Article by Philip Clark
Returning to the shelves on October 2, Batman #78 reunites the previously betrothed Batman and Catwoman, as Bane has Gotham in his grips. Those who missed out the first time, get a second chance to grab the issue.
Batman #78, the first part of the highly anticipated two-issue interlude to the “City of Bane” story arc, has flown off shelves for a same-day sell-out! Following in the footsteps of issues #75, #76, and #77, Batman #78 has sold out from Diamond Comic Distributors and is headed for a second printing. The fan-favorite team of writer Tom King, pencillers Tony S. Daniel and Mikel Janin, inker Norm Rapmund, letterer Clayton Cowles, and colorists Jordie Bellaire and Tomeu Morey have captivated readers with this tragic tale of a beaten Bat-family, the unthinkable death of Alfred Pennyworth, and a Gotham City ruled by Bane.
Featuring stunning art by Clay Mann, issue #78 spotlights Batman and Catwoman, reunited for the first time since issue #50 and the ill-fated wedding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. After Batman endures brutal punishment from both Bane and Thomas Wayne, a.k.a. Flashpoint Batman, Selina Kyle returns—determined to whip the Dark Knight back into shape, help him heal from his injuries, and take Gotham City back from Bane’s brutal regime.
Batman #78 has already received rave reviews from critics, including IGN who writes, “This story beautifully conveys the mix of longing and hurt that defines Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle’s current relationship.” ComicBook.com declares Batman #78 “a key issue of Tom King’s run, and an absolutely defining moment for the hero himself.”
Anyone who missed out the first time will get their chance to experience this issue when it returns to stores on October 2. In the meantime, fans should hit their local comic book stores now to reserve a copy of the second part of this story in Batman #79, on sale September 18, as the stakes only get higher as the finale of King’s epic run grows nearer.