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TBU Solicitations for March 2016


batmanDC Comics has their solicitations for the month of March 2016.  The month of March will be an eventful one for the Batman Universe as many books from the beginning of the New 52 reach their fiftieth issue, Bruce Wayne as Batman returns to the streets of Gotham, Jim Gordon deals with what the future holds for him post-Batman and so much more.  March sees the final issues of the weekly series Batman & Robin Eternal, the continuation of the miniseries Dark Knight 3: The Master Race, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death, and Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot/Katana.  March also sees the continuation of all regular monthly ongoing titles with no cancellations or additions in the month of March.

 

In the pages of Batman #50, we finally see Bruce Wayne back in the cowl and fighting alongside Jim Gordon’s Batman to defeat Mr Bloom.  This will also be the last issue with Greg Capullo as artist on the title before he takes his hiatus (for which we still don’t have a definite length).  Meanwhile, other storylines featuring Jim Gordon and his version of the Dark Knight come to an end with Gordon finishing the retelling of the story from his past and ruminating about what place remains for him in Gotham now that he will no longer be Batman and still is not on the GCPD either all in Detective Comics #50.  Batman/Superman #30 also finishes up the story from Bruce and Clark’s past that promises big ramifications for Superman as the title presumably regains its status being in the same continuity and time period as the Batman ongoing.

 

March also sees the last five issues of Batman & Robin Eternal (four of which will be the regular $2.99 price and with the last issue being $3.99 and 8 pages longer than the others) in which we see Dick Grayson struggle to unite all of Bruce’s former partners against what promises to be an army of Mother’s followers all around the world.  These issues also promise a resolution for what is to become of Cassandra Cain and hints that one of the Bat Family may still be under the control of Mother.  All of these different stories conclude with issues #22-26 in March.

 

Grayson #18 sees Dick going completely rogue from all of his different spy connections in a final attempt to take out Spyral once and for all.  Batgirl #50 will be an oversized issue that promises to be the “explosive conclusion of the epic that changed Barbara Gordon forever” by bringing all of the different storylines from the Batgirl of Burnside run so far together in a large issue in a celebration of Babs only fitting for a fiftieth issue.  Jason and Roy fight against H.I.V.E. in Washington DC while the Joker’s Daughter goes into therapy in Red Hood/Arsenal #10.  Damian and his friends seek out Talia Al’Ghul to help them in their fight against the Lu’un Darga family in Robin: Son of Batman #10.  And We are Robin #10 promises the final showdown between the Robins and the Jokers gang.

 

In other TBU character titles, Selina is thrown in jail only to deal with a prison full of people looking to cash in on the bounty on her head in Catwoman #50, Harley Quinn deals with the aftermath of her confrontation with Joker in Harley Quinn #26, Poison Ivy deals with potential betrayal from some of her plant creations in Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #3, Dinah delves deeper into the history of the mysterious white ninja in Black Canary #10, and Tim Drake as Batman finds himself as a test subject in the hands of the splicers in Batman Beyond #10.

 

In team books, JLA #9 gets a resolicit from what was advertised for issue #8 in February.  In Justice League #49, the Justice League enters the next to last installment of the Darkseid War with the “Justice Gods” facing off against Darkseid’s daughter in an issue that promises permanent changes for one of the Justice League members.  The focus remains on the background and secret history of Wonder Girl in Teen Titans #18 while the group in Titans Hunt #6 must face both Mister Twister and deal with the possibility that their is a traitor among them.  Task Force X deals with the freedom of having been legally “killed in action” in New Suicide Squad #18 while Deadshot learns a secret about his daughter and Katana faces Kobra in Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot/Katana #3.  We also get Part 3 of Gotham Academy’s “Yearbook” storyline with special stories from James Tynion IV in Gotham Academy #16.

 

In books outside the main DC continuity, the Turtles move into Wayne Manor after potentially being stranded in Gotham forever in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4.  March also brings  a special one-shot DC Comics Essentials: The Dark Knight Returns #1 excerpting parts of the first issue from that series.

 

The new solicitations also include continuing issues of MidnighterEarth 2: SocietyBatman ’66 Meets the Man from UNCLE, Justice League 3001, Injustice Year Five, and DC Comics Bombshells.  See the full list of solicitations from the month of March 2016 below.

 

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4
Written by FRANK MILLER and BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
Minicomic art by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:10 Robin variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
1:25 variant cover by KLAUS JANSON
1:50 variant cover by GEOF DARROW
1:100 variant cover by FRANK MILLER
1:500 variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale MARCH 16
32-pg comic: 6.375” x 10.1875”
16-page minicomic: 5.5” x 8.5”
FC, 4 of 8, $5.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with six covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The Master Race will rise. Cities will fall. Bruce Wayne is dead. What will the heroes of the world do to save it?

