6 Batman-Related Comics That Won't Come If Today's Death Sticks

JLA_Cv5_02Warning: Spoilers ahead for Justice League of America #4, on sale today.

Earlier today, ComicBook.com reported on the death of a member of the extended Batman Family in the pages of today's Justice League of America #4. The news is starting to make the rounds on comics news sites and message boards--understandably, since the character who seems to die has a fairly high profile, both in comics and other media.

That's not the only thing that's a little baffling about this choice, though; besides being popular and well-known, the deceased also has a number of appearances slated over the next few months, none of which seem particularly suited to being a role played by a dead person or a fill-in hero.

Check out some solicitation text below and let us know whether you think all of these could be explained away by "These events take place prior to Justice League of America #4," or whether you think there's more than meets the eye to today's issue.

Side note: Some of these might not be immediately clear why they couldn't ship, or at least couldn't ship as solicited, if Catwoman's death sticks. The reason is simple: anything that doesn't expressly mention her in the text, you can see her clearly depicted, alive and well and part of the Justice League of America, on the cover.

CATWOMAN #21 On sale JUNE 26 Following the events of the CATWOMAN ANNUAL, Catwoman and the Penguin declare war on each other—and Gotham City is set to burn in their wake!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #22 On sale JULY 3 TRINITY WAR, the action-mystery event of the summer, begins with a full-length epic adventure! The death of a hero ignites a violent war among the Justice Leagues! It’s League vs. League vs. League as an impending darkness approaches the DC Universe. But the truth behind it all will lead to an evil that threatens every hero on the planet. And what does the Secret Society of Super-Villains have to with this? Everything. This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BM_CTW_Cv22BATMAN AND CATWOMAN #22 On sale JULY 17 Bruce Wayne continues to grind through his grief over the death of Damian—but is Catwoman here to help Batman or take advantage of his vulnerable state?

CATWOMAN #22 On sale JULY 24 What lies beneath the streets of Gotham City? Catwoman is determined to find out, but Dr. Phosphorus stands in her way!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 On sale AUGUST 14 TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 4! The hunt for a murder suspect leads Superman and his new teammates to the secret behind the Secret Society, while Batman finds the key to the crime—and one of the Leaguers will be forever changed by it. Plus, who is the Secret Society of Super-Villains and what are their plans for Pandora? This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

CATWOMAN #23 On sale AUGUST 28 Beneath Gotham City, Catwoman fights for her life! Plus, this issue will make you ask the question “Who is The Joker’s Daughter?”

You can check out the cover gallery for these titles below.

[gallery columns="1" ids="51259,51258,51260,51282,51284"]