This week, Death of the Family puts Empire Penguin on the back burner, Batwing deals with dirty cops, and Legends of the Dark Knight bundles 3 short stories into one single comic to give you plenty of bang for your buck!

Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, January 9th graded on a scale of my own anticipation.

Hell no!  –   I’d rather not   –   Ambivalent  –  Interested  –  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!

January 9th

DETECTIVE COMICS #16

Written by JOHN LAYMAN

Art and cover by JASON FABOK

Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE

40 pg, $3.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   Interested

Really? A “Death of the Family” tie-in issue? Did we need this? I’m not sure how they are going to squeeze a Batman-centric comic in with what’s going on in Snyder’ Batman but…hey, Layman and Fabok have been doing a fine job so far so I’m probably worrying over nothing, right? Still, I can’t help but feel like I would much rather stay focused on the Emperor Penguin (dumb name, but fun story) and his rise to power rather than see that pushed to the backup.

 

BATWING #16

Written by FABIAN NICIEZA

Art by ALLAN JEFFERSON

Cover by SIMON BISLEY

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   I’d rather not

David refuses one bribe too many, and now the police have issued a hit on him! Sounds interesting and a nice change of pace from the magic and aliens that have been cropping up lately. However, if I don’t find this comic at least deserving of a 7/10 I’m going to drop it from the review rotation.

 

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #4

Written by T.J. FIXMAN, ANDREW DABB, JONATHAN LARSEN

Art by CHRISTOPHER MITTEN, GIORGIO PONTRELLI, TAN ENG HUAT

Cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK

40 pg, FC, $3.99 US  • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   TAKE MY MONEY

This series has been absolutely terrific so far and this one promises to be a variety pack just like the very first issue. These 40 pages include 3 unique done-in-one stories by different writers and artists including Jonathan Larsen who wrote that terrific Amazo tale from Legends of the Dark Knight #1. The first story is about a new hero who shows up in Gotham and captures the Joker, the second is a movie being filmed in Gotham about the Batman, and the third and final short focuses on Two-Face and I can only hope it’s a good one because Two-Face has had nothing but terrible stories for a couple of years now.