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TBU Solicits for December 2014


Harley Quinn Holiday SpecialDC has announced the solicitations for the month of December 2014.  December will be both the end of DC’s celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Batman as well as a five-week month.  So, unsurprisingly, the month of December is jam-packed with TBU content including annuals for Batman, Grayson, Red Hood and the Outlaws, and Catwoman, a “holiday special” edition of Harley Quinn, and a one shot called Robin Rises: Alpha which will conclude the Robin Rises arc in Batman and Robin and introduce the new Robin.

 

In the pages of Batman #37 and Annual #3, we will see the continuation of Snyder and Capullo’s “Endgame” story arc, still with no hints or any information about the subject matter of the arc but with specific reassurances that “it’s going to be big!”  The continued shroud of mystery around this storyline along with the speculation about Capullo and Snyder leaving the title does suggest that the creative team may be looking to really turn out a game-changing story.

 

As mentioned above, Batman and Robin #37 and the one-shot Robin Rises: Alpha will finish out the several-month-long Robin Rises arc from Tomasi and Gleason and is teased as introducing the new Robin as well as the question of whether Bruce will be able to bring Damian back from the dead.  Fans of the title can find out whether Damian will return to life and retake the mantle of Robin or if someone new will become the next most-famous sidekick in these two issues.

 

In other ongoing titles, Batman fights with Anarky in Detective Comics, Batgirl may have been replaced by an impostor, Batwoman deals with Clayface and Nocturna, Catwoman and her new crime empire fight Black Mask, and Red Hood and Harley Quinn both battle with the holidays (your guess is as good as mine as to what that means).  We also get a New 52 origin of Grayson in Secret Origins #8 only five issues and an annual into the run of the title.

 

All three weekly titles will ship five issues in the month of December with Batman Eternal seeing the beginning of it’s third act, the apparent destruction of the Batmobile, and the Dark Knight defeated and in need of help from Selina Kyle while the inmates of Arkham Asylum roam free and the Riddler discovers the secret behind Batman Eternal.

 

December’s offerings will also include issue #5 of the Legends of the Dark Knight 100-page Super-Spectacular as well as DC Essentials: Batman: Hush Special Edition #1, another promotionally priced special issue as part of Batman’s 75th anniversary celebration which will showcase the beginning of the epic “Hush” storyline by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee which may have new significance for fans of Batman Eternal given recent events in that title.

 

All-in-all, December will be full of content for fans of Batman.  See below for the full list of solicitations

 

BATMAN #37
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:25 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
The ultra top-secret Batman arc known only as “Endgame,” continues – it’s a story arc so steeped in mystery, all we can tell you is the title!

BATMAN ANNUAL #3
Written by JAMES TYNION
Art by ROGE ANTONIO
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Don’t miss this top-secret tale that ties in to the “Endgame” storyline running now in BATMAN – sorry, but that’s all we can tell you! Trust us – it’s going to be big!

DETECTIVE COMICS #37
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:25 Variant cover by TIM SALE
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US
RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato return – and now’s the time to take back Gotham City! Anarky now!

BATMAN AND ROBIN #37
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Batman vs. Darkseid! The penultimate chapter of “Robin Rises” is here! Can Batman bring Damian Wayne back from death? Concluded in this month’s

ROBIN RISES: ALPHA #1
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by ANDY KUBERT and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:50 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
It all ends here! Batman’s been to the hells of Apokalips and back just to retrieve his son’s body.  But what has he brought back with him? And who is the new Robin?

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #17
Written by GREG PAK
Art by ARDIAN SYAF and SANDRA HOPE
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and DANNY MIKI
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:25 Variant cover by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Who is Superman’s Joker? It seems it’s the Unseen Terror, who makes the battle personal for Superman! How? By attacking all things related to the Man of Steel! Together, Batman and Superman start to track down suspects – and the first one is Lobo!

GRAYSON ANNUAL #1
Written by TIM SEELEY and TOM KING
Art by STEPHEN MOONEY
Cover by MIKEL JANIN
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
At last – it’s the secret origin of Helena Bertinelli!

GRAYSON #5
Written by TIM SEELEY and TOM KING
Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Grayson is on a mission to stop Paragon from using the body parts of a dead villain to create something far more sinister!

BATGIRL #37
Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER and CAMERON STEWART
Art by BABS TARR
Cover by CAMERON STEWART
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:25 Variant cover by BENGAL
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Batgirl of Burnside is the name on everyone’s lips…but she sure is acting strange since she took up residence in Gotham City’s outer borough! Dangerous joyrides? Photo ops? Sequins? Either Barbara Gordon’s gone off the deep end – or there’s a doppelganger under that cowl!

