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Exclusive: Batman Group May 2013 Solicits

Find out what's happening in the Bat-Books in May.

We're about to see the end of Death of the Family but there's still plenty more action coming in the Batman Family books. DC Comics has given us an exclusive look at the covers and solicits for May 2013.

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #11

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH

1:100 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

On sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $3.99 US

Batman’s world has been devastated by his war against Talia, but is he willing to give up on his own humanity?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
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BATMAN AND ROBIN #20

Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY

On sale MAY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The massive fallout from the recent events in BATMAN, INCORPORATED take Batman to the very limits of his sanity…will The Red Hood pull him back—or push him over the edge?

BATMAN #20

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV

Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION

Backup story art by ALEX MALEEV

Cover by GREG CAPULLO

Variant cover by JOCK

1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO

On sale MAY 8 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

A strange visitor comes to Gotham City when tragedy delivers the team-up you’ve been asking for since the start of The New 52!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

TALON #8

Written by JAMES TYNION IV

Art by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA

Cover by GUILLEM MARCH

1:25 B&W Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH

On sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

Can the Talon escape the jaws of death? What will become of him if he doesn’t? Find out in this story that leads directly into next month’s BIRDS OF PREY #21!

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ANNUAL #1

Written by GREGG HURWITZ

Art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI

Cover by ALEX MALEEV

On sale MAY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

In “Once Upon a Midnight Dreary” three of The Dark Knight’s greatest foes unite in to tackle the threat of Batman head-on! Will the diabolical scheming of Scarecrow, Mad Hatter and The Penguin be too much for Batman to handle?

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #20

Written by GREGG HURWITZ

Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

1:25 B&W Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

On sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

It’s the penultimate chapter of the definitive Mad Hatter story—and not everyone makes it out alive!

And in the backup story, Emperor Penguin makes a trip to Blackgate Prison he won’t soon forget!

DETECTIVE COMICS #20

Written by JOHN LAYMAN

Art and cover by JASON FABOK

Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE

1:25 B&W Variant cover by JASON FABOK

“We Can Be Heroes” Blank variant cover available

On sale MAY 1 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99

The superhuman transformation of Ignatius Ogilvy is just the tip of the iceberg when an extremely unexpected character comes to The Penguin’s aid! And in the backup story, Emperor Penguin makes a trip to Blackgate Prison he won’t soon forget!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BIRDS OF PREY #20

Written by CHRISTY MARX

Art and cover by ROMANO MOLENAAR and VICENTE CIFUENTES

On sale MAY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The traitor revealed! Who will aid Mr. Freeze as he continues his onslaught against The Court of Owls—and how can the Birds hope to stop him?

BATGIRL #20

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Art by FERNANDO PASARIN

Cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA

On sale MAY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

There’s no time to catch your breath after last issue’s shocking ending as an emotionally unstable Batgirl must confront one of Batman’s most violent foes: The Ventriloquist!

BATWOMAN #20

Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN

Art by TREVOR McCARTHY

Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III

1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III

On sale MAY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Batwoman is being played right into a confrontation with Batman…and that’s the least of her problems after the final page of issue #20!

CATWOMAN ANNUAL #1

Written by ANN NOCENTI

Art by ARDIAN SYAF

Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

On sale MAY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+

It’s Cat vs. Bird for the dark heart of Gotham City! Kicking off an explosive new storyline that continues into CATWOMAN, Selina must choose work for a master—or pay a high price for her freedom!

CATWOMAN #20

Written by ANN NOCENTI

Art and cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA

On sale MAY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Membership in the Justice League of America is going to cost Catwoman the rest of her nine lives as Selina comes to grips with the deadly reality of her current imprisonment!

NIGHTWING #20

Written by KYLE HIGGINS

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

On sale MAY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

After witnessing so much death in the past few months, how will Nightwing react when he learns a key figure in his life has returned from the grave?

BATWING #20

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO

Cover by KEN LASHLEY

On sale MAY 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue answers the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: Who is Batwing?

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ANNUAL #1

Written by JAMES TYNION IV

Art by AL BARRIONUEVO

Cover by KEN LASHLEY

On sale MAY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Arsenal finally confronts Green Arrow, but it may be a short-lived reunion as someone from their past has targeted them both. Find out what the feud between Arsenal and Green Arrow is about, along with secrets from Roy Harper’s history.

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #20

Written by JAMES TYNION IV

Art by JULIUS GOPEZ

Cover by MICO SUAYAN

On sale MAY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The return of Proctor sees Arsenal and Kori reliving Red Hood’s memories—including his battles with the League of Assassins!
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Posted by bsavelli

@impossibilly said:

@sheldipez said:

BATMAN #20's cover has a Frank Miller vibe about it (Batman's chin maybe?) LOVE IT!

