Just when you thought the Batman Universe had a ton of new series last month, DC has added even more to the line of titles TBU covers. August will mark the third month in a row to add even more titles to the Bat-Books. Year of the Villain continues into August and brings a variety of special covers including ones featuring logos that are damaged as revealed earlier today. But while Year of the Villain is a major focus in the coming months, there are other things worth noting as well.
There are two new series coming to the TBU lineup in August. The first of these will be a new six-issue miniseries featuring Ra’s al Ghul. Announced just a few days ago, Batman will be dealing with Ra’s in an out of continuity story written and drawn by Neal Adams. The other addition to the lineup is a brand new Batman/Superman series written by Joshua Williamson, with art by David Marquez. This series will spin out of the events of The Batman Who Laughs, which surprisingly was expanded to seven issues with the final issue releasing at the end of July.
Outside of the main TBU titles, another new title as part of DC Zoom has been advanced solicited for October. The second book in the Super Sons series, titled Super Sons Book Two: The Foxglove Mission, marks the first book in the line to receive a followup.
There are in fact some things worth noting as far as the solicits and cover art reveals coming in August. First, there will be a Year of the Villain one-shot featuring Black Mask. This issue will be written by Tom Taylor. The solicit also mentions that despite getting away from the Teen Titans, he now comes in contact with Batwoman. Multiple other series continue to deal with the fallout of July’s Offer including Batgirl and Red Hood. There is also a new series spinning out of the Walmart Giants that features the Titans. Also as part of the release for the new Batman vs. Ra’s al Ghul series, DC will be releasing a facsimile edition of Batman #232.
When looking over creator changes for the month, there seems to be more than normal when it comes to the artists attached, but maybe it is August is being used as a rest month for a lot of the titles. Last month, Doug Mahnke was listed as back on Detective Comics, but it appears that was just for a single issue. Christian Duce is on the series for the two issues coming in August. Ram V will be managing Catwoman #14 as he fills in for Joelle Jones along with artist Mirka Andolfo. Long-time Red Hood artist Kenneth Rocafort also makes an appearance in August on the latest issue of Red Hood: Outlaw, while Travis Moore is on Nightwing and Sean Chen is on Teen Titans.
Be sure to check out the full details for everything hitting stores in August 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 #76 [08/07] Written by TOM KING, art by TONY S. DANIEL; “City of Bane” continues! Bane has taken over Gotham City, and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least, not a Batman anyone recognizes. Flashpoint Batman is now patrolling the city, dispensing a violent brand of justice and taking out rogue villains who haven’t yet signed on with Bane. It’s all building to a rebellion among the bad guys who don’t want to play along— and distrust in those who do! Meanwhile, a surprising ally has come to Bruce Wayne’s aid, nursing him back to health so that he can get back to his city. $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN #77 [08/21] Written by TOM KING, art by TONY S. DANIEL; “City of Bane” continues! The last of the independent villains are on the run, leaving Gotham City entirely to Bane and his cronies—including Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl! Though this means a semblance of peace on the streets, the iron grip of tyranny is squeezing all life out of Gotham. And with Bane’s machinations keeping other heroes out, the city really needs the Batman to return. Is Bruce Wayne ready to face his toughest foes yet…his father and the man who broke his back? $3.99, 32 Pages
DETECTIVE COMICS #1009 [08/14] Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art by CHRISTIAN DUCE; “Take Your Shot” begins! Deadshot has returned to Gotham City following a long stint with the Suicide Squad, and Batman fears that without the oversight of AmandaWaller, Floyd Lawton will go back to his old ways. Meanwhile, after taking Lex Luthor’s offer, Mr. Freeze begins taking action to get exactly what he wants and killing anyone who stands in his way. $3.99, 32 Pages
