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DC Comics TBU Solicitations Breakdown for January 2018


The turn of a new calendar year brings us an advance solicit for another title spinning out of Dark Nights: Metal, as well as multiple stories wrapping up including SUPERFRIENDS in Batman, the FALL OF THE BATMEN in Detective Comics, the “Super Sons Of Tomorrow” crossover and the Nightwing: The New Order mini-series. Batman and the Signal is also kicking off this month as the series was pushed back and is being resolicited.

 

As previously revealed in Last Week in the Batcave, Batman: White Knight has been extended to an eight issue series. There will also be new story arcs kicking off in Batwoman, Batgirl, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn, and Suicide Squad in January. And being a five Wednesday month, the month will wrap up when James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreria re-tell Basil Karlo’s Clayface origin in Detective Annual #1.

BATMAN BOOKS

Batman #38-39 [1/3-1/17] Story by TOM KING; art by JOELLE JONES; Variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL. “SUPERFRIENDS” parts three and four.  Wonder Woman’s friendship with Batman is delved into and tested in the final installments of Superfriends. 32 pg, $2.99 US

 

Detective Comics #972-973 [1/10 – 1/24] Story by JAMES TYNION IV; art by MIGUEL MENDONCA & DIANA EGEA and JOE BENNETT; Cover by GUILLEM MARCH; Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQURQUE. The concluding parts of “FALL OF THE BATMEN,” The Victim Sundicate had one last surprise for him: a secret weapon that’s made one of his strongest rogues nearly unstoppable! And with the team in disarray and facing their most powerful adversary yet, Batwoman must make a critical battlefield choice—one with the power to shatter everything Batman has built! You’ll be talking about this issue for years to come! 32 pg, $2.99 US

 

Detective Comics Annual #1 [1/31] Written by JAMES TYNION IV; Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA, “Clay”! Here it is: the shocking, heartbreaking origin of Clayface, including his first conflict with Batman! Actor Basil Karlo was on the cusp of fame and fortune…the kind he had dreamed of through his painful childhood…until a accident robbed him of the good looks that took him to the top. But scars don’t make you a monster—only the darkness in your heart can do that—and in the wake of the accident, Karlo’s darkness is revealed! 48 pg, $4.99 US

 

Batman: White Knight #4 [1/03] Story and art by SEAN MURPHY. Jim Gordon and the GCPD are thrown into disarray when Jack Napier leads a show stopping campaign to become councilman of the politically abandoned neighborhood of Backport. Civic backlash brews as Mayor Hill struggles to find creative ways of criminalizing Napier’s democratic aspirations, and Batman’s interference blooms into a liability for the GCPD’s public image. Through it all, the new Joker plots to derail everything—and new secrets about Harley’s past are revealed. 32 pg, $3.99 US. 3 of 8.

 

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3 [1/17] Written by JAMES TYNION IV; Art by FREDDIE E. WILLIAMS II; variant cover by KEVIN EASTMAN.  Batman and the Turtles go on the offensive in the belief that they can take Bane down while he’s weakened, due to a lack of Venom on the Turtles’ world. But that’s not true any more! The Turtles’ foe Baxter Stockman has found a way to reproduce the deadly substance that feeds Bane—which means the Dark Knight and the Heroes on a Half-Shell are in for the fight of their lives. 32 pg, $3.99 US. 3 of 6

 

GREATER GOTHAM

Batgirl #19 [1/24] Written by HOPE LARSON; Art by CHRIS WILDGOOSE; Cover by DAN MORA; Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON When a massive blizzard hits Gotham City without warning, Batgirl must brave the bitter cold to discover the truth behind the storm. Is it an act of nature? Or is the Penguin up to no good? Find out in what promises to be a chilling metropolitan mystery for the ages!. 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #18 [1/10] Written by JULIE BENSON and SHAWNA BENSON; Art by MARCIO TAKARA; Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE; Variant cover by KAMOME SHIRAHAMA; Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue. “Eco-Deadly!” Tasked with a new mission by the secretive Spyral, Huntress enlists Batgirl and Black Canary to help infiltrate an exclusive tech conference. Searching for an arms dealer masquerading as a tech investor, the Birds of Prey must uncover the mysterious plans for Weather Wizard’s missing wand before the City of Lights finds itself plunged into permanent darkness. 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

