Ra's should wear a suit more often, that's my biggest take away from this issue.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
So this week outside of Gotham, the Teen Titans begin their assault on N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham step outside of Gotham, and with some extra extra coverage, a bunch of familiar faces show up in a great cross over that isn't your little sister's Twilight novel.
Hit the jump for all the not so Batman goodness.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Judd Winick talked to Newsarama a bit about his Talon that he'll be writing in Batman: The Dark Knight #9, obviously the tie in to "Night of the Owls." And bonus, some art from David Finch!
This may be one of the more interesting issues of the cross over, given that it will be told from the point of view of the Talon at hand.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
So, if you've been following the saga of Batman: The Dark Knight, you'll remember that a few months ago, Paul Jenkins was giving interviews about the next coming arc starting with issue #8, then Scott Snyder mentioned it being part of "Night of the Owls" which would mean issue #9, so you can't really start an arc with #8, right? THEN, Gregg Hurwitz was announced to be taking on writing the book with issue #10. So where does that leave issue #8 coming out next month?
It's being tweaked a bit, last week in the back of print books there was a little blurb, but today it was confirmed that Joe Harris will be writing this issue, with art from Ed Benes. Whether or not it remains a story about Tweedledum and Tweedledee, is unknown. After that, look for the Owls issue written by Judd Winick with art from David Finch (I think? At this point, hard to tell) then, as previously mentioned, Gregg Hurwitz will take on the title with Finch illustrating.
I've got some extra panels this week, thanks to a certain crossover happening within Gotham, pitting some of our favorite heroes against an interesting threat.
So hit the jump to see the best panels of the Bat-world from this week... yes, the best, because I said so, dammit.
Month 8 of the New 52 starts next week, and here's what I'll be covering at Gotham Spoilers:
- Detective Comics #8: This was supposed to be a story about the Scarecrow, but given the focus on him coming up in Batman: The Dark Knight, I wouldn't be surprised if this has changed, given Tec has seen some plot shuffling around lately. Catwoman is in it, I know that. Also, the Two Face back up starts next week as well.
- Batwing #8: This is it, the final battle between Batwing and Massacre, guest starring Batman, Nightwing, Robin and Batgirl, with art by Dustin Nguyen... what's not to love?!
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Batman is... well, not in good shape is one way to put it. Going up against Two Face, Clayface, Deathstroke, Scarecrow, and lord knows how many other rogues, doesn't bode well for a fight against Bane, but he manages to get away from his old foe for a moment to catch his breath. He finds a lab on the island, and inside is Poison Ivy, who Bane used to synthesize some of his new venom. Batman lets her out, and gets a few answers from her, some of which he already knew, but learns nothing new about the White Rabbit. The plan of action now is to get Bane the antidote, but he has to eat it, so good luck with that. All the while, Bane gets closer to finding his prey once again.
This page was released via a Newsarama interview, but was just inked, now Scott Snyder has shared the FCO colored version, and man it looks awesome.
Predictions: Alfred is going to fuck up that Talon.
(Source: Scott Snyder's Twitter
With the "Night of the Owls" issue, now former Animal Man artist, Travel Foreman, will be taking over artistic duties on Birds of Prey. Above are some sketches of Batgirl that he drew, which he's currently using for a twitter contest.
Foreman and Jesus Saiz are both very different artists, that's for sure, but I'm really excited for Foreman to come on to this book, as it will really give it a unique look.
(Source: Travel Foreman's Twitter)
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Above is a panel from the end of Justice League #6, where two would be "super-villains" meet up to discuss all these heroes popping up. As you can see, there's something with that dude's shadow, that is obviously a hint to something, as it's not his real one. Well, my friend may have just figured it out, texting me a possibility.
Hit the jump for more...
This was actually posted on American Vampire / Batman back-up artist Rafael Albuquerque's twitter page a few days ago, I just missed it. Regardless, this is the first look at the variant cover to Batman #10, the same month Greg Capullo will be doing a variant for American Vampire.
(Source: Rafael Albuquerque's Twitter)
Now with 300% more owls.