 

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4 COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Written by FRANK MILLER and BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by ANDY KUBERT, KLAUS JANSON, JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Sketch cover by JIM LEE
On sale MARCH 30 • 40 pg, FC, 4 of 8, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $12.99 US
This oversized paper-over-boards COLLECTOR’S EDITION features both stories from DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4 at the same size, with a cover that’s a pencils-only version of Jim Lee’s 1:500 variant for DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4..

 

BATMAN #50
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Polybagged variant cover by JIM LEE
On sale MARCH 23 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with a standard cover, as well as polybagged variant covers. Please see the order form for more details.
Batman has returned to Gotham City! In this extra-sized conclusion to Snyder and Capullo’s epic story “Superheavy,” Bruce Wayne returns to the cape and cowl to battle Mr. Bloom alongside Jim Gordon for the fate of the city they both love.
This issue features open-to-order variant covers that will ship in opaque polybags.

 

DETECTIVE COMICS #50
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and MATT RYAN
Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
Polybagged variant cover by RAFAEL GRAMPA
On sale MARCH 2 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with a standard cover, as well as polybagged variant covers. Please see the order form for more details.
Jim Gordon faces his past in this extra-sized conclusion to his most shocking cold case yet. With history itself forcing him to reflect on the last year as Batman, Gordon must make a decision about what his future holds in Gotham City.
This issue features open-to-order variant covers that will ship in opaque polybags

 

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #30
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by ROBSON ROCHA
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Polybagged variant cover by TONY MOORE
Blank variant cover
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with a standard cover and a blank variant cover, as well as polybagged variant covers. Please see the order form for more details.
The mystery of why Batman and Superman were brought into a cosmic murder case is revealed—and the ramifications for Superman are huge!
This issue features open-to-order variant covers that will ship in opaque polybags.

 

BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #22
Story by JAMES TYNION IV and SCOTT SNYDER
Script by GENEVIEVE VALENTINE
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
On sale MARCH 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #23
Story by JAMES TYNION IV and SCOTT SNYDER
Script by GENEVIEVE VALENTINE
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #24
Story by JAMES TYNION IV and SCOTT SNYDER
Script by STEVE ORLANDO
Art and cover by ALVARO MARTINEZ and RAUL FERNANDEZ
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #25
Story by JAMES TYNION IV and SCOTT SNYDER
Script by STEVE ORLANDO
Art and cover by ALVARO MARTINEZ and RAUL FERNANDEZ
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #26
Story by JAMES TYNION IV and SCOTT SNYDER
Script by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by CARLO PAGULAYAN and others
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale MARCH 30 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
It’s the catastrophic conclusion of the acclaimed weekly series that brings together all of Batman’s one-time partners! Mother’s trap has been sprung, and the whole world is feeling her wrath! Can Dick Grayson pull together his allies to fight an entire army of foes? Is one among them still under Mother’s control? And what will become of Cassandra Cain? You won’t believe how huge this battle can become!

 

GRAYSON #18
Written by TIM SEELEY and TOM KING
Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN
Polybagged variant cover by STEPHEN PLATT
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with a standard cover, as well as polybagged variant covers. Please see the order form for more details.
At last, the spy stands alone. Now an agent of multiple masters, Grayson must go rogue from them all, find the truth within the web of lies, and take down Spyral once and for all.
This issue features open-to-order variant covers that will ship in opaque polybags.

 

BATGIRL #50
Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER and CAMERON STEWART
Art and cover by BABS TARR
Polybagged variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
On sale MARCH 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with a standard cover, as well as polybagged variant covers. Please see the order form for more details.
It’s the explosive conclusion of the epic that changed Barbara Gordon forever! The enemy lurking at the edges of Batgirl’s life has been revealed, as have the gang of heroes assembled to help her! From this point on, Batgirl doesn’t walk alone! It’s an extra-sized celebration of the greatest hero Burnside has ever known, from Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr!
This issue features open-to-order variant covers that will ship in opaque polybags

 

RED HOOD/ARSENAL #10
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Terror in D.C.! When Red Hood and Arsenal hit the nation’s capital, trouble is not far behind! But believe it or not, battling H.I.V.E. terrorists aboard a battleship in the Potomac isn’t the biggest challenge facing our heroes. The true challenge will be whether Joker’s Daughter can survive therapy!

