New Comic Wednesday: Batman, Marvel Legacy Releases Dominate First Week of October

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It wasn’t hard to pick out the dominant themes for this week’s edition of New Comic Wednesday. From DC Comics (with one assist going to Dynamite), we get four books that prominently feature Batman, while Marvel Comics releases the first wave of titles related to the Marvel Legacy event that officially began last week with Legacy #1.

Meanwhile, Image Comics produces a couple of new series among their October 4th releases, while Dynamite Entertainment debuts their Shadow/Batman series on the heels of the just completed Batman/Shadow series from DC.

That’s the quick summation of things, so let’s now dig into CPG’s picks for the top new comic book releases for October 4, 2017.

DC Comics

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Batman #32 – We begin this week’s Batmania with the latest issue of that superhero’s own comic book, which features the wrap-up of the “War of Jokes and Riddles” storyline written by Tom King and drawn by Mikel Janin. Perhaps more importantly, we apparently find out the Catwoman’s answer to Batman’s marriage proposal in Batman #24 – will she or won’t she? Given the popularity of issue #24, it seems a safe bet that this book should fly off the shelves.

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Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 – The Dark Nights: Metal one-shots featuring evil versions of Batman combined with a different Justice League member each issue continues this week with the melding of the Caped Crusader and the Green Lantern. Metal appears to be a hit for DC up to this point, so The Dawnbreaker seems likely to continue that trend. Sam Humphries is the writer of this story, with Ethan Van Sciver contributing the story art, and Jason Fabok creating cover art that should look very nice in the foil format that is being used for the Metal covers (but not the tie-in covers).

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Batman: White Knight #1 – This Batman release is not a Metal tie-in, but is instead a new mini-series with an Elseworlds bent that features a reformed Joker dedicating himself to taking down the person he views as the biggest threat to Gotham City…the Batman. Sean Murphy is a one-man show for this series handling the writing, story artwork, and cover artwork (main cover and variant cover). With all the other high-profile Batman releases this week, this one might get lost in the shuffle, but it looks like a series worth picking up.

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Green Arrow #32 – This week’s Dark Nights: Metal tie-in takes place in the latest issue of Green Arrow. The “Gotham Resistance” storyline is brought to a close with the team of Green Arrow and Black Canary traveling back to medieval times in their battle against The Batman Who Laughs. The conclusion of this story arc is written by Benjamin Percy with story art from Juan Ferreyra and cover art by Stjepan Sejic.

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Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1 – Somewhat of a cheesy team-up as two of Gotham’s worst kidnap two of Riverdale’s darlings in this joint series from DC and Archie. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy hatch a plan to kidnap Betty and Veronica after Riverdale politicians vote to drain wetlands located between Riverdale and Gotham City. The series is co-written by Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko, with story art from Laura Braga. The cover art above is the variant cover by Adam Hughes, which is already selling above cover price on eBay.

Image Comics

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Slots #1 – The first new series from Image/Skybound revolves around aging boxer Stanley Dance and his return to Las Vegas to take one last jab in the ring while also trying to settle an old score. This comic book is set in the here and now but has an older feel to it due to the fine artwork created by Dan Panosian, who also is the writer of this series and created the main cover artwork for this debut issue.

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Warframe #1 – Comic books based on videogames are not a new phenomenon, and we get the debut of another such series from Image in the form of Warframe, a free (!) third-person shooter that has a devoted following. The comic book tells the tale of the Tenno warriors and their quest to maintain the peace in a future version of our galaxy, with that peace being threatened by Captain Vor and his evil army. The series is co-written by Matt Hawkins and Ryan Cady, with story artwork from Studio Hive and another cover from Stjepan Sejic.

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