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Baturday: Batman in Week 2 of August 2021

Baturday

Hello!  And welcome back to Comic Booked’s longest-running column, Baturday!  This is the place we talk about all things Batman.  If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you check out last week’s releases before you dive into what came out this week.  We talk about news and spoilers here, too.  So be warned!  Here’s the list of all the Batman-related stuff DC put out in the second week of August 2021, with our newly-added BUY button for the must-haves:

  • Batman ’89 #1 (of 6) – BUY
  • Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #3 – BUY
  • The Batman/Scooby-Doo! Mysteries #5 (of 12) – BUY
  • Batman: Urban Legends #6 – BUY
  • Challenge of the Super Sons #5 (of 7) – BUY
  • Detective Comics #1041 – BUY
  • Future State: Gotham #4
  • I am Batman #0
  • Infinite Frontier #4 (of 6) – BUY
  • The Joker #6
  • Justice League: Last Ride #4 – BUY
  • Pennyworth #1 (of 7)
  • Wonder Woman #777
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • The Creators of Batman: Bob, Bill & the Dark Knight Book
  • Titans on HBO Max

And my pick of the week is…  BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS!!!

So there you have it, folks.  This was such an amazing week to be a Batman fan.  Free Comic Book Day has come and gone, and it was one for the books (hopefully everyone got the Batman, Batman and Robin and Howard, and King Shark specials released this year).  We saw DC Universe fully embrace its new home on HBO Max with the premiere of the first three episodes of season three of Titans, where we get the death of several major characters, the introduction of several more, some hints at the things yet to come this year, and quite possibly the best written climax to an episode yet.  We got news that the upcoming HBO Max original film, Batgirl, will be spinning out of the DCEU and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.  The new Rik Worth nonfiction book about the creators of Batman hit the shelves.  Infinite Frontier redeems Flashpoint-Batman, we get a glimpse into “what could have been” had Tim Burton stayed on to direct Batman Forever in the pages of Batman ’89, the world of BTAS continues in season two of the return to the Dini/Timm world, and there were several other fun titles worth picking up if you’ve got the extra cash now that the economy seems to be heading in the right direction.  My personal favorites were the Chip Zdarsky finale of the Red Hood story in Urban Legends and his continued chaos in The Last Ride, the Matthew Rosenberg tales featuring  Zealot and Task Force Z in both Urban Legends and Detective Comics respectively, and the always fun Scooby-Doo!/Batman and Super Sons team-up books.  Then, you know, that Twitter-breaking Tim Drake story in Urban Legends that gave further proof that this is and has always been the best Bat book on the stands.  I’m excited to see some more representation in the Bat family, but I’m even more excited that this “reveal” doesn’t negate the character’s complex history, it just further complicates and humanizes him.  Kudos to relative newcomer Meghan Fitzmartin for earning her street cred in a jam-packed week full of amazing comic storytelling.  But what did you think about this week’s Batman-related comics?  Let us know on social media and let’s keep the conversation going.  See you next Baturday!

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