With 2020 being what it is, I was surprised we’d have an official Batman Day – but here it is! September 19th, 2020. But, unlike normal years, I don’t really have events or excessive travel. Honestly, aside from a shop Batman Day sale – it’s all going to be at home celebrating.
So, what DO you do for Batman Day during a pandemic?
Written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon Art and colors by I.N.J. Culbard Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot Umbrella Academy created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá
Dark Horse Comics – 9/16/2020
The first Umbrella Academy spin off series! When 18-year-old Seance gets himself kicked out of the Umbrella Academy, and his allowance discontinued by Hargreeves, he takes to a place where his ghoulish talents will be appreciated—Hollywood. After a magical high on a vampire-drug-lord’s stash, Klaus needs help, and doesn’t have his siblings there to save him. Seance gets his own miniseries!
Seth, Aleck and Lillian face off in the throwdown we’ve all been waiting for. If Aleck survives, he’ll face an even more daunting decision about his future. Meanwhile, deep beneath the town, startling secretes are revealed. This is the exciting final issue of the first story arc.
Three Jokers is finally upon us! To celebrate, let’s talk about some of my top Joker recommendations.
It’s no secret that the Joker is one of the most wildly popular villains of all time – not just in Batman, or even DC – but in comic history, and even mainstream society. He’s a frequent reoccurring main villain in Batman films, games, shows, etc. He can be portrayed cartoonish and campy, or as an anarchist, or in some cases, so close to the real, it feels eerie to think how some people are just one bad day away from madness. There’s a demand for everyone’s favorite Jester of Genocide, and entertainment is willing to provide at any opportunity.
But less talked about in mainstream society is the comic book versions, so I’d like to share some favorites and classics, as well as some underrated or overlooked reads.
In order to protect his land and his country’s children from slavery at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, a fate that he knows too well as he suffered as one of those child slaves, Vlad launches an attack at Targoviste with twenty-four thousand knights changing the tide of the war. With morale low after this crushing defeat, Mehmet II the Conqueror, reveals his secret weapon, Radu, Vlad’s own brother, turning this crusade from a religious to a fratricidal war.
“In Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity by Kami Garcia, Mico Suayan and Jason Badower, Harley Quinn is hunting two serial killers: The Joker, a brutal psychopath who murdered her roommate and disappeared years ago, and the killer currently terrorizing Gotham City. Throughout the acclaimed series, Garcia has been consulting forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurz, MD, to ensure the accuracy of the story and of Harley’s methodology.
In the one-shot Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1, 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.”
Written by Kami Garcia & forensic psychiatrist and behavior analyst Edward Kurtz, MD
Cover & interior art by David Mack and series artists Mico Suayan & Jason Badower
Additional art by Cat Staggs & Mike Mayhew
Color by Annette Kwok
Letters by Richard Starkings & Tyler Smith of Comicraft
Paul Tanasin is a young man haunted by visions of a dark and fantastic world―visions he initially believes are hallucinations. But when he discovers they are prophecies from Mirandus, a world in which he’s destined to become a fearsome destroyer, he’ll have to embrace the fear, rise up as the Dark One, and shatter everything. Dark One examines the dual roles we often take on in life—the ability to be a savior as well as a destroyer.
Created & Story by: Brandon Sanderson Writers: Jackson Lanzing & Collin KellyArtist: Nathan Gooden Colorist: Kurt Michael Russell Letterer: Deron Bennett Designer: Tim Daniel
“Welcome to White Ash, a small smudge of a mining community in Western Pennsylvania, where the secrets are buried even deeper than the coal under the mountain. If you’re a fan of Supernatural, Twin Peaks or Lord of the Rings, you’re going to love getting to know our mysterious town.“