COMICS: BATMAN Solicitations For August 2013 Revealed; Is Damian Wayne Back Already?

The August 2013 solicitations for DC's Batman titles seemingly reveal that the Caped Crusader will succeed in his mission to resurrect his son...or do they? Hit the jump to check out the covers and details for all the books which will be on sale this summer.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/12/2013
An all-star special featuring the various members of Batman Incorporated—Man-of-Bats, Red Raven, El Gaucho, Dark Ranger, Knight, Batman himself and more! In the wake of their epic struggle with Talia al Ghul, the Heretic and Leviathan see what’s next for the members of Batman’s army. Featuring stories written and drawn by a collection of industry greats! Plus: Bat-Cow makes her solo debut in a tale by writer Dan DiDio and artist Ethan Van Sciver!




BATMAN, INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1
Written by CHRIS BURNHAM, JOE KEATINGE, DAN DIDIO and others
Art by CHRIS BURNHAM, ETHAN VAN SCIVER, JASON MASTERS and others
Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM





Witness the moment Bruce Wayne becomes Batman as “Zero Year” makes history! And in the backup story, a young Bruce Wayne fights for his life in a death match in Russia!




BATMAN #23
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Backup story art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO





The clash between Talon and Bane’s forces comes to an epic finale on Santa Prisca as Casey Washington desperately seeks Batman to help him eliminate the Court of Owls once and for all.




TALON #11
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA





Alfred is forced to confront the Anti-Batman known as the Wrath! Taking care of Batman all these years has left Alfred with more than a few tricks up his sleeve, but will they be enough?




DETECTIVE COMICS #23
Written by JOHN LAYMAN
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE





Batman and Commissioner Gordon are forced into a tight corner as Clayface embarks on a murder spree throughout Gotham City. But hope surfaces when the Mad Hatter emerges as an unlikely ally.




BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by ALEX MALEEV





Could Batman have saved Damian’s life after all? Guest starring Nightwing!




BATMAN AND NIGHTWING #23
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY





The Birds are locked in combat with Basilisk when Black Canary learns a devastating truth!




BIRDS OF PREY #23
Written by CHRISTY MARX
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by RICKEN





The new "Batgirl: Wanted" epic begins here, as Commissioner Gordon must track down his son’s murderer—who happens to be his daughter! But has Barbara already given up the Bat?




BATGIRL #23
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER





Batwoman must confront the chaos and destruction that she helped unleash in Gotham City as part of the DEO’s scheme to destroy Batman!




BATWOMAN #23
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art by TREVOR McCARTHY
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III





Beneath Gotham City, Catwoman fights for her life! Plus, this issue will make you ask the question “Who is The Joker’s Daughter?”




CATWOMAN #23
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
Cover by TERRY DODSON





Luke Fox’s personal life is already in turmoil, but as Batwing he must confront a dangerous new threat in the form of assassin for hire Lady Vic as she makes her first appearance in The New 52!




BATWING #23
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
Cover by KEN LASHLEY





Roy Harper lives up to the name Arsenal as he wages a one-man attack on the secret city of the League of Assassins to save Jason Todd!




RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #23
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by JULIUS GOPEZ
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA





A city under siege as the Prankster’s attacks take over Chicago! Can Nightwing find the madman before he kills again? And just what is the Prankster’s endgame? Plus, don’t miss Tony Zullo’s shocking decision.




NIGHTWING #23
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND


Source: IGN Comics
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AmazingFantasy - 5/12/2013, 3:15 PM
Huh
robsncoppers - 5/12/2013, 3:19 PM
Writing riddles must be harder than Snyder thought.
TheDARKestKNIGHT - 5/12/2013, 3:20 PM
Where is Damian mentioned?
Minato - 5/12/2013, 3:21 PM
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised
Knight - 5/12/2013, 3:22 PM
Really hope Damian does not return. Let him stay dead.
Darkknight23 - 5/12/2013, 3:28 PM
Ordinarily I'd say no or it's too soon, but I liked Damian. It's a bad idea to bring him back, but I'd love to see him again.
TheManFromMars - 5/12/2013, 3:29 PM
I admit I've not been keeping up with Batman ever since the New 52 started, so...

