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And the mother of year award goes to... literally anyone but Lady Shiva
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.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
In this week's edition of CBR's Bat Signal interviews, Catwoman and Batwing writer Judd Winick discusses his two titles, and where they'll be going in the future. Selina will begin a bit of an anti-hero streak, and David will be going up against some big enemies, requiring the help of Nightwing and the JLI. Both books have been pretty great recently, so worth the read if you're a fan.
Getting past the Owls next week
- Detective Comics #10: So begins Ed Benes' short fill in arc. I'm not sure what this arc is going to include. One of the guys introduced in #6/7, remained Prof. Radium? Sure, whatever, I'm down.
- Batwing #10: Marcus To's first full on arc begins which will apparently see Batwing fighting some 21st century pirates, eventually making his way to China, where a familiar Batman rogue resides, Nightwing shows up, and so will the JLI, eventually. Looking forward to it.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Today was the release of "Harley Quinn's Revenge" the epilogue DLC to last year's Batman: Arkham City, which like many other Batman fans, was by far my favorite game of 2011. So, with that in mind, of course I was going to pick up anything else story related to that game, and for the most part, it's good. You get to play as Robin half the time, which is fun, and you get some more (albeit, linear) Arkham City fun... but man, that ending... Pretty f'ing bad.
Arkham City and HQR Spoilers after the jump.
Monday, May 28, 2012
So, today was the release of the first Ame Comi Girls chapter from Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. It was pretty fun, and I rather enjoyed it. So, it got me thinking about the Batman Digital book that will be coming out soon (Next Thursday? Maybe?) Then I thought of the fact that I'm a 100% digital reader, who regularly endorses the format... and a Batman blogger... so why the hell wouldn't I cover this?
So yeah, whenever this series launches, expect small write ups on Thursdays. Not sure how I'll plan to review the titles, I may just wait until the story by the current team is finished, then I'll review it as a complete story. I also may delay panels of the week posts until after the write up, so I can include art from these.
We'll see, I'm still working the details out, given the fact that there are some unknowns, and I literally decided this about a half hour ago.
Greg Capullo posted a teaser for the next Batman cover, which can be either for #13 or #0, if you believe the (probably true) rumors that we'll be getting a bunch of zero issues come September.
(Source: Greg Capullo's Twitter)
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Based on how much I've talked about it, it REALLY shouldn't be difficult to figure out what my favorite panel of the week was... Nothing from Teen Titans this week.
Only one (bigger) issue to cover next week.
- Batman Annual #1: A finale/epilogue to the "Night of the Owls" crossover, which will tell Mr. Freeze's whole story, as teased in Red Hood and the Outlaws #9
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Flash back to Batman #9, the Talon, Alton Carver is finishing off his attack on Lincoln March, but this Talon, who held the mantle longer than normal, is slower than the rest, as his body fails him, allowing Lincoln to shoot him in the head.
So with Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham apparently "falling for" the August 7's trick, the tides get turned when it's revealed that Hex had a plan to get Arkham arrested and lead them toward the band of racist terrorists, while Hex uses Nighthawk's amulet to break free of his ropes and stab his captor through the chest. Meanwhile, Nighthawk and Cinnamon take on the rest of the August 7 at the dock.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Last night I tweeted that I predicted that two Bat books would get new artists by the time the rumored #0, or standard #13 issues rolled around. I came up with these theories by reading into comments made by artists on Twitter and such, but didn't share them, as I didn't want to start false rumors. Well, I can probably share one now. Birds of Prey.
Late last week I noticed a tweet from Travel Foreman who mentioned only being signed on for around three or so issues, a point he reiterated over at the CBR forums today...
"I would like to note that I am/was only slated for 3 issues. It may end up being an issue or two more, depending on decisions out of my hands, but I'm not the permanent artist."Yep. Unfortunate, but if you read Foreman's Twitter account, he's stated multiple times he really wants Jesus Saiz back on the book. And the saga of Birds of Prey never being able to lock down an artist continues.
(Source: CBR Forums)
Friday, May 18, 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
Thursday, May 17, 2012
This is going to be an interesting issue... I'm hesitant as to what Bruce encountering a Talon years prior is going to mean for the logic of this whole story, but we'll have to see next Wednesday.
