That controversial issue of Batman Incorporated comes out this week and Batman: The Dark Knight gives us Jonathan Crane’s New 52 origin story which could end up being controversial itself.

Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, August 22nd, 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!

August 22nd

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #3

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

Variant cover by JAY FABOK

1:100 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

32 pg

$2.99 or $3.99 for a digital combo pack version

Anticipation Level:   TAKE MY MONEY

Alright, let’s try this again. Even though last month’s Arkham Unhinged digital comic was far, far, FAR more offensive than what’s in this comic, this book in particular was postponed following the shooting in Aurora. Here’s what I wrote about issue #3 when it was about to come out last month: Issue #2 took a detour from the apparent death of Damian to deliver the definitive Talia Al Ghul story. Both issue #1 and issue #2 of this series are fantastic and it’s shaping up to be a far better comic than the original run of Batman, Inc. in my opion. And this week we’re going to see Matches Malone, Bruce’s felonious (so ****ing happy I had the chance to use that word today) alter ego. I love the concept of Bruce going undercover as Matches. That persona is the #1 most underused and underrated weapon in Batman’s arsenal if you ask me. I’m very excited about this issue.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #12

Written by GREGG HURWITZ

Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND

1:25 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND

32 pg

$2.99

Anticipation Level:   I’ll get to it…eventually

The last issue ended terribly. I mean, it was really bad! From the use of night vision goggles in the daytime to Batman falling through a hole in a front yard and landing in an old mine shaft, last issue was crap. A total let-down after a pretty good first outing with new writer Gregg Hurwitz in issue #10. So I honestly don’t know what to expect from this title. The first issue was solid and the second issue was awful. #12 takes us into the mine shaft with Batman and Scarecrow and we’re promised more details on Jonathan Crane’s past. So…I don’t know. This title feels a bit shaky to me right now. Here’s hoping that this chapter can make up for what happened last month.

Teen Titans and All-Star Western will be coming out as well, but I only review those books in TPB form. Speaking of which, I’ll be doing reviews for No Man’s Land Vol 1-3 TPBs soon and maybe a few more graphic novels that have yet to be determined. I know there’s a Brave & the Bold TPB coming out this week…