This week in Zero Month you’ll learn how Bruce got his gadgets, how Babs got her legs back, and how Damian…liked or did not like his mom…or something. And if you’re looking for a break from Zero Month then you could always take a trip to Arkham City for a solo Robin adventure and some Bane vs. Grundy fisticuffs.
Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, September 12th, 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 ANDY CLARKE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE
1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
This is easily the most anticipated Zero book for Batman this month and that’s due to the creative team behind it. The Batman series put forth by Snyder, Capullo, Glapion, and FCO has been one of the most captivating comics of the past year and to see them doing a young Bruce story that focuses on how he got the costume, cave, car, and other gadgets is something worth getting excited about.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #0
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Anticipation Level: Eh…meh.
This issue promises to take us even deeper into the origin of Damian Wayne. Was he really grown in a tank? Was he made the old fashioned way by Talia and Bruce knocking boots 10 years ago? What was his relationship with his mother like in his early years (earlier I guess, the kid is only 10 years old so it feels ridiculous talking about his early years)? I’m really not that excited about this one. I hope I’m wrong though. I loved the Born to Kill Saga but found the Night of the Owls issue and 3-part War of the Robins story to be a disappointment. Hopefully this book is a step in the right direction for what started out as one of the best Bat titles in the New 52.
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art and cover by ED BENES
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
I have high hopes for this. I think Gail Simone could potentially knock this one out of the park. This ambitious issue is going to finally show how Barbara Gordon recovered the ability to walk again AND it’s going to go back even farther and explain how she became Batgirl in the first place way back when she was a teenager. If it can deliver on both of those promises then it could be the best issue this week.
BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED #6
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by DAVE WILKINS
Anticipation Level: I’ll get to it…eventually.
This series hasn’t impressed me since its second issue. Sad but true. With all the Zero month excitement going around, this book could either get drowned out entirely or rise up as something unique in a week full of origin stories. This glimpse into Arkham City promises a solo Robin adventure and a grudge match between Bane and Solomon Grundy. Still, as always, the book is at least offered at a fair price of $2.99 for 40 pages worth of content.
Graphic Novel Watch
The Batman: Arkham City TPB collecting the 5-part prequel mini-series by Paul Dini comes out, Birds of Prey Vol 1: Trouble in Mind collecting the first 7 issues of the New 52 series is out as well in softcover, and for the hardcover crowd there’s the The Judas Coin by legendary writer and artist Walter Simonson. Judas Coin follows the story of how one of the silver coins paid to Judas for betraying Jesus has impacted the DC Universe–and yes it will feature a story about Batman and his coin-loving-villain.