection of creators. Among the tales included on this week’s challenge is “Healing,” the primary DC Comics work from author and comic Yedoye Travis. Travis groups with artist Nina Vakueva, colorist Ivan Plascencia, and letterer Ariana Maher for a narrative that revisits the night time Bruce Wayne’s dad and mom had been murdered and examines the present-day Dark Knight’s relationship with these occasions after the Scarecrow ‘removes’ the trauma from Batman’s thoughts.
The Beat chatted with Travis through e mail about his comics-reading historical past, making his writing debut on a personality as iconic as Batman, and why The Scarecrow was his preferrred alternative for a villain. Check that out, together with a preview of “Healing,” beneath.
Joe Grunenwald: How lengthy have you ever been studying comics? What drew you to superheroes particularly?
Yedoye Travis: Honestly I grew up on manga, which I’ve been studying since I used to be a teen. I at all times felt like I needed to justify my pursuits to my dad and mom and it was at all times simpler to persuade my mother I used to be truly studying a e-book if I picked up a quantity of Naruto versus a single challenge comedian. So I used to be one in every of (I hope) a number of youngsters who obtained into comics by way of issues like Batman: The Animated Series.
Grunenwald: How does it really feel to make your comic-writing debut on one of the vital iconic characters of all-time?
Travis: Somewhat nerve wracking and slightly liberating. It’s helped me kill the a part of my mind that idolizes institutional properties. I needed to remind myself that after 70+ years of this character, actually every part is fan fiction, so I wrote my story like what I consider it’s.
Grunenwald: Batman’s up in opposition to the Scarecrow on this story. What makes him a super foe for the darkish knight?
Travis: Scarecrow is the simplest car to unpack the psychology of Batman. There have been whole books written in regards to the topic, so I’m actually stunned extra writers don’t use him in that means. I feel the concern ingredient is what individuals know Scarecrow for, however he’s additionally an precise physician, so I feel a perverse a part of him has to assume he’s serving to. He’s simply extra nuanced than he’s made out to be.
Grunenwald: The story offers with Bruce shedding the trauma of his dad and mom’ loss of life. Is the Scarecrow proper? Does Batman simply must go to remedy?
Travis: I feel in a world the place public opinion of the rich is slipping into hell, Batman has loads. extra work to do than simply on himself, however I do assume remedy–when he’s prepared for it–is a vital place to start out. I feel my purpose for specializing in this a part of him is that I didn’t need to faux I don’t have these reservations in regards to the character myself. I wished to discover the components of him that may exist with or with out his cash and I feel trauma is completely a type of issues.
Grunenwald: What different Bat-villains do you hope to attempt your hand at subsequent?
Travis: I feel Penguin or Catwoman might provide a fairly fascinating backdrop to unpack Batman’s wealth slightly extra in depth, however I additionally assume Mr. Freeze is simply cool (no pun meant at first however I settle for what I’ve achieved).
The Yedoye Travis-written “Healing” is on the market in print in Legends of the Dark Knight #8, in shops now, in addition to digitally as issue #16 of the series.