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Lots of style, just need a little more easily discernible substance for my tastes.
I'm not sure exactly why most of this issue happens, but it sure is cool.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Judd Winick talked to Newsarama about Catwoman and stuff coming up, owls, Spark, cars, sexism in comics, something like that, but the real news is:
CATWOMAN IS STAYING SEXY!
No, but really... he does talk about a lot of stuff...
CBR got a chance to interview comics newcomer James Tynion IV, who will be thrown directly into the spotlight when he takes on the scripting duties of the Batman back up (starting with issue #8) and the Batman Annual #1, which follows the "Night of the Owls" event. Tynion talks a little bit about how he and Scott Snyder first met, the Pennyworth family's involvement in the back up story titled "the Fall of the House of Wayne," and Mr. Freeze dealing with the fall out of whatever happens to him in the Owls story.
Nice read, we get a few bits of new info here and there. Personally, I'd be willing to bet that this won't be the last we see of Tynion, just look at what happened with Kyle Higgins after he scripted Gates of Gotham.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Damn it, DC... I wasn't going to bother, but man, you're just sucking me in.
So basically, I wasn't originally going to even think about reading Earth Two or Worlds' Finest, as I've never been a huge fan of the JSA or the multiverse in general. But seeing as this is seemingly turning out to be something bigger than just a JSA book and having the old character from Earth-2 erase Helena Bertinelli from existence, I've become very intrigued.
Lots of things seem to be changing from the old Earth-2 continuity, and I for one am very interested to see just exactly what will be happening in these titles, as I'm sure some of you may feel the same. So, while I will not be doing full write ups of Earth Two or Worlds' Finest as neither of them really are "Bat books," and I really don't want to do more full spoiler posts (seriously, I have fourteen to do in May,) I will have an update on the week they come out that goes over what new status quo is for these Bat characters.
So, I think that's a happy middle ground, and expands the site's content a bit, so look forward to that first official Earth-2 Update, come the first week in May.
|Design by Worlds' Finest artist Kevin Maguire|
Another change brought to the Earth-2 characters, it is now confirmed that Helena Wayne was indeed Robin prior to somehow ending up in the regular Earth, where she became the Huntress.
Earth Two writer James Robinson had this to say:
Helena Wayne has been taught how to be the perfect Robin, assured as a detective, fighter, scientist, pilot and all around crime-fighter she’s been groomed by Batman to be the perfect caped manhunter (or should we say manHuntress) when she grows up.Editor Will Moss continued:
Before coming to the main DCU Earth and taking up the mantle of Huntress, Helena Wayne fought crime alongside her father as the Robin to his Batman on Earth-2!Things are getting really interesting, as it's becoming abundantly clear that it seems as if Earth-2 continuity is being completely re-written (something that's probably best given the New 52 philosophy, and introducing the multiverse.) This now maybe brings up questions as to who the Earth-2 Batman is... it could be Bruce Wayne, who knows.
(Source: The Source)
Monday, February 27, 2012
Above is Jim Lee's design for the Batman of Earth-2, who I guessed was actually Dick Grayson. Some info on this Batman on the Source seems to dispute that, but also creates a bit of mystery as well...
Earth Two editor Pat McCallum had this to say:
Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter? Right out of the gate that should tell you we’re dealing with a different kind of Dark Knight here. More ruthless, dangerous…the costume is familiar and yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask, but we’re looking at a man desperate to save the only family he has left. EARTH 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.Notice how he just says "there is a Wayne under the mask." He doesn't say it's Bruce Wayne though. Theories have speculated that this may actually be Thomas Wayne, in a role similar to that of Flashpoint's version of Bruce's father. But some have also thought that it's Earth-2's Damian Wayne, something that I'm not sure about, if we're assuming that Helena Wayne (Huntress) is the "daughter" he's trying to save.
Lord knows who this Batman is going to be, but I've got to say, Earth-2 seems to be shaping up to something other than just a Justice Society title, which means I'm becoming more and more interested... I'll bite, I'm in on the first few issues.
(Source: The Source)
Friday, February 24, 2012
Now this looks pretty f'ing cool. Batman back up (and American Vampire) artist Rafael Albuquerque designed his own Talon that will be appearing in the back ups written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. This looks like a cross between the Court of Owls, Azrael and Assassin's Creed.
(Source: The Source)
This is the last (I think) Talon design, from Kenneth Rocafort. Apparently this Talon is from the 80s, which I question due to the distinct lack of obnoxious neon colors and bad haircuts, but who knows what's under there... also, this one is apparently an acrobat... hmm.
(Source: The Source)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
In a classic "villain gives a villainous monologue, then gets owned by Batman in a second flat" moment, I couldn't help but think about the gun/sword fight in Indiana Jones.
An early look at an upcoming page in Detective Comics #8, with everything upside down... kind of odd, considering the background is odd... maybe the whole turning the book around to read it thing that Batman #5 did is catching on?
(Source: Tony Daniel's Facebook)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Above are two pages from today's All Star Western #6. If you aren't up to speed, the book stars Jonah Hex, who has gotten tangled up with some business in late 1800s Gotham, along with Amadeus Arkham. On top of that, the book will tie into the "Night of the Owls" come May... but it seems like writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray couldn't wait for May...
