If you were thinking that DC was going to be slowing down on the number of titles releasing in the coming months, you are going to be disappointed. After numerous series kicked off in May, another new event takes the place of Heroes in Crisis wrapping up with Brian Michael Bendis’ first monthly series involving Batman outside of the Walmart giant. Event Leviathan is said to feature a number of the DC Universe’s secret organizations and put multiple characters in focus including Batman.
The other highlighted release for the month is the advance solicit for the upcoming DC Ink title, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass. The new title will actually hit stores the end of August, but is advanced solicited for as is common for the DC Ink and DC Zoom titles.
Looking over noteworthy mentions for the month, artist Kyle Hotz will be attached to Detective Comics #1006, as the Arkham Knight story arc wraps in #1005. Hotz appears to be on the title for a single issue as the solicit for #1006 states it will feature the Spectre in what appears to be a one-off story.
The Batman Who Laughs miniseries comes to an end in June. There have been multiple reports that the character will be appearing elsewhere in the future, so fans of the diabolical version of Batman may not have to wait long to see him reappear.
Also worth noting is that outside of Kyle Hotz coming on to Detective Comics for an issue, there is only one other creative switch from May. Young Justice will see John Timms and Elena Casagrande on the sixth issue of the series. While it is unknown if they are only coming on for a single issue or another team to rotate for the series, Patrick Gleason is taking the month off.
Outside of our normal coverage, there is very little to note as far as the involvement of TBU characters elsewhere. It seems TBU’s coverage of Deathstroke will end in May as the series heads out of its involvement with the Batman Universe for the first time in over a year this June. Action Comics promises to be tied to the Event Leviathan story as it also has been setting the story up for months as well.
Be sure to check out the full details for everything hitting stores in June below as well as a gallery of some of the covers coming. Let us know which books you are the most excited for this month.
BATMAN #72-73 [06/05, 06/19] Written by TOM KING, art by MIKEL JANIN; #72: “The Fall and the Fallen” part three! Is this the end of Gotham City? Bane’s army of villains is taking over the city, and Batman’s back is against the wall. With all the things Bane has done to him over the last year—from breaking up his wedding to trying to assassinate Nightwing, and then invading Batman’s mind to expose his most terrible fears—could this be the worst hate the Caped Crusader has ever encountered? #73: “The Fall and the Fallen” part four! Batman has been defeated by Bane’s minions and chased out of Gotham. As a last-ditch effort to save his son from the lonely fate of being Batman, his father from another universe, Thomas Wayne, a.k.a. the Flashpoint Batman, is taking Bruce to the far ends of the Earth to try to give him the one thing that will cause him to give up crime-fighting for good. $3.99, 32 Pages
DETECTIVE COMICS #1005 [06/12] Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY; The finale of the Arkham Knight saga arrives as the Knight’s surprising cult within Arkham Asylum unleashes its full power! Will Batman be swept under by the madness? Who is the Knight, to have inspired so much loyalty? And is there any way of stopping them that won’t just cause their legend to grow? $3.99, 32 Pages
DETECTIVE COMICS #1006 [06/26] Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art by KYLE HOTZ; Detective Jim Corrigan has been shot on the streets of Gotham City—and the Spectre must reach out to Batman to help him find the secret assassin! $3.99, 32 Pages
THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #6 [06/12] Written by SCOTT SNYDER, art by JOCK; True happiness begins in the heart. Our memories and emotions can play tricks on us, though, and divert one’s reality into something completely different. The Batman Who Laughs has based his entire worldview on this very concept, and it is in this moment that he must finally confront the one man who stands in his way, the one man who could complete or halt his plan…the last Bruce Wayne. It is here, on the home turf of Wayne Manor, that Bruce relives the happiest moment of his life—the moment he became the Batman Who Laughs. Will Batman be able to outthink the Dark Multiverse version of himself and stop his most sinister end? Or will the original Dark Knight succumb fully and let go of his morality? While good almost always wins, this issue is the start of something more…setting up a larger plan based in the ultimate betrayal of infection, loyalty and true happiness. This is not the end…it’s only the beginning. $4.99, 32 Pages, 6 of 6
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #2 [06/05] Written by JAMES TYNION IV, art by FREDDIE E. WILLIAMS II and KEVIN EASTMAN; Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, joins series artist Freddie E. Williams II as guest artist for the second issue of BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III! Krang’s true power has been revealed, and now it’s up to Batman and the Turtles to stop him, but their only hope may lie with the strange, yet familiar, visitor from another world. $3.99, 32 Pages, 2 of 6
BATGIRL #36 [06/26] Written by MAIRGHREAD SCOTT, art by PAUL PELLETIER and NORM RAPMUND; Batgirl escapes the madness of Fox’s Den only to discover Vulture is hot on her tail and itching for revenge. Does she stand a chance against this bird of prey? Meanwhile, the fight for Gordon Clean Energy rages on as the workers discover the greatest threat to their employment future is Batgirl herself! $3.99, 32 PAGES
BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #2 [06/12] Written by BRYAN HILL, art by DEXTER SOY; Sofia Barrera is on the run from an enforcer for the Ark, the program that gave her powers—but in the process, she’s fallen into the hands of the mystery man called Kaliber! He claims he wants to protect her…but who’s paying his bill? And is Katana already questioning Black Lightning’s leadership on their very first mission? Or is she just pushing him in a direction he’s not willing to go? $3.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN BEYOND #33 [06/26] Written by DAN JURGENS, art by RICK LEONARDI and ANDE PARKS; “Lost Daze” part three! Defeated at the hands of the Splitt, Batman radios for help. But Bruce Wayne doesn’t seem to have the same knowledge and experience Terry has relied on over the years from his mentor. Meanwhile, Melanie Walker tries to get to the bottom of everyone’s strange behavior by breaking into Arkham Asylum. Will she make a shocking discovery that will help Terry the way Bruce seems unable to? $3.99, 32 Pages
CATWOMAN #12 [06/12] Written by JOELLE JONES, art by FERNANDO BLANCO; Chaos reigns in Villa Hermosa as all the bad guys in town rush to fill the void left by the Creel family’s ouster. But as Raina Creel’s dark plot to resurrect her son comes to a gruesome crescendo, Catwoman may finally be able to put her foe down once and for all. That is, if she can reconcile her own past and find her footing again. $3.99, 32 Pages
HARLEY QUINN #62 [06/05] Written by SAM HUMPHRIES, art by OTTO SCHMIDT; Harley’s life has been turned upside down, and her best friends have turned against her. Now, trapped in a magically changed Gotham City, Harley Quinn is put on trial to do something she’s never been capable of: prove her sanity—or die! $3.99, 32 Pages
HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS TPB [08/28] Written by MARIKO TAMAKI, art by STEVE PUGH; With just five dollars and a knapsack to her name, 15-year-old Harleen Quinzel is sent to live in Gotham City. She’s not worried, though—she’s battled a lot of hard situations as a kid, and knows her determination and outspokenness will carry her through life in the most dangerous city in the world. And when Gotham’s finest drag queen, Mama, takes her in, it seems like Harley has finally found a place to grow into her most “true true” with new best friend Ivy at Gotham High. But when Mama’s drag cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that’s taking over the neighborhood, Harley’s fortune takes another turn.
