SPOILERS: Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1

It just keeps getting worse! ...STILL!

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #974

Oh lord, it's Civil War time.

SPOILERS: Batman #40

Batman wasn't good... he wasn't bad... he was just ROMAN REIGNS! DUN-NU, NU-NU, NU-NU, NU. NUUUUUH. Sorry...

SPOILERS: Batman: White Knight #5

Show of hands, who pinned Harley Quinn as the most sane person going in to this? No one? That's what I thought.

SPOILERS: Nightwing #38

So the Judge is basically just the devil, right?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Outside of Gotham, May 18th, 2012

Well, it was a big week for Justice League, as it was the return of artist Jim Lee, and start of the new big arc that will take us to issue #12, where shit really changes. So there's that, also the solicitations of all the special coverage titles

Justice League #9

So, this month's issue of Justice League was the big introduction of Graves, their new villain, and the author of the book Gods Among Men (fictional book, that is) who a year into that five year time gap that's missing, something terrible happened to him (and presumably his family) causing him to become terminally ill, and begin his "journey." In the present day, Batman, Superman and Cyborg deal with a disturbance at Arkham with the Key, meanwhile Flash, Green Lantern and eventually Wonder Woman deal with Weapons Master. Both of them have some explaining to do, as to what the hell is going on. Key is driven mad, claiming he wants to be kept safe deep within the halls of Arkham, and Weapons Master needs some help from the Lasso of Truth, but both of them tell the different League member a guy by the name of Graves basically had interrogated them, to learn information about taking down the Justice League. Meanwhile, Graves manages to abduct Steve Trevor, and ends up torturing him to his breaking point (by threatening the life of his sister and her child) leaving Steve able to do nothing but give Graves any information he needs. 

Then in the back up, Billy Batson gets in a fight at school with the kids of the guy who donates the most to the school, and Sivana unlocks some deep hidden magic shit that allows him to "see" magic.

This was a really good issue of the series. We're finally getting past the origin story, the water treading, and getting into the good stuff. Justice League #1-6 was fine, did what it needed to do, and I enjoyed it (better in trade, actually) but this is what I wanted, the big guns, in a story that calls for said guns, and that's soon what we're going to get. Also, I liked the fact that Thomas Wayne's letter to Bruce still exists, I don't know why I thought that would be taken out of continuity, but I did think it would just be forgotten, so I'm glad I'm wrong.

What really needs to be addressed is Hal Jordan. Now, you could get away with it in the first arc since it was set in the past, but ever since issue #7, Hal has been a glaring zit on the forehead of this book. Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, Hal is no longer a member of the GLC. His ring was taken away by the Guardians of the Universe. The current ring he is using now is a construct made by Sinestro's ring, which barely works properly when need be. It's also pretty much attached to Sinestro, who has already been seen taking away the ring from Hal when his help is not needed. So how the hell Hal is flying around like everything is normal is a pretty glaring issue at this point. I said this on Twitter, that as a Batman fan, I know all too well about a character doing different things across different books, but this is a big point. It's as if you were to cut off Batman's arm in one book, and have him run around with two in another. It just wouldn't work.




Written by PAUL LEVITZ
1:25 B&W Variant cover by GEORGE PEREZ
On sale AUGUST 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• Hakkou, the Irradiated Man – the mysterious bad guy who might have a connection to Earth 2 – has grown to monstrous proportions. It’s up to Power Girl and Huntress to stop him – from destroying Tokyo?!
• Huntress learns how crime works on this Earth in the mean streets of Rome!
• Plus: Learn what the heroic duo have been up to in the five years since they arrived on this Earth!

Written by ADAM GLASS
On sale AUGUST 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• THE SQUAD’S traitor is revealed!
• BASILISK takes the fight to AMANDA WALLER’S home turf!

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
1:100 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE
On sale AUGUST 15 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
• ”THE VILLAIN’S JOURNEY” part four!
• The team struggles to stay together as they try to combat their newest foe.
• A shocking last page that will have the world talking about this issue!

Backup story art by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale AUGUST 22 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
• The finale of JONAH HEX and TALLULAH BLACK’S battle with the followers of THE CRIME BIBLE.
• Part 2 of the TERRENCE 13 backup story.

Backup story written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Backup story art by CHRISCROSS
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH
On sale AUGUST 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• Lookout, RED ROBIN and SUPERBOY! The power of WONDER GIRL’S armor has been unleashed!
• Introducing DIESEL – is he WONDER GIRL’S new boyfriend, or worse?
• And in the backup story, the fate of the prehistoric visitors from MYSTERY ISLAND rest with KID FLASH. Will they become extinct, too?


  1. Why don't they just give Teen Titans to FABIAN NICIEZA?!?!? Why? He would make that series soooooooooooooooooooooo much better.

    DC Comics please read this comment and give that man back Tim Drake. he did Tim perfectly in Red Robin and had fun doing it. (read some interviews he did around that time frame, it shows how much he was dedicated to the character)

    1. Because Nicieza left his one on going to focus on projects outside of comics.