I had the same reaction. It's looks very Dark Knight Returns-esque. I think it's Batman's pose.

Same thing here. Maybe it was supposed to be a tribute

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@Jonny_Anonymous: seems like its just a cover for an annual

Posted by The Stegman
@G-Man said:

The cover for BATMAN INCORPORATED has been added.

...WOW.
Posted by impossibilly

@bsavelli: Thanks for posting the art. I couldn't figure out the exact scene from DKR it reminded me of. It is interesting how much that looks like the same pose from a different angle. I'm not complaining. I think it's a great cover.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@TheCheeseStabber said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: seems like its just a cover for an annual

Yea but what annual and who is it?

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Posted by cagedleo730

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@TheCheeseStabber said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: seems like its just a cover for an annual

Yea but what annual and who is it?

The cover with the red Batman is for the Earth 2 annual

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@Jonny_Anonymous: I assume Batman Annual either Azrael or Damion Bats

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@cagedleo730: Oh.

Thank you Mysterious Stranger....

I am far less amused D':

Posted by HempKnight757

@Kal'smahboi: If you see nipps you gotta see some snatch. So that would be a no go.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@cagedleo730 said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@TheCheeseStabber said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: seems like its just a cover for an annual

Yea but what annual and who is it?

The cover with the red Batman is for the Earth 2 annual

Oh really? Huh was kind of hoping there would be no Earth-2 Batman anymore.

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Posted by HempKnight757

While I am curious to see how Batwing is because I feel like with the correct writer it could be really interesting. Where is more dangerous than Gotham? Africa will give them a run for their money on outright danger. Not as many villains, yet? Batwing costume is okay. No wings? Don't like that. Batwing is David Zavimbe. So hopefully Gray & Palmiotti do a good job of fleshing David out rather than killing him off or completely changing the character. I thought Fabian Niciea did a decent job depending on how his arc ends. His dialogue was a little different then what I was use to, but still good. Love the Batman series, but not reading all this for Catwoman. Detective started out decent with Layman. League of Smiles was kinda of boring. Mad Hatter first issue was okay in TDK. Really curious to see what Snyder does with the scope of Superman & relationship between him & Bruce.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Ogilvy is going to gain the proportionate strength and speed of a penguin.

Posted by annafh

I know that Teen Titans isn't a Batfam comic... but it makes me sad that there's no Tim in here at all.

Posted by HushoftheWind

so.......where's Damien? #icalleditacouplemonthsago

Posted by WonderHunter

@Zeeguy91 said:

These all look great. Definitely excited. The ones that look most interesting to me are Batman, Batwing, and RHATO (both the annual and #20).

When I saw the cover to 'Tec, my first thought was "since when did Beast cross over from Marvel?"

On a side note: I really like Starfire's new look.

I agree with you

Posted by HushoftheWind

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@TheCheeseStabber said:

Batman 20# ...What we've been waiting for...

Azrael? PLEASE!!!!

Does anybody know who this is?

I remember hearing that a hero would change his color in the WTF DC campaign ad, maybe Bruce is going red for his fallen Son.

Posted by Sovereign91001

That Talia cover is gorgeous.

And for Batman 20 it's gotta be Superman.

Posted by Novaar

As much as I'd love Azrael to make a comeback (being a huge JPV fan) I'm guessing that Talon has taken the former assassin turned hero slot...

Posted by entropy_aegis

That red Batman cover is for the Earth 2 annual.

Posted by Cavemold

wow looks pretty good.

Posted by sweetesttoaster

@HushoftheWind said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@TheCheeseStabber said:

Batman 20# ...What we've been waiting for...

Azrael? PLEASE!!!!

Does anybody know who this is?

I remember hearing that a hero would change his color in the WTF DC campaign ad, maybe Bruce is going red for his fallen Son.

That is actually the cover for the Earth 2 annual.

Posted by SaintG

zebra man in catwoman, what will they think of next.

Posted by MyComicStoreDotNET

These upcoming Red Hood covers (16 and on) look tremendous!

Posted by RedQueen

That Batgirl cover.

But, wow that Batwoman cover :D

Posted by Zeeguy91

@akbogert said:

@Zeeguy91 said:

On a side note: I really like Starfire's new look.

Couldn't disagree more. It's even more revealing/less practical than the look she first sported in this book, and a massive step backwards from her armor suit in terms of respecting her.

