DC Comics has released their full solicitations information for titles scheduled to ship in August 2023. Among DC‘s offerings for the month are the conclusion of the two-month Knight Terrors event led by writer Josh Williamson, the G’nort’s Illustrated Swimsuit Edition one-shot featuring a collection of pin-ups and stories all about fun in the sun, and a print collection of the WEBTOON series Zatanna & The Ripper by Sarah DealyRachel Koo, and Syro.

All that and much more ahead in the full DC August 2023 solicitations. Check out all the cover images and information below.

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KNIGHT TERRORS #3
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, STEFANO NESI, and CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Cover by IVAN REIS and DANNY MIKI
Variant covers by FRANCESCO MATTINA and GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
1:25 variant cover by CHRISTIAN DUCE
1:50 variant cover by GARY CHOO
1:100 variant cover by IVAN REIS
Darkest Hour variant cover by IVAN REIS ($5.99 US)
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 3 of 4 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/8/23
Welcome back, ghouls and ghosts! Deadman here—Boston Brand, again! My horror adventure continues as the Sleepless Knights attack us. But now I have a new problem: Batman’s son Damian is furious and keeps trying to fight me! My only safe haven is…the House of Horror.

KNIGHT TERRORS #4
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, STEFANO NESI, and CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Cover by IVAN REIS and DANNY MIKI
Variant covers by CASPAR WIJNGAARD and GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
1:25 variant cover by DARICK ROBERTSON
1:50 variant cover by MICO SUAYAN
1:100 variant cover by IVAN REIS
Darkest Hour variant cover by IVAN REIS ($5.99 US)
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 4 of 4 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/22/23
Insomnia searches the nightmares of all the heroes for his precious Nightmare Stone and keeps on coming up empty-clawed! Wesley Dodds, Batman, and I must return to the haunted Arkham Tower to confront Insomnia, but…now I know why Insomnia hates the heroes. And I gotta be honest: I’m having a hard time not relating. Maybe Insomnia is owed his revenge.

KNIGHT TERRORS: NIGHT’S END #1
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
Variant covers by SIMONE DI MEO and MICO SUAYAN
1:25 variant cover by DAN MORA
1:50 variant cover by KENDRICK LIM
1:100 variant cover by MICO SUAYAN
1:250 variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
Darkest Hour variant cover by HOWARD PORTER ($7.99 US)
$5.99 US | 48 pages | One-shot | Variant $6.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/29/23
KNIGHT TERRORS FINALE! SPECIAL OVERSIZE ISSUE!
Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, along with the DCU’s other heroes, have escaped the Nightmare Realm only to find the Nightmare League has followed them home! The entire world has become engulfed in horror, and the last person standing to take down Insomnia is Deadman. But does he want to?
And don’t miss the exciting ending that continues the Dawn of DC mystery and introduces Dr. Hate! Wait…who is Dr. Hate?
Knight Terrors’ thrills and chills are brought to the DC Universe by DC architect and superstar writer Joshua Williamson with horrific art by comics legend Howard Porter!

KNIGHT TERRORS: BATMAN #2
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Backup by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON and TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant covers by FRANCESCO MATTINA and FELIPE MASSAFERA
1:25 variant cover by JAMES STOKOE
1:50 variant cover by EJIKURE
$4.99 US | 40 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/1/23
Bruce is trapped inside the Nightmare Realm, haunted by the dark shadows that he’s created. To escape, he must regain control of his body. But that means going deeper into his own mind than he’s ever gone before. Can Batman make himself scarier than he’s ever been to survive?
Also, what nightmares have Arsenal and Black Canary confronted in the Nightmare Realm?

KNIGHT TERRORS: DETECTIVE COMICS #2
Written by DAN WATTERS
Art and cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
Variant covers by BERNARD CHANG and KYLE HOTZ
1:25 variant cover by MARCO SANTUCCI
1:50 variant cover by KYLE HOTZ
$4.99 US | 40 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/22/23
After seeing diamonds violently pour out of a woman’s mouth and the metal of his old Batman robo-suit soldered onto someone’s flesh to wear around Gotham…Jim Gordon slowly realizes that “the good people of Gotham” being represented by monstrous ideations of power, wealth, and knowledge…aren’t very good people at all. Jim’s investigation leads him to a mysterious clock, and he goes to Oracle for help to trace who or what is causing this nightmare…but whether he is able to wake up from it at all will be up to more than just himself.