DETECTIVE COMICS #1010 [08/28] Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art by CHRISTIAN DUCE; In part two of “Take Your Shot,” Batman confronts Deadshot only to learn he’s come to Gotham City to enlist the skills of the World’s Greatest Detective! Can the two of them work together—or will their opposing ideologies get the best of them? $3.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN #232 FACSIMILE EDITION [08/21] Written by DENNIS O’NEIL, art by NEAL ADAMS and DICK GIORDANO; The story that introduced Ra’s al Ghul is reprinted in the first of DC’s new line of facsimile edition comics. In “Daughter of the Demon,” Ra’s reveals that he knows Batman’s secret identity—and that he needs the Caped Crusader’s help to save his daughter, Talia. It’s a tale that established Ra’s al Ghul as one of Batman’s most cunning and unpredictable foes! $3.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 [08/14] Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, art by DAVID MARQUEZ; Up in the sky, in the dark of the night, trust no one—for the Secret Six walk among us. Spinning out of the devastating events of the Batman Who Laughs, Superman and Batman are together once more in an all-new monthly series—and they’re facing a terrifying new threat that could strike from anywhere. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever. Our heroes will need to fight to survive, but an even more dangerous question lurks in the shadows: Can Superman and Batman even trust each other? $3.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN: UNIVERSE #2 [08/14] Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, art by NICK DERINGTON; Available to comics shops for the first time! The quest for the secret of the stolen Fabergé egg and its buyer continues as Batman teams up with Green Arrow against the Riddler, then travels to Gorilla City. But is the egg’s strange energy adversely affecting the Dark Knight’s mind? These stories were originally published in BATMAN GIANT #5 and 6. $4.99, 32 Pages, 2 of 6
THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #7 [07/31] Written by SCOTT SNYDER, art by JOCK; It’s the final showdown between Batman and the Batman Who Laughs…but how do you defeat a foe who knows your every instinct and every move? Bruce Wayne will have to outsmart Bruce Wayne in this ultimate test of good versus evil. You can’t miss this finale to the epic miniseries that will tear up the very foundations of Gotham City! $4.99, 32 Pages, 7 of 7
BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #2 [08/28] Written by SEAN MURPHY, art by SEAN MURPHY; The Joker’s plan is in full swing—with a single devastating secret and his puppet strings controlling the elites, the Clown Prince and his new recruit, Azrael, are ready to eliminate Batman and obliterate the Wayne family’s legacy. With Gotham City’s identity and institutions hanging in the balance, Gordon makes a surprising public announcement—but The Joker’s response will send the Bat-family and the GTO spiraling. $4.99, 32 Pages 2 of 8
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #4 [08/07] Written by JAMES TYNION IV, art by FREDDIE E. WILLIAMS II; Batman and the Turtles grapple with the laws of Krang’s combined universe, desperate to return their two worlds to their original states. But there are some who do not want things set right. In this reality, the Laughing Man runs the Smile Clan, the most dangerous criminal organization ever to strike New Gotham City—and that’s how he wants things to stay! He’ll kill anyone who gets in his way…even the Shredder! $3.99, 32 Pages, 4 of 6
BATMAN VS. RA’S AL GHUL #1 [08/21] Written by NEAL ADAMS, art by NEAL ADAMS; Gotham City is under siege by terrorists, and Batman is determined to find the source. But when Boston Brand tries to intervene, he discovers an even more disturbing and deadly truth: the terrorists are led by an inhuman monster. Ra’s al Ghul has volunteered his own private security force to aid the GCPD, and now they are the only thing standing between nuclear terror and the townspeople! But al Ghul’s true goal is hidden from everyone’s eyes. He will destroy the city and kill Batman—this time for good. Watching in horror is…Bruce Wayne? $3.99, 32 Pages, 1 of 6
