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Batman and Detective Comics expand to 40 pages in April

Batman #8, by Greg Capullo

Batman and Detective Comics will expand to 40 pages beginning in April, a move that brings with it back-up stories and a price increase from $2.99 to $3.99, DC Comics announced over the weekend.

Batman #8 will see writer Scott Snyder re-team with American Vampire artist Rafael Albuquerque for the first in a series of back-up stories examining the history of the Court of Owls, the shadowy organization that has plagued the Dark Knight and Gotham City in the first arc of the relaunched comic. Co-written by James Tynion IV, the stories also dovetail into “The Night of the Owls,” a crossover that will launch in May and run through all of DC’s Bat-books.

“The first backup, in issue eight will give a sense of the terrifying scope of the Court of Owls’ attack on Gotham. This really will be the first shot in a war for the soul of Gotham City,” Snyder wrote this morning on DC’s Source blog. “And then, starting in issue nine, we’ll begin a three part story called ‘The Fall of the House of Wayne’ that will investigate the secret history of the Court of Owls and its relationship to the Wayne family – particularly to Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce’s parents. The story will be told from the point of view of Jarvis Pennyworth, Alfred’s father, and offer some big surprises and shocks about the forces that shaped the bat-mythology as we know it. Can’t wait for you all to see these stories!”

In a pair of interviews with Newsarama and ICv2, DC’s Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development John Rood and Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne also revealed Detective and Green Lantern will join Action Comics, Batman and Justice League as “combo pack” titles, meaning that for $1 more, readers receive a redemption code allowing them to download a digital version of the comics, leaving the print editions “pristine.”

Check out Albuquerque’s Batman sketches below.

Batman, by Rafael Albuquerque

Batman, by Rafael Albuquerque



That second sketch is incredible.

Okay, see, if DC brings talent like Snyder and Albuquerque to the back-ups, I’m along for the ride, no question. If they start passing them off to interns and random dudes off the street again, though, that’s where I get off, and this James Tynion IV guy–who has no credits on either ComicBookDB or so I assume he’s a complete newbie–is not exactly inspiring hope. That said, I like Snyder, Capullo and Albuquerque enough to stick with Batman at $4, but Detective? It’s $3 good but it ain’t $4 good.

What worries me more, though, is what this means for American Vampire, as I’d much rather see Albuquerque spend his time there.

I don’t like that art at all. Doesn’t look like Batman to me. Looks more like a cross between the Punisher and Wolverine.

I’ll pass.

Put Batman a V8 Engine in the back and we’re talking.

That is a great cover to issue #8!! I love when Bruce (as in, not in costume) gets page time.

So is this backup running in just Batman, or in Detective too? I only buy Batman, and am loving it! But an 8-10 page back up by Snyder will NOT get me to buy a $4 comic mostly written by Tony Daniel – I really like Daniel’s art, but he can’t write.

Now if it was in Batman and Batman & Robin that would of made my day! Because I buy, and am enjoying, both! :)

I was excited by “Batman and Detective Comics expand to 40 pages” until I read that it was going to be back up stories (aka filler). I was excited when I thought we would be getting a longer story each issue. Now that the page count has dropped down to just 20 pages per issue, the stories often seemed rushed and hardly worth the 30 day wait. I would not mind paying more for an increased page count, if it meant longer stories, but not interested in paying more for back up stories I usually don’t read. If the prices go up and instead of longer stories, all we get is added filler, I’ll be dropping both Batman & Detective from my pull list.

And, what happened to the letters page. DC made a big deal about bringing them back before this STUPID back to issue #1 event. But now in each issue we get two pages selling us on two other titles. I would rather see the letters column using those two pages.

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