A sneak peek at BATMAN in February

A sneak peek at BATMAN in February

By DCE Editorial Friday, November 12th, 2010
If that stack comics on my desk (which I’ve kindly reposted above) from yesterday wasn’t clue enough, let me be frank: it’s an exciting time for Batman, and for Batman fans, like me. November lit the fuse and things are not slowing down. Come February, we’ve got the launch of J.H. Williams III and co.’s BATWOMAN ongoing, featuring co-writer W. Haden Blackman. The much-loved GREEN LANTERN CORPS creative team of Peter Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason step in as the regular team on BATMAN AND ROBIN and we get to see COMMISSIONER GORDON artist Francisco Francavilla stretch out and handle the art chores for an entire issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, with AMERICAN VAMPIRE creator Scott Snyder. Did you see that cover and layouts we teased earlier this week? Lovely stuff. So, yes. February is a big month for all things Batman. Click below for more clues and details. bw_cv1 BATWOMAN #1 Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III & W. HADEN BLACKMAN Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III 1:10 Variant cover by AMY REEDER The multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III (DETECTIVE COMICS) and W. Haden Blackman (Star Wars, Force Unleashed) launch the first, chilling arc of the ongoing series fans have been clamoring for! In the 5-part “Hydrology,” Batwoman faces bizarre new challenges in her war against the dark underworld of Gotham and new trials in her personal life as Kate Kane. She quickly finds herself in the deep end facing truths about her past and her future. Who – or what – is stealing children from Gotham’s barrio, and for what twisted purpose? Can she train her cousin Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird) as her new sidekick? How will she handle dark revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? How is she dealing with the supposed drowning of her sister, the villain known as Alice? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her? The road to the answers begins here! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US batman-europa-02-cover-preview-ftp BATMAN: EUROPA #2 Story by BRIAN AZZARELLO and MATTEO CASALI Written by MATTEO CASALI Painted art and cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI 1:10 Variant cover by TBD Forced to work closely with his greatest foe, The Joker, Batman reaches Prague just as the virus he’s been infected with starts to make its deadly effects felt – and the Czech capital will welcome this strange duo in a most unusual way. While the Czech version of Mardi Gras is in full swing, Batman and The Joker search for the mysterious Trojan Horse, a man who knows the secrets of the Colossus virus...but they will find more than they bargained for! The mystery deepens and the stakes get higher in the second chapter of this miniseries by Brian Azzarello and Matteo Casali, featuring fully painted by Giuseppe Camuncoli. Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 2 • 2 of 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US batmaninc4-cover-clr-logo BATMAN INCORPORATED #4 Written by GRANT MORRISON Art by YANICK PAQUETTE & MICHEL LACOMBE Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III 1:25 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE Superstar writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette have sent The Dark Knight on a trip to Japan and Argentina, but now Batman’s taking a brief breather back in his home base of Gotham City for a team-up with Batwoman! And don’t miss the first issue of BATWOMAN’s new monthly series, on sale this month! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US bmtdk_cv3_var BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #3 Written by DAVID FINCH Art by DAVID FINCH & SCOTT WILLIAMS Cover by DAVID FINCH 1:25 Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE Trapped with childhood friend Dawn Golden deep beneath Gotham City, Batman’s only hope for escape also happens to be one of his worst enemies! Meanwhile, Etrigan the Demon turns against his masters and confronts a twisted, evil incarnation of Ragman with the help of Alfred. Only Batman knows the secret to defeating the demon possessing Ragman – but The Dark Knight is nowhere to be found! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US bm_707_solicitcmyk BATMAN #707 Written by TONY DANIEL Art and cover by TONY DANIEL Batman uncovers the secrets of Gotham City’s founding fathers and the secrets hidden within the city’s foundation. In a captivating turn of events, The Dark Knight finds that he alone holds the key to stopping the cataclysmic events that loom over Gotham. Don’t miss this stunning finale guest-starring I-Ching and Peacock, a spectacular new heroine from the Far East! On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US dtc_cv874 DETECTIVE COMICS #874 Written by SCOTT SNYDER Art and cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA “There are some cases that come screaming back at you...like phone calls in the night...” For years, Jim Gordon has been haunted by the unsolved case of Gotham’s notorious “Peter Pan Killer.” Now, armed with new evidence, Gordon is determined to put the case to rest. But as he digs deeper, he’ll unearth a shocking discovery about his own past – a revelation that will shake him to the core. Skeletons will be exposed and secrets revealed in this special issue featuring art by Francesco Francavilla! On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US bmrob_cv20 BATMAN & ROBIN #20 Written by PETER J. TOMASI Art by PATRICK GLEASON & MARK IRWIN Cover by PATRICK GLEASON 1:10 Variant cover by GENE HA From the pages of the best-selling BRIGHTEST DAY and GREEN LANTERN CORPS comes the new regular creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason! Kicking off the action is “Dark Knight, White Knight” part 1 of 3, as Bruce Wayne returns from the dead and Gotham City finds itself locked in the grip of chaos! Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne come face-to-face with what could possibly be the strangest Bat Villain yet. Who is the White Knight, and why is he hell-bent on making Gotham City into Heaven on Earth? Retailers please note: The contents of this issue were originally solicited for issue #17, but will now appear here. Also, this issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US bmbv3_cv2 BATMAN BEYOND #2 Written by ADAM BEECHEN Art by RYAN BENJAMIN & JOHN STANISCI Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN Terry’s family is being held hostage by a crook who’s boosted technology so powerful, he doesn’t even understand what he has – and the Justice League intends to neutralize the threat with full aggression. But Neo-Gotham is Batman’s town, and Bruce Wayne doesn’t intend to give up one iota of control over the situation! With his loved ones’ lives on the line, which way will Terry turn under the pressure? On sale FEBRUARY 2 • 32 pg, FC $2.99 US knsq_cv5 KNIGHT & SQUIRE #5 Written by PAUL CORNELL Art by JIMMY BROXTON Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE Jarvis Poker, the British Joker, has been receiving death threats. But who would want to hurt such a sweet old villain? The lives of the Knight, the Squire and the Shrike take a turn for the cold and deadly, as fear casts its shadow over London town. Can the Super Heroes of Britain work together to resist the onslaught of gritty realism? On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 5 of 6 • 32 pg, FC $2.99 US bmsog_cv20 BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #20 Written by PAUL DINI Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN & DEREK FRIDOLFS Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN “House of Hush” reaches its penultimate chapter as alliances are betrayed and shocking new secrets are revealed. Aided by Dr. Death and a sinister cabal of gangsters, Hush sets his fatal endgame into motion against Bruce Wayne and the other Bat-Family allies! On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US bopv2_cv9_r1 BIRDS OF PREY #9 Written by GAIL SIMONE Art by ARDIAN SYAF & VICENTE CIFUENTES Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU The game-changing “Death of Oracle” storyline continues! Black Canary finally confronts her inner demons as the Calculator’s army and creepy new villainess Mortis take their ultimate revenge on Oracle. This massive story reverberates throughout Gotham City – and beyond! On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US bgv2_cv18 BATGIRL #18 Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER Art and cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN It’s Valentine’s night, and a mysterious killer literally wants to steal everyone’s hearts. Enter Klarion the Witch-boy, who’s nursing a broken heart of his own. Good luck, Batgirl! On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US rrob_cv20 RED ROBIN #20 Written by FABIAN NICIEZA Art and cover by MARCUS TO & RAY MCCARTHY Red Robin finally combines forces with his former teammates in a 2-issue crossover with TEEN TITANS that kicks off right here! Is there even enough room for Tim Drake and Damian Wayne – the new Robin – on one team? Meanwhile, Catman and the Calculator have their own agendas for this highly anticipated reunion! Don’t miss the pulse-pounding second part in this month’s TEEN TITANS #92! On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US