Okay, so this is how it’s going to go. Following on the heels of the New 52, DC is announcing its October books with a smatter of new miniseries and other extras. The Batbooks were revealed today with a new Huntress mini by Paul Levitz and a Penguin mini by Gregg Hurwitz.
In addition, as expected, often tardy writer/artist David Finch has been joined by Paul Jenkins and Jay Fabok on DETECTIVE COMICS #2. Graeme McMillan says this is the first DC book to crack, but we haven’t seen all the #2s yet.
THE HUNTRESS #1 Written by PAUL LEVITZ Art by MARCUS TO and JOHN DELL Cover by GUILLEM MARCH On sale OCTOBER 5 • 1 of 6, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T Look out! By the end of this hot new miniseries, the Huntress will have the largest price on her head in DC Universe history. What will the Huntress do that warrants such a death mark? And who puts it there? The jaw-dropping events will be revealed as the Huntress heads home to Italy and embarks on a mission that defines her life. Don’t miss out, because this story will tie in to upcoming events in BIRDS OF PREY!
PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE #1 Written by GREGG HURWITZ Art and cover by SZYMON KUDRANSKI On sale OCTOBER 5 • 1 of 5, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T In this exciting new miniseries from novelist Gregg Hurwitz (You’re Next) and rising star artist Szymon Kudranksi (Spawn), the painful and dark past of one of Batman’s most devious foes is examined. How did young Oswald Cobblepot go from being the apple of his mother’s eye to the leader of underworld gangs and adversary of The Caped Crusader? Find out in PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE!
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant cover by JIM LEE
1:200 B&W variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Bruce Wayne is back in the cowl, hunting a new and deadly killer in Gotham City – a killer with a vendetta against Bruce Wayne! But who is this mysterious killer in an owl skull mask? And is he the key to unlocking one of Gotham’s oldest and most terrifying secrets? Be there for their first brutal encounter!
BATWING #2 Written by JUDD WINICK Art and cover by BEN OLIVER On sale OCTOBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T He is called Massacre, and he brings death. What does the soldier in service of Batman Incorporated do when he’s met his match? When he’s been brought so low and been wounded so badly? What does he do when lost Super Heroes begin turning up as victims? Batwing fights back!
DETECTIVE COMICS #2
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and RYAN WINN
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale OCTOBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Batman sets his sights on the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who’s visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings – while also trying to uncover Bruce’s own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #2 Written by DAVID FINCH and PAUL JENKINS Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND with JAY FABOK Cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND On sale OCTOBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T Something sinister surges through Arkham Asylum, and Batman finds himself bombarded by his greatest foes in this second sensational issue from superstar creator David Finch! Bigger, meaner, and more powerful than ever before, the inmates of Arkham Asylum run rampant as the entire Bat Family struggles to keep the walls from falling down, unleashing Gotham City’s worst criminals on the unsuspecting population. And you won’t believe the jaw-dropping final page! Just keep repeating, “It’s only a comic book. It’s only a comic book…”
BATMAN AND ROBIN #2 Written by PETER J. TOMASI Art by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY Cover by PATRICK GLEASON On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T Batman’s fears about Robin’s tendency to dish out more pain than necessary are growing! And who is the man named NoBody, visiting Gotham City to say hello to his old friend Bruce Wayne and find out where he went wrong in his battle against crime.
BATGIRL #2 Written by GAIL SIMONE Art by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES Cover by ADAM HUGHES On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T The nightmare-inducing brute known as Mirror is destroying the lives of Gotham City citizens seemingly at random, and an explosive confrontation between Batgirl and Mirror leads Babs to question wearing the cape and cowl at all! The riveting adventures of Batgirl continue in
stunning fashion, with script by fan-favorite Gail Simone and stellar art by superstar Ardian Syaf!
￼ BATWOMAN #2 Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ Horror! A terrifying new villain stalks the innocent children of Gotham City! Intrigue! A threatening government agency is hot on Batwoman’s trail. Romance! Kate Kane’s new relationship is heating up! Can Batwoman stop the new evil rising from the damp back alleys of Gotham’s barrios? And overcome the many challenges she faces as both Batwoman and Kate Kane? 2011’s most anticipated new series intensifies in this exciting second issue!
NIGHTWING #2 Written by KYLE HIGGINS Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T When a mysterious assassin targets Dick Grayson, Nightwing must work fast to uncover the killer’s plot before he strikes again. But as Haley’s Circus continues to perform in Gotham City, Dick finds himself torn between two lives: His old one as a circus performer and his new one as a Super Hero. And they may be more connected than he ever realized!
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #2 Written by SCOTT LOBDELL Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT and BLOND On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T Red Hood is already globe-trotting in an effort to find the ancient assassins behind the slaughter of those who taught him some of his darkest skills… and if Roy and Kori are going to be of any help, well, they’ll just have to tag along – whether Jason wants them to or not!
BIRDS OF PREY #2 Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T An explosion in a secure Gotham City airport terminal hurls Black Canary and Starling headlong into a nightmare involving stolen pharmaceuticals, terrorists for hire and killers in stealth suits who can appear – and disappear – at will. When Canary calls in backup, Starling’s not so sure a vengeful samurai who talks to her dead husband in a sword is the best choice.
CATWOMAN #2 Written by JUDD WINICK Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ She’s a thief who lives to steal just for the thrill of breaking the law. He’s The Dark Knight, obsessively driven to battle evil with every ounce of his strength. They should keep each other at arm’s length, but…they just can’t seem to help themselves! Don’t miss this issue – things are gonna get messy!
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