I have to apologize because I’m late getting this posted. I had a few things pop up on me right before Comic Con, and I didn’t get a chance to sit down and pull this together. That being said, Comic Con is in full swing, and I’m in the process of preparing a full recap of this weekend’s events! In other words, I’m keeping this short and sweet! Also, don’t forget that the results from the Best Cover Poll: Q-2 2016 can be found at the bottom of the page!
Turning the focus to October, there are quite a few minis debuting in October, but none of them really have much to do with the site. I do feel like there will be some additional titles/details announced throughout this weekend at SDCC (we still haven’t heard ANYTHING about JLA, JSA, Fabok’s secret project, or a secret project from Sean Murphy that DEFINITELY has something to do with Gotham/ Arkham), but whether or not they will coincide with October is a longshot. Also, as for this particular post, I’m not going to provide a commentary on any of the titles due to timing. For those of you that look forward to my nonsense, I apologize. To those of you that just had a big sigh of relief, partake in your own happy dance!
Alright, let’s get to business! Below you’ll find the solicitations for each issue, as well as the cover art (if DC has released it). As a reminder, I’m not putting the talent credits in this post because there’s already a ton of information here. Make sure you give me a piece of your mind in the comments! I want to hear what you’re excited about, worried about, your predictions, etc… If you have something to say, I want to know!
“NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN” part four! The giant monsters might be bad, but Gotham’s heroes encounter a whole new threat level when two of their own start terrorizing the city! Batman must face the horrifying possibility of losing two of his closest allies to Hugo Strange’s vicious attack.
Batman 66’ Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel #4
An army of robots has found the Batcave—and if Batman’s anti-oil spray runs out, our heroes will have to rely on a more dangerous solution to the problem! Bruce Wayne pays a call on Miss Michaela Gough, but it’s up to Robin, Steed, and Peel to save him when she orders the Cybernauts to clean up this loose end. Co-published with BOOM! Studios.
Harley Quinn #5
“EAT TO THIS BEAT” part one! There’s been a string of brutal robberies and slayings up and down the East Coast, and the assailants are…knights on horseback?! Harley’s got a lead on the men behind the iron masks, but to find them she’s going to have to go undercover in the strangest place of all…New York’s punk scene!
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five #19
Imagine a world where Superman never turned evil. Imagine a reality where Superman and Batman are still allies in a never-ending battle against crime and cosmic-level threats against Earth. As the series approaches its conclusion, a better world is revealed, and a glimmer of hope is given to another reality still held in the grip of Superman’s Regime.
Justice League #6
“STATE OF FEAR” part one! Following a harrowing battle with a monster from beyond the stars, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz decides to unwind by taking on another unbelievable challenge: overcoming her anxiety and asking The Flash out on a date!
“NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN” part five! The hunt for Hugo Strange rages onward as the Manipulator rises and uses the citizens of Gotham City to shield itself from the Bat-Family. All while the monstrous version of Nightwing looms over Gotham City.
Batgirl & the Birds of Prey #3
“WHO IS ORACLE?” part four! The dangerous new Oracle is finding that Gotham’s mobs aren’t up to the task of keeping the Birds of Prey off the scent…so send in the Snakes! Copperhead, The Asp, Cottonmouth, and Lady Viper are the most venomous foes the Birds have ever faced!
Detective Comics #942
“NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN” part six! The earth-shaking finale is here! Batman’s going one-on-one with Hugo Strange, the mastermind behind the beasts unleashed on Gotham…but the biggest and most dangerous of all the monsters was saved for last! What will the Bat-Family have to sacrifice to bring it down? And what’s the strange secret behind Hugo’s design?
Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2
Despite Olive’s new friendship with the rebellious Amy, she, Maps, Kyle, Colton and Pomeline are back together at last. The only thing they’re missing…is a mystery! Maps campaigns to recruit new cases, but stumbles on a threat that might be too big for even the Detective Club.
Justice League #1 Director’s Cut
Superstar artist Tony S. Daniel launches the Justice League into a brave new era in this new pencils only DIRECTOR’S CUT Special! Spinning out of the events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, a new day dawns for Earth’s greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team including…Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren’t so sure.
Red Hood & the Outlaws #3
“Dark Trinity” part three! Red Hood and Artemis set aside their differences when they discover the powerful weapon that Black Mask has been after: a fully-formed clone of Superman! But what should they do with it? They can’t possibly let something this powerful fall into the hands of the nefarious Black Mask, and perhaps if they play their cards right, he could become a powerful ally…but is the risk worth the reward?
Suicide Squad #4
“THE BLACK VAULT” part four! It’s chaos in Belle Reve when the cosmic contents of the Black Vault are released, causing everyone on the Suicide Squad to turn against each other in a violent rage. Everybody, that is, except for the strangely sane Harley Quinn, who must fight her way through the heavily guarded facility before [REDACTED] can [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] the [REDACTED] forever!
Teen Titans Go! #18
The Teen Titans…stars of their own TV series? But which Teen Titans TV series will it be? Each of the Titans has their own idea…and one of them might just be your favorite!
All Star Batman #3
“MY OWN WORST ENEMY” part three! Now on the run from both bounty hunters and cops, Batman and Duke must find a safe place to hide out with Two-Face before they can continue their journey to the cure. Batman might soon realize his worst nightmare: that Two-Face is right…and nowhere is safe.
“I Am Suicide” part one! Batman has always been crazy…but this? This is suicide! In order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes…Bane. The next great Batman story begins here!
Harley Quinn #6
“EAT TO THIS BEAT” part two! Harley’s carving her way through the rock underground of New York City, looking for the brutal criminals who hurt someone she cared about…unfortunately for Harley, one of the crooks in question has fallen in mad love with her.
