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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 fables87

BATWOMAN'S COVER! Stunning!

Posted by Dark_Guyver

A lot of great things to look forward to from the Bat family.

Posted by Phaedrusgr

Nice! Most of them do look intriguing!

Posted by cyberchop979

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

Posted by zachkastner

These have me excited! Rehyped to read Batwing and Red Hood. Looks like Clayface in Batman 20, and I do feel like I spoiled myself on the awesome Detective Comics reveal of Ogilvy. Dangit.

Posted by entee

Whoever Catwoman's fighting in issue 20 sure looks a lot like Fantomex

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

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

Azrael? PLEASE!!!!

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

I'm really intrigued about the upcoming Batwoman arc, I keep hearing bits and pieces that keep me guessing. It's a shame J.H. Williams isn't doing art for it, but the story will be great I expect.

I'm interested to see how Ann Nocenti will be writing Catwoman, as this is her first chance to be writing something that isn't part of something else, #0 Month, Death Of The Family, Black Diamond Probability. I've heard some complaints about her writing on the series, but maybe some more freedom in what she's writing about will help. :)

I didn't think Batman Incorporated was linked to any other titles, so I'm wondering what's going to happen that associates it with Batman And Robin. Would they kill off Damian?

Aside from these points, lots of cool covers there.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

Super excited for Batman and Detective Comics. Those covers make me that more anxious for them.

Posted by doordoor123

@cyberchop979 said:

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

Well, he DOES have a clone... But I suppose yes.

Posted by doordoor123

Wasn't the ventriloquist already introduced with a short scene? It didn't look anything like this one.

Posted by namtabmi

Damit! Detective spoilers! -- Oh well, super-hyped for emperor penguin now.

Posted by The_Tree

I was just starting to like Ogilvy, please don't tell me he's going to become a blue, mullet having goblin. Can't wait to check out RHatO and Batman Inc.

Posted by adamcrouch

im betting superman pops up in batman.

Posted by cobra88king8

That Batman and Robin solicite has me terrified. No idea who this team up in Batman 20 could be with

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

@adamcrouch said:

im betting superman pops up in batman.

He definitely will.

Posted by Batnandez

@V_Scarlotte_Rose: I don't know they said the teamup I've been waiting for which has been Batman and vibe.

Posted by kennybaese

Wait, how long have Gray and Palmiotti been writing Batwing? Dig the new suit too.

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Posted by sheldipez

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

Posted by velvetmeds

Awww, what? I've been loving Detectice comics...what the hell are they going to do to Ogilvy? Please no. Just no. That is incredibly disappointing.

Posted by DrellAssassin

@adamcrouch: With all the Supes writing Scott Snyder has been doing lately, it wouldn't surprise me at all if that happened.

Posted by DonFelipe

Most of these covers are pretty darn average. Lol. 
The one I like the most is Batgirl #20 featuring The Ventriloquist.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Nightwing and Batgirl look interesting

Posted by impossibilly

@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.

Posted by The Stegman

I'm gonna drop Batwoman, I'm sorry and I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but to me it's the weakest of the Bat family, I'm only reading it now because of the WW crossover, and her red letters on black backdrop monologues are a pain to read >.<

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

@The Stegman said:

I'm gonna drop Batwoman, I'm sorry and I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but to me it's the weakest of the Bat family, I'm only reading it now because of the WW crossover, and her red letters on black backdrop monologues are a pain to read >.<

Really? What isn't you're not liking about it?

By Bat-Family do you mean that literally, or just as part of the Batman group of comics?

Posted by EscGamer

this all looks great especially the cover of Batgirl, no mention of Damion which raises a ton of questions in my head. Doesn't seem like Tim is much of a bat family member these days if he isn't targeted by someone trying to off the family

Edited by Zeeguy91

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.

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@kennyshat said:

Wait, how long have Gray and Palmiotti been writing Batwing? Dig the new suit too.