What's the deal with the flying cow?
RobbieDigital - 5/12/2013, 3:30 PM
Ugghh, Black Canary's outfit is still terrible......
Wildaniel - 5/12/2013, 3:39 PM
HAHA I love Batcow!

TheManFromMars - 5/12/2013, 3:43 PM
@Wildaniel

Oh, ok. LOL

Is Batcow a member of the Legion of Super-Pets?

Himura - 5/12/2013, 3:49 PM
Wow...the Batgirl cover is aamzing
longbowhunter - 5/12/2013, 4:11 PM
I see zero evidence of Damian coming back in these solicits.
Goggles - 5/12/2013, 4:14 PM
Batgirl #23, Detective Comics #23, Batman #23, and Batwoman #23 have some pretty sweet covers.
AlReg - 5/12/2013, 4:32 PM
Pretty sure Damian is not coming back. Aside from the Batman Inc special they all look a little bland.
Sophisticated - 5/12/2013, 4:36 PM
I like the art.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/12/2013, 4:42 PM
Lovin the Batgirl cover.
ScabbyJ - 5/12/2013, 4:57 PM
Whoa Wrath looks sick!
ScabbyJ - 5/12/2013, 5:03 PM
Oh that whole "Joker's daughter" ting is part of Catwoman... Figures. That book should get a new team on it.
Shadowelfz - 5/12/2013, 5:05 PM
Bat Cow? Someone actually sat down and made a character named Bat Cow? Good lord.
marvel72 - 5/12/2013, 5:12 PM
that batgirl cover,that is some nice artwork.
TheSoulEater - 5/12/2013, 5:16 PM
Nightwing no!!!
Tevii - 5/12/2013, 5:17 PM
Nah. I doubt it's Damien, it's probably. Carrie Kelly. She probably found out what happened to Damien and found another one of his suits.
coolguy - 5/12/2013, 5:21 PM
those people complaining about no evidence look a little closer at the batman and robin cover
MrBadTouch - 5/12/2013, 5:36 PM
Batcow must make the batcave smell like shit.
Looking forward to these titles anyway.
maryboo - 5/12/2013, 5:37 PM
Batwoman always has the best covers.
GetsugaTensho22 - 5/12/2013, 5:47 PM
Damien's NOT coming back. It's dealing with the 4 stages of grief and how they can come back to haunt you. I'm guessing that in this issue, it's Denial all over again.
ScabbyJ - 5/12/2013, 7:03 PM
Well technically Damien isn't dead cuz Nightwing and Batman are fighting his accelerated-aging clone, if I'm not mistaken.
oldnoname - 5/12/2013, 7:25 PM
Fantastic Batgirl cover.

and Jesus SteveRogersSon I get that it's your little schtick to hate on all things even remotely related to Morrison to the point it get's really annoying but calm the hell down. It's just a cow, it's not like it gets used a lot.
TheFox - 5/12/2013, 7:39 PM
Bat-Cow.

... Bat-Cow.

I still can't believe that's a thing. Hell, it was okay for a one-off gag-- "ha ha! Get it? The brown patch over his eyes looks like a bat symbol! And the little kid likes him! Oh, that wacky Damian..."-- but... jeez, they really want to run that joke into the ground, don't they? And now the damn cow is getting a back-up story?

Grant Morrison, you are storytelling poison. The sooner DC Comics is rid of you, the better.

(Also, I'm pretty positive that whole "Damian is back from the dead already!" thing is a stupid tease. They did the same thing back when Bruce Wayne "died", remember? It sold a lot of issues, I bet, but it turned out to be nothing. And this will, too.)

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TheFox - 5/12/2013, 7:41 PM
Incidentally, thank God Scott Snyder and John Layman are in charge of Batman and Detective Comics now. Those two give me hope for the future.

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EtriganTheDemon - 5/12/2013, 8:07 PM
@ TheFox.

"Grant Morrison, you are storytelling poison"

Snyder is going to go down in history like Alan Grant and Mike W. Barr did, FORGOTTEN.

GET THE [frick] OVER YOURSELVES HE'S NOT EVEN THAT GOOD.

Jesus, Give a guy a rebooted #1 and suddenly he's a god. He tells the same old stories we've heard a dozen times, only he tries to throw a horror spin on it that just falls completely flat.