I really hope despite the cover, that this issue doesn't really star Bruce. Focus on someone else, because if it doesn't, it's going to be really weird to have Batman then Detective comics both featuring Bruce on one night. I mean you can obviously have the separate series going on and it's a given that it feels a bit weird since you have four Batman books all with different things happening with the same character, but bring that into an event like this, and the concept at hand just makes that even weirder. That's why Batman and Robin and Batman: The Dark Knight aren't actually starring Bruce.
(Source: Gotham Knights Online)
So this week outside of Gotham, I've got a few things to talk about, mainly Justice League #7 coming out, but also, there were a few pics from Wonder Con showing off some art from both Earth Two and Worlds' Finest.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Batman and Nightwing #7 brought some pretty big revelations for Dick Grayson, but Kyle Higgins is teasing even BIGGER revelations for issue #9 in his interview about the recent Court of Owls/Dick Grayson surprises.
Yep, I believe it, and I'm looking forward to it.
Part two of Newsarama's interview with Scott Snyder has him talking specifics about the Talons in "Night of the Owls," the future of the series... He's already got things planned for issues #25 and #26! Crazy. Later today there should be an interview with Kyle Higgins about Nightwing and that book's tie-in to the story.
All Star Western is an interesting book. It's a departure of the old Jonah Hex series, which usually felt as if it was situated in it's own little universe. This book however, is firmly rooted in Gotham's past, and practically is a love letter to the fictional city's historians.
Want to know why? Well, that's going to require you to hit the jump!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
So, with the revelations that came out of yesterday's Batman and Nightwing #7, Scott Snyder took the time to talk to Newsarama about some of the secrets the Court of Owls had been keeping.
I was reading through the interview, all was going well, then I read this:
"In Detective, I hinted at this idea, that the circus would pull out all the stops for their Gotham show.
And when the circus comes to Gotham, one of them is chosen by the Court in secret. And then they're trained to be these amazing killers."MIND = BLOWN.
So, in an interest for keeping the blog's verticality down, and avoiding giving away something readers may not want to spoil yet, I'll be putting the panels of the week in after a jump from now on.
Sooooo, hit the jump!
So, Teen Titans was another book I was surprised to like as much as I do. I've never been a big fan of the title, as during my tenure of comic book readership, it has just been angsty kids being... well, angsty. That, and I've never been much a fan of Brett Booth's art, though it has grown on me.
Over all really, this title is fun. The characters are enjoyable, it's not that angsty, and it has gotten me interested in Tim Drake again, as I was getting a bit bored with him as his last solo neared it's conclusion.
So, hit the jump to get all caught up on the current Teen Titans.
Only one book next week!
- Batman - The Dark Knight #7: Batman vs. Bane, a classic pairing that will definitely not end well for anyone.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
This is Harper Row, she revived Batman with an impromptu defibrillator, and is apparently pretty important in the future Batman stories, as Scott Snyder told Comicvine:
Harper Row is her name and she's a character I've been thinking about for some time. I don't want to give too much away, but you'll be seeing more of her in Gotham soon - she has an important role to play in upcoming stories.So yeah, pretty important, and *GAHK* .......................................
About a year and a half ago, Batman: The Return writer Grant Morrison showed us just how the bat flew into Bruce's study that faithful night, years ago. Well, now it's Scott Snyder's turn to show us just what happened to the bat after it flew away, and that was fall victim to it's natural predator, an owl.
Bruce suddenly wakes up in the back of a van, with jumper cables strapped to his chest. A girl by the name of Harper Row, resuscitated him with said cables. Bruce seems familiar with this girl, and tells her to leave him alone, again, as he stumbles off.
The circus is on fire, and Sakio, aka Dick Grayson's once thought to be dead circus friend Raymond, has locked the doors, creating a mass chaos, that will surely kill everyone... unless Nightwing does what he does, you know... saving people.
Dick and Raymond fight on top of the massive scoreboard in the center of the arena, as Raymond rants on about it being Dick's fault. Dick doesn't know what the hell Raymond is talking about, as he gets slashed by Raymond's claws.
The Birds face their most deadly enemy! A group of mind controlled white collar workers! No but really, things look bad, as a mob of people attack Black Canary, Katana and Poison Ivy. Dinah tells the others to show some restraint, but Ivy scoffs at that, breaking one of the workers' neck. Dinah gets pissed, kicking Ivy in the face, which leads her to retaliate, turning on Dinah for a bit. Things start to get too crazy, so Dinah uses her Canary Cry to shut everyone up.