Now Harleen is mad. In turning her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join activist Ivy, who’s campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or team up with her anarchist friend Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time. From Eisner Award and Caldecott Honor-winning author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Steve Pugh comes a coming-of-age story about choices, consequences, and how a weird kid from Gotham goes about defining her world for herself. $16.99, 208 Pages, DC Ink Title
NIGHTWING #61 [06/19] Written by DAN JURGENS, art by CHRIS MOONEYHAM; Blüdhaven is burning! Ric Grayson and the Nightwings are helpless against the rampage of Burnback. Will they be able to pull themselves together as a team in order to prevent Blüdhaven from becoming ash? Confronted with their most dire threat yet, Ric and the Nightwings must find a way to come together if lives are to be saved. $3.99, 32 Pages
RED HOOD: OUTLAW #35 [06/12] Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, art by PETE WOODS; Last time he was in Gotham City, Jason Todd pretended to be a master criminal in the underworld. This time it’s for real! With Suzie Su scared of what her new boss at the Iceberg Lounge might be capable of and Bunker questioning his own loyalty to Jason, the Red Hood’s house of cards could be headed for a collapse. And if that isn’t bad enough, Jason comes face to face with the teacher who taught him everything he knows about death and life, and Ducra isn’t at all happy about this latest twist in Jason’s story… $3.99, 32 Pages
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ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #11 [06/05] Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art by CARLO BARBERI and MATT SANTORELLI; Superboy and Robin have been chased through the galaxy by Rex Luthor and his band of murdering minors…and at last the final battle has begun! Using the Dimensional Cube and a brand-new, shiny army of prison planet escapees, Rex has opened the portal to Earth to start his invasion! But Jon and Damian have an army of their own, and when you’re backed by a cybernetic cowboy, an intergalactic ride-share program and several hundred “planeteers,” how could you not put up an epic fight?! $3.99, 32 Pages, 11 of 12
DCEASED #2 [06/05] Written by TOM TAYLOR, art by TREVOR HAIRSINE and STEFANO GAUDIANO; Millions are dying every minute. Heroes and villains alike are falling. Can the Justice League unite to find a way to stop the spread of death? Can they save humanity from extinction? Can they even save themselves? The key to survival may hinge on the last moments of one of the World’s Finest Heroes… $3.99, 32 Pages, 2 of 6
EVENT LEVIATHAN #1 [06/12] Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, art by ALEX MALEEV; The groundbreaking and always-inventive team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev (Jinxworld’s SCARLET, Marvel’s Daredevil) reunite on a mystery thriller that stretches across the DC Universe and touches every character from Batman to Superman to the Question to Talia al Ghul. With startling ease, a newly dangerous and aggressive Leviathan wipes out all its competition and now turns its sights to molding the world into its vision of order. Can the new threat’s growth be stopped…and who’s guiding its new agents of chaos? $3.99, 32 Pages, 1 of 6
JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 [06/05] Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JORGE JIMENEZ, art by JORGE JIMENEZ, backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV, backup story art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ; The “Sixth Dimension” storyline wraps up in this oversize issue as Superman faces down the World Forger to save the Justice League! Can Superman withstand the might of a being that can create worlds from nothing?! Plus, with the Justice League away, Mr. Mxyzptlk’s been wreaking havoc! Can anyone on Earth stand up to the fifth-dimensional menace? $4.99, 40 Pages
JUSTICE LEAGUE #26 [06/19] Written by JAMES TYNION IV, art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ; After being off-planet for so long, the Justice League must try to pick up the pieces of their lives—but Lex Luthor has other plans. If he has his way, he’ll show all of humanity that the Justice League will never be there in the world’s time of need! $3.99, 32 Pages
TEEN TITANS #31 [06/19] Written by ADAM GLASS; art by BERNARD CHANG; Lobo brought Crush into this world…and now he’s gonna take her out! But the timing couldn’t be worse for the Teen Titans, with Damian’s secret prison exposed to the rest of the team, not to mention Deathstroke’s death looming over them—can the team put their drama aside to help Crush battle her deadbeat dad? Or will Lobo be the final nail in the coffin for the newest Teen Titans? $3.99, 32 Pages
YOUNG JUSTICE #6 [06/05] Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, art by JOHN TIMMS and ELENA CASAGRANDE; The secrets of Gemworld begin to unlock themselves for the newly reformed members of Young Justice—Tim Drake, Conner Kent, Jinny Hex, Wonder Girl, Impulse and the new Teen Lantern—but is it too late for the teen heroes to help Amethyst bring some order to her chaotic realm? Fan-favorite artist Elena Casagrande also joins the team as she delivers a look at Jinny Hex’s origins and how she came to be in Metropolis on the day the new Young Justice formed. $3.99, 32 Pages
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