Check out a few pages from AZRAEL #1

Writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Ramon Bachs kick off a new era for Azrael, Death's Dark Knight -- starting here. Michael Lane is a man in search of redemption, but doe serving the Order of Purity as God's Angel of Justice bring him closer to his goal, or send him further down a road paved with good intentions? When a hired killer comes to Gotham City seeking revenge for crimes committed decades ago, Azrael faces an impossible conflict: What if God's justice forces the hero to claim one of his servants? Need more? Check out a few pages from the first issue below.

RED ROBIN vs. BATMAN?

Writer Christopher Yost and artist Ramon Bachs conclude the first RED ROBIN arc with a bang, as Red Robin's search leads him to the deserts of the Middle East with the League of Assassins by his side. How many lines will Tim Drake cross to prove that Bruce Wayne lives? And as one journey ends, a deadlier one begins as Red Robin learns the truth -- but will he survive long enough to tell anyone about it?

RED ROBIN #4 hits on 9/9.

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Some Thursday news: Meet the new artist on RED ROBIN, Marcus To

Counting down the hours until the weekend? Aren't we all? Well, we've got some news and art for you, so time can crawl by a bit faster.

Starting in November with RED ROBIN #6, Marcus To (Aspen's Soulfire) will step in as the new ongoing artist on RED ROBIN, taking over for Ramon Bachs, who steps over to launch AZRAEL with writer Fabian Nicieza. And, in lieu of me saying nice things about Marcus, I've cornered his editor, Michael Marts to give us the skinny on why Mr. To is the perfect choice to chronicle the continuing adventures of Tim Drake. Take it away, Marts:

Things don't get any easier for RED ROBIN with #2

The new Red Robin continues to scour the globe in search of clues that will help him determine the final fate of Bruce Wayne, in the pages of the new hit series from writer Chris Yost and artist Ramon Bachs. But Red Robin's search might get a little complicated with the League of Assassins after him, don't you think? What does Ra's al Ghul want with Red Robin? Why are members of the League of Assassins being targeted for death? And what happened to the life Red Robin left behind? Spoiler guest-stars in the second chapter of the four-part "The Grail" story arc.

Notes from the Bat-Office...

In a few short days, the final chapter of BATTLE FOR THE COWL hits the stands and the entire world will learn the identity of the new Batman. It’s a journey long in the making and it’s hard to believe all the hard work from all of our creators is finally paying off on the printed page.

But we’re not wasting any time resting on our butts. Nope, we’re diving straight into the next exciting phase of the Dark Knight’s life, an era which reflects the new world order for Gotham City and its favorite protector--BATMAN REBORN.

Let's speculate a bit more about RED ROBIN

Everyone loves a good mystery. There are plenty happening in the Batman universe these days, too. Who will be Batman once BATTLE FOR THE COWL concludes? We're not telling, obviously. Another mystery? Who's this Red Robin guy that's getting his own ongoing in June? Again, we're not telling. But we can fan the flames a bit. Here are a few pages from the second issue, in pencil form, from artist Ramon Bachs, who's teaming with writer Chris Yost. Oh, and the cover to RED ROBIN #3, hitting in August. Take a guess.

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Enter the world of RED ROBIN

Who is Red Robin, exactly? We're not going to just up and spoil that here, gentle reader. But we will show you some Ramon Bachs interiors from the first issue of the new ongoing series, launching in June, written by Chris Yost. Plus a nift Francis Manapul cover. All you need to know -- for now -- is that this Red Robin knows a thing or two about taking the fight to the streets. Don't take my word for it, though.

RED ROBIN #1 hits 6/10.

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