BATGIRL #38 [08/28] Written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI, art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO; New series writer Cecil Castellucci continues to take Batgirl in an exciting new direction! First up—the Terrible Trio is now a quartet?! After the reawakening of Oracle, the Trio has decided to team up with her and show Gotham City what they’re really made of. Meanwhile, Batgirl has her hands full with a real pest problem…Killer Moth! Can our hero exterminate his evil plans before it’s too late? $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #4 [08/14] Written by BRYAN HILL, art by DEXTER SOY; At last—the Outsiders take off on their mission to rescue Sofia from none other than Ra’s al Ghul! But Ra’s has other ideas for the quartet, and with the aid of Lex Luthor’s mysterious gift, they are playing right into his hand. $3.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN BEYOND #35 [08/28] Written by DAN JURGENS, art by RICK LEONARDI and ANDE PARKS; “Lost Days” continues! Move over, Robin! Batman has a new partner, and it’s…the Splitt?! Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon join forces to try and stop this madness, but the original Batman may have to call in an old friend to save the day—and his young protégé—this time around. $3.99, 32 Pages
BLACK MASK: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 [08/14] Written by TOM TAYLOR, art by CULLY HAMNER; Black Mask was one of Gotham City’s most ruthless crime lords. He had money, power and respect. But after months in the Teen Titans’ secret prison, Roman Sionis is finally free. Given a new purpose and new abilities thanks to Lex Luthor’s offer, he’s found a new racket. Corporate crime not only pays better, but it’s far less dangerous. At least until Batwoman discovers what he’s up to and plans to put an end to Black Mask’s latest power grab. Is Black Mask the same crime boss he’s always been, or has time and a new approach made him something far more unstoppable than he’s ever been? $4.99, 40 Pages, One-Shot
CATWOMAN #14 [08/14] Written by RAM V, art by MIRKA ANDOLFO; A secret file out-lining the ins and outs of the criminal underworld of Villa Hermosa is on the streets, and every crook is after it. Whoever possesses this info can control everything, and some of the town’s hoods are even bringing in outside agents like Lock-Up and Gentleman Ghost to act as their champions—which, let’s face it, you’re going to need if you’re going to try to outsmart Catwoman. Making things even more dangerous for Selina Kyle, there is also a price on her head. If you can capture the database and kill the Catwoman, the payoff is double! $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
HARLEY QUINN #64 [08/07] Written by SAM HUMPHRIES, art by OTTO SCHMIDT; Harley’s tried everything to avoid Lex Luthor and his stupid “Offer”—she’s destroyed half a dozen of Lex’s drones, she’s changed her name, her cell phone number—she even faked her own death! Why won’t this bald, pasty-faced weirdo take no for an answer? Harley Quinn takes on the crossover event of the summer in this comic-within-a-comic take on “DC’s Year of the Villain”! $3.99, 32 Pages
NIGHTWING #63 [08/21] Written by DAN JURGENS, art by TRAVIS MOORE; While the Nightwings recover from their last battle against the fiendish Burnback, Ric reflects on the small portion of his past that he remembers—life in the circus as the youngest member of the Flying Graysons—in hopes of finding any clues as to what kind of man his parents hoped he’d become…perhaps a certain Talon has the answers he seeks? $3.99, 32 Pages
RED HOOD: OUTLAW #37 [08/28] Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, art by KENNETH ROCAFORT; Leave it to Red Hood to get Lex Luthor’s strangest offer of all: to train the next generation of super-villains! Hand-picked for their incredible talents, not to mention their potential to spread villainy and doom across the globe. As the only super-villain in the world to have trained under Batman himself, Red Hood is the ideal instructor. But has Jason Todd fallen so far that he’d take on the task of forging tomorrow’s Legion of Doom or Crime Syndicate—or is he trying to work from within to undermine Lex’s villainous machinations? Even if Red Hood’s heart is in the right place, he still has to butt heads with his powerful and dangerous new pupils. Grab some ammo and settle in for the beginning of the next generation of Outlaws! $3.99, 32 Pages
GREATER DC UNIVERSE
DCEASED #4 [08/07] Written by TOM TAYLOR, art by TREVOR HAIRSINE and STEFANO GAUDIANO; The Daily Planet has become a beacon of hope for the living as the Anti-Life Equation sweeps the planet. What’s left of the Justice League have begun to gather there, bringing survivors and family alike. But the city is being overrun with infected humans…and superhumans! The war for Metropolis begins! $3.99, Card Stock Variants $4.99, 32 Pages 4 of 6
