AIPT Comics

Batman's best stories, plus writer Zack Kaplan unpacks 2022 titles

Episode Summary

We discuss our top three Batman stories of ALL TIME. We also recap the news, review comics, and special guest Zack Kaplan joins us to talk about two of his sci-fi comics announced for later this year.

Episode Notes

Visit our Patreon page to see the various tiers you can sign up for today to get in on the ground floor of AIPT Patreon. We hope to see you chatting with us in our Discord soon!


Batman - Our top 3 favorite stories!

Dave: Batman: The Monster Men, The Dark Knight Returns, Black Mirror

Nathan: Dark Knight, Dark City, Night of the Stalker, Gothic

Our Top Books of the Week


  1. Step By Bloody Step #1 (Si Spurrier, Matias Bergara)
  2. Ghost Rider #1 (Ben Percy, Cory Smith)


  1. The Human Target #5 (Tom King, Greg Smallwood)
  2. Ghost Rider #1 (Ben Percy, Cory Smith)

Standout KAPOW moment of the week:

Nathan - Rockstar & Softboy (Sina Grace)

Dave - Carnage Forever (Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Edgar Salazar)



Interview - Zack Kaplan - Dark Horse’s BREAK OUT (With artist Wilton Santos, by Dark Horse out April 13, 2022) and also Metal Society (With artist Guilherme Balbi, by Top Cow/Image May 5th, 2022)

  1. Zack, thank you for being on the AIPT Comics podcast, I think it’s safe to say you’re a friend of AIPT, we’ve run numerous interviews with you over the years and I’m excited for your lineup in 2022!
  2. Let’s start with Break Out, your new book at Dark Horse, although I gotta say it’s interesting both Break Out! And Metal Society are sci-fi stories where the world as we know it is completely changed. Is there a reason these stories took that track?
  3. They’re both stories about fighting back against those with power, what inspired these directions?
  4. You told Break Out is Ocean’s Eleven in style, are we talking heist montages?
  5. Do you have any favorite inter-dimensional sci-fi stories?
  6. Metal Society is another series by you announced for May, can you talk a little bit about that?
  7. Do you write a bible for these sci-fi worlds?
  8. Every great sci-fi film has an equally impactful soundtrack. Do you listen to anything particular to get you in the headspace for writing?
  9. Why Dark Horse and Top Cow for these projects?
  10. Since this episode talks about Batman, what are your favorite Batman comics?