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Batman: Urban Legends Dives Into the World of Gotham Spotlighting, Jason Todd, Grifter, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, the Outsiders, and more

Explore the world of Gotham in a brand new anthology series, Batman: Urban Legends which launches in March 2021 from DC Comics. Batman may be the biggest name in Gotham City, but there are lots of other heroes—and villains—who will get a turn to shine in a brand-new monthly anthology series highlighting top talent and a mix of new voices making their mark on the city the Dark Knight calls home.

The first six issues are anchored by a Batman/Red Hood thriller from writer Chip Zdarsky and fan-favorite artist Eddy Barrows. Renegade vigilante Jason Todd, a.k.a. Red Hood is investigating a new and lethal drug sweeping through Gotham City. In the course of one night, this investigation will change his life forever – and put him in Batman’s crosshairs.

Future State: Grifters writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Ryan Benjamin continue from the pages of Batman #101, as gun-for-hire Cole Cash is still in Gotham, on the trail of the true motives of the Halo Corporation…and yes, Batman and Grifter go head-to-head again!

In a story set before the launch of the new ongoing Harley Quinn series, writer Stephanie Phillips and Future State: The Next Batman artist Laura Braga team up to help Harley sort out her complicated history with Poison Ivy – but first she’ll have to find her!

This debut issue also launches a three-part tale of the Outsiders, courtesy of Future State: Outsiders writer Brandon Thomas with art by Max Dunbar. This saga reunites team members Black Lightning, Katana, and Metamorpho, but this reunion quickly turns into a confrontation with the appearance of a figure from Katana’s past!

Batman: Urban Legends #1 is a $7.99 prestige format series, debuting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 with covers by Hicham Habchi (main), David Finch (variant), and Kael Ngu (variant).

Review: Batman #104

Batman #104

Mixing Batman with Saw sounds like an awesome concept. Batman #104 dances around diving into that combination as Batman, Harley Quinn, and Clownhunter have been captured by Ghost-Maker. The first story arc after “The Joker War” continues to stumble as the series fails to excite.

Batman #104 has the group capture by Ghost-Maker bouncing between that and Nightwing and Oracle discussing Bruce’s history with Ghost-Maker. Writer James Tynion IV dips his toes in what could be a very interesting concept and direction. Ghost-Maker forcing Batman to make a tough decision with Clownhunter and Harley Quin while trapped within a room. But, the issue focuses mostly on Bruce’s past with the mysterious Ghost-Maker. By the end, we have learned only a little more than we knew before.

Almost half of the comic is dedicated to the past of Bruce and the anti-hero, about six times as is needed. We already knew they trained together, so adding in a little more is fine but much of the issue sets up the relationship between the two to once again emphasize that Bruce/Batman cares. The focus feels like filler to some extent presenting a sequence extended far more than it needs to be.

Where things would get interesting is presenting Batman with an actual dilemma, one where he needs to make a difficult choice. We get that tease in what looks like the set of Saw. Pitting Batman, Clownhunter, and Harley Quinn together in the situation really emphasizes Ghost-Maker’s point. And while the basics are there, it never really gets to the interesting aspects. That’s teased for the next issue.

Things aren’t helped with the art on the issue which is inconsistent. Ryan Benjamin, Danny Miki, Bengal, and Guillem March all contribute to the issue and it’s noticeable that there’s so many hands in it. There’s a dip in details from segment to segment and at times page to page that’s distracting. While DC has gotten away with multiple artists where things aren’t an issue, Batman #104 features such a variation that it’s jarring at times. Not even the art can really save the issue.

Much like much of the Ghost-Maker arc so far, Batman #104 continues a story which has potential but never quite nails the interesting meat of it. The issues feel like a build-up to what will be a packed final issue that really lays things out. This seems to be Tynion’s pattern with his multiple arcs so far. The initial issues lay out some interesting concepts, dances around them, and the final issue lays out the theme and “conclusion” of the arc. It creates for issues where things don’t feel satisfying and as a reader we’re left with potential with little payoff.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Ryan Benjamin, Danny Miki, Bengal, Guillem March
Color: David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation:
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Preview: Nightwing #73

Nightwing #73

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Ryan Benjamin

The Joker knows Dick Grayson is Nightwing-and the plans the Clown Prince of Crime has set in motion in “The Joker War” will haunt Batman forever. Under the control of The Joker’s new henchperson, Punchline, Nightwing must battle the people he once loved most: Batgirl, the Robins, and…himself.

