This week in Batman comics we get 3 stories from the Arkhamverse, a showdown between Damian Wayne and Jason Todd, Batgirl fights a brand new villain, and after 11 months Scott Snyder’s Owls storyline comes to an explosive conclusion.
Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, July 11th, graded on a scale of my own anticipation.
None. – I’ll get to it…eventually – Eh…meh. – Bring it. – TAKE MY MONEY
Scroll to the bottom of the page and post in the comments section what books you’re most looking forward to this week!
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Backup story art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE
1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
Combo Pack Edition: $4.99
Anticipation Level: TAKE MY MONEY
The Court of Owls story has been going on for 11 months and this Wednesday it finally comes to a close. Even if you didn’t care for the big reveal in last months issue, I don’t know how you could skip out on the ending of such an impressive saga.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #11
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
This series doesn’t get enough love. I really dug the “Born to Kill Saga” and this new story about Damian being arrogant enough to challenge every single former Robin is just plain fun. There’s also a subplot about a guy who looks like Power Rangers villain Ivan Oozer rallying together a bunch of crooks who are angry at Batman to destroy Gotham once and for all…that subplot isn’t very interesting, but I still expect another solid issue and a cool showdown between Damian and Jason Todd.
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
Anticipation Level: I’ll get to it…eventually.
“Part two-of the introduction of KNIGHTFALL – BATGIRL’S deadliest foe yet!” I kind of doubt that. And what’s with Batgirl fighting so many brand new super-powered enemies? Knightfall has powers, her henchmen all have powers–one even has wings sprouting from her back, Grotesque had electrical powers, and Gretel could control minds. I would like to see Barbara face some of the classic rogues or I would even settle for seeing her fight crooks that are more grounded in reality. It’s always bugged me how Bruce traveled the globe for like 10 years training to do what he does but Barbara read a few books on Judo while working at the public library and she’s apparently able to hold her own against a winged assassin swinging a mace and a guy who can conjure lightning. Anyway, last issue was an improvement, but I’m still not that excited about this series. It’s a nice cover though.
BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED #4
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by PETE WOODS, AL BARRIONUEVO and JIMBO SALGADO
Cover by BRANDON BADEAUX
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
This online-first series typically comes out in 3 parts at a time, each costing 99 cents. And when they go to print months later those 3 parts are bundled together to make one whole comic. BUT the next story in the rotation is a one-shot that’s sort of an Arkham City version of that Batman: The Animated Series episode “Legends of the Dark Knight” in which we see several different incarnations of Batman. It’s not bad and it does a good job of making the game’s many alternate costume options make sense within the story. It’s a cool idea. As for the other 2 parts that had to be included to make one 40 page come…they’re described as “Harley Quinn’s jealous over the Joker’s new best buddy! and “Hugo Strange has a deal for a desperate Mr. Freeze.” I’m not sure how accurate those descriptions are though because the next 2 issues in the Unhinged series were actually the first two parts of a story that focused on the Mister Hammer and Sickle brothers. I stopped reading the Unhinged books online (I’m just not much of a digital comics guy yet) when the Hammer/Sickle story began so I don’t know if the Harley/Joker/Mr.Freeze thing is actually part of that but I kind of doubt it. Either way though, I’m excited to read this and I think it’s a great value for how much comic you get!