In the last week of August 2011 DC brought their existing line of titles to an end and replaced them with a line of 52 first issues that takes place in a new post-Flashpoint universe.
This flagship title saw the launch of the new DCU Batman with Bruce Wayne the only man left wearing the Batman mask.
The "New 52" initiative relaunch of Batman starts off with a year long story from the critically acclaimed team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Starting with the eighth issue, the title received a back up feature. Under Snyder and Capullo, the series quickly became acclaimed among critics and fans alike, and was regularly amongst the top selling, if not, the top selling monthly title from month to month. The title would be considered the linchpin of the Batman titles, spawning crossover events such as The Night of the Owls, Death of the Family, Zero Year, and Endgame.
In September 2013 DC had all its books focus villains along side the crossovers Trinity War and Forever Evil and number them by '.1', '.2' , '.3' and '.4'.
The four villain books in Batman were;
Batman #23.1 The Joker #1 (Written by Andy Kubert and drawn by Andy Clarke)
Batman #23.2 The Riddler #1 (Written by Scott Snyder and Ray Fawkes and drawn by Jeremy Haun)
Batman #23.3 The Penguin #1 (Written by Frank Tieri and drawn by Christian Duce)
Batman #23.4 Bane #1 (Written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Graham Nolan)
In common with the other 'new 52' titles, the first issue sold out quickly and other printings and variant followed. In fact, they went a bit nuts with Batman. The variants are ridiculous. Issue #50 is a "work in progress" as far as the variants are concerned.
The first few issues of this title now are hot! £30 for #1 not an unusual sight in a comic shop or comic mart wall.
The series is collected in a number of Hardcover and Trade paperback collections:
Batman (2nd Series): The Court of Owls (#1-7)
Batman (2nd Series): The City of Owls (#8-12 and Annual #1)
Batman (2nd Series): Death of the Family (#13-17)
Batman (2nd Series): Zero Year - Secret City (#0,21-24)
Batman (2nd Series): Zero Year - Dark City (#25-27,29-33)
Batman (2nd Series): Graveyard Shift (#0,18-20,28,34, Annual #2)
Batman (2nd Series): Endgame (#35-40)
Batman (2nd Series): Superheavy (#41-45, DC Sneak Peek: Batman #1)
Batman (2nd Series): Bloom (#46-50)
Batman (2nd Series): Epilogue (#51-52, Annual #4, Batman (2nd Series): Future's End #1, Batman: Rebirth #1)
The New 52 Zero Omnibus (#0)
DC Comics The New 52 (#1)
Batman Unwrapped: The Court of Owls (#1-11)
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years (#2)
Batman: Night Of The Owls (#8-9, Batman Annual #1)
The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years (#15)
Batman Unwrapped by Andy Kubert (#18)
DC Comics The New 52 Villains Omnibus (#23.1-23.4)
Batman: Arkham - The Riddler (#23.2)
Forever Evil: Arkham War (#23.4)
DC Comics: Zero Year (#24-25)
Batman Eternal Volume 3 (#28)
Batman vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles (#35-36)
|Total £||89.05||178.00||267.00||594.94||1,220||2,830||3,520||4,270||5,050||11.90||Total title value in pounds in UK markets|
|Total $||116.00||224.00||339.00||748.35||1,540||3,540||4,410||5,350||6,330||15.00||Total title value in dollars in US markets|
Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.