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Sorry guys: REAL short article this week. I’m in Florida at the moment, meaning I’m REALLY in vacation mode for the next few days. Disneyworld, here I come!
Now, here’s what we have for this week:
Batman vs Robin #3
ALL ROADS LEAD…TO LAZARUS ISLAND. Batman has been on a breakneck journey throughout the DC Universe, from Wayne Manor to the House of Secrets and back again…but where there are clues there is a trail, and the qworld’s greatest detective has followed this particular trail back to where he and Superman began this journey: Lazarus Island. With an entire island and army at Damian Wayne’s disposal, does Batman stand a chance? We’ll give you a hint: NO!
Written by Mark Waid
Pencils and Inks by Mahmud A. Asrar and Scott Godlewski
Colours by Jordie Bellaire
Cover Art by Mahmud A. Asrar and Nathan Fairbairn
Batman News Critic: Michael
Batman: Urban Legends #21
This month’s issue brings you the Dynamic Duo pushing the Batmobile to it’s absolute limits. The MURDER CLUB has thrown Batman’s life into chaos, how will Robin, Alfred and Nightwing keep him together? Arkham Academy opens it’s doors to it’s first ever class of villains related to Gotham’s greatest villains, will they make the grade? And we see Renee Montoya’s last days as a Detective before she became Gotham City’s newest Commissioner.
Written by Joey Esposito, Dennis Culver, Michael Cho and Anthony Falcone
Pencils and Inks by Michael Cho, Vasco Georgiev, Hayden Sherman and Miguel Mendonca
Colurs by Alex Guimarães, Roman Stevens, Jordie Bellaire and Dave Stewart
Cover Art by Michael Cho
Batman News Critic: Cam
I Am Batman #15
A Dark Crisis tie-in issue! When Jon Kent first asked Jace Fox to join the new Justice League the answer was a firm “no”. But as Deathstroke and the Legion of Doom hunt the heroes of the DCU Jace learns the hard way that there are some fights from which Batman cannot run, and the only thing he has to fear…is fear itself!
Written by John Ridley
Pencils and Inks by Karl Mostert
Colours by Rex Lokus and Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Christian Duce and Rex Lokus
Batman News Critic: Jeremy
Boy, do the Batgirls have some tea for you! Literally. Cass and Steph go down a rabbit hole of madness when they’re invited to Mad Hatter’s tea party. But with the death of yet another Hill resident looming on their shoulders, they’re one step closer to finding the serial killer.
Written by Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad
Pencils and Inks by Neil Googe
Colours by Rico Renzi
Cover Art by Jorge Corona and Sarah Stern
Batman News Critic: Matina
Batman Incorporated #2
The pulse-pounding second chapter to NO MORE TEACHERS continues as Batman Inc. continue to investigate the death of Ghost-Maker and Batman’s mentors. Each new lead only begs more questions and threatens to unearth a shocking secret buried deep in Ghost-Maker’s past. A secret that refuses to die.
Written by Ed Brisson
Pencils and Inks by John Timms
Colours by Rex Lokus
Batman News Critic: Aaron
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #6
THE PENULTIMATE CHAPTER OF THE DCU’S BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR! War erupts as more heroes are killed at the hands of Pariah! The fate of the Multiverse depends on the young heroes of the DCU as they clash with Deathstroke and the Dark Army! Can the resurrected Justice League race home to Earth-0 in time to join the fight…even if it could mean that not everyone gets to return?! And what dark powerhouse rises on the battlefield? Do not miss this incredible breakneck battle royale!
Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils by Daniel Sampere
Inks by Daniel Sampere and Daniel Henriques
Colours by Alejandro Sanchez
Batman News Critic: Myself, usually.
Multiversity: Teen Justice #6
The epic miniseries reaches its unforgettable conclusion as a new hero makes their unexpected debut! The heroes of Teen Justice are still reeling from the loss they suffered last issue, but there’s no time to mourn. Sinestra and the other members of the Core have a plan to use all humanity as fuel for their monstrous schemes, and only Kid Quick and the surviving members of their team stand in the way. In the end, everything may depend on the super-heroic debut of…well, that would be telling.
Written by Ivan Cohen and Danny Lore
Pencils and Inks by Marco Failla
Colours by Enrica Eren Angiolini
Cover Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Batman News Critic: Jeremy
Beyond the Bat
Welcome to Beyond the Bat! Here you can see everything else that DC is releasing this week, beyond the scope of the books we cover on the website.
Most Excited: Batman vs. Robin #3. I know people’s opinions on Waid vary from “perfect” to “crowd-pleaser”, but I think he’s been doing a great job of making Batman’s world fit seamlessly with the rest of the DC Universe, so that it doesn’t seem strange that Alfred comes back from the dead due to spooky demon magic. Not that comic readers aren’t used to that.
Least Excited: Dark Crisis #6. Please, let it end. We already know it accomplishes nothing of substance. Prove me wrong, I suppose!
Wild Card: Multiversity: Teen Justice #6. I’ve heard mixed things about this series, but I am glad that DC managed to make a full mini out of what little material they gathered from Morrison’s original work. Kid Quick is a personal favourite.
Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
Author’s Twitter: @ObnoxiousFinch