Faces being cut off victims and Bruce Wayne being haunted by a deathly Batman in his dreams. That's what fans of DC's Caped Crusader will get if they pick up Batman: Death Mask, a new anime miniseries that doubles as the American comics debut of acclaimed Japanese creator Yoshinori Natsume, if the just-released preview pages are anything to go by.

The four issue series - the first issue of which is due in stores on April 9th - brings a serial killer with connections to Bruce Wayne's Japanese training to become Batman to Gotham City, as well as bringing Togari and Kurozakuro creator Natsume (who's also worked on Konami's Metal Gear Solid games) to an American audience sure to shun him because he doesn't draw like Jim Lee.

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