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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 broo1232

That Batman incorporated cover is um...... interesting but can't wait for it.

Posted by SupBatz

WHAT THE HELL DID THEY DO TO THE VENTRILOQUIST?!?!?!

Posted by TheJSquad34

Does anyone else think Snyder is going to be considered overrated soon? I'm just not sure has chops to continue the great work he did with The Black Mirror. Court of Owls was stolen from RIP.

Posted by alex6166

Capullo kills it again!

Batman and Robin isn't bad either.

Posted by michaelthemighty17

i think that jason will die because in issue 20 of red hood red arrows holding jasons mask.........

Posted by Mega_spidey01

i love that talia al ghul cover. baby got back !  and that batwing cover is badass !  

Posted by SuperJedi17

@sheldipez said:

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

This isn't a mud pit.It's an operating table.

Edited by firecracker22

That Talia cover for Batman Inc. is really nice.

Posted by FatihBATMAN

Looking great!

Posted by Perfect 10

freeze looks kinda small. with them having him all in shadow im guessing this is a new freeze, ms. freeze perhaps?

Posted by Novemberx2

The batman and robin cover looks like he's smashing the terrible new iron man he has for the tie in GOG

Posted by bob808

Looking forward to Talon.

Edited by Zeeguy91

@akbogert said:

@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.

I'm kind of confused because what you're asking for might be labelled less progressive by some, myself included. A few points:

  1. Just because a female character wears a revealing outfit doesn't mean that she automatically becomes a two-dimensional sex bunny of a character. What matters is her personality, and although Lobdell got flack early on over the portrayal of Starfire, there have been several instances, such as the space captain role that you described, where Starfire shined as a character. I remember seeing panels where Starfire's dialogue showed her as someone who preaches peace and hope over senseless violence and hatred. THAT is what should matter, not what she's wearing. She could have had the same revealing outfit in her space captain role and it wouldn't have mattered because of the simple fact that the captain role itself meant that she was stepping up as a character. In essence, boiling Starfire down to what she's wearing and saying that its indicative of how DC is choosing to portray her as a character is akin to saying that women who like to wear miniskirts or sexy cocktail dresses when they go out are whores. Just to be clear, I'm not saying this is your actual opinion, I'm just saying how it could sound like you're saying this
  2. Wasn't her regular, revealing costume also justified from a logistical standpoint? Remember, Starfire gets her powers from absorbing the sun's ultraviolet radiation through her skin. Therefore, the more skin that is exposed to the sunlight, the more powerful she is. I know that this could simply have been put in as a way to sexualize her, but it also played an important part of her character in the New Teen Titans days. For example, her entire relationship with her sister (and even Blackfire's reasons for becoming a villain in the first place) stem from the fact that Blackfire had a disorder where she couldn't absorb sunlight through her skin normally and didn't have the same flight powers as regular Tamaranians (such as Starfire) had.
Posted by akbogert

@Zeeguy91: Well, first, allow me to point you at No, but really, why?, the thread/blog I wrote more or less in response to this.

Second, I appreciate what you are saying. The notion of freeing sexuality as a means of expressing female power is obviously nothing new. But the real question, one neither of us can truly answer but may speculate on, is whether Starfire wears so little out of personal statement of freedom or out of the artist/writer's desire to have her dress as such. Real women who make real decisions about their clothing, sure, I get that they don't want to be controlled by men's rules, whether for modesty or for objectification (though some girls make a bad name for this view by actually being slutty and then defending their right as if it were somehow honorable). I personally don't feel like Kori's pseudo-bikini is her making a personal statement about independence. I think it's just fanservice that is conveniently justified because it could be about independence.

Someone in that other thread (where I think you should respond to me, if you choose to respond, since it's not necessarily the point of this topic ^_^) pointed out that Superman also gets his powers because of Earth's sun, but he wears almost full-body clothing. I'm not saying there's nothing to the argument, but I'm saying again it's not an ironclad defense and it certainly doesn't disprove the notion that the real reason for the outfit is fanservice.

Posted by bladewolf

Damn...guess I'm going to be buying a TON of comics come May.

Also...my theory about Damian dying looks more and more plausible...

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@Onemoreposter: Oh Yah Hated Micheal Lane

Posted by Emperormeister734

I'm really digging the new Batwing armor

Posted by Teerack

:o Is Roy finally taking center stage in ROATO?! :D He already narrates, might as well.

