Batman Solicitations Revealed - DC Comics May 2012

The month will mark the first major crossover event in DC's 'New 52' with many of May's issues directly relating to events in their sister titles.

DC Comics have released the very first look May 2012 solicitations for the Batman-themed titles and you can see the cover and issue details below. The month will mark the first major crossover event in DC's newly rebooted 'New 52' universe with many of May's issues directly relating to big events in their sister titles. The ultra mysterious Court Owls, a centuries old secret in Gotham City, will make themselves fully known in the gigantic crossover, which will involve Batman, Batwing, Nightwing and Catwoman. The full list of solicitations and the covers for May 2012's titles are below. There are no less than thirteen Batman related issues below with the storyline anchored from Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder's 'Batman', the 'Night of Owls' storyline will unfold through these weeks worth of issues, affecting the lives of Batman and his related family and crime fighting partners. Comic geeks... Which issues will you be picking up? ALL-STAR WESTERN #9 Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI Art by MORITAT, PATRICK SCHERBERGER and DAN GREEN Cover by LADRONN On Sale MAY 23 € A tie-in to €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS!€ € Concluding JONAH HEX€™S battle with THE AUGUST 7! € Discover what the Court of Owls was up to in GOTHAM CITY circa 1880! € NIGHTHAWK and CINNAMON hunt down killers and fall in love in this issue€™s backup story. NIGHTWING #9 Written by KYLE HIGGINS Art by EDDY BARROWS, RUY JOSE and EBER FERREIRA Cover by EDDY BARROWS On sale MAY 16 € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! € NIGHTWING faces another villain claiming to be THE TALON at City Hall as the Court of Owls€™ plans go into action €“ but will he be able to figure out what€™s going on before it€™s too late? BIRDS OF PREY #9 Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and JEFF HUET Cover by JESUS SAIZ On sale MAY 16 € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! € BLACK CANARY, BATGIRL, KATANA and POISON IVY risk their lives in Gotham City to battle THE TALON and The Court of Owls! € A secret is revealed about Black Canary€™s husband€Kurt Lance?! CATWOMAN #9 Written by JUDD WINICK Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH On sale MAY 16 € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! € CATWOMAN and SPARK are forced to defend THE PENGUIN against the Court of Owls! RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9 Written by SCOTT LOBDELL Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT On sale MAY 16 € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! € The Court of Owls is attacking, and the last person in the world you€™d expect to answer Batman€™s call to arms is the RED HOOD! € Also featuring MR. FREEZE! BATGIRL #9 Written by GAIL SIMONE Art and cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES On sale MAY 9 € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! € BATGIRL faces off against the Court of Owls to protect the life of her father, Commissioner Gordon! BATWOMAN #9 Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN Art by AMY REEDER and ROB HUNTER Cover by BEN OLIVER 1:25 B&W Variant cover by AMY REEDER On sale MAY 16 € The next chapter in €œTO DROWN THE WORLD!€ € An unconventional spy thriller of six interweaving lives with only one thing in common: BATWOMAN! BATMAN AND ROBIN #9 Written by PETER J. TOMASI Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY On sale MAY 9 € NIGHT OF THE OWLS continues here! € ROBIN faces TALON alone with the skies of Gotham City at stake! BATWING #9 Written by JUDD WINICK Art by MARCOS TO and RYAN WINN Cover by MARCOS TO On sale MAY 2 € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! € BATWING arrives in Gotham City just in time to fight the chaos the Court of Owls has unleashed! Outgunned and on unfamiliar turf, can Batwing survive? BATMAN ANNUAL #1 Written by SCOTT SNYDER Art and cover by JAY FABOK On sale MAY 30 € MR. FREEZE is introduced to The New 52! € What is Mr. Freeze€™s relationship to the COURT OF OWLS? Is he an ally €“ or do they want him dead? € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! DETECTIVE COMICS #9 Written by TONY S. DANIEL Art by TONY S. DANIEL, JOEL GOMEZ and SANDU FLOREA Backup story art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI Cover by TONY S. DANIEL On sale MAY 2 € BATMAN has been poisoned at the hands of the deadly MR. TOXIC! € Featuring a TWO-FACE backup story written by TONY S. DANIEL with art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI BATMAN #9 Written by SCOTT SNYDER Backup story by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION Backup story art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE Cover by GREG CAPULLO On sale MAY 9 € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! € Batman must stop the TALONS that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life...and Gotham City! € In the backup story, learn more about the PENNYWORTH family and the secrets they€™ve kept from the Wayne family! BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #9 Written by JUDD WINICK Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND 1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND On sale MAY 23 € €œNIGHT OF THE OWLS€ continues here! € Guest-writer JUDD WINICK joins artist DAVID FINCH for the return of RED ROBIN! € Red Robin is back in Gotham City just in time to face off against TALON and THE COURT OF OWLS! source - CBR

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