Happy Halloween! Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with a couple of new Batman comics on this, the 5th Comic Book Day of the month. Enjoy a collection of Beyond adventures starring Superman, the Justice League, and Terry in Batman: Beyond Unlimited or get a double dose of Babs this month with Batgirl Annual #1.

Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, October 31st, 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!

October 31st

BATGIRL ANNUAL #1

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Art by ADMIRA WIJAYA

Cover by ED BENES

48 pg, $4.99 US

Anticipation Level:   Bring it.

I’m interested to see what goes on in this annual issue, but I’m not too thrilled about the price. Five bucks? Five? Oh well, here’s hoping this Batgirl vs. Catwoman vs. …is that the Talon who tried to kill Barbara’s dad in the Night of the Owls crossover or an entirely new Talon assassin? Yeah, I’m definitely curious about what this comic will be about and when it takes place!


BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #9

Written by ADAM BEECHEN, J.T. KRUL, DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS

Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN, DEREK FRIDOLFS, HOWARD PORTER, LIVESAY and NORM BREYFOGLE

Cover by HOWARD PORTER and LIVESAY

48 pg, $3.99 US

Anticipation Level:   Bring it.

Batman Beyond is only $3.99 and it’s 48 pages as well so what gives, Batgirl? This series is great, but it’s going to read a lot better as a TPB. No other Bat-title is as unfriendly to new readers as Batman Beyond Unlimited. Those who have been reading this series from the beginning will be thrilled by the Jokerz onslaught in Gotham City, KOBRA’s invasion of Earth, and Superman’s fight to reclaim Metropolis, but for the uninitiated, well you won’t have the foggiest idea what is going on.

Graphic Novel Watch!

All-Star Western Vol. 1 (collects issues 1-6): Yeah, I was pretty surprised to see it only featured 6 issues, too. I read the first issue of this series and thought it was alright, but left it after a disappointing 2nd issue. Still, I’m looking forward to checking out this TPB and will post a review for it later this week. And if you’re wondering what All-Star Western has to do with Batman, well the story takes place in Gotham and one of the main characters is Jeremiah Arkham. So there’s that.

Batman: Eye of the Beholder (Batman #704-707, #710-712): Before the New 52 came about, Tony Daniel wrote and illustrated this story that takes place primarily in Gotham’s Chinatown. Look for a review to go up around the same time as All-Star Western.

Absolute Final Crisis: I wanted to do a review of this. I really did, but DC doesn’t send out review copies of their gigantic Absolute books (this thing will set you back $99.99 if you buy it for the cover price). This is the story in which Batman “died” written by Grant Morrison. New material has been added and it even comes with a pair of 3D glasses.