Fall TV returns this week, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m excited! If I start taking random sick days from work, it’s just so I can plow through my DVR. I’m excited for the return of Arrow, The Flash, and Agents of Shield… as well as guilty pleasures like The Voice. I’m also looking forward to a number of new shows, but Supergirl is not one of them. Seriously, I saw it at SDCC and it was terrible. Lucifer, however, was a ton of fun, and Blindspot has some potential. I’m also addicted to most Netflix originals, so when they pop up I binge watch, but that won’t happen until a little later in the year. What are you excited to watch? What’s on your binge-watch list?

Alright, on to business! This week’s releases are listed in order of what I’m most excited to read, to what I’m least excited to read. For each title, I’ll include the official solicitation, the talent credits, more of my randomness, and the Batman News team member that will be reviewing each book. After that, you’ll find a poll for this week’s best cover! Should you have trouble picking one cover, no worries! The poll is open so you can select as many covers as you’d like. Then, as always, you’ll find graphic novels scheduled for release this week, along with their cover as well (note: graphic novel covers will not be included in the poll for best cover). And of course, I (we) want to hear from you in the comments section! What titles are you picking up? What do you hope to see? And what are your thoughts about the order of my list? So, without further ado…

 

Grayson 12
Grayson #12
For the first time since he faked his own death, Dick Grayson returns home to Gotham City. But will Spyral ever really let him go for good?

Written by Tom King
Pencils and Inks by Mikel Janin
Colored by Jeremy Cox
Cover by Mikel Janin

Random Blurb of Excitement: I don’t want it! I NEED IT!

Batman News Critic: Jay

 

 

Gotham by Midnight 9
Gotham by Midnight #9
As the Midnight Shift is dragged in for interrogation by Internal Affairs, Dr. Tarr makes a startling discovery that might change everything for Corrigan and The Spectre. But will it be too late?

Written by Ray Fawkes
Pencils and Inks by Juan E. Ferreyra
Colored by Juan E. Ferreyra
Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Random Blurb of Excitement: This is such a good, unique book, so I’m really sad that it’s coming to a close in December. The one positive aspect is that when all is said and done, the title will have had an extremely solid run. This also could mean that this book will get to wrap up with a big finish, making the final product that much more awesome!

Batman News Critic: Elena

 

 

We Are Robin 4
We Are Robin #4
In the wake of a huge loss, the Robins are reeling with grief. Riko takes to the rooftops of Burnside to find a symbol of hope, and finds herself living out a dream as she teams up with her personal hero: Batgirl!

Written by Lee Bermejo
Pencils and Inks by James Harvey
Cover by Lee Bermejo

Random Blurb of Excitement: We Are Robin has been decent so far, and I think it’s boiling with potential. Bermejo looks like he’s not afraid to take risks, which is the very reason you should be reading this book. While many of us have expressed distaste for DC shoving more and more teens down our throats, trying to make them important. Well, I don’t think that’s completely the case here, so I urge you to give it a shot.

Batman News Critic: Brandon

 

 

Batman 66 27
Batman ’66 #27
Riddle me this: What kind of ring isn’t round? A wrestling ring, of course. This issue, Batman finds himself in the middle of a rigged contest. The Caped Crusader pursues The Riddler south of the border and encounters half of a terrifying tag team: the masked menace known only as Bane! All this, and Batgirl too!

Art by Scott Kowalchuk
Cover by Mike Allred
Written by Jeff Parker

Random Blurb of Excitement: I’m excited to see this book continue to expand its interpretation of Batman’s rogue gallery, but dangit… all I can think about is how sad I am that this book is getting canceled.

Batman News Critic: Jay

 

 

Harley Power Girl 4
Harley Quinn & Powergirl #4
Love is in the air—or maybe that’s just cologne? Vartox’s dreams of making Power Girl his bride may be coming true…but nothing ever goes smoothly with Harley around! Or, for that matter, with the threat of a galaxy-crushing dictator hanging over their heads!

Written by Amanda Conner, Justin Gray, and Jimmy Palmiotti
Pencils and Inks by Stéphane Roux
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts

Random Blurb of Excitement: I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. I really enjoy Harley, but this book is a little too off-beat for me.

Batman News Critic: Elena

 

 

JL 3001 4
Justice League 3001 #4
Teri’s had a rough time since she joined the League. She’s died, been reborn as the new Flash, and battled against the Five, demon armies, and a world full of Starros! She’s even dated Superman! Along the way, she’s always had help, but now she’ll have to face one of the original Flash’s greatest enemies: the Mirror Master!

Written by J. M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen
Pencils and Inks by Scott Kolins and Howard Porter
Colored by Hi-Fi
Cover by Hi-Fi and Howard Porter

Random Blurb of Excitement: My problem with this book is that I haven’t been able to connect with it. I think it’s fun and entertaining, but I haven’t been able to get invested.

Batman News Critic: Sean

Batgirl 44
Batgirl #44
Velvet Tiger’s got her claws around Luke Fox’s throat—and only Batgirl can save him!

Written by Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart
Pencils and Inks by Bengal
Colored by Serge Lapointe
Cover by Babs Tarr

Random Blurb of Excitement: Ugh… I’ve come to really dislike this book… Elena has been trying really hard to highlight the positives that are in this book – and there are some – but thank God she’s doing it instead of me!

Batman News Critic: Elena

 

 

Notes:

  • Teen Titans #12 has been pushed back to October 21st.
  • Scooby Doo Team-Up #12 will feature Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, but we do not intend on covering the issue.

 

 

Graphic Novel Watch:

 

Joker Endgame
The Joker: Endgame (Hardcover)
– Gotham City is overrun by Jokerized victims, and The Joker himself is prowling the streets. Even as Batman confronts the Clown Prince of Crime, ordinary citizens and Arkham inmates must confront the mark

The Joker has left on the city and themselves. Is anyone truly safe? This jam-packed collection features backup stories from BATMAN #35-39, BATMAN ANNUAL #3, GOTHAM ACADEMY: ENDGAME #1, BATGIRL: ENDGAME #1, DETECTIVE COMICS: ENDGAME #1 and ARKHAM MANOR: ENDGAME #1.

 

Cover of the Week:

Now, with all of this week’s releases listed above, it’s time for you to sound off! What’s the best cover that is being released this week? If you’re like me, and can’t decide on just one, then you can select multiple if you would like. Vote using the poll below, and we’ll announce the winner next week. Last week’s results are in the spoiler tag.

Spoiler

Best Cover of September 16, 2015: was a tie between Secret Six #6 by Dale Eaglesham and Robin, Son of Batman #4 by Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, and John Kalisz, each with 27% of the votes.

 

Secret Six 6

 

Robin SoB 4

 

  1. Batman: Arkham Knight: Genesis #2 by Stjepan Sejic (25%)
    AK Genesis 2
  2. Harley Quinn #20 by Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, and Alex Sinclair (13%)
  3. Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 4 #10 Cover by Neil Googe (4%)
  4. Black Canary #4 by Annie Wu (3%)
  5. Harley Quinn & Power Girl #4 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts (1%)