Batman Beyond #16 [1/24] Written by DAN JURGENS; Art by PHIL HESTER and ANDE PARKS; Cover by BERNARD CHANG; Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON; Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue. “The Long Payback” part three! Stalker has arrived in Neo-Gotham with one mission: bring down Batman! Terry will be pushed to his limits against an opponent with superior skills and training, and even Bruce Wayne may not be enough to help him. This is the knock-down, drag-out fight you won’t want to miss! Plus, learn who’s been hiring Gotham City’s underworld elite to bring down the Bat. 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

Batman and The Signal #1 [1/3] Written by SCOTT SNYDER and TONY PATRICK; Art by CULLY HAMNER; Variant cover by DECLAN SHALVEY. Batman may own the night, but with new villains emerging during the day, he needs an ally to defend the city when he can’t. Only one teen is up to the challenge; Duke Thomas. After months of training, he’s ready to step out of the shadow of the Bat to become his own kind of hero. Meet Gotham City’s newest protector: the Signal! Spinning out of adventures in ALL-STAR BATMAN and WE ARE ROBIN, comics superstar Scott Snyder and newcomer Tony Patrick take our young hero to new heights in this exciting miniseries with artwork by Cully Hamner. RESOLICIT 32 pg, $3.99 US. 1 of 3.

 

Batwoman #11 [1/17] Written by K. PERKINS; Art by SCOTT GODLEWSKI; Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ; Variant cover by MICHAEL CHO; “PYGSTY”! It’s the New Year, and Professor Pyg needs new Dollotrons for his latest artistic endeavor. As Batwoman tries to put her personal demons to bed, she must stop the madman from carving out his sick intentions. 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

Harley Quinn #35-36 [1/03 – 1/17] Written by FRANK TIERI; art by INAKI MIRANDA; Cover by AMANDA CONNER; Variant cover by FRANK CHO; “Man-Batter Up”. Harley’s in a dark, dark place after the hard right turn her life took…so when the citizens of Coney Island say it was a mysterious “bat” that kidnapped one of her friends, she is not going to take it lying down! And Harley was sure she knew who was targeting her friends—but man, was she wrong! Or should we say “Man-Bat, was she wrong!”? And if you thought Harley had anger issues before, wait until you see her juiced up with Man-Bat serum! 32 pg, $2.99 US.

 

Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #4 [1/03] Written by PAUL DINI and MARC ANDREYKO; Art by LAURA BRAGA; Cover by JENNY FRISON; Variant cover by GENE HA; The Riverdale Vixens didn’t really need a makeover, but they’re getting one anyway, courtesy of a pair of super-villains masquerading as It girls. Well, Harley-as-Betty is up to no good for sure, but who knew Ivy would turn Veronica into a bookworm? And how are their counterparts faring in Gotham City? You may not want to know… 32 pg, $3.99 US. 4 of 6

 

Nightwing #36-37 [1/03 – 1/17] Written by Sam Humphries; Art by BERNARD CHANG and KLAUS JANSON; Cover by BERNARD CHANG; Variant cover by CASEY JONES. “THE UNTOUCHABLES: RELENTLESS”! Bodies are piling up in Blüdhaven! Tracking down the killer will lead Nightwing into a web of corruption and intrigue—and put him in the crosshairs! Dick Grayson’s greatest cold case is coming back to haunt him, and if he doesn’t solve it this time, it could destroy everything he’s built in his adopted hometown.  And then, “THE UNTOUCHABLES: RUTHLESS”! Nightwing’s investigation leads him to a former costumed crimefighter and ally! In a special flashback issue illustrated by superstar artist Klaus Janson, Dick Grayson will revisit his time as Robin and see if his past mistakes are the key to the mystery he must resolve today! 32 pg, $2.99 US

 

Nightwing: The New Order #6 [1/24] Written by KYLE HIGGINS; Art by TREVOR McCARTHY. It all ends here! As Lex Luthor feverishly attempts to repower Superman, the Crusaders are closing in on the Resistance, aiming to shut them down for good! Meanwhile, Nightwing makes a deal with the devil in an attempt to save his son’s life…and it may cost him everything. 32 pg, $3.99 US. 6 of 6.

