The Batmobile chases the Blind Mice Gang in Batman Audio Adventures Special preview

Batman: The Audio Adventures Special #1 excerpt
Batman: The Audio Adventures Special #1 excerpt (Image credit: DC)

The unique Batman: The Audio Adventures scripted podcast is underway now, and it's already prompted a spin-off comic book. Batman: The Audio Adventures Special (opens in new tab) will be a one-shot prequel to the popular superhero comedy which places Batman as a deputized member of the Gotham City Police Department.

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Here's a look at the stories in Batman: The Audio Adventures Special #1:

  • 'A Gotham City One Special Report' starring Jack Ryder by writer Dennis McNicholas, artists Leonardo Romero and Rich Ellis, colorist Mike Spicer, and letterer AndWorld Design
  • 'A Better Mousetrap' starring Batman by writer Dennis McNicholas, penciller Anthony Marques, inker J. Bone, colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer Ferran Delgado
  • 'King Scimitar - Who He is and How He is Come to Being Now' by writer Dennis McNicholas, artist German Peralta, colorist Kristian Rossi, and letter AndWorld Design
  • 'She Called Pest Control!' starring Catwoman by writer Dennis McNicholas, penciller Emma Kubert, inker Roberto Poggi, colorist Hi-Fi, and letterer Carlos Mangual
  • 'Bedtime for Scrambles' starring Penguin and Stoveplate Sullivan by writers Bobby Moynihan and Dennis McNicholas, artist Jon Mikel, colorist Nick Filardi, and letterer Joshua Reed
  • 'What Burns when it's Green' starring Riddler and Miss Tuesday by writers Heidi Gardner and Dennis McNicholas, artist Jacob Edgar, colorist Mike Spicer, and letterer Carlos Mangual
  • 'First One's Free' starring Robin by writers Paul Scheer and Dennis McNicholas, artist Juni Ba, colorist Nick Filardi, and colorist Carlos Mangual
  • 'Two Split Seconds on Division Street' starring Two-Face by writers Ike Barinholtz and Dennis McNicholas, artist Derec Donovan, colorist Rex Lokus, and letterer Patrick Brousseau
  • 'Love as Laughter' by writer Dennis McNicholas, artist Jesus Hervas, colorist David Baron, and letterer Ferran Delgado

For the podcast itself, DC and HBO Max enlisted Marques, Bone, and Stewart to visualize their versions of Batman, Robin, and more.

"We pulled from all different points, comics, and moments throughout Batman's history for these," Marques wrote on Facebook. "Way too much fun!"

Check out their character designs for Batman: The Audio Adventures here:

In addition to familiar faces from DC's Batman comics, Batman: The Audio Adventures is also introducing new villains such as King Scimitar, Stoveplate Sullivan, and Billy Wristwatch - which will all make their comic book debut with Batman: The Audio Adventures Special.

Check out this preview of Batman: The Audio Adventures Special:

Batman: The Audio Adventures Special #1's main cover is drawn by Dave Johnson, with variants by Tom Haskard and Francis Manapul. Check them out here:

Batman: The Audio Adventures Special #1 goes on sale on October 12.

Keep track of this and all the new Batman comics, graphic novels, and collections in 2021 and beyond.

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)