With “Fear State” over, a new creative team has taken over Batman with Batman #118 starting an all-new story arc and all-new direction. Gotham is celebrating the end of Scarecrow’s plan and end of the Magistrate leaving Batman in a very awkward position. One, there’s just not a ton going on but also, the town is celebrating his work. He’s being metaphorically hoisted over the heads and on the shoulders of Gotham’s citizens. It’s an odd spot for him to be in. Luckily, a case involving Batman Inc. has come up forcing him to leave the city for matters outside of it.
Writer Joshua Williamson takes over the writing duties and delivers a debut issue that feels so grounded compared to the last who knows how many issues. What’s presented is the start of a murder mystery and Batman trying to figure out what to do next. In a series that has so recently dealt with the Joker declaring war and Scarecrow sowing fear, city wide attacks, the focus on something so basic feels like a breath of fresh air. It also dives in a bit to Batman Inc., a concept which has been shelved for some time. What has that been up to, especially since Bruce Wayne lost all his money? Williamson ends the issue with a tease of an answer and one that’s beyond intriguing.
The art is pretty solid. With art by Jorge Molina and Mikel Janín, the issue lacks a lot of splash to so many others rely on. That’s not a bad thing at all. It delivers a grounded take to a more grounded story. The art really fits what Williamson is going for. But, the duo also use Batman’s theatrics well especially in an opening sequence involving robbers. It’s simple, yet works so well for what makes Batman tick as a hero. There’s also plenty of humor and fun as Batman must save partygoers from a robbery. The less said about that scene, the better. The two are joined by Tomeu Morey on color and Clayton Cowles on lettering and the group together delivers a solid visual transition that fits the narrative transition.
Batman #118 is a new beginning that pumps the breaks from world shattering events. There’s a grounded sense of it all that feels like it brings Batman back to basics in many ways. Here’s hoping it stays that course delivering something classic in many ways.
Written by: Joshua Williamson Art by: Jorge Molina
New creative team! Start of a new story arc as Batman leaves Gotham! “Abyss” part one! As Gotham celebrates surviving Fear State, Batman retreats alone into the darkness. But when he learns of a mystery involving Batman Inc., it forces the Caped Crusader to leave Gotham for a brand-new adventure! Thrills, chills, and international intrigue await! The Dark Knight begins a new story with superstar artist Jorge Molina and new writer Joshua Williamson!
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Marco Checchetto (VCA) Marco Checchetto, Peach Momoko, Arthur Adams, Mark Bagley, Joshua Cassara, Mr. Garcin, Ed McGuinness, Jorge Molina, Todd Nauck, Ron Lim, Will Sliney Parental Advisory In Shops: Jan 19, 2022 SRP: $5.99
THE BIGGEST WOLVERINE STORY OF ALL TIME BEGINS HERE! Logan. James Howlett. Weapon X. The mutant best known as WOLVERINE has lived many lives under many identities and in many places, but never before has the fate of the future been so entwined with the past! Fan-favorite eras of Wolverine’s saga are explored anew, along with never-before-seen episodes as Logan must travel to various points in time to prevent the death of a key figure in mutant history. But these LIVES are only one side of the story… Be here for the start of the time-shredding saga across all of Wolverine’s history and future yet to come!
X Lives of Wolverine and X Deaths of Wolverine, a saga across the past and future that will transform not just Wolverine but the entire X-Men mythos, kicks off this January. Written by Wolverine mastermind Benjamin Percy with art by Joshua Cassara and Federico Vicentini and covers by the legendary Adam Kubert, these interlocking series will release on an alternate weekly schedule, ushering in The Second Krakoan Age of X-Men in the same epic fashion that Jonathan Hickman’s House of X and Powers of X did in 2019. To celebrate this latest mutant milestone, some of the industry’s top artists including Peach Momoko, Ron Lim, and Jorge Molina have delivered stunning covers for the launch issue that showcase Wolverine’s incredible legacy. Among these covers, fans can see the first of cover collections that will adorn each issue of X Lives of Wolverine such Mark Bagley’s Trading Card Variant Covers, Animation Variant covers, and the Lives of Wolverine Covers. Plus, take a look at Mr Garcin’s mesmerizing connecting collage for X Lives of Wolverine #1 and X Deaths of Wolverine #1. Other covers include ones by Ed McGuinness, Will Sliney, Todd Nauck, Joshua Cassara, and Arthur Adams.