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #20
Year Five and the entire INJUSTICE saga reaches its dramatic conclusion, leaving readers right where the story of the first Injustice game begins! Batman and Luthor race to finish constructing the device they think will save the world, just as Superman closes in on Batman’s secret base. Old foes return and new allies are revealed. But who will be the next to make the ultimate sacrifice? FINAL ISSUE
Justice League #7
“STATE OF FEAR” part two! In the conclusion to this story, a new threat that manipulates the fears of its victims has turned the Justice League against each other, and only heroes trained to overcome fear—Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz—can save Earth’s greatest heroes from themselves!
“RISE OF RAPTOR” part one! The Parliament of Owls wasn’t brought to justice like Raptor promised Nightwing—it was eliminated! Raptor’s methods have crossed the line and Nightwing goes to apprehend him. Upon his arrival he discovers Raptor’s true intentions and obsessions…
“BETTER TOGETHER” part two! Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman have uncovered a window into their very souls: and the power of temptation proves to be stronger than any villain they could battle! The bonds of friendship and trust between the most formidable heroes on the planet will be tested to their breaking point, with the lives of innocents hanging in the balance!
“Beyond Burnside” part four! Batgirl realizes too late that she’s fallen right into Teacher’s trap! If she’s going to get to Shanghai in time to save Kai, she’ll have to track down this mysterious new villain and end things once and for all.
Batman Beyond #1
“THE RETURN” part one! Terry McGinnis is back as Batman, much to the delight of his family and friends. But is the original Joker really back as well? Inspired by the possible return of their role model, the Jokerz have taken over an entire section of Gotham City and are determined to wreak havoc in the still-rebuilding city. While Batman battles chaos on the streets, his friend Dana is at the mercy of the new leader of the now-unified gang.
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7
Batman and Superman are back together again—but is their reunion too late?
Detective Comics #943
“THE VICTIM SYNDICATE” part one! Batman can’t save everyone—innocent people sometimes fall in the war against evil that he’s declared in Gotham. But what happens when those victims start to fight back…and they don’t only blame the criminals who shattered their lives? Batman’s never faced an enemy like this, and his team may find themselves questioning everything they know about what heroes do!
Harley’s Little Black Book #6
Lobo’s back! The Main Man and Harley Quinn have a lot in common—motorcycles and mayhem, for starters—so it’s long past time they found each other! This could be the start of a fraggin’ beautiful friendship…or they could destroy the planet. Or both! It can be two things! FINAL ISSUE
Suicide Squad #5
“THE BLACK VAULT” part five! Amanda Waller needs Kryptonite, and only Lex Luthor has it! But for the Metropolis mastermind, a deal like this won’t be cheap—or easy. It’s a war on two fronts as Waller leads a smoldering charm offensive in the Lexcorp penthouse while the Suicide Squad attacks the most heavily guarded subbasement on the entire planet.
Teen Titans #21
“Damian Knows Best” part one! Now that Damian has “summoned” the Teen Titans, the tyrannical teen reveals his master plan! But a great evil from Damian’s past is lurking around the corner, ready to strike at the team’s newest leader and destroy the new Teen Titans before they even begin!
“The return of Wally West” part four! Wally receives an impossible choice from Linda’s kidnapper: save the Titans…or lose the love of his life forever!
“The Professional” part four! After an attempt on The Ravager’s life, Slade Wilson and his daughter head to Gotham City in an attempt to track down Rose’s would-be assassin.
“The Professional” part five! After Slade kidnaps Damian and leaves Rose in the care of Batman, the World’s Greatest Assassin and the World’s Greatest Detective trade partners in a battle of wills!
Midnighter & Apollo #1
You wanted it? You got it—six more issues of Midnighter madness! Together again after too long apart, Midnighter and Apollo take on subway pirates in Los Angeles and demons in Opal City…but their reunion is about to take a shocking turn and send them both on an epic journey beyond all belief!
Note: There’s a strong chance that we will not cover this title considering it looks like there won’t be much involvement with Gotham or the Bat family. If we receive any information that changes, then I’ll I be the first to jump on board with those monthly reviews!
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo & Killer Croc #3
The new miniseries continues with Killer Croc! Double-crossed by his friends, El Diablo is saved from capture by the mysterious heroine known as Azucar, who convinces the skeptical Chato Santana to accompany her to Gotham City to unravel the mystery that has put him in the crosshairs of both Checkmate and the Suicide Squad. But can they survive against those two super-teams as well as Gotham City’s greatest villains and its most notorious hero? And in the first chapter of a two-part Killer Croc tale written by Chris Sebela (alumnus of DC’s Writers Workshop program), Croc takes off on a solo mission to an island inhabited by mindless monsters, which makes him the brainiest of the bunch! But can he find the line between humanity and monstrosity before all-out war erupts?
Reminder: We will not review the monthly issues of this title, however, we will review the trade once it is released.
Best Cover: Q-2 2016 Cover Poll Results:
In the spoiler tag below, you will find the top eight covers from the Best Cover: Q-2 2016 cover poll. The covers are listed in no particular order, and will be included in the Best Cover of 2016 Cover Poll at the end of the year.
Batman #1 by Tony S. Daniel
Detective Comics #934 by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira
Batman #1 by Lee Bermejo
Detective Comics #934 by Rafael Albuquerque
DC Universe: Rebirth #1 by Gary Frank
Batman #51 by Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, FCO Plascencia
Justice League #50 by Brad Anderson and Jason Fabok
Batman: Rebirth #1 by Mikel Janin