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Comic Book Predictions This Week: 02/13/13

Usually we talk about 3 upcoming comics, but let's be honest here, BATMAN has a huge issue tomorrow and that deserves a huge chunk of attention.

Welcome to this week'st edition of 'Comic Book Predictions!' Dozens of new comics hit the shelves (or your iPads/iPhones/iWhatevers) every Wednesday, and just like with any good story, we're left anxiously waiting to see what'll happen next.

Usually for this feature I'll pick 3 upcoming releases to chat about, but in the end, it's fairly obvious BATMAN #17 is the one we're going to be talking about the most (unless a fan favorite dies in AVENGERS ARENA, that is). It's the conclusion of Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo's second big story on Batman's primary book and odds are you're curious to see how it'll all unfold -- unless you've read the leak, then please remember to use proper spoiler etiquette.

While I'm only addressing BATMAN #17, you're of course welcome to speculate on any and all new issues.

BATMAN #17

Batman: the Death of your bank account.

Before moving forward, I need to say one thing: yes, I've seen the leaked cover for RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS, so that obviously holds some influence over my prediction. If you haven't see it, the image reveals a severely disfigured man under the mask. While that cover could easily be Joker under Jason Todd's mask, it can't help but make you wonder if the Clown Prince of Crime will once again ruin the second Robin's life... and would that kind of attack be limited to only Jason?

That said, the end of the most recent TEEN TITANS revealed two serving trays. This obviously points out there's multiple plates and would support the ongoing notion that everyone could suffer a "face off..." but I find it hard to believe something like that would actually happen. A twist that powerful would literally be too much to swallow -- it's like in Dan Slott's 'Ends of the Earth' when half the planet's population is "killed." You can't help but take a step back after a moment like that and mutter to yourself, "yeah, that definitely didn't happen." Mutilating everyone in the bat-family isn't something I can see logically happening, especially because future solicitations show them just fine (unless they all happen to be sporting some absurdly good make up or wearing the device from BATMAN #1).

Thankfully there isn't a Gangnam style variant.

Additionally, one of the solicitations says Jason Todd will attempt to comfort Batman after his great tragedy. Why would a now faceless Todd be the right guy for that job? Such an attack on him would certainly have a lasting impact on his mental well being and potentially make him dive deeper into anti-hero territory. If anyone is going to talk some sense into an outraged Wayne, a disfigured Todd would hardly be the best choice. Besides, hasn't Todd been through enough? First killed by the fans, now he primary victim of a BATMAN story? Doesn't seem right to me. And I'm not seeing why Wayne would need extra support if Todd lost his face.

Based on that leaked cover and the fact there's multiple serving plates, that means it's safe to say the original concerns over Alfred ("OMG IT'S ALFRED'S HEAD") is incredibly unlikely. In fact, I'd feel safe wagering everything that Alfred makes it out of this alive -- injured, but at least alive. The other character everyone (including myself) is concerned about is Batman's son, Damian Wayne.

I think Damian will survive the events of 'Death of the Family.' Why? Because I believe his demise (if it happens at all) is being saved for Grant Morrison over in BATMAN INCORPORATED. You saw the end of the latest issue, yes? Damian's patch was ripped off and had blood on it -- certainly not a good sign. Considering he has yet to fight Heretic (who absolutely humiliated Batman, by the way) and this book clearly doesn't take place during the same time period as DotF, I'd say if Damian is going to lose his life, it'll take place here. A former solicitation promised Damian vs. Heretic, and that's a fight this awesome 10 year-old most likely won't walk away from.

Furthermore, I can't shake the feeling that DotF isn't actually about a literal death, but instead Joker trying to create a rift in the family -- something to hopefully divide them and destroy their confidence and faith in their fearless leader. So far, he's already made a bit of progress on that front when Batman told them the story about Joker's card. How he'll do worse than that, I naturally have no idea, but I do have faith Scott Snyder will be able to deliver on that one.

Viners, how do you think 'Death of the Family' will conclude?

Extra Predictions

  • Avengers Arena: It'll continue to generate outrage.
  • Batman & Robin: Damian will say "-tt-."
  • Bloodshot: There will be blood.
  • Deathstroke: Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's haircut.
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Posted by Arevish

Bloodshot: There will be blood.

I lol'd

Posted by cameron83
Deathstroke: Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's haircut.

XD

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Posted by Decoy Elite
Deathstroke: Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's haircut.

Best prediction.

Posted by kennybaese

I wouldn't be surprised if the platters all involve something that Bruce was keeping from the other members of the family, some kind of "proof" in the Joker's eyes that he's doing what Bruce wants him to in ridding him of his family. It makes sense to me given what Snyder has described as the Joker's motivations in this arc.

Hell, maybe it could be Alfred, I don't know.

Posted by Trevel8182

If Damian died it would make me so happy that I would just start dancing!

Posted by Mucklefluga

Aaaaaahhhhhh cant wait for Batman 17

Posted by MuyJingo

Well, I managed to read it early, so for those interested in some spoilers, my review is here :)

Posted by Cavemold

lol there wilk be blood

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

@k4tzm4n:Holy cats! I forgot about the device from #1! That could be quite significant if there's to be more faces damaged.

Posted by Overlander

This installment of predictions didn't read like the other installments. While DotF has a grand lead-up, I don't see it eclipsing other releases this week. Personally, I'm more excited about reading the new Uncanny X-Men series from Bendis.

