Layman, Fabok Bring "Gothtopia" To The Bat-Books in January

Mon, October 14th, 2013 at 1:58pm PDT | Updated: October 14th, 2013 at 1:58pm

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor
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Released today, DC Comics' January 2014 solicitations revealed a new crossover storyarc in the works for the Bat-family beginning in the anthology-style "Detective Comics" #27 by John Layman with art by Jason Fabok. "Gothtopia" begins with Layman and Fabok's "Detective Comics" contribution and progresses through January's issues of "Batgirl," "Batwing," "Birds of Prey" and "Catwoman." Judging by the solicitation copy, the arc appears to be an alternate reality story that takes place in "a bright, shiny, happy place where dreams come true…as long as you don't look at things too closely."

From the details in the solicits, we can take away the following: Batwing is currently the protector of Gotham City, Batgirl has a different costume (and teams up with a villain named Knightfall who tried to kill Jim Gordon), the Birds of Prey are on a mission to take down Ra's al Ghul and Catwoman goes by the name Catbird, fighting crime as the Dark Knight's partner.

Check out the solicitations and covers for the "Gothtopia" crossover below.

DETECTIVE COMICS #27
Written by JOHN LAYMAN, SCOTT SNYDER, PAUL DINI, BRAD MELTZER, GREGG HURWITZ and PETER J. TOMASI
Art by JASON FABOK, NEAL ADAMS, DUSTIN NGUYEN, GUILLEM MARCH, FRANK MILLER and others
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
1:100 Variant cover by JASON FABOK
1:50 Variant cover by KELLEY JONES
1:25 Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale JANUARY 8 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $8.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for more information.
DC Entertainment presents this mega-sized issue featuring an all-star roster of Batman creators past and present!
Don’t miss a modern-day retelling of The Dark Knight’s origin by the incredible team of writer Brad Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch! Plus, all-new stories by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Peter J. Tomasi and Guillem March, Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen, Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams, new art by legendary Batman writer/artist Frank Miller and more!
Also in this issue, John Layman and Jason Fabok kick off the new storyline “GOTHTOPIA”! It’s a bright, shiny, happy place where dreams come true...as long as you don’t look at things too closely.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BATGIRL #27
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN
Cover by ALEX GARNER
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
In this tale tying into “GOTHTOPIA,” what kind of sick world pairs up Batgirl and the woman who tried to kill Jim Gordon — Knightfall?!

BATWING #27
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by JASON MASTERS
Cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale JANUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
A “GOTHTOPIA” tie-in! Luke Fox has never been happier in his life. He’s tearing up Gotham City as its protector, and his father, Lucius, couldn’t be prouder of him. How did THAT happen?

BIRDS OF PREY #27
Written by CHRISTY MARX
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
On sale JANUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
A “GOTHTOPIA” tie-in! We reach a major turning point in the series as the Birds find a new benefactor and a new mission to take down one of the ancient evils of the DC Universe: Ra’s al Ghul!

CATWOMAN #27
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
A “GOTHTOPIA” tie-In! Everything’s all right in Selina Kyle’s world. As the fabled Catbird of Gotham City, she fights alongside Batman to keep the city safe. So why does it all feel so wrong?

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