This is a week late (the joys of working two jobs and having a puppy that chews through my laptop charger). Since I’m so late, and I still need to get Upcoming Comics knocked out for this week, I’m not going to add any comments. Also, I’d like to say thanks for being patient with me this past week.

Alright, let’s get to business! Below you’ll find the solicitations for each issue, the creative team behind the issue, and the cover art (if DC has released it). Make sure you share your thoughts in the comments section below! I want to hear what you’re excited about, worried about, your predictions, etc… If you have something to say, we want to know!

 

May 3rd

Batman #22
“THE BUTTON” part three! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!

Written by Tom King
Pencils and Inks by Jason Fabok
Cover by Jason Fabok

 

Bane: Conquest #1
The co-creators of Bane make a triumphant return to the character, with a twelve-issue series that will push him to the limit! Bane is seeking to create a global criminal empire with the help of his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie. The Man Who Broke The Bat moves beyond Gotham to find new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush. He won’t stop until he stands at the top of the world of crime! For Bane, it’s all about CONQUEST.

Art by Graham Nolan
Cover by Graham Nolan
Variant cover by Kelley Jones
Written by Chuck Dixon

 

Harley Quinn #19
“DEADLY SIN” finale! Harley Sinn’s shown Harley her absolute worst…but she—and you—are not ready to see Harley Quinn’s rage unleashed! This one will shock you to your core! And in the backup story, “Harley Loves Joker” part three, a simpler time in the past for Harley and The Joker becomes much more complicated when they’re forced to mix it up with Batman!

Art by John Timms
Backup Art by J. Bone and Bret Blevins
Backup Written by Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti
Cover by Amanda Conner
Variant cover by Frank Cho
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner

 

Injustice 2 #1
The all-new prequel to the highly anticipated Injustice 2 video game begins here! Original INJUSTICE writer Tom Taylor continues the story from the hit series INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US. Superman is imprisoned, and it’s up to Batman to put the world back together. But with Superman’s iron-fisted regime eliminated, other forces rise up to fill the void. And Batman doesn’t have a lot of allies left to help stop them.

Art by Juan Albarran and Bruno Redondo
Cover by Scott Williams and Jim Lee
Variant cover by Bruno Redondo
Written by Tom Taylor

 

Justice League #20
“ENDLESS” part one! The League find themselves trapped in a time loop after they are attacked by a man wielding a mysterious alien weapon. The result is one member dead, and many civilians obliterated!

Art by Daniel Henriques and Bryan Hitch
Cover by Bryan Hitch
Variant cover by Yanick Paquette
Written by Bryan Hitch

 

Nightwing #20
“NIGHTWING MUST DIE” finale! Very few villains have ever broken Batman—but the man who’s been tormenting Nightwing is one of them! Why has he chosen Nightwing, and not Batman, to serve him in the dark new world he sees coming?

Art by Javier Fernandez
Cover by Javier Fernandez
Variant cover by Oclair Albert and Ivan Reis
Written by Tim Seeley

 

May 10th

All Star Batman #10
“The First Ally” part one! When the Dark Knight is taken down by a new enemy whose attacks he cannot counter, he uncovers a plot spanning generations…whose mastermind might be one of his closest allies! But who is the First Ally?

Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Variant cover by Francesco Francavilla and Chris Burnham
Written by Scott Snyder

 

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey #10
“Blackbird” finale! The Birds now know how the mysterious new metahuman known as Blackbird has turned also-rans into dangerous killers…but what’s her endgame? And are they prepared for the terrible secret of what her powers can really do?

Art by Roge Antonio
Cover by Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by Kamome Shirahama
Written by Shawna Benson and Julie Benson

 

Detective Comics #956
“League Of Shadows” finale! It’s all out war against the single most ruthless villain Batman’s ever faced: Lady Shiva and her army of nihilistic killers! But at least one member of the team might wind up swallowed whole by the darkness of the League…

Art by Marcio Takara
Cover by Eber Ferreira and Eddy Barrows
Variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Written by James T Tynion IV

 

The Flash #22
“THE BUTTON” part four! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!

Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils and Inks by Howard Porter
Colored by Hi-Fi
Cover by Brad Anderson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Jason Fabok

 

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #9
“The Ballad of Olive Silverlock” part one! With alliances irrevocably shifted, the loyalty of the Detective Club undergoes its most crucial test. The time has come to leave school behind and fight for each other and the city they love.

Art by Sandra Hope, MSASSYK, and Adam Archer
Cover by Karl Kerschl
Written by Karl Kerschl, Becky Cloonan, and Brenden Fletcher

 

Injustice: Ground Zero #11
As events reach their climax, Regime forces finally locate the headquarters of Batman’s Resistance, and Harley assembles a new army to bring justice to the streets of Gotham City. Two Wonder Women battle on Themyscira for leadership of the Amazons, and the two Batmen reach a decision to bring over the Superman from the parallel Earth.

Art by Tom Derenick and Marco Santucci
Cover by Mike S. Miller
Written by Chris Sebela

 

Justice League of America #6
“MYTHIC” part two! Aegeus’s mythic horde continues to steamroll over the battered landscape of Penn City, and the only thing standing in their path is…the Atom?? Also: Lobo is laid out, his healing factor neutralized, and the only thing that could possibly save him requires a level of violence that we may not be allowed to print!

Art by Andrew T MacDonald
Cover by Joe Prado and Ivan Reis
Variant cover by Doug Mahnke
Written by Steve Orlando

 

Justice League/ Power Rangers #5
The Justice League and the Power Rangers have arrived in the Rangers’ home dimension, but the heroes of these two worlds are too late to prevent Angel Grove’s shocking fate. With the Earth now on the chopping block, can these teams come together to undo the damage wrought by Zedd and Brainiac? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

Art by Stephen Byrne
Cover by Karl Kerschl
Written by Tom Taylor

 

Red Hood & the Outlaws #10
“Who is Artemis?” part two! After getting shot out of the sky by the Bow of Ra, the Dark Trinity finds itself stranded and separated in the war-torn country of Qurac. While Artemis squares off against her long-forgotten foe responsible for the Bow of Ra’s disappearance, Bizarro comes across a group of innocent refugees looking for a savior. Meanwhile, Red Hood faces a crisis of conscience when he’s forced to relive the trauma of his own death and comes face to face with his greatest enemy—himself!

Art by Dexter Soy
Cover by Nicola Scott
Variant cover by Guillem March
Written by Scott Lobdell

 

Suicide Squad #17
“EARTHLINGS ON FIRE” part two! Driven to extreme measures by the globe-spanning conspiracy known only as the People, Amanda Waller has done the unthinkable: made General Zod a full-fledged member of Task Force X! His first mission? Destroy the Annihilation Brigade, the People’s own, much deadlier version of the Suicide Squad!

Art by Tony S. Daniel
Variant cover by Whilce Portacio
Written by Rob Williams

 

Titans #11
“THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part one! When Deathstroke discovers that Wally West’s return holds the key to bringing his son back from the dead, he’ll stop at nothing to do just that! Don’t miss the debut chapter of the epic crossover event that you’ve been waiting for!

Art by Norm Rapmund and Brett Booth
Cover by Mike McKone
Variant cover by Norm Rapmund and Brett Booth
Written by Christopher Priest, Benjamin Percy, and Dan Abnett

 

May 17th

Batman #23
“AFTERMATH”! In the wake of Bane’s attack, Batman must face the destruction left behind and follow through on his promises to Gotham Girl and Catwoman by making the most crushing sacrifices yet.

Art by Danny Miki and David Finch
Cover by Danny Miki and David Finch
Variant cover by Tim Sale
Written by Tom King

 

Batwoman #3
“The Many Arms Of Death” part three! Batwoman’s identified the cancer spreading through the lawless nation of Coryana, but to fight back, she’s going to need an army…and the only soldiers at hand belong to the island’s deadly warlords and gang leaders! Can Kate rally every one of these cutthroats to a common cause? Or will Coryana collapse into the same wretched hive of scum and villainy it’s always been? The fate of one of Kate’s greatest loves hangs in the balance…

Art by Steve Epting
Cover by Steve Epting
Variant cover by J.G. Jones
Written by James T Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett

 

Harley Quinn #20
“FUTURE KILL” part one! You’ve seen her story begin to unfold in prior issues…who in the world is Bat-Fan, and why does she think Harley Quinn must die to save existence itself?! And in the backup story “Harley Loves Joker” part four, Harley’s mistakes have forced her to hide out with The Joker in a low-rent motel…unfortunately, they’ve had to bring their entire goon squad—and a pack of very poorly behaved hyenas—along!

