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Warning: this article contains spoilers for The Batman Who Laughs #5!
Batman Faces a New Dark Knight
Most of the evil Dark Knights introduced in Dark Nights: Metal have been defeated, but The Batman Who Laughs has been busy gathering new allies to help him torment Gotham City. The Batman Who Laughs #5 introduces another new Dark Knight, one who hails from a universe where Batman opted to take control of the Court of Owls rather than defeat it. This Batman/Owlman hybrid is no friend to the Batman Who Laughs, however, as he arrives only to find his entire order murdered by the sadistic villain.
This issue features another fun little twist. Batman’s narration is intended to showcase his deteriorating mental state as Joker’s toxin slowly infects him. The red highlighted words in the narrative captions can be combined to form a secret message from Batman’s dark side.
2018 Set a New Comic Book Sales Record
There’s a common misconception that the comic book industry is dying even as blockbuster superhero movies pull in ever greater amounts of money. But a new annual sales report from ICv2’s Milton Griepp and Comichron’s John Jackson Miller shows that the industry actually had its best year ever in 2018 (or at least since the two began recording sales figures). Comic book and graphic novel sales totaled $1.095 billion in 2018. And as their report shows, an increasing number of these sales are coming not from the traditional comic book market, but from bookstores, online retailers and crowdfunding projects. The takeaway is that the industry is hardly dying, just evolving.
Click here for more on 2018’s record-breaking sales.
Marvel Teases Something Big
Marvel Comics Editor in Chief CB Cebulski has been hinting at a huge project in the works for later this year, one he claims will become the first comic since Star Wars #1 to sell more than a million copies. This week’s crop of Marvel books appear to be teasing that mystery project. Every single Marvel book released this week includes a teaser for a different creative team. The creators teased involve Marvel mainstays like Jason Aaron, Kelly Thompson and Dan Slott, the newly Marvel-exclusive Patrick Gleason, creators who are turning to the fold after a long absence (Kelly Sue DeConnick, Erik Larsen) and even a handful of Hollywood bigwigs like Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Taboo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
We’re not clear if these creators are all teaming up on some sort of anthology project or if Marvel is teasing a major relaunch. Either way, this star-studded lineup is very intriguing.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Tie-In Books and Comics Revealed
As with the past two Star Wars sequels, Lucasfilm will be debuting a number of new books and comics under the “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” banner. The most relevant new project for comic fans is Star Wars: Allegiance, a miniseries from writer Ethan Sacks and artist Luke Ross. This book focuses on Leia and the Resistance as they make an appeal to the Mon Calamari to help rebuild the Resistance’s fleet in the aftermath of The Last Jedi.
Click here for more info on the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker announcement.