Waiting on Wednesday: The Bat Family Reboot


Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

On behalf of Comic Con this week, we’re doing things a little differently for W.O.W.  Instead of a upcoming release of a novel as we’ve done in previous weeks, today we feature some comics that we’re eagerly awaiting. 

If I had to pick my favorite male superhero, it would be Batman (Wolverine would be a close second).  He’s dark, he’s damaged and he has the best rogues gallery.  Superman is a boy scout who can fly, Green Lantern just imagines things, the X-Men in general gets too complicated, I don’t like Spiders, and Wonder Woman typically shouldn’t be able to walk because her breasts are bigger than her head.  I have a problem with that morally… or something.

As mentioned yesterday, I have a hard time getting into capes-and-tights comics.  There isn’t a clean “in” and the storylines tend to meander between different comic series.  It’s downright impossible to get the entire story unless you want to buy every issue of every comic ever produced by a comics publisher.  But with the reboot/re-do/redesign/whatever, I feel like I have an “in” even if it’s just superficial.  Not only that, but the redesign has created female superheroes that, for now, are realistically proportioned.  That’s why I’m super excited about finding out more about these new books and getting my hands on them in September:

Written by J.H. Williams III & Haden Blackman
Art by Amy Reeder
Cover by J.H. Williams III

The highly-anticipated new series from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder begins in BATWOMAN #1.

Batwoman: Elegy is in my bag to read on the plane as I head to Comic Con (which means, I’ve probably read it by the time you read this).  I like the idea of a non-teenage female Bats.



Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes
Cover by Adam Hughes

Batgirl’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as dark secrets from her past in BATGIRL #1, the stunning debut issue from fan-favorite writer Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle regarding Barbara Gordon reverting to a pre-paralysis state, but I don’t have the emotional attachment to Oracle as many others seem to have.  This cover is awesome and I want the book to be equally awesome.  The cover for issue two has already been released and I might love it even more.


Written by Judd Winick
Art by Guillem March
Cover by Guillem March

Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in CATWOMAN #1, written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March.

Despite the cheesecake cover, I think this could be a fun book. 


Written by J.H. Williams III & Haden Blackman
Art by Amy Reeder
Cover by J.H. Williams III

After a tenure as the Batman of Gotham, Dick Grayson resumes his mantle as Nightwing! As Dick embraces his identity, Haley’s Circus, the big top where he once performed with his family, returns to Gotham - bringing with it a history of murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront friends and enemies from his past as he searches for the source of an even greater evil.

For some reason Dick Grayson won me over with Neil Patrick Harris voicing him in the animated Red Hood movie.  I want to see if his playful sarcasm carries over to the new books.


 Teen Titans
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund
Cover by Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund

Tim Drake is forced to step out from behind his keyboard when an international organization seeks to capture or kill super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he must team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and a hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash in TEEN TITANS #1, by Scott Lobdell and artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.

You know what I might just love more than the Bats family?  Bands of teenage superheroes.  I have no idea why that appeals to me so much, but I look forward to seeing this new version of Teen Titans.  Though the arms on Superboy makes me laugh.


Wonder Woman
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Cliff Chiang
Cover by Cliff Chiang

New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello, author of The Joker and 100 Bullets, teams up with the immensely talented artist Cliff Chiang (Neil Young’s Greendale) for WONDER WOMAN #1, an exciting new series starring the DC Universe’s greatest super heroine. The cover to issue #1 is by Cliff Chiang. 

Wonder Woman in pants I hope she’s as wonderful as she’s supposed to be.


Justice League Dark
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Mikel Janin
Cover by Ryan Sook

John Constantine, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man and Madame Xanadu are Justice League Dark, a band of supernatural heroes united to stop the dark things the rest of the DCU does not see in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1, by Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin. 

John Constantine!  This sounds like Vertigo’s Justice League. I’m willing to give it a shot to see how their cases differ from the norm.  Hopefully they won’t be as silly as the main Justice League can tend to get.