I hope you enjoyed the curious look back that was Zero Month because we’re moving forward this month as many of your favorite Bat-titles hit issue #13 and yet another digital exclusive comic heads to print! This week Batwing faces a new enemy, Detective Comics gets a brand new creative team, and Legends of The Dark Knight showcases three unique stories that take place outside of the regular New 52 continuity. It’s a great week for new readers looking for a good jumping on point and an exciting week for old fans who have been anxious to see work from new writers and artists.
Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, October 3rd, 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!
DETECTIVE COMICS #13
Written by JOHN LAYMAN
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
Backup story art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JASON FABOK
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
As someone who was very disappointed in the past 12 issues by Tony Daniel, I couldn’t be happier to see a new writer coming to this series. Readers of Chew should already be familiar with John Layman, but they probably shouldn’t expect the same comedic tone. It’s also being drawn by a new artist, Jason Fabok, who did the really awesome variant cover for Batman Inc. #3 and he drew all of the Batman Annual. This has a great artist and a solid writer who is making his first attempt at writing Gotham, in short: it’s worth giving this book a chance. The new story centers around The Penguin, who has gotten the most attention so far out of any other bat rogue in the New 52, and a hit that has been put out on none other than Bruce Wayne.
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art by MARCUS TO and RYAN WINN
Cover by MARCUS TO
Anticipation Level: I’ll get to it…eventually.
Winick told Newsarama that he was done with Batwing as of issue #0, but there has been no official announcement for a new writer taking control of the series. So as it stands right now it seems that Judd Winick wrote this issue about Batwing vs. Father Lost and his cult of death. I’m always keen on a new story arc, but this series has rarely been memorable for me.
LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1
Written by DAMON LINDELOF, JONATHAN LARSEN and TOM TAYLOR
Art by JEFF LEMIRE, J.G. JONES, NICOLA SCOTT and WAYNE FAUCHER
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:25 Variant cover by STEPHEN PLATT
Anticipation Level: TAKE MY MONEY
Here’s a book I really want you guys to get excited about. It’s another digital exclusive series like Batman Beyond Unlimited and Arkham Unhinged that’s finally getting its turn as a printed book. I’ve read the first handful of stories to come out of this online series and it’s phenomenal. These are original, non-continuity stories; each one written and illustrated by a different creative team. It’s a $3.99 book, but it includes three very unique stories and I guarantee you’ll love at least one of them. If it’s kept up the level of quality I saw when it first went online then it’s going to be one of, if not the best series featuring Batman.
And if you have kids, keep an eye out for the Batman/Scooby-Doo Halloween Fest #1 issue. This comic book will be totally free!
Graphic Novel Watch!
I have Penguin: Pain & Prejudice and Knightfall Vol. 3: Knightsend sitting right here in front of me. The reviews will go up this week as long as WB doesn’t invite me to any more movie premieres or I don’t get distracted by that new Resident Evil 6 video game. New graphic novels coming out this week include Superman/Batman: Sorcerer Kings (includes #78-84) for $14.99 and Batman: The Dark Knight, Vol. 1: Knight Terrors which is $24.99 and includes issues #1-9.