April Previews 2020 – DC Spotlight Books

Previews gives us a glimpse of what’s to come. Here’s the spotlight new books coming out of April Previews for DC Comics who pretty much dominated again with Batman related books right before the no shipping of new books hiatus.

Despite what’s going on currently in the world, April Previews will likely get pushed out so we can still speculate, so here’s some of the books we’re likely adding to our pre-orders pulls and subscribes, when that time comes.

Batman #96 Joker War

Batman #96 (Card Stock F Mattina Variant) Joker War
Batman #96 (Wonder Woman 84 Jim Lee Variant) Joker War

Batman #96 (Card Stock F Mattina Variant) Joker WarReeling from the effects of the worst Joker toxin attack ever, Batman is on the run through Gotham City, pursued by the dark shadows and voices that haunt his past and present!

As The Joker’s plan materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness…is Harley Quinn?!

Plus, who is the mysterious new figure known as Clownhunter?

The solicitations make it seem like Clownhunter has already appeared so perhaps his first appearance was in Batman #95?

Batman #97 Joker War

Batman #97 (Card Stock F Mattina Variant) Joker War

Batman #97 (Card Stock F Mattina Variant) Joker WarThe Joker’s army is growing hour by hour, with weapons beyond anything the Clown Prince of Crime has ever used before.

Batman must hold his mind together so he can strike the final blow and take back his city-but how can he heal the rifts he’s created in his life to get the help he needs?

And while all this is happening, the villains of Gotham City are waiting out the carnage Joker has unleashed-and Catwoman assembles an army of her own!

Joker War continues. With Punchline making waves as his new henchgal, everyone’s been looking forward to this story arc.

Batman Three Jokers #1 (of 3)

Batman Three Jokers #1 (of 3) (Jason Fabok Variant)

Batman Three Jokers #1 (of 3) (Jason Fabok Variant)Thirty years after Batman: The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Three Jokers reexamines the myth of who, or what, The Joker is and what is at the heart of his eternal battle with Batman.

New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, the writer/artist team that waged the ‘Darkseid War’ in the pages of Justice League, reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker!

After years of anticipation starting in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the epic miniseries you’ve been waiting for is here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. It’s a mystery unlike any Batman has ever faced! PRESTIGE FORMAT.

Snyder and Capullo continue the Dark Nights tale….

Dark Nights Death Metal #2 (of 6)

Dark Nights Death Metal #2 (of 6) (David Finch Aquaman Variant)
Dark Nights Death Metal #2 (of 6) (Jerome Opena Lobo Variant)
Dark Nights Death Metal #2 (of 6) Stanley Lau Harley Quinn V

Get ready to scream! Wonder Woman roars across the horrifying Dark Multiverse landscape in the world’s most demented monster truck, with Swamp Thing riding shotgun!

The two arrive at the ghoulish cemetery base of Batman and his army of zombies, but can the former friends stand each other long enough to form a plan and take back the planet?

Plus, what’s Lobo doing in space? Don’t miss the second chapter of the wildest ride in the DC Universe, from the epic team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo!

DCeased is back. The Justice League of Earth 2 come to see what’s left, if anything.

Dceased Dead Planet #1 (of 6)

Dceased Dead Planet #1 (of 6) (Mattina Variant)
Dceased Dead Planet #1 (of 6)  (Ben Oliver Movie Variant)
Dceased Dead Planet #1 (of 6) (Blank Variant)

After a corrupted Anti-Life Equation turned billions into monsters – including Earth’s Greatest Heroes – our planet was as good as dead.

Years later, a distress call brings Damian Wayne, Jon Kent, and Cassie Sandsmark – the Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman of Earth 2 – back to a dead planet… but what will this new Justice League find waiting for them? If life still exists on Earth, who – or what – is lying in wait for these heroes?

The original creative team of Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine reunite for the sequel to the 2019 blockbuster series DCeased!

Joker Harley Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1

Joker Harley Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1 (Variant)

Harley Quinn is hunting two serial killers: The Joker, a brutal psychopath who murdered her roommate and disappeared years ago, and the unidentified killer currently terrorizing Gotham City.

In this one-shot, see pieces of the puzzle on Harley’s investigation board and steal a glimpse into John Kelly’s high school notebook – a book he still carries today. Kami Garcia has been consulting forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurz, MD, throughout the series to ensure the accuracy of the story and of Harley’s methodology.

In this special issue, Dr. Kurz’s work is spotlighted as we reveal secrets from Harley’s past, hidden details of crime scenes, and a real-life profile of The Joker that has driven the progression of his murders in the story!

I really dig this cover for Man-Bat for the second issue. Here’s to hoping this is a great read.

Man Bat #2 (of 5)

Man-Bat is on the run from the law following a horrific night of blood and mayhem on the streets of Gotham City.

But the police aren’t what Kirk Langstrom’s monstrous alter ego should worry about… it’s Task Force X, better known as the Suicide Squad!

To undo the damage he has caused, Man-Bat must seek a cure for the innocents he has injured, all while staying out of the deadly sights of the world’s most dangerous mercenaries!

The new maxi-series from King and Gerards continues. This is the format that King does best with.

Strange Adventures #4 (of 12)

Strange Adventures #4 (of 12) (Evan Shaner Variant)

Strange Adventures #4 (of 12) (Evan Shaner Variant)Welcome to planet Rann, Mr. Terrific! Earth’s champion of fair play has traveled halfway across the galaxy to investigate firsthand the crimes Adam Strange stands accused of. He’s not going to find many friendly witnesses, though, as the people of Rann consider Adam Strange their true champion.

Yet for all the resistance Mister Terrific faces on the surface of Rann, his true opposition may be lurking closer to his subject than he realizes. This adventure between two worlds continues, with Mitch Gerads drawing the gritty Earth sequences, and Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner showing us the splendor of Adam Strange’s battles in outer space!

The movies release date has been pushed back due to all the lockdown and closures but this one will be a nice companion once it is released for the movie.

Wonder Woman 84 Giant #1

In this tie-in to the WW84 film…When a failed burglary attempt causes a hostage situation at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Diana Prince is forced to leave her teenage tour group behind so Wonder Woman can save the day! But will Wonder Woman be able to bring ten gunman to justice and get back to her tour group in time?

‘Honey, I Shrunk My Friends’-It’s the 1980s, and greed is good for those that already have it all. Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor hunt down the reckless mastermind who makes the ultimate power move… the theft of Diana’s golden lasso!

Plus these reprint tales: ‘Deadly Arrival’ from Wonder Woman #3 (1987); ‘Blood of the Cheetah,’ Wonder Woman #9 (1987) and ‘Dark Challenger,’ from Wonder Woman #301 (1983)

Edit: I noticed the solicitation they seemed to have listed ‘Blood of the Cheetah’ was in Wonder Woman #301 (1987) but it’s a mistake, since this story line was in issue #9.

2 thoughts on “April Previews 2020 – DC Spotlight Books”

  1. What cover you going for on Three Jokers? I know it’s cover “a,” but that Joker cover is so, so ugly. I’d probably rather have Batman/Barbara/Jason in my collection than three identical J’s staring at me.

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