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Posted by RedOwl_1

... seems like a good month, by the meanwhile I can't wait for Batman #17

Posted by wessaari

So happy that RHTO got a well deserved annual, and actually taking the time to answer questions we have been asking since the beginning fo the new 52, and on top of that every new issue of the current storyline is looking so above and beyond awesome I cant wait to throw money at it!!!!

Definitely getting Batman, Nightwing, might check out Batgirl, Batwing is really peeking my interest with this new armor and a psosible new Batwing, Talon looking great as always, and RHTO goes without saying

Posted by soumya

Brett Booth is doing great in the Nightwing cover

Posted by jesusdisciple001

batman vs clayface and why is RHATO focusing on roy not that i don't like him but he is in dc presents

Posted by entropy_aegis

@Lvenger said:

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

Yeah I was thinking along the same lines.

Posted by jesusdisciple001
Posted by entropy_aegis

@jesusdisciple001: So?

Posted by Lvenger

@entropy_aegis said:

@Lvenger said:

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

Yeah I was thinking along the same lines.

Looking at the cover, it does remind me a lot of this image

Plus although this might just be me, I think I can make out a cape under all that gloop along with Superman's face. And Snyder's teased an appearance by Superman on Twitter so I guess this might be it.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@Lvenger: Snyder will also be writing Man of Steel which is heavily rumored to be out in June, seems connected IMO.

Posted by Lvenger

@entropy_aegis: So I assumed as well. A precursor or linking prologue to his new series perhaps?

Posted by entropy_aegis

@Lvenger said:

@entropy_aegis: So I assumed as well. A precursor or linking prologue to his new series perhaps?

Likely.

Edited by Botiste

@Zeeguy91: I fully understand where your coming from, and I believe whole heatedly in "female empowerment" and I agree to a half point on your statement. . .

In essence, boiling Starfire down to what she's wearing and saying that its indicative of how DC is choosing to portray her as a character is akin to saying that women who like to wear miniskirts or sexy cocktail dresses when they go out are whores. Just to be clear, I'm not saying this is your actual opinion, I'm just saying how it could sound like you're saying this

True. You take a woman form an African tribe nation who is accustomed to wearing top less attires with piercing as a form of her national heritage, and migrate her to the social standards of US customs, and your point would would be made crystal clear. She is not a whore and her attire is the expression of her character. But frankly this is not the excuse most comics give for disrobing nearly every heroic woman in comics. If any woman is being stereotyped at all with the comic arena, it is working mother. It is they that fight to show their worth through skill and not skin. It is they who has to set the example to their daughters that getting half naked is not the sole form of "woman empowerment". It is the pregnant woman, to where in comics the delivering of life is never concerned "heroic" (so no pregnant are allow). It is the older woman. Where it is addressed that men of 40 and 50 year of age could date younger women (Rogue and Magneto) but older women can't simply be in comics if you can not fit into a two piece. It is the minority women. In comics name four Indian women, four African women, four Mexican woman, there are more white looking aliens in comics the real minority women. Point being I agree with assessment about not judging a woman for what she wares. We have to be careful of judging anyone. But truthfully you should not dress in a bikini and teach a class full of underage students (Emma Frost). You should not fight on the front lines in a military battle half naked, even if your are invulnerable. (Ms Marvel). Real world talk, How you dress makes a difference, and there are so much more to women then how they have been portrayed in comics. Most of the time it is men explaining the position of a women in comics (myself included) but ask real women, mothers, working women, home women, minority women or most women in general how they feel about how they are portrayed in comics and the answer would shock us both. (nice article)

Posted by FatihBATMAN

@entropy_aegis said:

@Lvenger: Snyder will also be writing Man of Steel which is heavily rumored to be out in June, seems connected IMO.

yes!

Posted by entropy_aegis

Why are we discussing Starfire's sexuality in a Batman thread?

Back on topic,Batwing looks badass I'll be on board for the new direction,Detective looks disappointing(Ogivly had so much potential).

Posted by Zeeguy91

@entropy_aegis: Because Starfire stars in one of the Batman family books now.

@Botiste: I completely get where you're coming from, but there are some things in your argument that I think should be addressed.

For one, I don't think superhero pregnancy is underrepresented because they want to disempower women. Bottom line is that pregnant women should not be engaging in dangerous superhero vs. villain battles because of potential harm to the baby that they're carrying. No one is saying that a mother cannot be a superheroine, but I think it's probably best that a pregnant woman stay out of a zone of combat. Although, if I remember correctly, Liberty Bell tried for some time to remain a hero while she was pregnant.