Hit the jump for more...
No bat books next week, just Justice League #6. The following week, I'll be back with write ups for:
- Detective Comics #7: Bruce has got to save his girlfriend Charlotte from bleeding out... and... well, Penguin? I guess... sort of.
- Batwing #7: Batwing is in Gotham, and teaming up with Batman, Nightwing, Robin and Batgirl... that's awesome.
- Huntress #6: The final issue of the Huntress mini series where I'm sure Power Girl will show up and they'll attempt a "SURPRISE! Earth-2, bitches" even though we've known for what, two months now?
With Bruce waking up from the beating he just took from Superman, talking about the whole fear theme, he comes back to his senses, shaking off the effects of the drug Scarecrow injected him with last issue, thanks to Superman stressing him out, putting him over the edge. Bruce tells Superman that he needs to find the Flash, and do the same to him, so he can get the drug out, as his running is just stalling the effects. As Superman leaves, Bruce once again sees the White Rabbit and gives chase.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A few weeks ago when the "Night of the Owls" was announced, it was said that pretty much everything but Detective Comics and Batwoman would tie into the event, due to those books being in the middle of their own stories. Well, seems like someone feels left out, as DC just announced that Detective Comics #9 will indeed tie into the "Night of the Owls" story.
According to Mike Marts, the issue will deal with Batman saving Jeremiah Arkham from a Talon, and explore some connections between the Court of Owls and Arkham Asylum. Makes sense given the point of the cross over, of having the Court target prominent figures in Gotham, and even Amadeus Arkham's encounter with the Court in All Star Western (that is, if he's still in the book by then, which I can't imagine why he wouldn't.) Though, it is a bit odd, because this is literally a story that takes place over one night, and you had Batman's story taking place in Batman, then in a book like Batman: The Dark Knight it stars Tim Drake more. Hopefully this issue of Detective Comics won't actually star Batman that much, just for the sake of consistency.
And no, I do not expect Batwoman to fall prey to the owls.
(Source: The Source)
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Another day, another Talon design from Greg Capullo. This time it's a Talon from the 1840s, inspired by Jack the Ripper, who will be squaring off against Black Canary and the Birds of Prey.
(Source: The Source)
Red Hood, Mr. Freeze, China Town, with Kenneth Rocafort illustrating all this? Sign me the hell up.
But not everything is good news. With this issue, I really, and I mean REALLY wanted a simple one page tense as all hell scene between Jason and Bruce, seeing as it seems like there won't be a whole lot of those scenes given the direction Lobdell is taking the book. Turns out there was going to be one, then it was cut. Lobdell said:
"There is zero interaction between the two. There was going to be a one-page cameo where Jason dropped a defeated Talon onto the floor of the Batcave in front of Batman and says, "Don't say I've never done anything for you," but it got edited out because it didn't fit into the Batman story."DAMN IT! That's exactly what I would have wanted! Just drop a Talon and a "fuck you" then bail... MAN, that would have been perfect.
Interesting enough, it seems that Red Hood and the Outlaws artist Kenneth Rocafort got the job to redesign Mr. Freeze, who will be appearing in the "Night of the Owls" cross over issues of Red Hood and the Outlaws and Batman Annual.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Judd Winick, who is writing three books for the "Night of the Owls" cross over, talked to CBR about his roll, and what to expect in his three books.
What's interesting, is the fact that Batman: The Dark Knight #9 will be told from the perspective of that issue's Talon, something that apparently won't be seen in the other books.
After the release of Batman #6, writer Scott Snyder took to twitter to thank the fans for all the kind words, he also confirmed a bit of big news... the Court of Owls is just the beginning for his Batman plans, he's got a whole trilogy of stories planned. He said:
"Up too late, having a nightcap after a long day of writing, talking Batman w/pal and up and comer [[James Tynion IV]]. And just want to say thanks to you all for my job. I will stay in Gotham as long as you will rent me a room. And for what it's worth, I will talk out of turn & say that the stories coming up, both in Court of owls story, but the one that starts at ISSUE #13, and then the one that will start at #20, will be us swinging for the fences. No playing it safe. No small stories. Every story will be -we hope - a game changer. Really, the Court is the first in a trilogy of Bruce stories I've been thinking about for a long time, always tinkering with."Then later, this morning:
"Actually headed into the [[DC Comics]] office today to talk about the 3rd story in the trilogy of Batman/ Bruce stories I mentioned last night"Long story short, dude thinks WAY in advanced, and isn't going to let up anytime soon. So the basic run down is, issues #1-11 are the Court of Owls story, #12 is a one shot issue (as confirmed by a question I asked him last night) #13-19 is the second big story, and #20-well into the third year, one would assume, is the third big story. Of course, all those are subject to change, and to be honest, he'll probably continue past the third arc, but nevertheless... it's just begun.
(Source: Scott Snyder's Twitter )
It's Batman and Robin writer, Pete Tomasi's turn to give his Court of Owls interview, and while he actually talks more about Nobody, the current baddie, we do learn that the Talon Damian fights on his own is from the revolutionary war period of Gotham.