Pulling the ol' "drug a bad guy out of his mind and drop him off at Arkham trick" Jason leaves the monstrous Crux in the "capable" hands of the Arkham staff, as he gets back to a alien ship that he, Kori and Roy have claimed from the xenophobic crazy dude. The plan is to go back to Crux's hide out and loot the place of any possible tech he has lying around. Roy plays with the ship a bit and finds out you can do a voice search for any frequency in the airs. Roy says "Batman Africa" and picks up a transmission between Batman and Batwing, but Jason tells him to turn it off almost instantly.
So, there's this rich Greek guy, right? Driving with two pretty ladies, making all sorts of sex puns, as they pull into a garage, taking off their clothes as they get out of the car. But what's this? Catwoman is stealing said car?! Surely she didn't pay some prostates to distract the rich guy in an unprotected garage so she could steal the car! Oh wait, she did. All the while, a man with glowing eyes watches as he figures that he has some new car theft competition.
With Newsarama doing a series of interviews with artists that work with Scott Snyder, on the day of Batman #7's release, we get one with penciller Greg Capullo. It's a good interview that goes into his process a lot, and on top of that, we get a page from Batman #8!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
So, remember Batman #1? During Bruce's charity event, there were a few panels of some singled out people. Commissioner Gordon, Leslie Thompkins, and two other people we hadn't met. We eventually found out that the man was mayoral candidate Lincoln March (who we haven't seen in a while, now that I think about it...) and then some mystery black haired lady.
Well, we may be finding out more about her soon, hit the jump for more.
I'll be honest, I feel like this is the book I have to do the least "catching up" for, seeing as it's the number one selling book in comics right now, and thus, I won't spend a whole lot of time on this post...
Hit the jump if you're interested anyways?
Monday, March 19, 2012
So, this was going to originally be a really disappointing post, as the LA Times site where the preview is hosted has REALLY low resolution images of these pages. Remembering having this same issue with them before, I did some URL fiddling and found the high res images so you can actually read the pages.
(Source: LA Times Hero Complex)
I've said it before, I like Suicide Squad a lot more than I thought I would. It has it's flaws, but then again, what book doesn't? Generally speaking, I've found it to be entertaining.
The tie to Gotham in this book is none other than Harley Quinn (you could argue Deadshot I guess) who, despite a controversial costume change, has really been a highlight of the book. She's brought the humor, with a side of flat out crazy, and for the last few months has been in the center of the conflict at hand, as she's been the first Squad member to ever go AWOL.
Want to get the full run down? Hit the jump.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
So, over the past few months since the New 52 launched, I've received a number of feedback requests asking if I'd cover series like Teen Titans since no other "bat book" had Tim Drake featured in it, or Suicide Squad because Harley Quinn was featured in it.
100% of the time, my answer was "Sorry, no, I've got a lot of books to cover regardless, and I'm trying to stick to "Bat" books only," but nevertheless, I still got requests for coverage on these series.
So, flash forward to today. After doing that Harley Quinn post, combined with the fact that I have "Earth Two" update, and special coverage of All Star Western when it tackles the Court of Owls, I decided "fuck it" and caved to these requests... sort of.
Hit the jump for the full run down of how this is going to work.
Harley has gone pretty damn looney-toons.
No seriously, that scene was super creepy. Despite my initial thoughts going into this book (IE how crappy I thought Flashpoint: Legion of Doom was) Suicide Squad really has been a pleasant surprise. It's no Secret Six (R.I.P.) but, it has been an enjoyable ride so far.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
BATMAN ANGRY! BATMAN SMASH! No but really, the high point of yesterday's issue of Batman and Robin was just how fucking brutal the fight between Batman and Nobody was. Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray and John Kalisz really killed it on this issue.
Yeah! Shut up Barbara! God. One of the issues with Batgirl has been Babs tone. Yeah, survivors guilt and all that. It is a theme that sometimes works, sometimes is monotonous, verging on whiney. THANK GOD for Black Canary coming around and smacking some sense into Babs, basically telling her to quit her crying, shut up, and to snap out of it.
I knew I would like Amy Reeder's art on this book, but I had no idea she'd pull off stuff this creepy. I think it's the smile. Whenever some crazy victorian lady bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth is smiling, it's never a good thing.