Nightwing #73

Preview: Batman: Gotham Nights #7

Batman: Gotham Nights #7

Unplanned Obsolescence” by Mark Russell, Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri
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When Batman’s old nemesis Killer Moth is shot dead in an everyday burglary, the World’s Greatest Detective knows there must be more to the story. After all, this is one of Batman’s earliest foes, and if there’s anything Batman learned from those early fights, it’s that you always need a backup plan!

Batman: Gotham Nights #7

This Week’s DC Digital First Includes More DCeased and Batman The Adventures Continue Plus Debuts of World’s Finest and Harley Quinn

DC’s Digital Firsts is packed next week with new chapters of DCeased: Hope at World’s End on Tuesday, June 2 and Batman: The Adventures Continue on Thursday, June 4. These new chapters, along with DC’s daily dose of Super Hero action, give fans even more choice of content while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

DC Digital First comics are available from participating digital retailers, including ReadDC.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.

Monday June 1

World’s Finest: Batwoman and Supergirl #1

Sister, Sister” by Margaret Stohl, Laura Braga, Arif Prianto, and Travis Lanham
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When a powerful alien weapon falls into the wrong hands, it will take the combined might of Batwoman and Supergirl together to save the city from the Religion of Crime!

World's Finest: Batwoman and Supergirl #1

Tuesday June 2

DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Two

Prelude to the Anti-Life War” by Tom Taylor, Renato Guedes, Rex Lokus, and Saida Temofonte
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Kahndaq, like every other country on Earth, suffered a similar fate in the early moments the Anti-Life Equation plague. Black Adam, however, had a very different response then the heroes of the Justice League!

DCeased: Hope at World’s End Chapter Two

Batman: Gotham Nights #7

Unplanned Obsolescence” by Mark Russell, Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri
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When Batman’s old nemesis Killer Moth is shot dead in an everyday burglary, the World’s Greatest Detective knows there must be more to the story. After all, this is one of Batman’s earliest foes, and if there’s anything Batman learned from those early fights, it’s that you always need a backup plan!

Batman: Gotham Nights #7

Wednesday June 3

Harley Quinn: Make ’em Laugh #1

Head Shrink” by Mark Russell, Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero, and Marshall Dillon
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It’s hard out there for a freelancer! Looking to make some quick cash, Harley takes on odd jobs in her many wheelhouses—therapizing bad guys, tracking down stolen art from the Gotham Art Museum…but when it turns out the thief has his own mental baggage to unpack, Harley’s got a real Thinker on her hands!

Harley Quinn: Make 'em Laugh #1

Thursday June 4

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Five

Mentors – Part III” by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Ty Templeton, Monica Kubina, and Joshua Reed
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Deathstroke and Robin face down Firefly, but can the two stand the heat after the firebug gets the upperhand? And who’s hired Deathstroke to take down the Dark Knight?

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Five

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Stinging Tide – Finale” by Steve Orlando, V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Andrew Dalhouse, and Wes Abbott
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The final showdown between Aquaman and Scorpio!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Friday June 5

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #7

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The Pied Piper’s Refrain” by Josh Trujillo, Andie Tong, Jordie Bellaire, and Rob Leigh

With Central City overrun by rodents, the Flash sets out to collar the obvious culprit—but is the Scarlet Speedster’s assumption about the Pied Piper correct?

None of the Time in the World” by Jay Baruchel, Sumit Kumar, FCO Plascencia, and Rob Leigh

A radioactive beast runs rampant after an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs. But is it man or monster, and can the Flash calm the creature before it destroys Central City?

