The stakes are raised for Tim Drake in RED ROBIN #5

The "Council of Spiders" arc kicks off as Ra's al Ghul goes from hunter to hunted. What is the Council of Spiders, exactly, and why have they been offing assassins left and right? Everything shifts into high gear as Red Robin finds himself entangled in one of the deadliest games on the planet, courtesy of writer Chris Yost and artist Ramon Bachs.

RED ROBIN #5 hits 10/14.

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Continue the new Batgirl's first adventure with BATGIRL #3

As crime in Gotham continues to escalate, the newest member of the Batman family vows to wear the mantle of the Bat and fight alongside the Dynamic Duo in their war on crime. Just one problem: She hasn't mentioned that to Batman and Robin yet. Join writer Bryan Q. Miller and artist Lee Garbett as they continue the adventures of the new Batgirl, Stephanie Brown.

BATGIRL #3 hits on 10/14.

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Head into AZRAEL #1 with BATMAN ANNUAL #27

Writer Fabian Nicieza and artist J. Calafiore present a tale of a murdered priest. A desecrated grave marker. A kidnapped child. A secret key. A mystery whose solution could upset the world order. For Batman and Robin to stop the rampage of a zealot named Amon, the Sixth Sinner, they first have to halt a deadlier foe intent on making sure Amon succeeds. To end the killer's mad scheme, Batman faces Azrael, Death's Dark Knight. "The Eighth Deadly Sin" continues in DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #11 and sets the stage for this month's premiere issue of the AZRAEL ongoing series.

Take a look at Dustin Nguyen’s SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #10 cover

STREETS OF GOTHAM artist Dustin Nguyen gets downright pastoral on the variant cover to SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #10, from writers James Robinson and Greg Rucka with artist Pete Woods. Nothing I write here can really do it much justice, beyond saying it’s a fine piece of work. So why not scroll down and see for yourself?

Will the Joker cross paths with the GOTHAM CITY SIRENS?

What's got the Clown Prince of Crime riled up? What are Catwoman and Poison Ivy trying to track down? What's Harley doing on a date with Bruce Wayne? Uh, is that Bruce Wayne? These questions and a few more will be answered in GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #4, from the regular team of writer Paul Dini and artist Guillem March, which hits 9/30. What? Can't wait? Well, we've got five pages with your name on it below.

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A few more December BATMAN covers to get you through the day

It's almost Friday. Half the week is over. But we've still got two more days before the weekend is upon us. And we've got a few heavy hitters. Specifically, BATMAN #694 from writer/artist Tony Daniel, a lovely J.H. Williams DETECTIVE COMICS #860 cover and last, but certainly not least, Andy Kubert's magnificent cover to the minty-fresh BATMAN 80-PAGE GIANT. Feast your eyes, folks. All three hit in December.

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Start your day off with two Bat-covers

Yesterday we showed off some pages from tomorrow's issue of BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM. But why stop there? We've got a double dose of Dini-penned Bat-books for you today, including the cover to GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #8 by Guillem March and BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #7, featuring artist Dustin Nguyen's take on Manhunter.

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