Batbooks Get Fill-In Arcs Until After the BatWedding – a BatRelaunch in the Cards?

Posted by March 20, 2018 Comment

With a Batman Wedding coming up, it looks like there’s some rejigging of the Batbooks, as there has been with the Superbooks after Brian Michael Bendis jumped on.

Batgirl & The Birds if Prey is cancelled in May.

Batgirl #24 gets writer Shawn Aldridge instead of Hope Larson for a short story in June.

Detective Comics #982 and #983 gets writer Bryan Hill instead of James Tynion for a short story.

Nightwing has had a number of rotating teams of late, with Benjamin Percy writing a short story for May and June.

Harley Quinn #42 and #43 have Christopher Sebela doing a short story before, apparently, Sam Humphries takes over. And at that point, Harley Quinn collections will restart with a new Volume 1.

Tim Seeley is writing a batch of Wedding Prelude one-shot titles in June.

And Tom King and Mikel Janin have Batman #48 and #49 before the big Batman/Catwoman wedding in #50.

Could it be that we are heading for a big Batman relaunch in July? With fill-in arcs scheduled to give the new creative teams time to bed in?

Everyone loves a wedding… but it’s what comes afterwards that is always more interesting.

BATGIRL #24
Written by SHAWN ALDRIDGE • Art by SCOTT GODLEWSKI • Cover by DAN MORA • Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
After narrowly escaping the mazes of her own mind, Batgirl swings back into action to help Jacob Cesaro, an old classmate who has recently made some bad life decisions. Little does she know he’s now Two-Face’s latest recruit—and the key to his plans to take over the city! But Jacob’s not in it for the money and power promised by one of Gotham City’s greatest villains…he’s got something much more valuable in mind!
On sale JUNE 27 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

DETECTIVE COMICS #982
Written by BRYAN HILL • Art by MIGUEL MENDONÇA • Cover by EDDY BARROWS • Variant cover by MARK BROOKS
“On The Outside” part one! Duke Thomas. Cassandra Cain. They and other young heroes don’t intend to stand down, no matter what Batman thinks is best. Who can Batman trust to guide them? They need a teacher…and Black Lightning fits the bill!
On sale JUNE 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

DETECTIVE COMICS #983
Written by BRYAN HILL • Art by MIGUEL MENDONÇA • Cover by EDDY BARROWS • Variant cover by MARK BROOKS
“On The Outside” part two! Batman wanted Black Lightning involved in the lives of his protégés—but how involved was the Dark Knight thinking? What kind of missions will Jefferson Pierce take them on? And what, exactly, is he whispering in their ears about Batman himself?
On sale JUNE 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

NIGHTWING #45
Written by BENJAMIN PERCY • Art by CHRISTOPHER MOONEYHAM • Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY • Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA. JR.
Nightwing investigates a string of murders that at first seem disconnected…but when signs start to point to the digital underworld, the mean streets of Blüdhaven begin to transform. So how does a hero like Dick Grayson-—used to using his fists to solve problems—stop a villain he can’t get his hands on? Especially when Blüdhaven isn’t the only thing compromised by a tech implant in this new “smart city” initiative…so is Nightwing’s mind.
On sale JUNE 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

HARLEY QUINN #43
Written by CHRISTOPHER SEBELA • Art by MIRKA ANDOLFO • Cover by JOHN TIMMS • Variant cover by FRANK CHO
When Harley Quinn finds herself hammer-deep in a paranoid spiral, the last thing she needs is for someone to blow up her favorite bodega! Worse, the only clue she finds seems to indicate Harley herself was the actual target of the attack! What’s a girl to do when she’s pushed all her friends away just as someone decides to kill her?
On sale JUNE 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

HARLEY QUINN #44
Written by CHRISTOPHER SEBELA • Art by MIRKA ANDOLFO • Cover by JOHN TIMMS • Variant cover by FRANK CHO
And in issue #44, she’s up crazy creek without a hoagie when Harley Quinn goes full Batman to hunt down whoever made her favorite bodega go boom. But while digging her way through a twisted trail of clues, Harley discovers trouble that could mean the end of New York City…only nobody believes her!
On sale JUNE 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

BATMAN #48
Written by TOM KING • Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN • Variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
“THE BEST MAN” part one! Batman and Catwoman decide it might be better to elope rather than go through some big, stodgy wedding ceremony, but no sooner do they put their marriage on the fast track than The Joker appears! And when The Joker kidnaps the Caped Crusader, will he give his old foe a piece of his mind or bash in his brains?
On sale JUNE 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

BATMAN #49
Written by TOM KING • Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN • Variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
“THE BEST MAN” part two! Now it’s up to Catwoman to rescue her one true love. It’s the Cat vs. the Clown in one exciting showdown that sets the stage for our giant anniversary issue—and the biggest union in comics!
On sale JUNE 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — ROBIN VS. RA’S AL GHUL #1
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by BRAD WALKER and DREW HENNESSY • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Ra’s al Ghul returns to have a heart-to-heart with his grandson, Damian. Once upon a time, Ra’s thought Bruce Wayne would be the heir apparent to his criminal empire, but now that Batman has turned his back on Talia for good, Ra’s wants to know if Damian Wayne will honor his mother by stepping into the family business at last.
ONE-SHOT • RETROSOLICITED • On sale MAY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T+

BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — NIGHTWING VS. HUSH #1
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by TRAVIS MOORE • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Dick Grayson has a lot of responsibility. Being the original partner to Batman, he’s the natural choice to be Bruce Wayne’s best man. So if anyone has to get to the wedding, it’s going to be him. Too bad Hush has other plans—and maybe Bruce Wayne does, too!
ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 6 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T

BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — BATGIRL VS. THE RIDDLER #1
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by MINKYU JUNG • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On the eve of Batman’s wedding to Catwoman, two of Gotham City’s finest minds clash. In her role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon wired all of her allies together. But when The Riddler takes on Batgirl, will he tear everything asunder?
ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 13 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T

BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — RED HOOD VS. ANARKY #1
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Red Hood has always been the one standing slightly apart from the rest of the Bat crew. Some see him as the Robin gone bad—which is exactly the kind of thing someone like Anarky can exploit. Now Red Hood is running security at Catwoman’s bachelorette party—and if Anarky can crash it, that could be the final straw for Jason Todd!
ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 20 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T

BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — HARLEY QUINN VS. THE JOKER #1
Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by SAMI BASRI • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Harley Quinn knows a thing or two about dysfunctional relationships. When she hears that her old flame is trying to get in the way of a happy new life for one of her best friends, the Maid of Mischief tracks The Joker down to give him a piece of her mind—and maybe a few blows from her hammer, too.
ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 27 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T

(Last Updated March 20, 2018 10:50 am )

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