DC has announced two more Batman series to be released this October, worrying some analysts that the comic industry might collapse due to the sheer volume of Batman comics being released in the market. DC announced Arkham Manor, by the creative team of Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal, and Gotham Academy, by Becky Cloonan and Brandan Fletcher.
Oddly, both series appear to be ongoing series set outside the New 52. (UPDATE: Nope, they're firmly in continuity according to the creative teams). Arkham Manor centers around Wayne Manor's conversion into a new branch of Arkham Asylum, while Gotham Academy focuses
on a teen Bruce Wayne surviving in a prep school surrounded by other familiar looking students. on teenagers attending the Bruce Wayne funded Gotham Academy. (UPDATE 2: EW updated their article to clarify that Bruce isn't a student)
The new Batman books have stores scrambling to figure out where to put the new series, as many have walls filled with nothing but Batman books. "I dinnae where we can put alla Batman books!" said Montgomery Scott, assistant manager of the Enterprise Comics Store in Riverside, Iowa. "The store was na meant to handle this many Batmans!"
"Here....take a....sledgehammer....to the wall," said store owner JT Kirk. "We'll...make more room and....take over the yoga studio next door." Kirk promptly removed his shirt for no reason.
It's not just store owners who are worried about the impact of the new Batman books. "While DC has always been a bit liberal with the Batman books, this might be taking things to a new extreme," said Thaddeus P. Puffinbottoms, professor of Comics Thermodynamics at the prestigious DeVry University. "The comics industry can only handle so many books about Batman and his supporting cast."
"Right now, the industry is here," Puffinbottoms said, pointing to a brightly depicted graph. "But if they up the Batman books by two ongoing series, the industry could be here." He pointed to a drawing of a mushroom cloud. "Obviously, mushroom clouds are something that we should avoid."
Regardless, DC seems to be set on releasing both books in October. Here's a look at both covers, courtesy of EW.