Art by Chad Hardin
Backup Art by Bret Blevins
Backup Written by J. Bone, Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti
Cover by Amanda Conner
Variant cover by Frank Cho
Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

 

Injustice 2 #2
A new Suicide Squad has been assembled for a mission—but it doesn’t turn out to be the one they originally expected. Who is the mystery villain pulling their strings? Plus, has Batman really gone over the edge?

Art by Juan Albarran and Bruno Redondo
Cover by Scott Williams and Jim Lee
Variant cover by Bruno Redondo
Written by Tom Taylor

 

Justice League #21
“ENDLESS” finale! In order to save the lives of a fallen friend and many innocents, the League must make the dangerous time loop work for them and stop it all from happening. All that stands in their way is one man’s hatred—and a hammer that can bend time!

Art by Daniel Henriques and Bryan Hitch
Cover by Bryan Hitch
Variant cover by Yanick Paquette
Written by Bryan Hitch

 

Nightwing #21
“BLOCKBUSTER” part one! After years of living in the shadows of others and traveling the globe, Nightwing has found a purpose and a city to call his own in Blüdhaven. Now, Blüdhaven’s prodigal son, Blockbuster, returns to reclaim his city and dispose of Nightwing by any means necessary.

Art by Marcus To
Cover by Marcus To
Variant cover by Oclair Albert and Ivan Reis
Written by Tim Seeley

 

Super Sons #4
“When I Grow Up” part four! As our young heroes struggle to break free of the deadly Kid Amazo’s control, they discover the truth behind this young villain’s power! But with an army at his command, and his sights set on total domination, the boys will need to put up the fight of their young lives to stop him! Is the key to stopping him not beating him but helping him?

Art by Jorge Jimenez
Cover by Jorge Jimenez
Variant cover by Dustin Nguyen
Written by Peter J. Tomasi

 

Teen Titans #8
“THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part two! The Teen Titans collide with the Titans after both groups are targeted by the World’s Deadliest Assassin—Deathstroke! But when Robin interrogates Nightwing about his history with Deathstroke, dark secrets are revealed and alliances are broken!

Art by Wade Von Grawbadger and Khoi Pham
Cover by Mike McKone
Variant cover by Phil Jimenez
Written by Christopher Priest, Benjamin Percy, and Dan Abnett

 

Trinity #9
“ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER” part one! The Trinity is trapped in the Justice League Watchtower, and there’s a traitor in their midst! No one is what they seem as our heroes fight back against their own home turf!

Art by Francis Manapul
Cover by Francis Manapul
Variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
Written by Francis Manapul

 

May 24th

Batgirl #11
“Son of Penguin” finale! Batgirl races to free Burnside from Ethan’s plot…but has Burnside already changed too much to be saved? Even if she manages to save the day, will Barbara ever be able to truly go home again?

Art by Jon Lam and Christian Wildgoose
Cover by Jon Lam and Christian Wildgoose
Variant cover by Francis Manapul
Written by Hope Larson

 

Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #5
The action heats up in 1970s Gotham City as the Amazon Princess arrives in Man’s World in search of her old ally, Batman! Instead, she finds a new hero: a motorcycle-riding daredevil with a familiar face and a new crime-fighting costume!

Art by Karl Kesel and David Hahn
Cover by Mike Allred
Written by Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko

 

Batman Beyond #8
“RISE OF THE DEMON” part three! Having only recently taken back the mantle of Batman and far from his familiar home turf of Gotham City, Terry arrives in Tibet on a dangerous mission to rescue Bruce Wayne from the League of Assassins. But when he finally gets an audience with Ra’s al Ghul, he’s in for the shock of a lifetime…

Art by Bernard Chang
Cover by Bernard Chang
Variant cover by Martin Ansin
Written by Dan Jurgens

 

Batman/ The Shadow #2
The second chapter in the historic team-up of history’s greatest vigilantes is here! The Shadow must convince Batman of his innocence so the two can seek out their true common foe, the Stag, before he takes out Batman’s greatest allies. Co-published with Dynamite Entertainment.

