Batman: Dark Moon Rising

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"Dark Moon Rising"
PublisherDC Comics
Publication dateJanuary 2006 – March 2007
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[1] and Batman and the Mad Monk.[2] The two series take place after the events of Batman: Year One and before Batman: The Man Who Laughs.

Batman and the Monster Men[edit]

Batman and the Monster Men has Batman have his first encounter with Professor Hugo Strange and his hulking Monster Men.[3] 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[edit]

Continuity Changes[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Batman and the Mad Monk has Batman battling the vampiric Monk.[4] Julie Madison and Norman Madison return.

Characters involved[edit]

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

Continuity changes[edit]

  • 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 Storme, ruler of Moldacia.


  1. ^ Batman: The Monster Men at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Batman: The Mad Monk at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2000s". Batman: A Visual History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 286. ISBN 978-1465424563. Writer/artist Matt Wagner utilized the Monster Men from [Batman #1] as well as their creator, Dr. Hugo Strange.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 291: "The second in his 'Dark Moon Rising' series, writer/artist Matt Wagner dug up another Golden Age gem in the person of the Mad Monk in this six-issue follow-up to Batman and the Monster Men."