Check out all the outstanding covers now and pick up X Lives of Wolverine #1 on January 19!
In the tradition of DCeased comes a new, terrifying story from the minds of James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg, and Otto Schmidt. DC Vs. Vampires is a special, standalone twelve-issue maxiseries, that will pit the Justice League against a secret army of vampires, leaving our heroes unsure of who they can trust.
DC Vs. Vampires #1 (of 12) is on sale in comic book stores on Oct. 26, 2021. It features a main cover by Schmidt, a variant cover by Francesco Mattina, 1:25 ratio variant by Jorge Molina, and a retailer variant by Ejikure.
Out on June 8, Batman: Urban Legends #4 features Grifter, Red Hood, Tim Drake, Luke Fox, and a story by Batwoman‘s Camrus Johnson.
The comic features:
The Penultimate chapter of the Grifter story is here! Grifter’s walking a deadly line between Lucius Fox and HALO’s plan…can he survive the endgame? Oh, and yeah, now Superman is after him!
As old wounds threaten to Sabotage Batman and Red Hood’s investigation into the Cheerdrop drug turning Gotham City upside down they run afoul of Gotham’s coldest criminal MR. FREEZE! And the force behind the Cheerdrops will be banking on the former dynamic duo’s demise…
TIM DRAKE has returned to the streets of Gotham City and is seeking a new purpose, but what he finds is a string of young adult kidnappings committed by someone known only as “The Chaos Monster” will Tim be able to get to the root of the kidnappings or will he fall prey to them? Critically acclaimed Future State Robin Eternal writer Meghan Fitzmartin returns to tell this Tim Drake story with rising star artist Belén Ortega
Acclaimed creator and actor Camrus Johnson writes an action-packed story featuring Luke Fox—the character he portrays on The CW’s hit television series BATWOMAN!
Batman: Urban Legends #4 will feature stories and art by Chip Zdarsky, Meghan Fitzmartin, Matthew Rosenberg, Camrus Johnson, Eddy Barrows, Belén Ortega, Ryan Benjamin, Marcus To, Eber Ferriera, and more, with a cover Jorge Molina and variant covers by Dustin Nguyen and Irvin Rodrigues.
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Jorge Molina Rated T+ In Shops: Feb 24, 2021 SRP: $3.99
SUCCESS COMES AT A PRICE FOR CAPTAIN MARVEL! With the help of her allies, Carol Danvers taps into a new level of power in her fight against Ove, but at what cost? It may be enough to save the future from Ove, but what about the past? And will saving the future mean sacrificing her only chance to go home?
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Lee Garbett, Belen Ortega (CA) Jorge Molina Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 27, 2021 SRP: $3.99
IN THE LION’S DEN! As OVE’s plans for CAPTAIN MARVEL are uncovered, Carol and her team must call upon new weapons and heroes – both new and old – to save Earth from his reign. Thunder and lightning – magic spells and mighty fists – it’s no holds barred against a mad king for the fate of this world…and maybe so much more?
(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna (CA) Jorge Molina Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 06, 2021 SRP: $3.99
With every step comes an earthquake. With every breath comes fire that melts steel. Witness calamity incarnate: BEMULAR!! But even if ULTRAMAN can slay this dark beast and prevent catastrophe, it will be too late to prevent the birth of a new world – leaving one final decision to be made, that promises to forever change the destiny of humanity.
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Lee Garbett, Belen Ortega (CA) Jorge Molina Rated T+ In Shops: Dec 09, 2020 SRP: $3.99
FRIENDS OR FODDER? Captain Marvel finds new allies in this strange new world – but is she sending them to their deaths? As the secrets behind Ove and his stronghold are revealed, Carol and her team find themselves dramatically outgunned. Meanwhile, the mysteries surrounding how and why Carol is here begin to reveal themselves – and they’re not what anyone expected!