While many of these will be interesting to those who collect trade copies of various Batman-related ongoing titles, several solicitations are worthy of special note. First, DC is releasing a Batman 75th Anniversary Commemorative Collection which will combine three of the most popular Batman stories (The Dark Knight Returns, Hush, and The Court of Owls) into a single collection which will be available in Octboer. Also noteworthy are Vol 4 of Batman which features the Zero Year: Dark City arc as well as a collected edition of all of the Zero Year crossover issues from November of 2013, both of which will be released in October. Lastly, in October DC will release a special 25th Anniversary edition of Batman: Arkham Assylum that will be available in both hardcover and paperback.
The following are advanced solicitations released this week for Batman-related graphic novels and trade releases that will be available at various times through the months of Septmeber and October.
BATMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION
Written by FRANK MILLER, JEPH LOEB and SCOTT SNYDER
Art by FRANK MILLER, KLAUS JANSON, JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Advance solicit • On sale October 1 • FC, $49.99 US
Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary with this spectacular slipcase collection featuring the classic trade paperbacks of three of his greatest epics: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, written by Frank Miller with art by Miller and Klaus Janson, BATMAN: HUSH, written by Jeph Loeb with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams, and BATMAN VOL. 1: THE COURT OF OWLS, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion!
DC COMICS: ZERO YEAR HC
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JOHN LAYMAN, MARGUERITE BENNETT, JUSTIN GRAY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, MARC ANDREYKO, CHRISTY MARX, FRANCIS MANAPUL, BRIAN BUCCELLATO, JEFF LEMIRE, ROBERT VENDITTI, VAN JENSEN, KYLE HIGGINS, JAMES TYNION IV and GREG PAK
Art by GREG CAPULLO, DANNY MIKI, JASON FABOK, AARON LOPRESTI, TREVOR McCARTHY, CHRIS SPROUSE, ANDREA SORRENTINO, AARON KUDER and others
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale OCTOBER 29 • 448 pg, FC, $34.99 US
Six years ago, Gotham City weathered its greatest test as The Riddler shut down all power days before a terrifying superstorm! But the Dark Knight isn’t the only hero to surface during this moment in time known as the ZERO YEAR! Journey back to the Zero Year to see the early tales of heroes and heroines such as Nightwing, Green Arrow, Batgirl, Superman, Birds of Prey, Catwoman and more! Collects Batman #24-25, Detective Comics #25, Batgirl #25, Batwing #25, Batwoman #25, Birds of Prey #25, Catwoman #25, THE Flash #25, Green Arrow #25, Green Lantern Corps #25, Nightwing #25, Red Hood and The Outlaws #25 and Action Comics #25.
BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR – DARK CITY HC
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 240 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Before the Batcave and Robin, The Joker and the Batmobile, there was ZERO YEAR. The Riddler has plunged Gotham City into darkness. How will a young Dark Knight bring his beloved hometown from the brink of chaos and madness and back into the light? This final ZERO YEAR volume collects BATMAN #25-27 and 29-33.
EARTH 2 VOL. 4: THE DARK AGE HC
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by NICOLA SCOTT, TREVOR SCOTT, ROBSON ROCHA, OCLAIR ALBERT, BARRY KITSON and SCOTT HANNA
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 144 pg, FC, $22.99 US
Once thought dead, Superman now returns to Earth to do the destructive bidding of Darkseid in these stories from issues #17-20 and EARTH 2 ANNUAL #2! The Wonders of Earth 2 have struggled to keep the forces of Brutal and Darkseid at bay. But now, with the return of Superman, they can no longer stand up to the wake of destruction he brings. And with the emergence of a new and mysterious Batman comes the hope that he may know how to defeat the rogue Man of Steel before Earth 2 is destroyed.
FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR TP
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by SCOTT EATON, JAIME MENDOZA and GRAHAM NOLAN
Cover by SCOT EATON
On sale SEPTEMBER 17 • 200 pg, FC • $16.99 US
Madness and mayhem hit the streets as Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison both unleash their prisoners on the citizens of Gotham City. And with no Dark Knight to protect the city, what horrors will follow? Arkham and Blackgate face off in this 6-issue miniseries featuring Scarecrow, The Penguin, Bane, Killer Croc, and more. Also includes BATMAN #23.4: BANE and FOREVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS. BANE #1.
JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 4: THE GRID TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, JESUS SAIZ, ZANDER CANNON, GENE HA, ANDRES GUINALDO and others
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale SEPTEMBER 10 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
These amazing tales from JUSTICE LEAGUE #18-20 and 22-23 lead into “Trinity War,” and spotlight Cyborg, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman! Plus: Learn the secret behind Pandora’s Box!
BATWOMAN VOL. 4: THIS BLOOD IS THICK TP
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art by TREVOR McCARTHY and FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale SEPTEMBER 3 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
After taking down Medusa, Batwoman is caught in the crossfire between Batman and the D.E.O. in these stories from issues #18-24! The organization has their sights set on the Dark Knight and could be using Batwoman to capture him. But is Batman the true threat?
BATMAN ‘66 VOL. 2 HC
Written by JEFF PARKER, TOM PEYER
Art by TY TEMPLETON, TED NAIFEH, CRAIG ROUSSEAU, CHRIS SPROUSE, KARL STORY, RUBEN PROCOPIO, DEREC DONOVAN, CHRISTOPHER JONES, DAVID WILLIAMS and JOELLE JONES
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 176 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Return to the swingin’ 60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV series in comics form. In this volume of tales pulled from issues #6-10 of the digital first series, King Tut returns to Gotham City to challenge the Dynamic Duo with his most far-reaching plan yet to rule the modern Thebes known as Gotham City! Plus, Batman and Robin meet the Bookworm and face off with False Face and more!
BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM 25TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITON HC AND TP NEW EDITION
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by DAVE McKEAN
Both on sale OCTOBER 29 • 224 pg, FC, MATURE READERS
HC: 7.0625” x 10.875”, $29.99 US
TP: 6.625” x 10.1875”, $19.99 US
One of the greatest Batman stories ever told, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM is celebrated in this 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, offered simultaneously as both a Deluxe Edition hardcover and a new edition trade paperback at DC’s standard trim with a new cover by Dave McKean!
The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over and are demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of The Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight’s must face down both his most dangerous foes and his inner demons.
BATMAN: GORDON OF GOTHAM TP
Written by DENNIS O’NEIL, CHUCK DIXON
Art by DICK GIORDANO, KLAUS JANSON, JIM APARO and BILL SIENKIEWICZ Cover by KLAUS JANSON
On sale SEPTEMBER 3 • 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Jim Gordon, Gotham City’s top cop, stars in this new collection of crime stories from the 1990s that stars the colorful, determined cops of Batman’s home town. Collects BATMAN: GORDON OF GOTHAM #1-4, BATMAN: GCPD #1-4 and BATMAN: GORDON’S LAW #1-4.
HARLEY QUINN: VENGEANCE UNLIMITED TP
Written by A.J. LIEBERMAN
Art by MIKE HUDDLESTON, TROY NIXEY, NATHAN FOX, STEVE YEOWELL and CHARLIE ADLARD
Cover by MIKE HUDDLESTON and TROY NIXEY
On sale SEPTEMBER 24 • 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US
In issues #26-38 of her previous series, Harley attempts to balance psychiatry and her criminal activities – until she’s suspected of murdering a police officer! Plus, Harley gains super powers!
JLA: EARTH 2 NEW EDITION TP
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by FRANK QUITELY
On sale SEPTEMBER 3 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The legendary Crime Syndicate of Amerika stars in this new edition of this unforgettable tale, with a new cover by artist Frank Quitely! Nothing has ever seriously threatened the global corruption they proudly enforce, but now a twisted mirror image of the CSA has arrived from the flip side of reality. Can anything stop this so-called “Justice League,” or will the perfect evil of the Earth 2 fall victim to the tyranny of law, virtue and freedom.
HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: HOT IN THE CITY HC
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by AMANDA CONNER, CHAD HARDIN, STEPHANE ROUX and others
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale OCTOBER 22 • 208 pg, FC, $24.99 US
The sensational series that gave Harley Quinn her own New 52 spotlight is collected in hardcover for the first time, from the star-studded #0 issue to issue #8! Don’t miss Harley’s big move to Coney Island as she becomes a roller derby queen – all while she carries on in her criminal career!
NEW TEEN TITANS VOL. 1 TP
Written by MARV WOLFMAN and GEORGE PEREZ
Art by GEORGE PEREZ and others
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ and DICK GIORDANO
On sale SEPTEMBER 17 • 240 pg, FC, $19.99 US
These tales from DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 and NEW TEEN TITANS
#1-8 introduced the super team sensation starring Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, Robin and more! Don’t miss their battles against Deathstroke, Dr. Light, Trigon and more, with an appearance by the Justice League of America!
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