KNIGHT TERRORS: NIGHTWING #2
Written by BECKY CLOONAN and MICHAEL W. CONRAD
Art and cover by DANIELE DI NICUOLO
Variant covers by FRANCESCO MATTINA and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER
1:25 variant cover by VASCO GEORGIEV
1:50 variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
$4.99 US | 40 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/15/23
Nightwing’s worst nightmare is to wake up one day realizing he murdered someone he loves and doesn’t even remember how or why he did it…and that’s exactly the Knightmareverse in which Insomnia has placed him while memories of who Nightwing killed and how he did it start flashing back vividly in his head. To make matters worse, he’ll have to work with his cellmates, Two-Face and Scarecrow, to get out of this one alive…

KNIGHT TERRORS: POISON IVY #2
Written by G. WILLOW WILSON
Art by ATAGUN ILHAN
Cover by JESSICA FONG
Variant covers by LEIRIX and JAMIE McKELVIE
1:25 variant cover by NIMIT MALAVIA
1:50 variant cover by JESSICA DALVA
$4.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/1/23
Pamela Isley and Harleen Quinzel are so absolutely, utterly in love that everything and everyone around them is just aces. Their neighbors are so happy it hurts. Why, even the sun is smiling! But when a few rotten eggs sneak into Ivy’s perfect little cul-de-sac, things start to go foul. Can the verdant villainess escape the clutches of her own spoiling dream house before it eats her and Janet-from-HR alive?!

KNIGHT TERRORS: CATWOMAN #2
Written by TINI HOWARD
Art and cover by LEILA LEIZ
Variant covers by TULA LOTAY and CORIN HOWELL
1:25 variant cover by DANI
1:50 variant cover by CORIN HOWELL
$4.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/15/23
Catwoman is stuck in a nightmare in which her sister, Maggie, parades around Gotham as its savior, Sister Zero. After rescuing Bruce from The Joker, Catwoman calls him Batman…to which he asks her how she knew that name, since he had only called himself that in his head. What year is it in this Gotham, why does The Joker have snakes for limbs, and can Sister Zero and Catwoman pray themselves out of this nightmare?

KNIGHT TERRORS: HARLEY QUINN #2
Written by TINI HOWARD
Art and cover by HAYDEN SHERMAN
Backup by LEAH WILLIAMS and BEN TEMPLESMITH
Variant covers by JENNY FRISON and TULA LOTAY
1:25 variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
1:50 variant cover by SWEENEY BOO
$4.99 US | 40 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/22/23
What unseen horrors lurk beyond the borders of the known and the klown? A whispered secret from the elbow of a garden gnome, a parking-lot pass that was lost under the antediluvian car seat from hell, and a nihilistic grease trap that does taxes incorrectly—all of these things and more…are not in this comic. It’s Harls again! Part two of this story is just as weird and wacked-out to the max as the last one. This time we’ll reveal the one true secret origin of Harley Quinn, and I’ll go toe-to-toe-to-toe with one of Superman’s greatest foes!
Plus, my best pals Leah Williams and Ben Templesmith are turning the clocks backward and forward in the conclusion of their chrono-detective cosmic mystery dream story.

KNIGHT TERRORS: THE JOKER #2
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art and cover by STEFANO RAFFAELE
Variant covers by CHRISTIAN WARD and RYAN BROWN
1:25 variant cover by RILEY ROSSMO
1:50 variant cover by STEFANO RAFFAELE
$4.99 US | 40 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/1/23
The Joker’s nightmares have been terrifying and horrific…but what does the Clown Prince of Crime have locked away that might be the most disturbing reveal of the year?!

KNIGHT TERRORS: ROBIN #2
Written by KENNY PORTER
Art by MIGUEL MENDONÇA
Cover by IVAN REIS
Variant covers by JAMES STOKOE and LIAM SHARP
1:25 variant cover by SAM WOLFE CONNELLY
1:50 variant cover by JORGE CORONA
$4.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/8/23
The undynamic duo of Tim Drake and Jason Todd are on death’s door. Lost in their own personal hells with their worst nightmares around every corner and nowhere to run, the two Robins must put aside their differences and find the strength to overcome their fears and fight back.