 

ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #10
Written by PATRICK GLEASON
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Polybagged variant cover by RYAN OTTLEY
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with a standard cover, as well as polybagged variant covers. Please see the order form for more details.
The Son of Batman faces the Son of Lu’un Darga! Damian, Maya, Goliath and their new friends seek out Talia al Ghul in order to fight back against the rising threat of the Lu’un Darga family, only to come face to face with the rival clan’s champion, young Den Darga! Has Damian finally met his match?
This issue features open-to-order variant covers that will ship in opaque polybags.

 

WE ARE ROBIN #10
Written by LEE BERMEJO
Art by JORGE CORONA
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The Jokers have taken over Middleton High! Duke and Riko are trapped inside as average students—can Dax and Izzy get to them in time? And could Dre really have joined the side of the Jokers? In a final showdown between the Robins and the Jokers, Duke and his team will be put to the ultimate test of loyalty.

 

CATWOMAN #50
Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
On sale MARCH 9 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+
Catwoman behind bars?! Thrown into jail with criminals who are still looking to collect a bounty on her head, Selina has to work with her shadowy helper, Mr. Blond, in order to escape and get to the bottom of the mystery behind the Frost Diamond. Shocking revelations will be made before the end of this extra-sized conclusion to Tieri and Miranda’s “On the Run” adventure!

 

HARLEY QUINN #26
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by JOHN TIMMS
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
1:25 Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
Variant cover by BECKY CLOONAN
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
In the aftermath of her encounter with The Joker, Harley’s head is spinning, and she wants nothing more than to get back to her normal life…but she should know by now there’s no such thing! A new era in Harley’s life is beginning, and she has NO idea what’s coming at her!

 

POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #3
Written by AMY CHU
Art and cover by CLAY MANN
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T
As the murder investigation at the lab deepens, a new surprise awaits Poison Ivy in the form of the growing hatched sporelings! As these new lifeforms test the limits of their power, will they soon outgrow the need for their creator?

 

BLACK CANARY #10
Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art and cover by ANNIE WU
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Dinah dives deeper into the past of the mysterious white ninja—along a trail that takes her deep into the heart of Europe, and face-to-face with a bizarre new enemy!

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #9
Written by BRYAN HITCH
Art by BRYAN HITCH and DANIEL HENRIQUES
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale MARCH 30 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information. This story was previously scheduled to appear in issue #8.
With Earth as collateral damage, the Kryptonian deity called Rao has the Justice League on the ropes! It would take a miracle to defeat him. Good thing the League makes miracles look easy…

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE #49
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
Variant cover by MATTEO SCALERA
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
In this, the penultimate chapter of the critically-acclaimed epic “Darkseid War,” the fate of the Justice League and the entire universe is on the line! But can even the combined might of the Justice Gods contend with the secret machinations of Grail, the deadly daughter of Darkseid? Death, rebirth and the life of one of the members of the League changed forever!

 

TEEN TITANS #18
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by IAN CHURCHILL
Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“Who Is Wonder Girl?” Cassie finally learns the truth about her father and her powers—but her mission puts her on a collision course with Wonder Woman, and it may change the Teen Titans forever!

 

TITANS HUNT #6
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art and cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 12, $2.99 US RATED T
A traitor in their midst! As Mister Twister relentlessly tightens his grip, our heroes band together to crack open one of the greatest mysteries in DC history! But if they can’t trust their own memories, they certainly can’t trust each other…and with good reason. One of them is not who they seem to be!

 

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #18
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art and cover by JUAN FERREYRA
Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Officially “killed in action,” the Suicide Squad considers what to do with their newfound freedom—but not for long, as their mysterious liberator reveals his own dark reasons for aiding them in their escape—reasons that drag the members of Task Force X deep into the heart of evil in the DC Universe.

 

SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: DEADSHOT/KATANA #3
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and MIKE W. BARR
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC, RICHARD FRIEND and DIOGENES NEVES
Cover by CARY NORD
On sale MARCH 23 • 48 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $4.99 US • RATED T
After Deadshot discovers a shocking secret about his daughter, he’s forced to go toe to toe against the Suicide Squad—and their newest member!
Meanwhile, the mysterious strangers who stepped between Katana and certain death reveal themselves! And while the Suicide Squad may not have heard of the Soultaker, their handler Amanda Waller wants to make sure that Katana is free only as long as she’s helping them take down Kobra!

 

SECRET SIX #12
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art and cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Tragedy from the past strikes at Strix, just as she has found a new family of oddballs in the Secret Six. Even worse, the League of Assassins wants to recruit her and refuses to take “no” for an answer! Can even the deadliest Talon face the impossible threat of Shiva?