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ANNUAL #2
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by JONBOY MEYER
Cover by R.B. SILVA and WALDEN WONG
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Red Hood, Arsenal and Starfire face the one enemy they may not be able to defeat: the holidays!

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #37
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by R.B. SILVA
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Revealed at last: the secret history of Roy Harper and Oliver Queen in The New 52!

BATWOMAN #37
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The cultish crimes continue to corrupt Gotham City – and their next target is…Clayface? Also, Batwoman’s toxic connection to Nocturna continues to spiral down to a place where even demons fear to tread!

CATWOMAN ANNUAL #2
Written by GENEVIEVE VALENTINE
Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE
Cover by GARY BROWN
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+
The Hasagaua crime family has been a big thorn in Selina’s side as she grapples with the underworld. Now learn the secret of how their stories intersect!

CATWOMAN #37
Written by GENEVIEVE VALENTINE
Art by GARRY BROWN
Cover by JAE LEE
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Family Business” part 3! Black Mask strikes! He’s out for blood – and Selina’s place on the throne of Gotham City’s criminal underworld!

HARLEY QUINN #13
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by CHAD HARDIN
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:25 Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Harley Quinn and Power Girl! The team-up that no one said could last ends with spectacular violence!

HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by DARWYN COOKE, JOHN TIMMS and others
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
New Year’s Eve Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
We got you a present, comics fans – a gut-busting (sometimes literally) collection of short stories featuring Harley and her special brand of holiday cheer! Can she get through Christmas dinner without blowing something up? Who will survive the war of the department-store Santas? Don’t miss this one – after all, you can’t spell “holidays” without “Harley!” (Give or take a couple letters.)

JUSTICE LEAGUE #37
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by JASON FABOK
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:25 Variant cover by MICHAEL CHOI
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Super heroes are no more! What it means to be human is in question! The world is on the brink of a new stage of evolution – or total extinction! – and it’s up to the Justice League to save it! “THE AMAZO VIRUS” continues to devastate the Western World as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor struggle to not only contain the virus, but cure those affected by it. But as they work against the clock, a legion of assassins is out for Lex Luthor’s head. Will the Justice League protect Luthor…or the world?

TEEN TITANS #5
Written by WILL PFEIFER
Art by SCOTT HEPBURN
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As a deadly new drug hits the streets of New York City, the Titans take on a new team member!

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #5
Written by SEAN RYAN
Art and cover by JEREMY ROBERTS
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
A super-powered arms race could mean the end of the world – so the Squad is sent into China to stop the creation of a militarized Justice League! Nothing can prepare them – or you – for horror they find!

ARKHAM MANOR #3
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and cover by SHAWN CRYSTAL
1:25 Variant cover by CHRIS BRUNNER
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
All is not as it seems as Batman’s plans unravel in Arkham Manor, and Jack Shaw investigates the serial killer who’s murdering inmates!

GOTHAM ACADEMY #3
Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL
1:25 Variant cover by BECKY CLOONAN
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
If you thought getting detention was a pain, just wait till you see detention Gotham Academy-style!

GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #2
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art and cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH
1:25 Variant cover by RAY FAWKES
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Internal Affairs Agent Rook is learning the Midnight Shift really does have the hard cases – and Jim Corrigan may not be able to bail him out. At least, not without some divine intervention! But can Corrigan risk letting loose the wrath of God, especially against a departed sister?

SECRET ORIGINS #8
Written by TIM SEELEY, TOM KING, JEFF LEMIRE and ANN NOCENTI
Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN, CLIFF RICHARDS and STEPHEN MOONEY
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Three more stars of the DC Universe shine as their origin stories are revealed! Don’t miss the DC Comics – The New 52 origins of Grayson by Tim Seeley, Tom King and Stephen Mooney; Animal Man by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman; and Katana by Ann Nocenti Cliff Richards!

BATMAN ETERNAL #35
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The events of BATMAN ETERNAL have changed the world of Batman for months – jump on here to see the new world order! The third act begins with a bang, as Gotham City’s police have done the impossible – they’ve beaten Batman!

BATMAN ETERNAL #36
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Batmobile is in flames, and Batman’s enemies have won…but reporter Vicki Vale has learned the secret that could turn everything around!

BATMAN ETERNAL #37
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEYArt by ANDREA MUTTI
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Only Catwoman can help Batman now, but Catwoman is long gone! In her place? A woman more ruthless than Batman ever expected…

BATMAN ETERNAL #38
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by ANDREA MUTTI
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The refugees from Arkham Asylum think there’s safety in numbers – but not if one of them is Bane!