KNIGHT TERRORS: SUPERMAN #2
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by TOM REILLY
Cover by GLEB MELNIKOV
Variant covers by JON BOGDANOVE and JOHN GIANG
1:25 variant cover by MIKEL JANÍN
1:50 variant cover by PETE WOODS
$4.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/15/23
In the terrifying Nightmare Realm, Superman and Supergirl search for answers and the rest of their family, but Superman is pulled into a haunted part of Metropolis’s past, where he learns more about Marilyn Moonlight! In
the waking world, an unlikely DC superhero family works to save the world from the Sleepless Knights.

KNIGHT TERRORS: ACTION COMICS #2
Written by LEAH WILLIAMS and PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
Art by VASCO GEORGIEV and MICO SUAYAN
Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL
Variant covers by MIRKO COLAK and TYLER KIRKHAM
1:25 variant cover by VASCO GEORGIEV
1:50 variant cover by CRYSTAL KUNG
$4.99 US | 48 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/22/23
Reality bites! With her perfect nightmare world slowly showing its cracks, Power Girl searches for answers, hoping to find a villain to punch and a way out. Little does she know a threat from her past is here to control her future. Plus, in the Nightmare Realm, a hideously transformed Cyborg Superman is consuming the Super-Family one by one! Who will be the “final El”? And can the powerless Super-Twins find a way to fight back before Cyborg Superman claims them all?!

KNIGHT TERRORS: THE FLASH #2
Written by ALEK PAKNADEL
Art by DANIEL BAYLISS
Cover by WERTHER DELL’EDERA
Variant covers by TAURIN CLARKE and DANIEL BAYLISS
1:25 variant cover by KYLE HOTZ and MIKE SPICER
1:50 variant cover by RAFAEL SARMENTO
$4.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/8/23
As Barry Allen plunges deeper into the Nightmare Realm, he’s confronted with his biggest fears and experiences some of the most shocking events that took place before his return! Barry continues to run free of the terror, but something’s gaining on him…

KNIGHT TERRORS: WONDER WOMAN #2
Written by JOSIE CAMPBELL and STEPHANIE WILLIAMS
Art by JUAN FERREYRA and MEGHAN HETRICK
Cover by JAE LEE
Variant covers by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA and JEFF DÉKAL
1:25 variant cover by W. SCOTT FORBES
1:50 variant cover by JOHN McCREA
$4.99 US | 40 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/15/23
No way out! The Justice League Dark find themselves trapped in a labyrinth of horror as Wonder Woman grapples with her deepest fears and insecurities. Will the warrior of truth fall to the lies of the Nightmare Realm? Plus, Nubia takes on the lost souls of Tartarus to prove her worthiness as queen of the Amazons!

KNIGHT TERRORS: TITANS #2
Written by ANDREW CONSTANT
Art by SCOTT GODLEWSKI
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Variant covers by ÁLVARO MARTÍNEZ BUENO and CHRISTIAN WARD
1:25 variant cover by JAVI FERNANDEZ
1:50 variant cover by JORGE CORONA
$4.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/22/23
As the nightmare rages on and the monstrous versions of the team roam the halls of Titans Tower, a young girl finds herself trapped inside the building. How did she get there, and what heroes can possibly save her as the Titans face their worst fears?

KNIGHT TERRORS: SHAZAM! #2
Written by MARK WAID
Art by ROGER CRUZ
Cover by DAN MORA
Variant covers by BEN OLIVER and CRYSTAL KUNG
1:25 variant cover by ROGER CRUZ
1:50 variant cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
$4.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/8/23
Trapped in the Nightmare Realm, Mary Marvel thinks she’s discovered her greatest fear—but she is wrong. She won’t emerge from her dreamscape the way she entered it…at least not if the Nightmare Captain has anything to say about it!

KNIGHT TERRORS: GREEN LANTERN #2
Written by JEREMY ADAMS and ALEX SEGURA
Art by EDUARDO PANSICA, JULIO FERREIRA, and MARIO “FOX” FOCCILLO
Cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
Variant covers by MIKE DEODATO JR. and RAFAEL SARMENTO
1:25 variant cover by CULLY HAMNER
1:50 variant cover by MARIO “FOX” FOCCILLO
$4.99 US | 40 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/8/23
As Hal Jordan is swallowed by the nightmare wave, Earth’s Green Lantern shows this new malevolent threat what a man with the willpower to overcome fear can do. Meanwhile, as Sinestro grapples with the terrifying new dreamscape he’s trapped in, we take a psychological roller coaster ride through his darkest fears—and most painful regrets.

