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March Brings Bad Tidings for Batman

Have you seen the March 2013 solicits? It's not going to be a cheerful month for Batman.

Poor Batman. When was the last time he caught a break? If he's not getting beat up by Scott Snyder in BATMAN, he's watching his family go through the wringer courtesy of the Joker. As we all wonder what might be happening in the coming months, the March solicits for the Batman Family titles suggest something really bad is coming.

Some might feel these could contain spoilers but it is what has been officially released by DC Comics on their blog. Take a look at these selected few:

BATMAN #18

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Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV

Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE

Backup story art by ALEX MALEEV

Cover by GREG CAPULLO

Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT

1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO

On sale MARCH 13 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.

• Welcome guest-artist Andy Kubert!
• In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity!
• And in the backup story, fan-favorite character Harper Row returns—but will she be able to pull Batman back from the brink?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

== TEASER ==

BATMAN AND ROBIN #18

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Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY

On sale MARCH 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• You dare not miss this issue!
• It’s the BATMAN AND ROBIN story of the year!

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #9

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Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

1:100 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

On sale MARCH 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $3.99 US

Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.

• The fallout from last month’s shocking turn of events has Batman on the run!
• Is The Dark Knight a murderer?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

NIGHTWING #18

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Written by KYLE HIGGINS

Art by ROGER BONET

Cover by JUAN JOSE RYP and ROGER BONET

On sale MARCH 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• Dick Grayson lost so much during “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” that some new events are going to push him right over the edge!
• Nightwing has almost no hope left until the chance for vengeance presents itself. What decisions will he make?

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #18

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Written by SCOTT LOBDELL

Art by TIMOTHY GREEN II

Cover by MICO SUAYAN

On sale MARCH 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

• Jason Todd suffered terribly at the hands of The Joker in “DEATH OF THE FAMILY,” and now he’s changing the Outlaws’ mission!
• Something is bound to break with all that’s happened…will it be Jason’s soul?

They are kind of vague. The fact that these all have the common theme of something really bad happening is a little out of the ordinary. Comic books are often full of conflict and drama, that's what drives the story. But words like "unspeakable tragedy" and "shocking turn of events" almost sound like more than the average comic book hype.

It's likely you have your theories on what could happen. I have mine. With current events in Death of the Family and BATMAN INCORPORATED, it's easy to suspect that we could be seeing an actual death. Several characters important to Batman have been targeted and the fate of some is currently unknown.

What do you think this tragedy will be? Or do you think it's just regular comic book hype?

You can check out the full solicits HERE.