DC Comics has released the solicits for November, and to be honest, there isn’t a whole lot of surprises. The recent six-month streak of new titles and series has come to an end with the only new announcement being a one-shot tying into the Batman: White Knight universe. Despite a number of series wrapping up in October, the new series announced are outside of the Batman Universe.
Tales from the Dark Multiverse will feature with Blackest Night and Infinite Crisis this month, while the Year of the Villain one-shots seem to have come to an end in October with no new titles announced.
A couple of series will wrap up in November including the Harleen series from Stjepan Sejic, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s supposed last foray with Batman in Batman: Last Knight on Earth and Brian Michael Bendis’ Event Leviathan. Could these three titles wrapping up mean the coming months could have something new in-store? Event Leviathan and DCeased, which wrapped in October, already are leaving a pretty big hole to fill when it comes to overall DC Universe event titles. Outside of Doomsday Clock still needing the final issue solicited, Three Jokers is the only other major title expected at some point in the near future to be announced. There are no new Dollar Comics or facsimile editions as part of the main Batman Universe either. Between that and no fifth week in November, the total number of issues drops over a quarter from October from forty to twenty-nine for November.
Moving over to creator changes, Mikel Janin comes on to Batman for the next two issues as King’s final arc seems to be a showcase of the previous artists he has worked with on his time on Batman. David Messina is coming on Red Hood: Outlaw while Francis Manapul is heading over to Justice League this month. Everything else stays on the same current path for now.
Not w whole lot to discuss this time around, as we head into winter. Be sure to check out the full details for everything hitting stores in November 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 #82 [11/6] Written by TOM KING, art by MIKEL JANIN; “City of Bane” part eight! Batman and his allies wage war on the City of Bane, but an unexpected turn of events will send everyone reeling. Will there be another death in the family, or can the Dark Knight break Bane’s iron grip over Gotham City? $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN #83 [11/20] Written by TOM KING, art by MIKEL JANIN; It’s chapter nine of “City of Bane,” and it’s time for a reckoning in Gotham City! Thomas Wayne has joined forces with Bane, and that alliance threatens to throw a monkey wrench into Batman’s plans. And as Bane’s evil army begins to crumble, the Caped Crusader must face the real force behind it all. As the end of this epic tale grows near, Batman and his allies have a choice: let Bane stay in power and guarantee the city’s survival, or risk everything to break free! $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN GIANT #2 [11/27] Includes 24 pages of new stories plus classic reprints! $4.99, 96 Pages
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #4 [11/27] Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, art by DAVID MARQUEZ; Even from prison, the Batman Who Laughs is staying two steps ahead of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. His plan to infect heroes and turn them into the Dark Multiverse versions of themselves is starting to build steam, with Shazam and others already succumbing to his evil toxin. Batman and Superman are racing the clock to prevent the other three members of the Secret Six from being poisoned, but they realize they are too late when those three come looking for them instead—one of whom is a lot closer to Superman than expected and itching for a fight! $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN VS. RA’S AL GHUL #4 [11/20] Written by NEAL ADAMS, art by NEAL ADAMS; Deadman’s intervention into Chiaroscuro’s plot to keep Batman out of his home dimension bears unexpected fruit as she reveals a hidden connection! Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne has invited Ra’s al Ghul to Wayne Manor for afternoon tea and conversation. $3.99, 32 Pages, 4 of 6
BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #3 [11/13] Written by SCOTT SNYDER, art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION; Gotham City has been remade. Omega reigns supreme. Can Batman finally accomplish what no other hero has and free the world from his dark reflection’s shadow? Or is it too late for the recreated Caped Crusader? $5.99, 48 Pages, 3 of 3
BATMAN: UNIVERSE #5 [11/06] Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS; art by NICK DERINGTON; Available to comics shops for the first time! After being gunned down in Crime Alley by Vandal Savage, Batman is mysteriously saved by the power source in the Faberge? egg Savage has stolen! That power turns out to be a White Lantern ring—and when Batman uses it to defeat Savage, its energy signature calls the entire Green Lantern Corps to Earth…and they are not happy! Originally published in Batman Giant #11 and #12. $4.99, 32 Pages, 5 of 6
BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT PRESENTS VON FREEZE #1 [11/20] Written by SEAN MURPHY, art by KLAUS JANSON; The world of Batman: White Knight expands with this standalone tale! On the night of Bruce Wayne’s traumatic birth, Victor Fries must intervene to save the lives of Martha Wayne and the future Batman. As the evening unfolds, Victor distracts Thomas with the incredible tale of his own father figures—one a Nazi, the other a Jew—and their complex connection to Wayne Laboratories. As the Third Reich roars into power, the deep friendship and working relationship between the Baron von Fries and his research partner, Jacob Smithstein, is in crisis. Ordered by Himmler to speed development of their cryotechnology in service of world domination, Smithstein is forced to go into hiding and compromise his moral code in order to save his wife and infant daughter, Nora, from persecution and certain death. When the S.S. ramps up surveillance over the project, young Victor begins to question his father’s true allegiance. Both families are driven toward an impossible choice and a sinister standoff, and Victor makes a pact with Smithstein that will ripple through generations. $5.99, 56 Pages