 

Ragman #4 [1/10] Story by RAY FAWKES; art by INAKI MIRANDA; Cover by GUILLEM MARCH. Having seen the horrors waiting to break into our world, Ragman decides to join forces with Etrigan in order to stop them. But as Etrigan takes Ragman under his wing, the souls of Ragman’s friends grow wary, fearing there may be more to Etrigan’s actions. And when Ragman’s attempts to stop the demons lead them to pursue a more personal target, Ragman must figure out whom to trust before all is lost! 32 pg, $2.99 US. 4 of 6

 

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18 [1/10] Story by SCOTT LOBDELL; Art by SERGIO SANDOVAL; Cover by MIKE McKONE; Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH. “Bizarro Reborn” part five! With the H.I.V.E. queen wreaking havoc in Gotham City, Artemis’ growing suspicion about Bizarro’s newfound intelligence could lead to a shocking discovery that will forever alter the future of the Outlaws. Meanwhile, would Bizarro really invite a new member to join the team without running it by Red Hood first? And would that new addition really be the Creeper? (Yes, and maybe…) 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

GREATER DC UNIVERSE

Doomsday Clock #3 [1/24] Written by GEOFF JOHNS; art by GARY FRANK. The story takes a turn in the third chapter of this 12-issue series you never thought you’d see, from writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank. 40 pg, $4.99 US. 3 of 12.

 

Dark Nights: Metal #5 [1/10] Written by SCOTT SNYDER; art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION. The Justice League faces the final extinguishing of our world, invaded on all sides by unimaginable nightmares, fueled on to the edge of oblivion only by the belief that there must be a light in the endless darkness—somewhere. 32 pg, $4.99 US. 5 of 6.

 

Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 [2/14] Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV and JOSHUA WILLIAMSON; Art by DOUG MAHNKE, IVAN REIS and others; Cover by DOUG MAHNKE; Continued from the pages of the bestselling DARK NIGHTS: METAL! The Dark Knights ride through the farthest reaches of the Multiverse to track down the unlikeliest of teams: The Flash, Cyborg, Raven and Detective Chimp. The mission: keep these heroes from completing their desperate quest to save all of existence! Plus, Challengers’ Mountain crackles with dark energy that will release an army of the world’s worst nightmares into the streets of Gotham City! This one-shot also answers the question: Where are the Metal Men? And who is the latest addition to the team? ADVANCE SOLICITED ONE SHOT 40 pg, $4.99 US.

 

Justice League #36-37 [1/03 – 1/24] Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST; Art by PETE WOODS. “JUSTICE LOST” parts three and four. Footage of a major Justice League failure ends up on an extremist website, going viral across social media and prompting a Congressional investigation of the team. As public debate explodes over America’s trust in the Justice League, the team faces a crisis of confidence in Batman and his methods, which ultimately highlights fractures within the team over civil rights and methodology.  As public confidence in the League continues to fall, strained relationships within the team are set aside when Simon Baz is kidnapped by the mysterious figure known as the Fan: a zealous Justice League acolyte who was inspired by the team as a youth and who now deals death to the League’s enemies. The Fan knows literally every detail about the League membership’s powers and tactics, and easily turns their own systems and resources against them “for their own good.” Then,  32 pg, $2.99 US

 

Justice League of America #22-23 [1/10 – 1/24] Written by STEVE ORLANDO; Art Neil Edwards & Daniel Henriques; Cover by Terry & Rachel Dodson. The first two parts of “QUEEN OF FABLES”! The Might Beyond the Mirror, the great threat that Batman assembled the Justice League of America to stop, has finally arrived in the form of the Queen of Fables. With her reality-warping power, her intent is to take over the real world and the imaginary and rule over everything—and without Batman, does the Justice League stand a chance against her? Or will reality crumble at the Queen’s whim?  Then, The Queen of Fables has begun granting the wishes of everyone across the globe, and with each wish granted, her powers grow greater. The Justice League has to police people’s dangerous wishes while one of their own, Killer Frost, has her greatest wish granted by the Queen… 32 pg, $2.99 US

 

Suicide Squad #33-34 [1/10 – 1/24] Written by SI SPURRIER; art by FERNANDO PASARIN; Cover by EDDY BARROWS; Variant cover by WHILCE PORTACIO. Parts one and two of “The Chosen Juan”! When an apocalyptic new threat threatens the safety of Earth, the Suicide Squad is called into action—and they bring in a new member! But who is the mysterious Juan? And what are his powers? Is there more to him than meets the eye?  Then, with Harley, Deadshot and Croc out of commission, one last convict stands between the bloodthirsty alien armada and the annihilation of the human race: Juan! But what hope does a petty criminal have against such an unstoppable force? 32 pg, $2.99 US

 