Dude, Starfire's costume has always been incredible revealing and impractical. The original Perez look was by no means conservative and even her costume in the Teen Titans animated series would be considered overly sexual by some standards. I'm not saying that she's just a sex object, but seriously, her look has never been what one would consider modest.

Posted by akbogert

@Zeeguy91: That's my point. New 52 was a chance to be a bit more progressive. And they gave her a sweet-looking costume that had an excuse behind it (she was a revered captain). For the first time she had a modest outfit that made sense from a narrative and combat perspective. I'm disappointed to see them now regressing back to the status quo portrayal of her.

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BatWing looks sick!

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@Novaar: :'[

they probably wouldn't write him right anyway D':

Posted by Lvenger

Is Snyder teasing a Superman/Batman team up? Aw yeah just what I wanted!

Posted by Billy Batson

Ugh, for how long are they gonna use that same annoying facial expression for Catwoman? It's been almost in every cover with her.
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@impossibilly: you're welcome :) and yeah, I think the cover is great too.

Posted by Timotheus316

@sheldipez: Thought it was Frank Miller myself until I read who did the cover. Yeah, looks like a Miller. :)

Posted by ragdollpurps

@Billy Batson said:

Ugh, for how long are they gonna use that same annoying facial expression for Catwoman? It's been almost in every cover with her.
BB

The Lupacchino Annual cover is nice, but she really should shut her mouth from time to time. >.>

Posted by NICKXH

Is it me or do these covers look wierd? Not in a bad way.

Posted by Billy Batson

@ragdollpurps said:

@Billy Batson said:

Ugh, for how long are they gonna use that same annoying facial expression for Catwoman? It's been almost in every cover with her.
BB

The Lupacchino Annual cover is nice, but she really should shut her mouth from time to time. >.>

Well yeah, that's what I meant. The last two had it, #18 and 19 have it too.
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Posted by yo_yo_fun

Batman: The Dark Knight Annual sounds interesting.

It's good to see Christy Marx on another title, I might pick up Birds of Prey when she takes over.

Posted by sweetesttoaster

Man, that cover for Batman and Robin is freaking amazing.

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Posted by StMichalofWilson

So for Batman issue 20: Batman and Deathstroke? I'm just sayin...

Posted by Grey56

@sheldipez said:

BATMAN #20's cover has a Frank Miller vibe about it (Batman's chin maybe?) LOVE IT!

This.

Posted by usabfb

@G-Man: Is that the variant cover? The solicit says that Chris Burnham is doing the cover, and that Guillem March is doing the variant, and that's clearly Marchs artwork...

Posted by knightofthechronicle

This looks so great! RHAOL Annual? Yes please!

Posted by Mistah_B

I LOVE the BATMAN INC Guillem Variant

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

I am getting almost everything that was posted here.

Posted by Onemoreposter

@TheCheeseStabber said:

Batman 20# ...What we've been waiting for...

Azrael? PLEASE!!!!

Hells yeah (you are talking about JPV right?)

@cyberchop979 said:

I have this really awful feeling that Damian is gonna die.

Me too. It'll be really sad if they kill Damien and introduce JPV back in because if they kill Damien (Snyder or Morrison) I fcking quit. I'm sorry, I've invested what(?) 3 years now(?) into this character and grown quite fond of him. This would be such a stupid thing for DC to do. Even if it's Morrison to pull the trigger (because he created him and all) in some fantastical way, i just will not have it.

Also.....

Damn Talia. Grrrlll you so sexxxy.

Posted by Spideycap

Ah, the Bat books have all been so good and look like they should continue to be.

Posted by SavageDragon

Wow that Talia cover...is amazing.

Posted by daredevil21134

I don't trust Tomasi with Jason Todd

Posted by Reignmaker

^ he's miles ahead of Lobdell.

Posted by saoakden

Batman 20 looks like Clayface is involved. Detective Comics Emperor Penguin storyline is interesting. When the cover to Issue 13 was released and it mentioned Emperor Penguin, I thought Penguin decided to call himself Emperor. That's not the case so I liked the idea of it being someone else. The Dark Knight covers looks cool. I wonder what will happen after the Mad Hatter story. Batman and Robin and Batman Incorporated looks like they'll be connected. The covers look amazing. As I said yesterday Batwing 20 cover looks awesome. So is this a new Batwing? I need to catch up. The Batgirl cover looks a tad bit creepy and Batwoman looks interesting. I'm wondering who the person behind Nightwing is. Red Hood and the Outlaws looks like it will be about Roy so this will be interesting. Talon looks like he's been through hell.

I notice in a number of covers have hinted that recent events have put characters on the edge and it requires another member of the Bat family to bring them back.

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