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #7

Saturday June 6

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #2

A Home in the Country” by Sholly Fisch, Philip Murphy, Franco Riesco, and Gabriela Downie
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Tired of the rules and regulations against totally normal things like foghorn-and-air-raid-siren parties, the Teen Titans take matters into their own hands—by starting a whole new country!

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #2

Sunday June 7

Swamp Thing: New Roots #7

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The Winter Quarters” by Phil Hester, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe

Deep  in  the  bayou,  Swamp  Thing  continues  to  follow  the  fifolet, despite not knowing the mysterious spirit’s ultimate destination. On his way he encounters a strange and powerful girl locked away in the swamp, with magical friends and a monster at her door.

The Courser” by Phil Hester, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe

Come one, come all, and watch as the terrifying Swamp Thing attempts to rescue a young boy from the spellbinding snare of a cursed circus!

Swamp Thing: New Roots #7

DC Reveals its Fifth Week of DC Digital First Releases

DC’s expanded DC Digital Firsts continues strong into its fifth week! Its your chance to discover some great stories by a variety of writers and artists—there’s something new every day of the week!

Check out what’s coming this upcoming week!

Metropolis Monday

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5

What Makes a City – Part 1” by Rob Venditti, Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy, Adriano Lucas, and Clayton Cowles
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Lex Luthor’s gone Big Brother in Metropolis after placing new hi-tech security cameras around the city to put an end to crime, and Superman with it!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5
Batman Tuesday

Batman: Gotham Nights #5

Concrete Jungle” by Mark Russell, Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri
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When Commissioner Gordon suspects there’s a mole in his precinct, it’s up to Batman to keep a witness safe until he can testify. But this particular witness is a crooked lawyer with ties to every criminal operation in Gotham City, and Batman finds himself under attack from both sides of the law!

Batman: Gotham Nights #5
Wonder Women Wednesday

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #5

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Sure Shot” by Van Jensen, Jheremy Raapack, Hi-Fi and Travis Lanham

Deadshot has his sights set on a corrupt government official, and it’sup to the Amazon Princess to protect him from the legendary assassin—but does this particular target actually deserve to be saved?

Couldn’t Live” by Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Travis Lanham

Steve Trevor finds himself in over his head while trying to help Wonder Woman on a mission—but is he doing it for the right reasons, or just trying to prove something to himself?

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #5
Tidal Thursday

Aquaman: Deep Dives #5

Stinging Tide – Part 1” by Steve Orlando, V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Andrew Dalhouse and Wes Abbott
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In order to rescue King Noble, Aquaman and the Sea Devils must take on…the Trench!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #5
Flash Friday

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5

Around the Day in Eighty Worlds” by Gail Simone, Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, and Rob Leigh
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It’s a race through all of time as the Flash tries to get the upper hand against Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash! Thawne is faster and more ruthless than Barry, but if Barry can stay just a step ahead of him, maybe the Flash can stop his terrible reign. Will time be on the Scarlet Speedster’s side?!

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5
Saturday Morning Cartoons

DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #5

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Honey, I Shrunk My Friends” by Derek Fridolfs, Agnes Garbowska, Silvana Brys and Gabriela Downie

Bumblebee is tired of always being tiny! Karen sets her mind to creating a device that will make her big instead of small, but when things don’t go as she planned, the other girls will get a crash course in seeing the world through Bumblee’s eyes!

Fan Favorites” by Ivan Cohen, Sarah Leuver and Gabriela Downie

When Beast Boy is voted “Most Popular Titan” by Jump City’s fourth-largest free magazine, Robin knows there must be something evil behind it…because, really, Beast Boy?!

DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #5
Supernatural Sunday

Swamp Thing: New Roots #5

The Flower King” by Mark Russell, Marco Santucci, John Kalisz and Dave Sharpe
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A murderous cult making human sacrifices in Swamp Thing’s honor wants nothing less than to start the world over, destroying civilization and rebuilding a more natural life with Swamp Thing as their king…and Swamp Thing wants nothing to do with them. But even more horrifying, the Sunderland Corporation has used his DNA to create self-harvesting clones—and Swamp Thing must use all the weapons in his arsenal to save them.