Not so much a panel, as it is a page, but this one page from Batman #6 really serves as the turning point of the story, and the tipping point where Bruce goes into full badass mode, threatening to come after each and every member of the Court of Owls.
Dick Grayson with a devilish grin while dangling a guy upside down, off the edge of a building... perfect
Even though Jesus Saiz didn't draw this issue, it'd be hard to notice. Javier Pina perfectly depicted the badassery of Katana and Poison Ivy here.
The climactic scene in Under the Hood is probably one of my favorite scenes in modern Batman history. It's genuinely emotional for both characters involved, so any recreation of that is going to get me.
Right after Selina dropped a bomb on Bruce. The tenseness is captured perfectly, showing one of those rare moments Batman is actually speechless. I also think it was a great move to have it be a completely clear panel, no words, no nothing, just mimic the silence of the scene.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Next week's that easy weak at the end of the month, followed by an off week since nothing Batman related comes out on the 29th. Here's what's coming up...
- Batman - The Dark Knight #5: After a surprise appearance (and beating) from Superman, it seems like next in the "let's punch Batman" line is the man who broke the Bat, Bane.
Above, is Batman artist Greg Capullo's design for the Talon that we will see in the pages of Catwoman, come May. I'm really looking forward to how Guillem March will draw it, but something interesting was revealed about this guy...
On the source, they said that this particular Talon, was the first Talon, from 1660. That's one old mf'er. But, they also said that this Talon was "resurrected," which means the Court is into some crazy shit. With the ending of Batman #6 where we find out all the Talon's are being woken up, it seems like they could be anyone, from anywhere in Gotham's history... interesting.
(Source: The Source)
Bruised, beaten, and impaled, Bruce is informed by the Talon that the Court of Owls has decided to keep his bones on display in the maze, as he was a valiant enemy to them, and such an "honor" has only been given to three before him. Talon offers Batman's body up to the Court, who appear above the walls, asking them how he should kill the bat. Many of them call out vicious demands, but a man and a woman say it should be up to the youngest member, as they ask a little girl what the Talon should do to him.
"Hurt him more" she says.
Brendan Bowman is your average corporate dude. Everything is going great for him. The ladies are even checking him out! But before he goes to talk to that hot blonde at the counter, he finds out that some chick with tattoos has stolen his phone. He chases her into an alley, and there's tattoo lady waiting for him, and blonde lady shows up too! Confused, and scared, Brendan makes a break for it as the two ladies try to take him somewhere.
Set one month prior to the first issue, Jason is in the bowels of a submarine, breaking up some nuclear weapons deal. Beaten and bruised, Jason kills off the last thug, and escapes the sub, just prior to it exploding underneath the water. Some time later, a barely conscious Jason finds himself on a tropical island, hooked up to an alien machine, but soon passes out again.
Things are looking bad for one Miss. Selina Kyle... good thing no one knows who she is. As she's locked up in a police interrogation room, the cops can't find anything on her. No name, no prints, no nothing. So, faced with a politely wise cracking Jane Doe, they decide to bring in some extra muscle for the interrogation... the meta-human Reach, who has a bone to pick with Selina.
Seeing as All Star Western is, for the most part, set in late 1800s Gotham, it's only natural for the Court of Owls to make an appearance in that title, come May. As part of CBR's "Owl Signal" interviews, they talked to writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti about what to expect.
I've said it a few times before, but I'll say it again, because of the cross over, I will be covering this issue of the series, so you get complete "Night of the Owls" coverage.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
This week, CBR is interviewing different creators involved with the "Night of the Owls" cross over, and today's interview is with Nightwing writer Kyle Higgins.
Things worth mentioning, these next few issues leading up to Nightwing's tie in with the cross over are apparently very important to the story of the Court. Could they have been hiding in plain sight? Hmm... Also, for Gates of Gotham fans, issue 8 will feature that whole gang from the late 1800s. Lots of interesting stuff coming up, starting tomorrow it seems...
Monday, February 13, 2012
BATMAN, INCORPORATED #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
1:25 Variant cover by FRANK QUITELY
1:200 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale MAY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US
• BATMAN, INCORPORATED makes its NEW 52 debut with an all-new first issue!
• The series hits the ground running as BATMAN and ROBIN face off against the assassin GOATBOY!
• LEVIATHAN’S sinister mission revealed!
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
A Sunday afternoon surprise! CBR has got the exclusive list of May 2012 solicitations for the Batman universe, and HOLY SHIT, so many owls, seeing as May is "Night of the Owls" month. Man, oh man, am I excited.
One thing worth noting, Judd Winick will be writing Batman: The Dark Knight #9, another tie in to the cross over with Tim Drake!
Hit the jump for the full list of solicitations.
Batman artist Greg Capullo is currently drawing issue #8, the "Night of the Owls" issue, and has posted a few teases of the issue on his Twitter account. There's also one of what's probably Bruce's foot... but it's just a foot, so I decided not to post it. I mean... it's a good foot, well drawn and all, but at the end of the day... it's a foot.
(Souce: Greg Capullo's Twitter)