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Batman's Japanese secrets: Mangaka adds shadows to Bruce Wayne's early years
Tom Baker / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer
"It's very difficult to explain in simple words, but I think I'm attracted to his having a dark side," manga artist Yoshinori Natsume says, when asked why Batman appeals to him. "He's not entirely a complete hero, like a police officer. He has a sort of half-dark shape. It appeals to me as a character and image-wise."
Natsume is the writer and artist behind Batman: Death Mask, a new tale of the Dark Knight published in English by DC Comics' manga imprint CMX and in Japanese by SoftBank Creative.
In an interview with The Daily Yomiuri at a coffee shop near his studio in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, Natsume said that DC asked him to craft a new Batman adventure after the he came to their attention through his Togari series.