Severed is the only thing by Snyder worth noting, simply because it was written to be horrifying. Everything else is complete and utter trash and if you don't agree then you really haven't read much other than Snyder if I were to assume.

Grant Morrison could write a better Batman story on his deathbed; the themes, the history-drenched storytelling frenzies and the fact that HE IS NOT AFRAID TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS make him the best.

And if you call Court of Owls 'different', take a look at "Batman: The Cult"

Pretty much the same story, different antagonist.




"Grant Morrison, you are storytelling poison"

Hmmm... Then I wonder why he's had a job the last 30 years?

Will Snyder? Nope, like I said, he'll be long forgotten.

Rant over.




TnTflash - 5/12/2013, 8:18 PM
Morrison's batman is too jokey...damians death issue was rushed and emotionless and every one after has been meaningless to me.
Ramiel - 5/12/2013, 9:03 PM
Spider-Pig > Bat-Cow
oldnoname - 5/12/2013, 9:31 PM
@TheHeat

hahaha nice
ShogunNevets - 5/12/2013, 11:23 PM
There's really a bat-cow?
PLUSH - 5/13/2013, 9:56 AM
The Batgirl cover.. wow.
dellamorte1872 - 5/13/2013, 10:59 AM
MORRISON is talented he did ANIMAL MAN which is one of the best comics ever; dude earned himself a job in the biz for life.
ManCalledSting - 5/13/2013, 12:28 PM
Nice, I'd be ok with Damian being alive still, I liked his character. He added a new dynamic to
Batman. So hopefully he's alive.

Delmorte: DC 1 million, All Star Superman, and JLA Earth 2 are also really good work from him as well, just to name a few.
TheFox - 5/13/2013, 12:46 PM
EtriganTheDemon: Sorry, friend, but we obviously have very different tastes when it comes to... well, anything Batman-related, at least.

I like Scott Snyder's work. A LOT. I really latched onto him while he was doing Detective Comics, and my love of what he's done with the character has only grown since he took over Batman. He may not be the best writer to ever tackle the Dark Knight (that would be Greg Rucka, IMO), but he gets the character, and he has the kind of sensibilities that gel with Batman, and create the kinds of stories I like to read.

Yes, Grant Morrison is a ballsy writer. Yes, he tries new things with the character.

But you know what? NOVELTY IS NOT THE SAME THING AS QUALITY.

Do you think that any of the crazy crap Morrison has done with the character is going to carry over into Batman's extended mythology when Grant's finally off the books? How often do you think we're going to see Professor Pyg from here on in? Or El Flamingo? Lord Death Man? Dr. Hurt? ANY of them? Doesn't it say something to you that none of the other writers on Batman are even acknowledging what's going on in Batman Inc, except for when the HAVE to, like with Damian's death?

All Morrison's work has going for it is the shock of something new and different. But when you actually break it down, you know what it is? Camp. No matter how intelligently he did it (and trust me, THAT is something I would love to debate), Grant Morrison basically turned Batman into a self-referential joke, and sold it to us as some sort of revolutionary new take on the character.

Well, you know what? Campy Batman isn't a new idea, and it stopped being cool back in 1968.

I don't know how Morrison managed to get away with this when fans practically crucified Joel Schumacher for doing almost the exact same thing on the big screen. I guess if you add enough graphic violence and casual murder, people won't notice that you're basically writing a farce. But from beginning to end, Grant Morrison's Batman has been little more than a joke-- told at the expense of the character, and also the readers who thought they'd be getting a brilliant new take on one of the greatest superheroes in the world.

Now THAT, sir, is a rant.

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TheFox - 5/13/2013, 1:05 PM
Oh, crap-- I forgot to mention Paul Dini as one of the best Batman writers ever! Man, that was a big oversight-- his run on Detective was excellent, not to mention that he wrote TONS of classic episodes of the animated series (including "Heart of Ice", the best episode of 'em all, and possibly my favorite supervillain origin of all time). And did I mention that he INVENTED Harley Quinn?

Paul Dini doesn't get nearly enough respect for all that. His Riddler was my favorite take on the character EVER-- reforming him and turning him into a P.I. was a masterstroke that I'm sad DC ended up ignoring (and why they did, I'm not even sure-- it's not like they did anything better with him later).

Oh, well. He might not have been a big name to some, but he was the BEST to me.

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