DC preps fans for new round of BatmaniaWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a fan of a comics character with a new film heading into theaters, you just have to love the synergy that comes into play between comics and celluloid as the movie countdown begins. While the rest of the world reels in the throes of passion for “The Avengers,” DC Comics is working feverishly to insure their boy Batman is well-covered in print before “The Dark Knight Rises” hits screens in July. Night of the Owls, a multi-issue crossover between almost all of the Batman titles — 10 of them — spreads its wings to reinforce the Bat-brand in the hearts and minds of consumers.
“This is the first major league crossover that DC has attempted since the advent of the New 52, and it is particularly fitting that it should spread out among the Batman family as these tend to be tighter-knit than other books in the DC Universe,” said Ed Katschke of Monarch Cards & Comics. “The story follows the events of one tragic night in Gotham City as a secret cabal called the Court of Owls attempts to cement its control over the city by sending its undead assassins out to murder prominent citizens. The call to arms goes out to all Batman allies and they scramble across the city trying to save as many targets as they can. It’s a simple yet reliable plot point and one that successfully brings the many disparate segments of the Batman family together in a coherent and exciting way. The best thing of all? You don’t have to read all of the tie-ins to follow the main story — that’s being covered in Batman — but you’ll miss a rare treat if you don’t check out at least a few of the myriad chapters.”
The crossover titles include Batman and Robin, Nightwing, Batwing, Catwoman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey and others. DC is also promoting the May 23 return of superstar writer Grant Morrison to the Batman stable with a new Batman, Incorporated No. 1 and is busy soliciting loads of “The Dark Knight Rises” busts, statues and other merchandise through its in-house collectibles brand DC Direct.