Swamp Thing: New Roots #5

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Preview: Batman: Gotham Nights #5

Batman: Gotham Nights #5

Concrete Jungle
by Mark Russell, Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri
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When Commissioner Gordon suspects there’s a mole in his precinct, it’s up to Batman to keep a witness safe until he can testify. But this particular witness is a crooked lawyer with ties to every criminal operation in Gotham City, and Batman finds himself under attack from both sides of the law!

Batman: Gotham Nights #5

Preview: Batman: Gotham Nights #4

Batman: Gotham Nights #4

The Dragnet
Written by Mark Russell
Pencils Ryan Benjamin
Inks Richard Friend
Colored by Alex Sinclair
Lettering by Troy Peteri
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Batman goes after the biggest criminals in Gotham City: Bruce Wayne’s billionaire peers. But when these blue-blooded businessmen turn to the Joker for help, they find themselves in over their heads. It’s up to Bruce Wayne to step in and save them…even though he may be just as guilty as the rest.

Batman: Gotham Nights #4

DC Reveals Week 4 of their Digital First Series

Metropolis Monday

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4

Buried Past” by Rob Venditti, Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy, Adriano Lucas and Clayton Cowles

A monstrous creature is appearing in the countryside outside of Metropolis and putting the beatdown on Superman. Can Clark Kent solve the mystery behind this muck beast or will Superman be buried for good?!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4
Batman Tuesday

Batman: Gotham Nights #4

The Dragnet” by Mark Russell, Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair and Troy Peteri

Batman goes after the biggest criminals in Gotham City: Bruce Wayne’s billionaire peers. But when these blue-blooded businessmen turn to the Joker for help, they find themselves in over their heads. It’s up to Bruce Wayne to step in and save them…even though he may be just as guilty as the rest.

Batman: Gotham Nights #4
Wonder Women Wednesday

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #4

Hope Springs Eternal” by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Hi-Fi and Travis Lanham

Wonder Woman visits an old friend on her last day, but afterward, Diana’s day turns into a nightmare. Meanwhile, the Penguin gathers a group of villains to enact a new plan against their heroic enemies!

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #4
Tidal Thursday

Aquaman: Deep Dives #4

Worth” and “A Father’s Favor” by Dave Wielgosz, José Luis, Adriano Di Benedetto, Rex Lukus and Wes Abbott

Worth” — Aqualad fights off a surprise attack from the Electrocutioner!

A Father’s Favor” — Black Manta recruits Aqualad to assist him on a very personal mission.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #4
Flash Friday

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #4

Flash Forward” by Gail Simone, Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo and Rob Leigh

The Flash has arrived in the 25th century to face down the villainous Eobard Thawne, the REVERSE-FLASH! But what Barry discovers isn’t a city in ruins, but a utopia filled with people who can use the Speed Force the same way he does. Can the Flash stop the sinister speedster when he’s surrounded by people who would die for him?!

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #4
Saturday Morning Cartoons

DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #4

Fall Festival” by Amy Wolfram, Agnes Garbowska, Silvana Brys and Gabriela Downie

The girls are excited about this year’s Fall Festival, but Harley Quinn has other plans! Will Bumblebee be able to stop her and keep the pumpkinsfrom flying?

A Sticky Zit-uation” by Derek Fridolfs, Agnes Garbowska, Silvana Brys and Gabriela Downie

Zatanna learns that magic isn’t always the solution for everything—especially when that thing is bright red and in the middle of your forehead!

DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #4
Supernatural Sunday

Swamp Thing: New Roots #4

Strategic Outcomes” by Mark Russell, Marco Santucci, John Kalisz and Dave Sharpe

At Sunderland’s request, the U.S. military is testing ways to annihilate the monstrous threat known as the Swamp Thing. From swamp to city they’ll hunt him, and while their target tries to keep the innocent from becoming collateral damage, the same can’t be said of his pursuers…

Swamp Thing: New Roots #4

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