BATMAN ETERNAL #39
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by RAMON PEREZ
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
On sale DECEMBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Someone has pieced together the mystery behind the plot to crush Gotham City…but it’s not Batman! The Riddler knows all – and he’ll never tell!

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #31
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
After the revelations of the last two issues, the Endgame begins! One hero retires, another reconsiders his career, and the world says goodbye to a third.

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #32
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by SCOT EATON and DREW GERACI
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Mr. Terrific’s been promising for months that the uSphere will change the world – but what happens when his promises push Manhattan to max capacity on release day? And Stormwatch finds their way back from a trip through the Multiverse – but they may not be as welcome as they thought.

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #33
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI, SCOT EATON and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Firestorm is back in action! But any worries that they may now be stuck together won’t matter if they’re struck down by the new Dr. Polaris! Plus: Giant monsters battle in space!

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #34
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Thirty-five years from now, Brother Eye continues to prove that he won’t allow himself to be beaten. Five years from now, it’s clear that he may already have won.

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #35
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale DECEMBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The power shifts of the last few issues place on one man’s shoulders the weight of protecting the world against the threat that destroyed Stormwatch! There’s no stopping from here to the end.

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #9
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM, JORGE JIMENEZ, ROBSON ROCHA and JAN DUURSEMA
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Outgunned, outnumbered and outmatched, The World Army led by Mister Miracle and Big Barda begin their invasion of Apokolips!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #10
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS, JORGE JIMENEZ, JAN DUURSEMA and TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Darkseid rises!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #11
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by PAULO SIQUEIRA
Cover by JAE LEE
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Mister Miracle battles Darkseid – with the fate of the New Gods and Earth-2 as the stakes!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #12
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by ROBSON ROCHA, JAN DUURSEMA, JACK HERBERT and JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by JAE LEE
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The epic battle rages on as elemental Avatars of Earth-2 try to take down The Furies of Apokolips!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #13
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM, JACK HERBERT, JORGE
JIMENEZ, EDDY BARROWS and EDUARDO PANSICA
Cover by JAE LEE
On sale DECEMBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Will Huntress become a casualty of war?

EARTH 2 #29
Written by TOM TAYLOR and MARGUERITTE BENNETT
Art by ANDY SMITH and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by YILDIRAY CINAR
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The displaced masses taking shelter in Chicago run for their lives when an unbelievable force descends on the city. Scattered and frantic, Barbara and Dick Grayson hunt for shelter and find a safe haven that hides a sinister secret. Will the two make it out alive with their son?

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100-PAGE SUPER-SPECTACULAR #5
Written by SCOTT KOLINS, RON MARZ and J. TORRES
Art by SCOTT KOLINS, CULLY HAMNER and MATTHEW CLARK
Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 96 pg, FC, $9.99 US •  RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Hell’s Bells,” Batman’s latest altercation with the Gotham City Police Department forces him to improvise, when they converge on a suspect – and the police try to take him out instead. Plus two other stories featuring the Dark Knight Detective!

BATMAN ‘66 #18
Written by JEFF PARKER and TOM PEYER
Art by RICHARD CASE and DAVE BULLOCK
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale DECEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
Two Bat-tales in one issue! When Barbara Gordon finds her library attacked by the Bookworm, it’s time for Batgirl to sprint into action. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin find things in Gotham City turned upside down when the Archer steals the GCPD’s computer and gives the criminals the upper hand on the police.

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #5
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO and MIKE S. MILLER
Cover by MIKE S. MILLER
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
On Themyscira, Ares, the God of War, explains to Hippolyta that Wonder Woman’s coma is no natural thing. Meanwhile, in the Tower of Fate, Constantine and his allies deal with their losses and try to determine who was responsible for the carnage. It’s time to try to recruit a new ally from the mystic realm. But whose side will he actually be on?

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #6
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO and MIKE S. MILLER
Cover by NEIL GOOGE
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Swamp Thing has an answer for Constantine’s request, but it’s not the one the mage had hoped to hear – and a major rift severs the uneasy alliance these two have shared. Plus, Constantine tells Batman that they now have a new, more deadly foe to face!

DC ESSENTIALS: BATMAN: HUSH SPECIAL EDITION #1
Written by JEPH LOEB
Art by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Cover by JIM LEE
On sale DECEMBER 3 • 64 pg, FC, $1.00 US
Batman’s 75th anniversary celebration continues with another promotionally priced special presenting one of the Dark Knight’s greatest tales plus related pages from the 2014 DCE Essential Graphic Novels catalogue! This special kicks off the acclaimed, best-selling epic by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee!

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