KNIGHT TERRORS: BLACK ADAM #2
Written by JEREMY HAUN
Art and cover by JEREMY HAUN
Variant covers by CHRISTIAN WARD and DARICK ROBERTSON
1:25 variant cover by GARY CHOO
1:50 variant cover by JEREMY HAUN
$4.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/1/23
A powerless Black Adam has undertaken a perilous and dangerous journey in the Nightmare Realm with a mysterious feline guide. But a terrifying monster stalks him from the shadows and prepares a trap for the warlord!

KNIGHT TERRORS: ANGEL BREAKER #2
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by ACKY BRIGHT
Cover by MATTEO LOLLI
Variant covers by IVAN TAO and STEPHEN SEGOVIA
1:25 variant cover by CHUMA HILL
1:50 variant cover by MATTEO LOLLI
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/22/23
Angel Breaker and Raptor are trapped in a Kobra Cult lab while the world sleeps. No one is coming to their rescue. Unable to trust even each other, they must now somehow protect teenagers from the horrific Nanny Gillo—a legendary slasher pulled directly from Angel Breaker’s deepest, darkest fears.

KNIGHT TERRORS: ZATANNA #2
Written by DENNIS CULVER
Art and cover by DAVID BALDEON
Variant covers by FELIPE MASSAFERA and RILEY ROSSMO
1:25 variant cover by DAN MORA
1:50 variant cover by CHUMA HILL
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/8/23
Insomnia’s Sleepless Queen has transformed Robotman into one of her knights, and now the hunt is on for Zatanna to join them! If the Sleepless Knights succeed in making her one of their own, the Earth will never wake
from its unending nightmare.
Powerful magic comes with a powerful price, so Zatanna must decide whether she’s willing to pay it to save the world. Which means things aren’t looking good for Robotman!

KNIGHT TERRORS: PUNCHLINE #2
Written by DANNY LORE
Art by LUCAS MEYER
Cover by GLEB MELNIKOV
Variant covers by DUSTIN NGUYEN and EJIKURE
1:25 variant cover by LUCAS MEYER
1:50 variant cover by GLEB MELNIKOV
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/15/23
It’s Punchline versus a nightmare Batgirl for the control of the hearts and minds of Gotham! Can Punchline overcome her deepest fears and anxieties to defeat this bat-cowled beast?!

KNIGHT TERRORS: RAVAGER #2
Written by ED BRISSON
Art by DEXTER SOY
Cover by JEFF SPOKES
Variant covers by JAMES STOKOE and TONY SHASTEEN
1:25 variant cover by NATALI SANDERS
1:50 variant cover by JAMES STOKOE
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 2 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/1/23
With danger hot on her heels and nowhere left to turn, Ravager finds herself trapped in the treacherous Nightmare Realm facing the Murder Man and his merciless Slaughter Squadron. With their sights set on unleashing a reign of terror on our world, they need Ravager’s help to break through the barriers separating them from our reality.
Can Ravager summon the strength to save us all from certain doom? Or will she fall victim to the Murder Man’s diabolical plans? The clock is ticking, and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

THE PENGUIN #1
Written by TOM KING
Art by RAFAEL DE LATORRE
Cover by SCORPIO STEELE and STEFANO GAUDIANO
Variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
Variant cover by NATHAN SZERDY
Variant cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
1:25 variant cover by KAEL NGU
1:50 variant cover by NATHAN SZERDY
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/22/23
REVENGE IS FOR THE BIRDS.
After retiring to Metropolis following his “death,” Oswald Cobblepot finds himself forced back into the unpredictable and violent Gotham City underworld as a pawn of the United States intelligence community! Gotham’s criminal element has been evolving since he was last in the city, with his bastard twin children ruling the Iceberg Lounge. And what of the man he framed for his death—Batman? Is the Penguin walking into a death sentence?
From award-winning and bestselling writer Tom King (Batman, The Human Target) and artist Rafael de Latorre (Daredevil) comes a bloody, hard-boiled tale of redemption and revenge!

