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Vertigo for the DC Fan: Paul Dini Introduces Dark Night: A True Batman Story

Vertigo for the DC Fan: Paul Dini Introduces Dark Night: A...

By Paul Dini Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Is Batman real? No, of course not. But that doesn't mean he lacks the power to save, as writer Paul Dini discovered during one of the most challenging periods of his life. In DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY, he recounts the violent mugging that almost cost him his life... and how Batman played an important role in his recovery.

The different paths we take define our lives. Twenty-three years ago, a simple walk home changed mine in ways I couldn’t imagine. In a few seconds, my life was shattered, a brutal attack leaving me broken in body and in spirit. The comfortable world I had created for myself was gone, and it was painfully clear to me that the long path to recovery, if I chose to walk it, was one I’d walk alone.

Well, perhaps not entirely. Somewhere between imagination and hallucination is a twilight realm where a writer’s creations dwell. It was into that world I’d frequently go to seek counsel from the characters then at the forefront of my consciousness: Batman and his cadre of enemies and allies. As a writer of stories in which the hero always arrives in time and villainy invariably falls to justice, I found myself no longer able to maintain any belief in what I was writing. There had been no hero to pick me up that night, tend my wounds, and later help me through a long recovery process.

And yet, through the running discourses with my cerebral phantoms, I was convincing myself that even without the aid of a four-color hero, I could stand up and survive. Now, more than two decades later, I feel I have gained a deeper perspective of the incident, and that I can tell my story to people who might find themselves at a similar crossroads.

DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY is the graphic novel document of that pivotal moment in my life. Powerfully rendered by Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS), it forges a path between despair and deliverance on a route that travels through reality and fantasy. I invite you to take that walk with us.


DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso is now available from Vertigo in print and as a digital download.