What's Going On With The Bat Signal These Days? (Spoilers for Batman Damned, The Batman Who Laughs and Detective Comics)

What’s Going On With The Bat Signal These Days? (Spoilers for Batman Damned, The Batman Who Laughs and Detective Comics)

Posted by December 12, 2018 Comment

In last week’s Batman #60, Commissioner Gordon became a bat man of his own, as he took a baseball bat to the Bat Signal, severing the police department’s relationship to the billionaire vigilante.

But in today’s Batbooks no one seems to have noticed. The Batman Who Laughs #1 has Commissioner Gordon turn the Bat Signal off because of the action of parallel Batman, the Grim Knight.

Though in the Batman ongoing series, Commissioner Gordon behaves to Bruce Wayne as if he is the Grim Knight, after Batman punched him out and burnt through the Batman rogues.

While in Detective Comics #994, the first Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke issue out today, the Bat Signal is in full working order and somehow has gone portable…

And seems to get destroyed all over again. While in Batman Damned, it has been repurposed…

That Jokerized Bat Signal has to be on official DC merch by the summer, right? That’s if Black Label is allowed merchandise these days…

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo
As Batman’s descent into the madness of Gotham City’s decadent underbelly continues, he must try to exorcise some of his demons…and who better to help than the Demon, Etrigan himself. And where there’s demons, there’s also a Deadman, a Spectre, an Enchantress and a host of other supernatural friends and foes-it’s a veritable Grand Guignol!  In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
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(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
Left rattled by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. But even though evil devoured evil in the collapse of Challengers Mountain, the Dark Knight still has his doubts. He discovers that the Batman Who Laughs not only survived the fight with The Joker at the end of METAL, but now he is enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse-something both terrifying and oddly familiar. But when Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman won’t break…the same rule that created this insatiable villain-the Batman Who Laughs!In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
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(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A/CA) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
Batman’s strangest case begins as the new creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke take over DETECTIVE COMICS!
Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there’s a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium-staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne’s crime scene, right down to the Playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman-and it’s using Joker Gas to do it!In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
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(Last Updated December 12, 2018 8:05 am )

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