THE PENGUIN #0
Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art and cover by BELÉN ORTEGA
$3.99 US | 32 pages
ON SALE 8/15/23
Following the Penguin’s death in the landmark Batman #125, the mysterious Executor has enlisted Catwoman to carry out the departed’s last wishes and track down his next of kin. But when the Penguin’s heirs start getting murdered, Catwoman will have to find the killer and discover what truly became of Oswald Cobblepot. Collects the Batman #125-127 backup stories by the red-hot creative team of Chip Zdarsky and Belén Ortega!

SUPERMAN 2023 ANNUAL
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR, MAX RAYNOR, JACK HERBERT, and CAITLIN YARSKY
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
Variant covers by JOCK and CHRIS SAMNEE
1:25 variant cover by EDWIN GALMON
1:50 variant cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
$5.99 US | 48 pages | Variant $6.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/8/23
Lois Lane is now editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, but at heart she’ll always be an investigative reporter. And lately Metropolis has had a whole new set of secrets she must uncover. Even if it means investigating her own husband…Superman!
Featuring Livewire, Parasite, and Mercy, this special issue is your next big puzzle piece leading to a massive Superman crossover in 2024!
Don’t miss out!

ACTION COMICS PRESENTS: DOOMSDAY SPECIAL #1
Written by DAN WATTERS
Art by EDDY BARROWS
Cover by BJÖRN BARENDS
Variant covers by LUCIO PARRILLO and PUPPETEER LEE
1:25 variant cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
1:50 variant cover by JON BOGDANOVE
$5.99 US | 48 pages | one-shot | Variant $6.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/29/23
It is a creature beyond reason—and the only force in the universe strong enough to kill Superman. It’s Doomsday, the living embodiment of death, destruction, and evolution! In the wake of Dark Crisis and Lazarus Planet, King Doomsday now sits on a throne of skulls across a river of blood, holding court over the demons that swarm in the depths of Hell…and he may have just found a way back to the land of the living. It’s now up to Supergirl and Martian Manhunter to drive the beast back and see that he never again returns to our earthly plane—even if they must die to do it! Plus: the return of Bloodwynd, the debut of the Doomhounds, and a clue to the next big Superman event!

HAWKGIRL #2
Written by JADZIA AXELROD
Art and cover by AMANCAY NAHUELPAN
Variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
1:25 variant cover by DAVID TALASKI
Blue Beetle movie variant cover by KAARE ANDREWS
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/15/23
Hawkgirl’s made a new enemy, but also a new friend. Is Metropolis’s A-Town neighborhood big enough for the both of them? And will Galaxy discover the connection between Hawkgirl’s Nth metal wings and Vulpecula’s plans before it’s too late?

UNSTOPPABLE DOOM PATROL #5
Written by DENNIS CULVER
Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Variant cover by MIKEL JANÍN
1:25 variant cover by ALAN QUAH
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 5 of 7 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/22/23
The World’s Strangest Superheroes versus Anytown, USA!
Just as everyone feared, the Doom Patrol have lost control and are now attacking the idyllic small town of New Poplar, Illinois. As these unstoppable monsters rampage, a new superhero must rise to stop them…enter Metawoman! But who is she, and what is her terrible secret? Only one person has the answers: the team’s former chief, Dr. Niles Caulder!

WORLD’S FINEST: TEEN TITANS #2
Written by MARK WAID
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE
Variant covers by EVAN “DOC” SHANER and PAOLO RIVERA
1:25 variant cover by RILEY ROSSMO
1:50 variant cover by MEGAN HUANG
Blue Beetle movie variant cover by JOHN TIMMS
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/8/23
Welcome to Metropolis, Wonder Girl! Hoping to reconnect with her human roots, Donna Troy leaves Themyscira for the City of Tomorrow. There she meets Mal Duncan, a young man with the makings of a true hero. And just in time, too—the Titans will need all the help they can get as they investigate a cry for help that leads them to a haunted house that is not what it seems!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #18
Written by MARK WAID
Art by TRAVIS MOORE
Cover by DAN MORA
Variant cover by DARICK ROBERTSON and DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
1:25 variant cover by ARIEL COLÓN
1:50 variant cover by MEGAN HETRICK
Blue Beetle movie variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 8/15/23
Think you know how Superman and Batman met and became friends? Think again! Read the untold tale of how their worlds first collided—and the stunning, secret loss that nearly destroyed their partnership before it even began!