Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch reunite this fall for The Batman’s Grave, a twelve-issue monthly DC maxi-series about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask. The team that brought us The Authority now turn their talents towards The World’s Greatest Detective, whose current case forces him to inhabit the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face—without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents.
But first, Ellis and Hitch get into the mind of a butler. Once a week, rain or shine, Alfred Pennyworth walks to a little cemetery plot in the Wayne Manor grounds. He meticulously tends to Thomas and Martha’s headstones, plinths and slabs: weeding, cleaning, polishing. But how much longer before there’s another Wayne memorial to tend to?
Within this dynamic duo’s new comic lives a Batman with an almost psychotic identification with murder victims. He immerses himself in their lives and obsesses over every detail of their deaths. Even as Batman would process the evidence and approach the perpetrator from one side, he would live inside the life of the victim as they approached their death.
The Batman’s Grave #1, written by Warren Ellis with art by Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 9 with a cover by Hitch and a variant cover by JeeHyung Lee.
Web of Venom: Funeral Pyre #1
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, Joshua Cassara (CA) Declan Shalvey
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
For weeks, the serial killer called Carnage has been hunting former symbiote hosts and killing them. Next on his list is ANDI BENTON, formerly MANIA, who’s back to living in Philadelphia and without any symbiote to save her…
The path of bodies that leads to ABSOLUTE CARNAGE continues here!
The Nemesis of Crime is back in a new limited series by writer Max Bemis this October!
In this series, Bob Benton aka the Black Terror, is living in the 1970s and contending with his post-war mental health as well as the rapidly evolving social landscape around him. Say Anything band frontman and acclaimed comics writer Bemis is joined by artists Matt Gaudio and Ruairí Coleman. Rounding out the team on colors and letters are Brittany Pezzillo and Taylor Esposito.
Each issue of the series acts as both the next chapter and a standalone deep dive into the Black Terror’s life and the chaotic 1970s setting. Fans can expect to see Black Terror’s infamous plain-named sidekick Tim, cult leaders, mobsters, experimental drugs and more. Bemis has described the title as a bit of an Alan Moore take, but less depressing and with some 70s Batman DNA.
Dating back to the Golden Age, the Black Terror was created in 1941 by Richard E. Hughes and Don Gabrielson. Under the hero’s stark costume is pharmacist Bob Benton, who developed a formula which granted him powers. Often joined by his sidekick Tim, the pair vowed to stamp out evil during the war. Such legendary creators as Batman artist and Joker creator Jerry Robinson and world-renowned novelist Patricia Highsmith contributed to his original stories. His tales continue today in series published by Dynamite.
This terrific tale is wrapped in terrifying covers by some of the best artists in comics. Actually, they aren’t too scary. Francesco Francavilla contributes the most haunting of the bunch. While Jorge Fornés has some fun with the skull & crossbones emblem for some pirate-themed fun. David Nakayama inspires some terror with his cover. Erica Henderson has Mr. Benton flying high. Adam Gorham rounds out the superpowered squad with a brooding rooftop Terror.
Harleen Quinzel, Dinah Lance and Helena Bertinelli are all-powerful as individuals and become an unstoppable force when together, but you need to break some eggs to become the Birds of Prey. Luckily, none of these heroes have a problem cracking heads, certainly not a post-Suicide Squad Harley Quinn. Debuting this October, DC present Birds of Prey, a new ongoing monthly comic starring Harley Quinn, Black Canary, and Huntress with more pressure and higher stakes than fans have ever seen before, brought to you by hard-boiled superstar writer Brian Azzarello and the bombshell art team of Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Trish Mulvihill.
Needless to say, the Birds are back in town!
When the new series launches on October 30, 2019, Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the wringer and her band is in crisis. An old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set Dinah on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent: Las Esposas de la Muerte. The only thing Dinah can be grateful for is the fact that she’s not alone, as Huntress finds herself on a collision course with Black Canary’s quarry at Detective Montoya’s urging. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn has resurfaced outside of Gotham City and out of the Suicide Squad, with a new lease on life that is sure to make everyone’s life more complicated. And that’s only the first five pages of this dynamic new ongoing series!
Birds of Prey #1, written by Brian Azzarello with art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy and Trish Mulvihill, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 30, with a cover by Lupacchino, McCarthy and Nicholas Filardi and a card stock variant cover by J. Scott Campbell.
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While you await more going on, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Kotaku – Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Is A Couch Co-Op Superhero Party – We’re so excited to play this!
Kotaku – Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Apologizes After Criticizing The Current Japanese Government – Flop the vote!
Newsarama – Random House Graphic Reveals 2020 Launch Titles – Some good titles there.
AIPT! – Blade Runner 2019 #1
CBR – Coffin Bound #1
CBR – Collapser #1
AIPT! – Ghost Tree #4
AIPT! – The Punisher Annual #1
Talking Comics – Unearth #1
Teen Titans Go! #35
(W) Matthew K. Manning, J. Torres (A) Philip Murphy, Sandy Jarrell (CA) Lea H. Seidman
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
Robin’s appalled when he finds Cyborg and Beast Boy “Dropping Stuff Down a Hole,” but it gets worse when they discover why that hole appeared! And Raven’s bummed that her teammates are trying to hire a magic user…is she about to be kicked off the team? Not if her “Disappearing Act” is successful!
Ghost Tree #4 (of 4)
Bobby Curnow (w) • Simon Gane (a & c)
Mysteries are solved as an ancient evil rises. Will Brandt and his
family be able to come to terms with their actions before the present is
ruined? What does the future hold for those trapped in the past?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #7
(W) David Avallone
(A) Dave Acosta
(CA) Lucio Parillo
The Hellish hijinks continue, as Elvira and Faust go deeper and deeper into the Underworld. Will they escape judgment, or does the Lord of the Flies have something special waiting for them? It’s Dante’s Inferno with sex appeal and dirty jokes, in the next exciting issue of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK, brought to you by David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing), the team who brought you Doc Savage: Ring of Fire and Twilight Zone: The Shadow, which maybe you would have read if Elvira had been in them.
James Bond 007 #9
writer: Greg Pak
artist: Eric Gapstur, Robert Carey
covers: Dave Johnson (A), Khoi Pham (B), Kano (C), Eric Gapstur (D)
Dave Johnson (RI-Virgin), Khoi Pham (RI-Virgin), Kano (RI-Virgin), Eric Gapstur (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+
Plan is set. Clock gets tight. Goldfinger bets big.
The modern 007 epic continues from GREG PAK (Batman/Superman, Hulkverines) and ERIC GAPSTUR (The Flash: Season Zero).
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Roberto Castro
(CA) Rags Morales
Turok discovers the greatest mystery of the Lost Valley is … Turok himself?! Stunning revelations abound as Turok learns the long-buried truth about the Lost Valley, and about himself. Now he just has to live long enough to escape this time-lost land and the fate waiting for him thanks to the bounty hunter who has doggedly pursued him. Oh, and dinosaurs too! More prehistoric peril by Ron Marz and Roberto Castro!