This will be their first issue. Read the article from yesterday.

Posted by Reignmaker

I am terrified for Damian. Not in DotF, but I'm afraid Grant Morrison is going to finish him off in Batman Inc. before he's done.

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@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

@The Stegman said:

I'm gonna drop Batwoman, I'm sorry and I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but to me it's the weakest of the Bat family, I'm only reading it now because of the WW crossover, and her red letters on black backdrop monologues are a pain to read >.<

Really? What isn't you're not liking about it?

By Bat-Family do you mean that literally, or just as part of the Batman group of comics?

Well, i've been reading it since the beginning, and non of the stories have really wowed me, which is odd since I liked her before the New 52. I haven't liked the entire Weeping Woman arc, nor the D.E.O stuff. The current WW arc has been the most interesting, but that's only because I dig Greek Mythology..and WW in general. And no, I mean out of the bat group of comics, I'm reading almost all the Bat titles, with the exception of Catwoman and Batwing, and Batwoman has me the least entertained. 
Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

@The Stegman said:

@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

@The Stegman said:

I'm gonna drop Batwoman, I'm sorry and I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but to me it's the weakest of the Bat family, I'm only reading it now because of the WW crossover, and her red letters on black backdrop monologues are a pain to read >.<

Really? What isn't you're not liking about it?

By Bat-Family do you mean that literally, or just as part of the Batman group of comics?

Well, i've been reading it since the beginning, and non of the stories have really wowed me, which is odd since I liked her before the New 52. I haven't liked the entire Weeping Woman arc, nor the D.E.O stuff. The current WW arc has been the most interesting, but that's only because I dig Greek Mythology..and WW in general. And no, I mean out of the bat group of comics, I'm reading almost all the Bat titles, with the exception of Catwoman and Batwing, and Batwoman has me the least entertained.

Fair enough. I was just a little surprised as I don't hear much bad said about it, apart from the non-linear time in the second arc.

The upcoming arc is apparently going to be quite different to the three that have come so far, so maybe you'll find something worth staying for. :)

Posted by EnSabahNurX

That batgirl cover is clearly heavily inspired by Avatar the last airbender season 3 when you meet the old woman who is a blood bender who has a collection of marionettes. The ventriloquist even looks like the old woman, just slightly more demonic and detailed.

Posted by Big_Nasty

These covers are amazing!

Posted by longbowhunter

Ugh, Miguel Sepulveda and a crossover with BOP. Sorry Talon you may be on the chopping block.

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Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

Talia's body...

Posted by G-Man

The cover for BATMAN INCORPORATED has been added.

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Posted by Kal'smahboi

Batman faces his greatest threat as he battles Talia al Ghul: The Woman With No Nipples.

Posted by spartan626

The visitor in Batman #20 is probably Superman. Snyder said on Twitter that Supes would be visiting Gotham in an upcoming issue, so I would be very surprised if it ends up not being him.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@TheCheeseStabber said:

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

Azrael? PLEASE!!!!

Does anybody know who this is?

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

@Jonny_Anonymous: I'm probably wrong but that looks like Damian Batman from the future...

What issue or Preview is it from?

Posted by Mucklefluga

OK it definitely looks like Damian is gonna die :( However the BATMAN 20 cover is AWESOME :D

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@TheCheeseStabber: I'm not actually sure, I seen it floating around over in a CBR interview

Posted by doombot890

bat group?? you mean family right?

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@Jonny_Anonymous: Read the interview?

Posted by Sawcesome

For Batman #20, I'm thinking Constantine.

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

@doombot890:Not all the characters in the Batman group are members of the Bat-Family though. Batwoman, Batwing and Talon aren't.

Posted by akbogert

Thoughts:

- No Damian in Batman & Robin.

- Nightwing's eyes have X's over them?

- Batgirl cover is kind of terrifying.

@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.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@G-Man said:

The cover for BATMAN INCORPORATED has been added.

WOW what a body.

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