The hunt for The Joker continues as Jim Gordon seeks out Oracle, who may have some leads as to where the villain is hiding. As Jim approaches the Joker’s alleged hideout, he falls for a treacherous trap that will forever shatter the lives of those he’s trying to save. It’ll be up to Batman to try to save Jim. But when the identity of the Joker is revealed – will the Dark Knight be able to live up to his task?
The Birds go on the offensive in the thrilling conclusion of "The Death of Oracle" story. How will Gotham function without their master infojock - and the Birds of Prey continue without their leader?
Find out in BIRDS OF PREY #10, on sale March 9th.
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A few ghosts from Dinah Lance's past have come back to haunt her in the penultimate chapter of Birds of Prey's "Death of Oracle" storyline. Can Batman and Oracle save her from an inescapable nightmare?
BIRDS OF PREY #9 is on sale February 9th.
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The Death of Oracle continues in BIRDS OF PREY #8, as the twisted villain Mortis has Black Canary, Huntress, Dove and Lady Blackhawk cornered. Can Oracle and Batman help them in time? And is Dove's ruse enough to keep them at bay long enough for help to arrive?
Gail Simone and Guillem March's BIRDS OF PREY #8 ties in to the Batman Incorporated storyline and hits stores today.
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A new status quo. Those words are thrown around, a lot, in the comic book industry. But that’s exactly what New York Times bestselling writer Grant Morrison and team have created with BATMAN, INC.
Bruce Wayne has extended Batman’s mission—and brand—globally.
So far, we’ve met England’s Knight & Squire, Mr. Unknown (the Batman of Japan) and El Gaucho from Argentina's Batman. Judging from this advance look at Yanick Paquette’s gorgeous art from an upcoming issue of BATMAN, INCORPORATED, the international action and intrigue are only ramping up in the coming months.
Grant Morrison sent a few words to share with SOURCE readers about what lies ahead:
“Bruce Wayne's back from the dead with barely a moment to catch his breath before he must prepare for the battle of his life in BATMAN INC.
“On the way towards this ultimate confrontation, Batman and El Gaucho, Argentina's No.1 crimebuster, face a terrifying new villain whose world-shaking masterplan stretches across 2 decades, 3 countries and 3 interlocked issues, which also feature Batwoman, a whole new team of British heroes and the debut of The Batman of Africa, in a dark and twisted super-espionage thriller.
“And waiting in the wings are team-ups with Chief-Man-of-Bats, Batgirl and a mind-blowing CGI adventure with Oracle, as piece by piece, we learn the secrets of Batman Inc. and find out what Bruce is REALLY up to!”
Oracle can normally take care of herself, but when one of her firecest enemies finds her alone and far from her allies and safe houses, even Batman may not be able to save her.
Rising star artist Ardian Syaf - fresh off some killer work in BRIGHEST DAY - makes his BIRDS OF PREY debut in a can't-miss story by Gail Simone called "The Death of Oracle"!
BIRDS OF PREY #7 is on sale this Wednesday.
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BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME is a one-of-a-kind project--a series of eight interconnected one-shots that not only feature Bruce Wayne after his long journey home, but also celebrate the legacy of Batman and what it means to the heroes of the DC Universe. Seen through the eyes of those most important to Bruce--Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Damian Wayne, Batgirl, Catwoman, Oracle, the Outsides, Commissioner Gordon, even Ra's al Ghul--each issue spotlights the unique relationship these characters have with the Dark Knight. Additionally, this story follows Vicki Vale and she grows dangerously close to discovering and revealing the true identities of the entire Bat family.
A mysterious new villain is casting a long shadow over Gotham City at arguably the worst moment possible.
With the city’s heroes overtaxed and in disarray, will they be able to band together and bring down their deadly adversary?
Oh, and Bruce Wayne’s back. Remember him?
An icon returns. A villain is born and the protectors of Gotham are forced to not only defeat the immediate, but cope with the array of questions that Bruce’s return brings up.
Starting in October, readers will begin to experience BRUCE WAYNE – THE RETURN HOME, a series of one-shot specials spotlighting the many key players in Batman’s world, spotlighting not only their attempts to defeat a looming threat, but also to come to terms with the return of their mentor, father figure and friend – for better or worse.
Batgirl no more?
Catwoman’s love rekindled?
A Robin abandoned?
Those questions and a few more will be answered – with some more raised – in October. You’ve seen a few of the teaser images above. Pop back to the blog tomorrow to see more, with some answers and clues from Batman Group Editor Mike Marts.
Happy Monday, Source gang. Hope the weekend was pleasant and restful.
Let me be realistic here: We read a lot of comics on a day-to-day basis. Lots of great, exciting stories involving our favorite characters and some new and engaging ones as well. Every once in a while, you come across an issue that really cuts to the core of what made you get into comics -- and what kept you reading. THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #33 is one such comic.
JMS crafts a fun, poignant and entertaining story into one issue, masterfully illustrated by the very talented Cliff Chiang.
Sometimes it's easy to lose titles in the shuffle, with so many books coming out every week. But we wanted to steer you back to this one, because it's certainly a treat. We caught up with Cliff to share some of his thoughts on the issue and he was kind enough to share some of his pencils and inks.
Be warned, though. Some spoilers below. But why not just run out and pick up the issue? We'll wait. Click below for some lovely Cliff Chiang artwork and insight...
I really enjoyed drawing Batgirl in her original black and blue costume, and using the George Perez design for Wonder Woman. The story needed to feel classic, iconic, and somewhat timeless in that regard. However, JMS smartly updated a lot of the references so it's not a "flashback" issue per se. I like the idea that comics continuity is constantly happening and refreshing itself.
I was really looking forward to drawing the women in their civilian clothes; you never see enough of that in comics! Fashion is such a specific thing, and in a case like this, you can't just wing it. Unlike the costumes, the fashion had to be contemporary, or you risk it just being fake and bland. My fiancée was kind enough to round up a great selection of au courant dresses, and I picked the 3 that fit their personalities. So Wonder Woman, Zatanna and Batgirl are actually wearing designer dresses and shoes.
In a story like this, you can really go wild with little touches. Given the "Sex and The City" vibe of the script, I tried to inject as much of the
feeling of my hometown of New York as I could. From the taxis and the advertisements, to the karaoke bar, to the diner with the foil covered plants -- these are some of the things I associate with New York nightlife. On their own the details are minor, but the cumulative effect is a fully-realized, believable world, and you can allow yourself to be carried away by the emotional story.
The penultimate scene was probably the most intimidating for me to draw. I had to remind readers of Brian Bolland's brilliant work on "The Killing Joke" despite our vastly different styles, as well as inter-cut with flashback panels. I borrowed a trick I saw from a John Romita Jr. comic and staggered the panels to give a sense of the "camera" switching back and forth. I rarely do much rendering or cross-hatching, but for the double-page spread, it felt right, to help shock the reader with a different kind of reality. I'm really proud of how the book turned out and hope the readers feel as strongly about it as I do.
The conclusion to "Batgirl Rising" begins here with part one of the four-part "Flood" storyline, from writer Bryan Q. Miller and artist Lee Garbett. A string of bizarre, technology-based "suicides" gets the attention of both Batgirl and Oracle, but for very different reasons. And the two heroes will soon realize that they're the real targets of a nefarious madman hellbent on revenge. Just another day for Batgirl? Not quite.
BATGIRL #9 hits 4/14.