Titans #19 [1/10] Written by DAN ABNETT; art by PAUL PELLETIER & ANDREW HENNESSY; Variant cover by DAN MORA. “Who is Troia?” The Titans attempt to regain their balance after their epic clash with Troia—Donna’s villainous future self—and look toward a brighter tomorrow. But the Justice League wants answers about Donna Troy’s true nature, and they’ll get them—even if it means shutting down the Titans for good! 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

Trinity #17 [1/17] Written by JAMES ROBINSON; Art by PATCH ZURCHER; Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ. “No Home for you Here” part one! Batman and Superman embarked on a quest to help Wonder Woman rediscover Themyscira, but finding Diana’s lost homeland proves more difficult than these three heroes expected. While on their journey, a distress call from a nearby ship turns out to be more than meets the eye, and the Trinity find themselves marooned on the dread island of Skartaris. To make their way back home, our heroes will have to overcome Deimos, who will stop at nothing to seal off Skartaris from the rest of world forever! 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

“SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” CROSSOVER

Superman #38-39 [1/03] Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON; Art by ED BENES and BARRY KITSON; Cover by IVAN REIS & OCLAIR ALBERT and CHRIS BURNHAM; Variant cover by Jorge Jimenez. “SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” finale! With no other choice left, the Batman of Tomorrow brings in the Titans of Tomorrow to take on today’s Teen Titans—as the life of Superman’s son hangs in the balance! See the return of future Superman Conner Kent, Wonder Woman Cassie Sandsmark and Bart Allen Flash in the final battle of this epic crossover. 32 pg, $2.99 US

 

Super Sons #12 [1/17] Written by PETER J. TOMASI; art by JORGE JIMENEZ, Cover by GUISEPPE CAMUNCOLI; Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN. “SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” epilogue! Superboy and Robin must face the repercussions of the events of “Super Sons of Tomorrow” and how the emotional toll will affect their relationships with each other, their parents and the Teen Titans. Meanwhile, the past rears its ugly head to haunt Damian Wayne—in the form of his mother, Talia Al Ghul! 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

Teen Titans #16 [1/24] Written by BENJAMIN PERCY; Art by OTTO SCHMIDT; Cover by DAN MORA; Variant cover by CHAD HARDIN. “The Following” part one! In the aftermath of “Super Sons of Tomorrow” the Teen Titans are left without a place to call home. But a Titan’s work is never finished, and when a series of strange murders crop up in San Francisco, it’s up to the team to crack the case and prevent further bloodshed. Are the killings the work of a single serial killer…or is there a greater conspiracy at work?. 32 pg, $3.99 US

 

SECONDARY DC BOOKS

Bombshells United #9-10 [1/03 – 1/17] Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT; art by Siya Oum and MIRKA ANDOLFO; Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and TERRY & RACHEL DODSON.  Talia’s tour of the labyrinth has led Batwoman and Renee to a shock: the Cheetah reached the Lazarus Pits before they did! Now that revenge is at hand, can Renee and Kate find peace within their hearts instead?  Also, Before anyone can come to terms with what their enemy has revealed, the team and their temporary allies must cheat death by finding a way through the collapsing maze. 32 pg, $3.99 US. Digital first

 

Injustice 2 #17-18 [1/03 – 1/17] Story by TOM TAYLOR; art by BRUNO REDONDO & JUAN ALBARRAN and XERMANICO; Cover by BRUNO REDONDO and DALE KEOWN. Harley Quinn and Lucy pay a visit to Harley’s sister, leading to an encounter between Harley and Poison Ivy. Plus, tensions grow between Gorilla Grodd and Solovar over Ra’s al Ghul’s plans. Meanwhile, Professor Ivo unleashes his weapon of mass destruction: Amazo!  Batman discovers more heroes he can recruit in the battle against Ra’s al Ghul, but first he’s going to have to rescue them from the Phantom Zone. That means a trip to the abandoned Fortress of Solitude—which may not be as free of occupants as Batman thought.  Also  32 pg, $2.99 US. Digital first

 

Gotham City Garage #7-8 [1/10 – 1/24] Story by JACKSON LANZING and COLLIN KELLY; art by BRIAN CHING and COLLEN DORAN & ERYK DONOVAN; Cover by GABRIEL HARDMAN AND TULA LOTAY. In five days, Luthor will bring war to the Garage—so the gang rides out to assemble an army. Natasha Irons is determined to save her world, but sending so many of her friends away on missions leaves her alone with Barbara…and the Batman. Can she defend the Garage against the first of Luthor’s metahuman League: The Flash? Also, Diana takes Kara on a trip. Literally and figuratively.  32 pg, $2.99 US. Digital first

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