DETECTIVE COMICS #1015 [11/13] Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA; For centuries children have been told to be careful about what they wish for, and after years of yearning for his beloved to return, Mr. Freeze finally gets it. But frozen hearts don’t melt easily, and after years in cryostasis, Nora Fries is the ultimate ice queen. Gotham and Victor Fries will never be the same again. $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
DETECTIVE COMICS #1016 [11/27] Written by PETER J. TOMASI, art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA; Defeating her now-estranged husband, Mr. Freeze, isn’t enough to sate Nora Fries’s bloodlust as she usurps his frozen throne, establishing herself as the first ice queen of Gotham. The Dark Knight will have his hands full as Nora unleashes an icy hell unlike any other on his city’s streets. $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
THE BATMAN’S GRAVE #2 [11/13] Written by WARREN ELLIS, art by BRYAN HITCH and KEVIN NOWLAN; A man was murdered, and the Batman is in his head—and he knows how it happened. All he has to do now is survive his own deduction. Don’t miss the second chapter of this new thriller from writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch! $3.99, 32 Pages, 2 of 12
BATGIRL #41 [11/27] Written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI, art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO; After a disastrous defeat at the hands of Oracle, Batgirl must find a way to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. But all the while Babs must ask herself how she can defeat a nemesis who knows her every move before she makes it! $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #7 [11/13] Written by BRYAN HILL, art by DEXTER SOY; Unable to cope with Black Lightning and Batman’s methods, Duke Thomas finds refuge in the philosophy of Ra’s al Ghul, becoming the latest acolyte of the Demon, as Ra’s at last begins to rebuild his empire! $3.99, 32 Pages
BATMAN BEYOND #38 [11/27] Written by DAN JURGENS, art by SEAN CHEN; After all these years, Derek Powers, long thought dead, returns! The lethal villain who now goes by the name Blight is back to terrorize Neo-Gotham while he hunts down Bruce Wayne! With Terry McGinnis wanted by the police and on the run, the only person who can stop him is Batwoman! But how do you stop a walking nuclear reactor when you barely know how to use your own high-tech suit? $3.99, 32 Pages
BIRDS OF PREY #2 [11/27] Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY; It’s a fight no one will soon forget as Harley Quinn crosses paths with the Huntress on the prowl! Meanwhile, grief over the death of a former partner won’t stop the Black Canary as she takes measures to square off against the cruelest crime lords south of the border: Las Esposas de la Muerte. $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
CATWOMAN #17 [11/13] Written by JOELLE JONES, art by JOELLE JONES; Selina Kyle reconnects with her criminal roots, but to be Gotham City’s top thief again, she has to take out the boss. Using the gift given to her by Lex Luthor, she finally has the key to everything Raina Creel wants—and Catwoman is going to get it first. Which all sounds dandy in theory, but Creel has come too far and put up with too much humiliation from Catwoman to let her win again. It’s a Year of the Villain showdown, but who here is the baddest baddie? $3.99, 32 Pages
GOTHAM CITY MONSTERS #3 [11/13] Written by STEVE ORLANDO, art by AMANCAY NAHUELPAN; The monsters have united in the aftermath of Melmoth’s attack, but one of their own has gone missing! Andrew Bennett, a.k.a. I, Vampire, has gone straight to the source of the evil that threatens the city, but the fanged one finds attacking Melmoth’s acolytes is biting off a little more than he can chew. Frankenstein leads Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca, and the mysterious Red Phantom on a chase through the Gotham underground to try to rescue Bennett and shut down whatever Melmoth has planned next. But will their showdown at the Gotham City Zoo attract the attention of any of Gotham’s other protectors? Batwoman, perhaps? $3.99, 32 Pages, 3 of 6
HARLEEN #3 [11/27] Written by STJEPAN SEJIC, art STJEPAN SEJIC; In which our doomed doctor makes a choice she can never take back—one that seals her dark fate and gives rise to one of the most legendary villains of all time! $7.99, 64 Pages, 3 of 3
HARLEY QUINN #67 [11/06] Written by SAM HUMPHRIES, art by SAMI BASRI; She’s bigger. She’s badder. She’s meaner. She’s Harley-er Quinn! And after accepting Lex Luthor’s offer, she’s waging a one-woman war on the Year of the Villain itself! This is the event issue to end all event issues—no, really! $3.99, 32 Pages
HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY #3 [11/13] Written by JODY HOUSER, art by ADRIANA MELO and MARK MORALES; Down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass, and what did Harley and Ivy find there? A tea party with some very unexpected and uninvited guests! It turns out the Mad Hatter has a game of his own to play, and Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn must decide between fight and flight. And is that gift Lex Luthor dropped off for Ivy actually of any use, or is it just a steaming pile of manure? $3.99, 32 Pages, 3 of 6