EVENT LEVIATHAN #3 [08/14] Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, art by ALEX MALEEV; From the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it’s DC’s biggest whodunit in years! The world’s greatest detectives—Batman, Green Arrow, Lois Lane, Plastic Man, the Question and Martian Manhunter—have gathered to solve the mystery behind the true identity of Leviathan’s leaders and the destruction of the world’s top intelligence agencies! Red Hood is their leading suspect—and he is on the loose! Plus, the Silencer takes her shot! This mystery will unleash a new evil on the DC Universe! $3.99, 32 Pages, 3 of 6
JUSTICE LEAGUE #29 [08/07] Written by SCOTT SNYDER, art by BRUNO REDONDO; Does a Starro dream of an electric Justice League? Sensing the danger to come, Jarro fears for his newfound friends. He ponders each one and their potential fate to decide whether he should mentally block them from going forward into what could be certain destruction…the coming war with the Legion of Doom! $3.99, 32 Pages
JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 [08/21] Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV, art by JORGE JIMENEZ; The “Justice Doom War” starts here! The Lex Luthor the League has known and fought is no more, replaced by an apex predator version of Lex, powered by Perpetua with a goal of bringing tragedy to the DC Universe. Now that Lex has powered up villains across the cosmos, he marshals his own troops, sparking a war between the Legion of Doom and the Justice League that will span space, time and the Multiverse itself. This is the start of the next big Justice League event, with consequences affecting “DC’s Year of the Villain” and beyond! $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
TEEN TITANS #33 [08/21] Written by ADAM GLASS, art by SEAN CHEN; In the wake of the Terminus Agenda and Crush’s first encounter with Lobo, the Teen Titans begin again at Mercy Hall with a new mission and a new lease on life. But just when they catch their first break in ages in their hunt for the Other, Robin confirms that the person who let his prisoners escape…was one of his teammates. As Robin’s hunt for the mole begins, Lobo accepts a gift from Lex Luthor…and an unholy alliance is born! $3.99, 32 Pages
YOUNG JUSTICE #8 [08/07] Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, art by JOHN TIMMS and ELENA CASAGRANDE; Lost in the Multiverse! The heroes of Young Justice must stay together as they fight to find their way home. Too bad they’re about to cross paths with their own evil look-alikes! Plus, the secrets of Jinny Hex are revealed in a special sequence illustrated by Elena Casagrande! Get set for some of the craziest stuff you’ve seen in years! (Spoilers!) $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
SECONDARY DC UNIVERSE
SUPER SONS BOOK TWO: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION TP [10/30] Written by RIDLEY PEARSON, art by ILE GONZALEZ; In the aftermath of The PolarShield Project, Jon Kent and Damian “Ian” Wayne, the respective sons of Superman and Batman, are on the run! With their hometown in ruins, and in the absence of their heroic fathers, Jon and Ian are on a mission to find a sample of the deadly virus that’s threatening Wyndemere and Jon’s mother, Lois Lane. Meanwhile, Candace follows clues that hold the key to her destiny, and her journey is filled with twists and turns as she unlocks powerful abilities she never knew existed. While their quests threaten to divide the three of them, it’s only through teamwork and trust that they can succeed. The Foxglove Mission is the rare sequel that takes everything readers love about the Super Sons and raises the stakes without losing any of the charm or sense of wonder. Join New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers) and artist Ile Gonzalez as they introduce new settings, new allies and villains, and an all-new adventure in this latest action-packed chapter! $9.99, 160 Pages
TITANS: BURNING RAGE #1 [08/28] Written by DAN JURGENS, art by SCOT EATON and WAYNE FAUCHER; Available to comics shops for the first time! Hawk and Dove lead ordinary citizens in an uprising against the rich—but former Doom Patrol member Mento is pulling their strings! It’s up to the Titans to uncover his sinister purpose before someone gets killed! These stories were originally published in TITANS GIANT #1 and 2. $4.99, 32 Pages 1 of 7