Art by Riley Rossmo
Cover by Riley Rossmo
Variant cover by Chris Burnham and Tim Sale
Written by Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder

 

Detective Comics #957
“The Wrath Of Spoiler”! Stephanie Brown wants nothing more than to save Gotham City from the epidemic of costumed vigilantes and madmen that regularly tear the city apart. But before she can try to stop them, she must face the challenge of one in particular: the insane idealogue the Wrath is back, and Stephanie knows what he has planned—but she refuses to let Batman risk more lives to stop him. That means it’s all on her…and a very unlikely ally!

Art by Carmen Carnero
Cover by Alvaro Martinez
Variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Written by James T Tynion IV and Genevieve Valentine

 

Injustice: Ground Zero #12
The story of the original video game reaches its dramatic conclusion! It’s Superman versus Superman for the liberation of the Injustice Earth. Leads directly into the INJUSTICE 2 prequel comic series. FINAL ISSUE.

Art by Juan Albarran, Daniel Sampere, and Tom Derenick
Cover by Matt Clark
Written by Chris Sebela

 

Justice League of America #7
“FATAL ATTRACTION”! Batman and Xenos work on the Secret Sanctuary while the Ray and Vixen perform community outreach. But it’s not all fun and games for DC’s newest superhero team, as the Atom and Killer Frost face off against the Terrorsmith (and their own budding romance) while Lobo and Black Canary come to blows in a casino caper. And it’s all capped off with a moment fans have been waiting for since DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH!

Art by Scott Hanna and Felipe Watanabe
Cover by Joe Prado and Ivan Reis
Variant cover by Doug Mahnke
Written by Steve Orlando

 

Mother Panic #7
A life Mother Panic once saved is again struck by tragedy, causing her to take a deeper look at her mission of revenge and her role in Gotham City. And with the shadow of the Bat looming ever closer, she may not have much time to decide where she stands!

And don’t miss chapter seven of the backup story, “Gotham Radio”!

Art by John Paul Leon
Backup Art by Phil Hester
Backup Written by Jim Krueger
Cover by John Paul Leon
Variant cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
Written by Jody Houser

 

Suicide Squad #18
“EARTHLINGS ON FIRE” part three! The moment SUICIDE SQUAD has been building to from the beginning is here! The Suicide Squad has everything they want. Deadshot is reunited with his daughter. Harley Quinn and Rick Flag’s mutual attraction is becoming a true romance. And Amanda Waller has defeated all her enemies. Or has she? Sitting in a Belle Reve prison cell is the biggest gamble the Wall has ever played, and it’s one for which the entire world will pay.

Art by Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea
Cover by Tony S. Daniel
Variant cover by Whilce Portacio
Written by Rob Williams

 

 

Noteworthy Releases:

Action Comics #980
“REVENGE” part two! Both Superman and the Revenge Squad must traverse the deadly Black Vault in a race against time to reach General Zod! Amanda Waller’s secret Kryptonian weapon reveals himself to the world, but Cyborg Superman and Eradicator move in to recruit him. Tying directly into the events of this month’s Suicide Squad issues—and no matter who wins in this epic showdown, it spells certain doom for the Last Son of Krypton!

Art by Patrick Zircher
Cover by Rodolfo Migliari
Variant cover by Gary Frank
Written by Dan Jurgens

 

Deathstroke #19
“THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part three! Will Slade succeed in reuniting with his son even at the risk of cataclysmic disaster? Or will the Titans and the Teen Titans be fast enough to stop him from changing the world as we know it? Find out what happens when the World’s Deadliest Assassin becomes the Fastest Man Alive!

Art by Jason Paz and Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Mike McKone
Variant cover by Tony S. Daniel
Written by Christopher Priest, Benjamin Percy, and Dan Abnett

 

Supergirl #9
“Escape from the Phantom Zone” part one! Trapped in the Phantom Zone, Supergirl and Batgirl must face the Phantom King to escape! But what deadly team is Emerald Empress building? And what does it have to do with the future of the Girl of Steel?

Art by Brian Ching
Cover by Brian Ching
Variant cover by Bengal
Written by Steve Orlando