JOKER/ HARLEY QUINN: CRIMINAL SANITY #2 [11/06] Written by KAMI GARCIA, art by MIKE MAYHEW and MICO SUAYAN; Jim Gordon and the GCPD have turned to profiler Harley Quinn for assistance. She’s intrigued by the level of care and detail this new, depraved serial killer is putting into his crime scenes; there must be clues to his pathology in his artful staging. His level of meticulous preparation is unusual, but will it lead to or help delay his capture? $5.99, 40 Pages, 2 of 9
NIGHTWING #66 [11/20] Written by DAN JURGENS, art by RONAN CLIQUET; William Cobb has taken the Nightwings down one by one, leaving Ric on his own in a Blüdhaven that is literally aflame. Cobb offers Ric a chance to save his city by at last fulfilling his legacy as the Gray Son and becoming the new Talon and leading the Court of Owls into a new age. $3.99, Card Stock Variant $4.99, 32 Pages
RED HOOD: OUTLAW #40 [11/13] Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, art by DAVID MESSINA; After their first mission in the field, all the Outlaws want is to head back to the Block for some R&R. Unfortunately, no sooner do they get home than they find themselves under assault from Shay Veritas’ clones! It’s like Night of the Living Duplicates in there, and Red Hood is nowhere to be found. Is he teaching them a dangerous (but hopefully valuable) lesson with his absence, or is he dealing with something even bigger and more terrifying? $3.99, 32 Pages
GREATER DC UNIVERSE
EVENT LEVIATHAN #6 [11/13] Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, art by ALEX MALEEV; From the Eisner Award-winning team of superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and groundbreaking artist Alex Maleev, the shocking conclusion to the biggest DC mystery of the year! Who is Leviathan? What do they want? How have they dismantled the most powerful secret agencies in the world? And what’s their next deadly move? The greatest detectives of the DC Universe descend on Leviathan, and all the answers are revealed! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion of this storyline! $3.99, 32 Pages, 6 of 6
JUSTICE LEAGUE #35 [11/6] Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV, art by FRANCIS MANAPUL; This issue: Lex Luthor wins! Everything Lex has been working for over the past year and a half comes to fruition as he finally possesses the fully powered Totality and plans to bend Hypertime to his will. The Legion of Doom’s leader will defeat the Justice League once and for all and make his final pitch to serve at Perpetua’s side—and the Multiverse will never be the same! $3.99, 32 Pages
JUSTICE LEAGUE #36 [11/20] Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV, art by FRANCIS MANAPUL; How powerful is too powerful? Lex Luthor has assembled everything he needs to complete his plan of turning the world toward doom, including reviving the ancient goddess Perpetua and restoring her powers. But can he keep Perpetua from dragging the DC Universe into the abyss alongside the rest of the Multiverse? This is a question that hero and villain alike must ask, as the epic battle between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom across space and time comes crashing together. Everything that happens here sets the stage for the senses-shattering finale of the Justice/Doom War—and the fate of all existence hangs in the balance! $3.99, 32 Pages
TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: INFINITE CRISIS #1 [11/27] Written by JAMES TYNION IV, art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN; DC’s mega-event “Infinite Crisis” saw the destruction of the Trinity, the rise of Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, and the rebirth of the Multiverse…but it all started with Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle, who saw it all coming and died with secrets that could’ve saved the world. But…things happened differently in the Dark Multiverse! Not only does Blue Beetle survive— he thrives! And after killing Maxwell Lord himself, Ted sets off a chain of events that irreversibly alters the lives of the Justice League and his best friend, Booster Gold. In trying to prevent a crisis, Blue Beetle becomes the Crisis…and the Dark Multiverse will never be the same. $5.99, 48 Page, One-Shot
TEEN TITANS #36 [11/20] Written by ADAM GLASS, art by BERNARD CHANG; Like father, like daughter! Apex Lex has given Lobo the power to control Crush, and together they’re going to take down the Teen Titans! Try as she might, Crush struggles to resist Lobo’s influence…but to her horror, she starts to enjoy the madness! And finally, after all this time, it’s time to meet…the Other! $3.99, 32 Pages
YOUNG JUSTICE #10 [11/06] Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, art by JOHN TIMMS and NICK DERINGTON; Welcome, Naomi! Wonder Comics’ brightest shining star comes to Young Justice! She’s ready to join this team of young heroes who have seen it all—and you’ll want to be here to watch the sparks fly for the very first time. All this, plus the true story of Jinny Hex. $3.99, 32 Pages
SECONDARY DC UNIVERSE
DOLLAR COMICS: FLASHPOINT #1 [11/06] Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE; Reprinting the first issue of the reality-twisting miniseries. $1.00, 32 Pages
DOLLAR COMICS: INFINITE CRISIS #1 [11/27] Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art by PHIL JIMENEZ and ANDY LANNING; Reprinting the first issue of the universe-shattering miniseries. Solicited to coincide with Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1. $1.00, 32 Pages
TITANS: BURNING RAGE #4 [11/20] Written by DAN JURGENS, art by SCOT EATON and WAYNE FAUCHER; Available to comics shops for the first time! The Titans have traced the source that induced paranoia in the streets—but Steve Dayton, the former Mento, had nothing to do with it! In reality, the mayhem was instigated by his disgruntled assistant, who now plans to kill Dayton—unless the Titans can stop him! Originally published in Titans Giant #4 and #5. $4.99, 32 Pages, 4 of 7