Upcoming Comics October 17, 2023

Welcome back to Upcoming Comics! I’ll be honest with all of you, I haven’t thought about comics at all over the past week while on vacation. I’ve been having a lovely time eating pasta, drinking wine, and visiting museums. At no point did I have to devote any of my brain to whatever is going on in Gotham between Batman and Catwoman. I wrote most of this post before I left, planning to leave this intro for some clever commentary I’d think up later. Well later is now and I’ve still got nothing. If any of you feel I’ve wasted your time by rambling about something you don’t care about and are wondering why they even pay me to write this, all complaints can be filed to Sean, the site’s owner, via the contact page. With that out of the way, let’s look at some comics.

Upcoming Comics

Catwoman #58

Every general puts their plans into play as Selina Kyle’s cat’s cradle threatens to pull the city apart. Red Hood, fundamentally changed, struggles to find his new role in this broken city. Claws fly, secrets are told, and hearts are on the line in the penultimate chapter of the Gotham War event.

  • Written By: Tini Howard
  • Penciled By: Nico Leon
  • Inks By: Nico Leon
  • Colors By: Veronica Gandini
  • Cover By: David Nakayama

Thoughts: Is this not over yet?

Batman News Critic: William

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Redder #4

Eisner nominee Zoe Thorogood has Harley recruit seven girls who compete to be her sidekick, but their attempts to be like Harley give her a bit of an identity crisis! Kyle Starks (Peacemaker Tries Hard!) and Chris Schweizer reacquaint Harley with an old college friend who needs her help to get back at their mutual bully! And Sean Lewis (King Spawn) and Hayden Sherman (DC Pride 2023) take Harley into the future, where an alien invasion might destroy the Earth, but more importantly, interrupt her favorite show!

  • Written By: Zoe Thorogood, Sean Lewis, Kyle Starks
  • Penciled By: Zoe Thorogood, Hayden Sherman, Chris Schweizer
  • Inks By: Zoe Thorogood, Hayden Sherman, Chris Schweizer
  • Colors By: Zoe Thorogood, Hayden Sherman, Chris Schweizer
  • Cover By: Joe Quinones

Thoughts: Sounds like a lot of different takes on the kinds of Harley stories these writers want to tell. Hopefully some hit the mark.

Batman News Critic: Theresa

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #20

The return of Boy Thunder! To find and save Superman’s former protégé, the World’s Finest duo bridges the dimensional gulf between their world and an Earth with a jaded Superman, a broken Batman, and a war-hungry Wonder Woman-the world of Kingdom Come!

  • Written By: Mark Waid
  • Penciled By: Dan Mora
  • Inks By: Dan Mora
  • Colors By: Tamra Bonvillain
  • Cover By: Dan Mora

Thoughts: Waid returning to Kingdom Come after almost 30 years has got me very excited as to what he’s going to do with the universe.

Batman News Critic: Casper

Batman: White Knight Presents: Generation Joker #6

Beware the Batman! With his family in danger, Bruce Wayne will stop at nothing to save Jackie and Bryce as The Joker’s sins from the past come to destroy the future of Gotham. Can the Dark Knight triumph once more? Or is this the end in more ways than one?!

  • Written By: Katana Collins, Clay McCormack
  • Penciled By: Mirka Andolfo
  • Inks By: Mirka Andolfo
  • Colors By: Alejandro Sanchez
  • Cover By: Dave Stewart, Sean Gordon Murphy

Thoughts: It’s interesting to see a series premised on “what if Batman is the bad guy?” loop back around like this

Batman News Critic: Jeremy

Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1

The cataclysmic crossover event of the year is here as the DC Universe clashes with Legendary’s Monsterverse in Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong. Clark Kent is enjoying a night off with a very important dinner planned with his girlfriend, Lois Lane, when the entire city shudders under the weight of the monstrous Godzilla, who emerges from the bay! What started as a routine clash between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom takes a dangerous turn when the wall between worlds is breached…with Godzilla, Kong, and the Monsterverse emerging on DC’s Earth! What ensues will be a brawl of unprecedented scale and destruction from acclaimed writer Brian Buccellato (Injustice) and bestselling artist Christian Duce (Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point)!

  • Written By: Brian Buccellato
  • Penciled By: Christian Duce
  • Inks By: Christian Duce
  • Colors By: Luis Guerrero
  • Cover By: Drew Edward Johnson, Romulo Fajardo

Thoughts: This sounds absolutely ridiculous in all the right ways.

Batman News Critic: Jeremy

Titans #4

There’s a storm coming for the Titans! Brother Eternity continues to gain power as he toes the line between super-villain and well-meaning philanthropist. Can the team discover his dark secrets before the world falls under his spell? Plus, Beast Boy’s mission to Borneo gains the unwanted attention of one of the most dangerous players in the DCU…Amanda Waller!

  • Written By: Tom Taylor
  • Penciled By: Nicola Scott
  • Inks By: Nicola Scott
  • Colors By: Annette Kwok
  • Cover By: Nicola Scott, Annette Kwok

Thoughts: Buckle up folks, because with a solicit stinger like that, we’re about to dive headfirst into the next big DC crossover event

Batman News Critic: Aaron

Nightwing #107

JUMP ON BOARD THE EISNER AWARD-NOMINATED SERIES! Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life is not for Nightwing! When Nightwing’s investigation into who left the vault under his name leads him to discover a mysterious group behind the Hold, his past come back to haunt him in the form of the Hold’s leader…

  • Written By: Tom Taylor
  • Penciled By: Stephen Byrne
  • Colors By: Adriano Lucas
  • Letters by: Wes Abbott
  • Cover By: Bruno Redondo

Thoughts: On paper, a silly high seas pirate adventure starring Nightwing sounds fun, but can we please put a moratorium on the “butt” jokes?

Batman News Critic: Aaron

Beyond the Bat

Welcome to Beyond the Bat, where we take a quick look at the rest of DC’s comics coming out this week.

Graphic Novel Watch

Sometimes you need more than floppies. Sometimes you want something that can sit nicely on your shelf that proudly displays your favorite stories. That’s when you turn to graphic novels. Let’s see what bat collections are coming out this week:


Most Excited: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #20– What more needs to be said than Waid is returning to one of the all time best DC stories with this already great series?

Least Excited: Catwoman #58– Everybody is fighting, nothing will be the same again, and none of it makes any sense.

Wild Card: Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1– Giant gorillas, radioactive dinosaurs, and superheroes all punching each other. This will either be the pinnacle of artistic achievement or a flaming dumpster fire.

Well that’s it for this week! Let us know in the comments what comics you’re looking forward to.