Furthermore, while there can definitely be more minority women represented in comics, there's no denying the ones already there. To go by the guidelines you laid out:

African women: Nubia (DC), Storm (Marvel), Vixen (DC)

Hispanic women: Pantha (DC, Teen Titans), Fire (DC, Brazilian), White Tiger (Marvel, Puerto Rican), Aquamaria (Milestone), Menagerie (DC, Puerto Rican), Kendra Saunders (DC, half-Latina)

Indian/Pakistani women: Aruna (DC), Solstice (DC, Teen Titans), Excalibur (Marvel), Plus (Bina and Apurna Chawney, Milestone)

Like I said, there should still definitely be more representation of non-white women. Hell, even Starfire herself doesn't look traditionally white.

Posted by Botiste

Clearly, there are not enough Bat books in DCU. lol

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The team-up we've all been waiting for that Batman #20 hints at is probably the most intriguing piece here. I wanna know who!

Posted by SuperJedi17

@soumya said:

Brett Booth is doing great in the Nightwing cover

Think it's Saiko Or William Cobb that returns?

Posted by Bitchgurl

If DC wants Bat Armor, bring back the outfit Azrael wore as Batman. 
 
Now THAT was nice.

Posted by soumya

@SuperJedi17 said:

@soumya said:

Brett Booth is doing great in the Nightwing cover

Think it's Saiko Or William Cobb that returns?

Whoever he is,it seems he now controls Nightwing by taking his eskrima sticks...could be Saiko,..could be William Cobb,...could be Jimmy.Altough I want see Saiko again.He would be a great adversary of Nightwing

Posted by daboyfromsaturn

most look like the bat family was beaten

Posted by SuperJedi17

@soumya said:

@SuperJedi17 said:

@soumya said:

Brett Booth is doing great in the Nightwing cover

Think it's Saiko Or William Cobb that returns?

Whoever he is,it seems he now controls Nightwing by taking his eskrima sticks...could be Saiko,..could be William Cobb,...could be Jimmy.Altough I want see Saiko again.He would be a great adversary of Nightwing

I can't remember,but i think Saiko's hair wasn't that long,it could be interesting to see cobb return,given their familial ties.

Also cool Profile Pic,love Capullo's art on Batman.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

BATMAN AND BATWOMAN!!!!

Posted by soumya

@SuperJedi17 said:

@soumya said:

@SuperJedi17 said:

@soumya said:

Brett Booth is doing great in the Nightwing cover

Think it's Saiko Or William Cobb that returns?

Whoever he is,it seems he now controls Nightwing by taking his eskrima sticks...could be Saiko,..could be William Cobb,...could be Jimmy.Altough I want see Saiko again.He would be a great adversary of Nightwing

I can't remember,but i think Saiko's hair wasn't that long,it could be interesting to see cobb return,given their familial ties.

Also cool Profile Pic,love Capullo's art on Batman.

Then I think it will be cool.May be Cobb mocks Nightwing's every move by reminding him that he was supposed to be a talon...and thanks for the complement.May many creative teams come and go,I don't have a problem....but on Batman?...I don't want to see anybody doing the art other than Capullo.He is a maestro in the pencil department.

Posted by adamrcorrigan

16 titles, am the only one that thinks that is overkill for the Bat family which is now more like an army. DC need to add a bit of variation.

Posted by drgnx

Batwing new costume? Make sense to cover the face.

Posted by Dhor

batman and robin (Drake)

Posted by SuperJedi17

@soumya said:

@SuperJedi17 said:

@soumya said:

@SuperJedi17 said:

@soumya said:

Brett Booth is doing great in the Nightwing cover

Think it's Saiko Or William Cobb that returns?

Whoever he is,it seems he now controls Nightwing by taking his eskrima sticks...could be Saiko,..could be William Cobb,...could be Jimmy.Altough I want see Saiko again.He would be a great adversary of Nightwing

I can't remember,but i think Saiko's hair wasn't that long,it could be interesting to see cobb return,given their familial ties.

Also cool Profile Pic,love Capullo's art on Batman.

Then I think it will be cool.May be Cobb mocks Nightwing's every move by reminding him that he was supposed to be a talon...and thanks for the complement.May many creative teams come and go,I don't have a problem....but on Batman?...I don't want to see anybody doing the art other than Capullo.He is a maestro in the pencil department.

I'm actually intrigued about Andy Kubert(i think that's who it is) doing art for issue #19,being a guy that started with the new 52,it's exciting to see new people,but if they're on Batman,it better be only temporary,same goes for writing duties on Nightwing :)