Stack Rundown, 03/28/2015

Whose ready for this feature to be the most prominent weekly post on the site for the next two months?

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #51

Oh look, Cluemaster is probably dead, who saw that coming?

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin #40

Super powered Damian no more! All hail regular ass Damian Wayne, he's pretty great anyways.

SPOILERS: Gotham Academy #6

Batman got beat by a girl and some fireworks. Hang it up there, Bats.

SPOILERS: Catwoman #40

Catwoman is back to being Catwoman, everyone rejoice!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stack Rundown, 03/28/2015

Well, I totally forgot to write anything for this post until about 20 minutes ago, so apologies for the minor delay, but if you're reading this anytime past oh let's say 10-11am EST, then fuck it, what am I apologizing to you for? Not like you were on time anyways, so SHAME ON YOU.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Looking Forward: April 1st, 2015

And here we are, the end of the New 52. It's had it's ups and it's downs, but now it's over... sorta. Then it's on to Convergence, which I'll talk about in a bit.
  • Batman Eternal #52: I'm writing this post before #51 even comes out, so I don't fucking know what to think. Chances are, I probably just don't care anymore.
  • Batman and Robin Annual #3: Farewell to the best logo in comics!
  • Gotham Academy: Endgame #1: I've asked who in their right mind would send their child to a private school in Gotham, and this is exactly why I ask that question.
  • Harley Quinn #16: Harley joins a gang... of herself.
  • Arkham Manor: Endgame #1: I've got no idea what this one is supposed to be. Villains and stuff?
So, let's talk about some stuff. I've said it in comments and on Twitter, but I don't think I've made the formal announcement on the site itself, so here it goes: I will not be covering anything Convergence related. I've had a long standing rule that I only really give full coverage to books that "matter" to the characters. If I started bending that rule, I'd just have too much shit to cover on any given week. On top of that, I just have zero interest in Convergence to begin with. It's a stop-gap project to cover DC while they make their move/transition out West, and nothing more to me. So that's that.

What am I going to do with the site in those two months? Well, I'm going to enjoy quite a bit of time off from the weekly grind of having to pump out posts Wednesday. It's going to be nice to just read comics and not have to do anything about them. April is going to be pretty light on posts. There'll be that one week towards the end of the month with Batman #40, but that's pretty much it for full coverage. I'll still do Stack Rundown every week, so there's that too. Then come May, DC will be releasing 8-page stories that I guess are sort of like #0 issue/primers for the new series/directions coming in June. They'll be released for free everywhere, so I figure I'll have one catch all post each week for the stories that are relevant to the site. Then it's June, and we're back to normal, unless something terrible happens to me between now and then.

BUT IN THE MEANTIME. You should still support Gotham Spoilers. Buy some shit at the stores I got links to? That'd be cool? You buy stuff, I get a referral bonus, it works out pretty well.

So, THAT'S ALL-ish FOLKS, see you in June?

PS: Don't be surprised if I turn this into a professional wrestling blog during the break. Especially if Reigns goes over Lesnar at Mania this weekend, because hoooooboy, some things will be said about that. Blame Convergence.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #51

Told you... 211 days ago, to be exact.

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin #40

So here we are, at the final issue of Batman and Robin... will Damian continue to be the new Superman? FIND OUT HERE!

God, that was terrible clickbait, I am sorry.

SPOILERS: Gotham Academy #6

Those last couple of pages of this issue have me so god damn excited for this book to return in June, you don't even know.

SPOILERS: Catwoman #40

Catwoman goes to war with the rival crime families and she's bringing a secret weapon... Catwoman! No... not the other one, her, she's bringing herself, because--you know what, just read the damn issue.

SPOILERS: Gotham by Midnight #5

Will Gotham be destroyed by the Spectre?! NO! Because there's like a billion other Batman books to read, but you know... it could happen, maybe.

SPOILERS: Arkham Manor #6

Finale of the series! Batman does stuff in this issue! Who would have guessed?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Catwoman #40 Preview

I'm looking forward to how this book operates with Selina keeping her role as mob boss as well as taking up her Catwoman identity again.

(Source: The Washington Post)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Not a Theory: New Batman IS GCPD Related

So, the running theory on the new Batman... or new Batman suit in the very least, debuting in June was that he was police related, due to the red and blue lights, and that Detective Comics cover. Well, theory no more, as a twitter follower of mine pointed out that the Convergence variant featuring Greg Capullo's character designs straight up has "GCPD" printed right under the breastplate.

So of course the crazy option is "It's Jim Gordon!" and maaaaan, I really hope that's not the case. Jim Gordon is a great character and all, but he's not why I'm reading these particular comics. I've got zero interest in reading that under any circumstances or context.

Also, after Eternal, I really hope this isn't a drawn out "who's under the suit?" "mystery." If DC wants to sell something weird and crazy with Batman, fine, do that, but give the readers info on what they're buying/reading up front so they don't have to wonder whether or not they'll like it in the end. This being such a weird concept, I feel it'd almost be better to let people know what they're getting, let the story speak for itself rather than hinging on a long mystery which could have a lame payoff. If they keep it a secret, it'd be like a video game publisher offering a season pass for their game's DLC, without actually detailing what you'd be getting. "Trust us man, you'll like it, just give us this $25 right now." Four months later "here's some time trials and weapon skins, you moron." Yeah, that's what I'd like this whole thing to avoid. Rip the band-aid off ASAP.

Regardless of whoever is under that suit, I'll read it. I practically have to for the site and my own curiosity... But man, am I concerned about this. I've said it multiple times before, this is either going to be great or the Batman team just jumping the shark. There's probably going to be zero middle ground on this one.