Posted by SuperJedi17

Well,the wait is unbearable,kinda awesome at the same time.Joker will bleed before issue batman#17 is over,not die,but have a whole lot of broken bones,that's what i think.Can't wait

Posted by Mr_Athrilla

Speaking to you as a fan of Grand Theft Auto, This game isn't coming out this year. GTAV had more sufficient evidence to suggest that it was coming out this spring. But then it got moved to the Fall. Now I am supposed to believe that a new Arkham game is gonna be released this year, with no video, pictures, or even whos devoloping the game. Not saying that it's impossible but this whole thing reaks of cheap cash grab.

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh
  • Avengers Arena: It'll continue to generate outrage.
  • Batman & Robin: Damian will say "-tt-."
  • Bloodshot: There will be blood.
  • Deathstroke: Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's haircut.

hahahaha love these predictions.....

Posted by ME24601

If anyone kills Damian, it's going to be Morrison in Batman Incorporated. Especially considering what the solicitations for Batman and Robin #20 say.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@Trevel8182: I'll bet you the world that he lives.

Posted by mattwing87

I don't think that is Joker under Red Hood's mask. I think Joker cuts off Jason Todd's face and that is what's under the platter that he shows everyone.

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

I can't wait for Batman tomorrow and Batman Inc. coming out near the end of the month (I think). The only thing that's been bothering me is the timeline. What came first, Death of the Family or Batman Inc's recent run? Depending on which one came first, that would mean that the Bat Family comes out relatively unscathed. Only one of the bat-family is gonna die, but I'm just wondering what book will be the one to pull the trigger.

Posted by slade_wilson

Hell yeah my goatee looks like an upside down Wolvie haircut. Style! And if Damien dies, I will be the worlds happiest man. Long live Tim Drake!

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Death of the bank account. Thank you for saying so! Exactly why as much as I've wanted to get into this crossover arc, DotF I'm just simply trade-waiting on, on top of the fact that I've already bought so much of other crossover arcs currently.

Posted by Grey56

Tastes like chicken.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Man kind of bummed about all the these claims that nothing happens in #17. I never expected it to be a groundbreaking arc but, oh well. Guess I'll have to get my kills from other certain Batman titles...

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

Actually, because of Batman and Robin, its established that DotF and Batman Inc ARE happening around the same time. In the mini-arc with the zombies that led into DotF, Robin was attacked for Talia's bounty on his head.

Tomasi created a kind of a plot hole.

Posted by Muirkat

There will be madness

Posted by HempKnight757

@Overlander: Batman will be better..

Posted by jesusdisciple001

valiant will be awesome

Posted by Fantasgasmic

I'm calling it now, under the cloches on the silver platters… whatever it is it's a joke. It could be a "ha ha ha" on a card, or a joker-gas grenade, or a bunch of copies of his face… it's not going to be Alfred's head or the proof that he was in the cave all those years ago (like I initially thought).

Posted by Reignmaker

Grant Morrison will pull the trigger because he's Grant Morrison and he basically does what he wants over at DC.

Posted by DavidJarman

Just coped the torrent, couldnt wait... Its intense but completely not what you are all expecting.

Posted by ravisher

r.i.p ____________

Posted by SmoothJammin

I hate the internet sometimes. Can't even log on and anxiously await new releases because people are already yapping about it in the forums. They don't even have to spoil it, the incessant whining is already enough. Do us a favor you pirates. Don't ruin the experience for someone else. What might be an incredible journey for one person, could be a steaming pile of garbage for another. It's the nature of comics. Just try and channel your inner monk and resist the temptation viners, so help you God!

Posted by Tellumo

@Mr_Athrilla: What?

Posted by SoA

really do not understand the damien hate.

also its alfred's head on the plate, just saying

Posted by Humanoid

@k4tzm4n said:

Extra Predictions

  • Avengers Arena: It'll continue to generate outrage.
  • Batman & Robin: Damian will say "-tt-."
  • Bloodshot: There will be blood.
  • Deathstroke: Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's haircut.

hahahahahha perfect

Posted by RazzaTazz

@00MirageKnight00: Please indicate in the future that this is a spoiler

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Posted by jwalser3

@Trevel8182: Same here

  • Avengers Arena: It'll continue to generate outrage.
  • Batman & Robin: Damian will say "-tt-."
  • Bloodshot: There will be blood.
  • Deathstroke: Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's hair

I always look forward to reading the extra predictions the most

Posted by usabfb

@Mr_Athrilla: Games usually go into development before they're announced. Often it's not far along, but an announcement with nothing else to show doesn't equate zero work done.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Deathstroke:  Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's haircut. 


 
BOOM!  
+9,000 credibility
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Posted by Xorion

@k4tzm4n said:

Deathstroke: Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's haircut.



BOOM!
+9,000 credibility

indeed it is

+9,000 more

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Xorion said:

@k4tzm4n said:

Deathstroke: Slade's goatee will look like an upside down version of Wolverine's haircut.



BOOM!
+9,000 credibility

indeed it is

+9,000 more

YES!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by akbogert

I honestly don't understand how people managed to get to yesterday (or today) without realizing there was more than one tray.

Anyhow, bonus predictions definitely for the win.

Posted by MyComicStoreDotNET

I haven't seen the leaked cover, so I'm not sure what info that gives, but I've felt even before Death of the Family started that Alfred will (most unfortunately) die, and then be replaced (as far as the Bat-Cave information broker) by Harper Row.

Posted by k4tzm4n

BLOODSHOT HAD BLOOD! 
 
+9,000 more credibility. 

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