 

GOTHAM ACADEMY #16
Written by BRENDEN FLETCHER, JAMES TYNION IV and KEN NIIMURA
Art by ADAM ARCHER, CHRISTIAN WILDGOOSE and KEN NIIMURA
Cover by MINGJUE HELEN CHEN
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s “Yearbook” part 3! As Olive and the gang continue to help Maps with her yearbook project, they recall some of the crazier escapades from the past year! Including stories from writer James Tynion IV (BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL, CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER) and artists Christian Wildgoose (VERTIGO CMYK) and Ken Niimura (I Kill Giants)

 

BATMAN BEYOND #10
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by PHILIP TAN
Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale MARCH 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Captured by the Splicers, Batman is set to become the latest guinea pig in their DNA experiments! His only hope may be the very thing that got him into this mess, as Matt’s investigations into history’s greatest heroes—long thought dead in the war with Brother Eye—finally bears fruit: enter the Justice League Beyond!

 

EARTH 2: SOCIETY #10
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
While Batman and his allies fight to keep their city safe from organized crime, Green Lantern and his wonders struggle to prevent the world from toppling into all-out war. But Hawkgirl may have just uncovered a global threat greater than either of those dangers…one that has come with them all the way from Old Earth…the world-changing intentions of the mighty and secret Amazons!

 

MIDNIGHTER #10
Written by STEVE ORLANDO
Art and cover by ACO
On sale MARCH 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
It’s Midnighter versus the Suicide Squad, round two—unfortunately, Parasite came very, very prepared! Have they found a way to set a trap from which Midnighter can’t think his way out?

 

BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #4
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by FREDDIE E. WILLIAMS II
1:50 Variant cover by KEVIN EASTMAN
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
With the possibility existing that they might never get home, the Turtles take up residence at Wayne Manor. Everyone seems to be adapting except for Raphael, who still can’t understand why his friends all trust this Bat-person. So Batman takes the skeptical Turtle on a trip down Crime Alley to tell Raph what led him to don the cape and cowl in the first place. Co-published with IDW.

 

BATMAN ‘66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. #4
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art by DAVID HAHN and KARL KESEL
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MARCH 2 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
T.H.R.U.S.H.’s mysterious new leader puts Batman, Robin, Solo and Kuryakin in the ultimate death trap—a deserted island filled with deadly devices engineered by the likes of Poison Ivy and Scarecrow. Robbed of all of their gadgets, how will our crime-fighting castaways ever make it home alive?

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 #10
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and cover by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
After a brutal defeat by Lady Styx’s legion, the remaining members of the Justice League are forced into hiding—but there are eyes everywhere. How do you hide in plain sight? You create secret identities. But will that be enough to elude Styx’s deadliest bounty hunter, Eclipso?

 

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE #5
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by BRUNO REDONDO, MIKE S. MILLER and JUAN ALBARRAN
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
On sale MARCH 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ • DIGITAL FIRST
A major rift develops between Batman and Catwoman as she questions how his use of villains in the Insurgency makes him any better than Superman. Meanwhile, Bizarro takes on a bunch of bad guys, and Raven finally makes her return. But is she back to help Superman, or does she have another agenda?

 

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE #6
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by BRUNO REDONDO, TOM DERENICK and JUAN ALBARRAN
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ • DIGITAL FIRST
The moment everyone has been waiting for: Damian finally dons the costume of Nightwing. But what motivates him to do so—and what does he think it will accomplish? The answer may reveal itself when he encounters Catwoman, who seems to have returned to her criminal ways. Plus, Superman takes on Solomon Grundy!

 

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #10
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE and LAURA BRAGA
Cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale MARCH 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
While Lex Luthor continues to manipulate events behind the scenes, Kate Kane remains in the clutches of the Nazi Edel Nacht, who lays out his plans for world conquest. The inexperienced Huntress is determined to go rescue her, with or without Catwoman’s help. And Zatanna makes plans to cause trouble in the outside world, even as she remains imprisoned in the Joker’s Daughter’s cabaret.

 

DC COMICS ESSENTIALS: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1
Written by FRANK MILLER
Art by FRANK MILLER and KLAUS JANSON
Cover by FRANK MILLER
On sale MARCH 2 • 64 pg, FC, $1.00 US
Ten years after an aging Batman retired, Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness in the opening chapter of Frank Miller’s classic tale of the Dark Knight! Now, DC reprints an excerpt from the first issue of one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time at just $1.00, with pages from the DC ESSENTIALS CATALOGUE!




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