(Source: MTV Geek)
Yeah, I don't think I'm going to continue it... I made note of that possibility when I had the post about issue #1. I decided to cover it when we were lead to believe that this alternate Batman (and Superman/Wonder Woman) would be a part of this new world... then they all died.
Now, I'm not dropping it because of that, I loved the first issue, it's just that there's noting "Bat" related about it. I mean, Worlds' Finest has Huntress, Teen Titans has Tim Drake, Justice League Batman, Suicide Squad Harley, and All Star Western is set in Gotham with Amadeus Arkham... Earth 2 though? No bats, and I'm never one to blog more than I feel I need to, so that's about it. The end.
I'll still probably give my thoughts about it on Twitter, if that's any consolation.
Honesty time, I wasn't quite truthful in my cover thoughts post about Batman #12, because I was unsure whether or not these plot details were public knowledge yet, but considering Snyder just posted them on Twitter, I'm going to assume it's fair game.
Harper Row. Yep. The mysterious character from Batman #7 will be the focus of Batman #12, and apparently she's going to be pretty important to Gotham in the coming stories.
So there you have it, maybe that cover makes a little more sense now, given the events of #7?
(Source: Scott Snyder's Twitter)
IT'S BACK! It's finally back.
- Batman Incorporated #1: !!! It's STILL back! Grant Morrison returns to Batman with the launch of the finale to his Batman epic. Gaaah, it's been too long.
- Batman - The Dark Knight #9: Judd Winick steps in an issue to tell the tale of the most recent Talon who has some ties to Batman in the past, also, Tim Drake.
- All Star Western #9: A special full spoiler write up for the Court of Owls' attack in the late 1880s.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
It's no secret that Birds of Prey is one of my favorite books of the Bat line (also one you all should be reading, shame if you're not) but what sucks is how infrequent interviews with writer Duane Swierczynski are. So when he does give an interview, I make sure to take note of it.
Here Swierczynski talks all things Birds. From the possibly confusing ending to the Choke arc, to new artist Travel Foreman, to Poison Ivy's new found connections to the Green, and ultimately to the extended outlook of the series. Worth the read, for sure.
Flash back to the past, where a young William Cobb and his love Amelia Crowne are passing through the Crowne mansion late one night, when her father, Burton Crowne, calls William into his study. Using William's lack of understanding "pure" "black and white" aspects of chess, Burton does the rich guy dick move of being that guy who points out that while a slum kid like William is living large at the moment, he's still in Burton's eyes, that kid from the slums, aka shit.
Back in the present, a bleeding Dick Grayson asks the Mayor and his deputy to get to any sort of panic room, while he has a one on one with William, that consists of tackling great-grandpappy out a high story window, all the while William calls his heir a "waste."
Gotham, the year 1842, there's a riot of sorts in the street, but due to one man, Henry Ballard, who has a distaste for "street vermin" the riot is ceased in blood shed... did I forget to mention that this dude's a Talon? Yeeeah... quite the killing machine, as we all know by this point.
So, despite his feelings about Batman, Jason has decided to go try to protect Mr. Freeze from the Court of Owls... wonder where he is? Maybe Chinatown, since it's covered in ice. Good place to start. Jason goes in alone, so he can be alone with Gotham so to speak, while Roy and Kori save as many people trapped under the ice as they can.
Meet Ephraim Newhouse, the Court of Owls' Talon from way back in Colonial Gotham. He's a bit duty and honor crazy, so instead of simply killing his latest target, he offered the poor soul a chance to fight back... though all that did was make him flee into the street, where Ephraim was spotted, forcing him to kill a large group of British soldiers, and losing one of the sacred owl daggers. WHOOPS. So with that, the Court of Owls decides to retire Ephraim, stripping him off his garb, in an attempt to shame him.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
It's that time of the month again! Solicitation time! No major creative shake ups, looks like Adrianna Melo will be filling in on Catwoman again and Greg Capullo will be drawing issue #12 of Batman (he was offered a break.) More importantly though, this will be a month of big team ups, across a good amount of the books.
Hit the jump for full solicitations.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Okay, so I was going to originally have this up on Friday, but then it got longer than it needed to be, I was tired, and stopped caring... whoops. Anyways, there are going to be some changes to Gotham Spoilers coming up shortly, mainly my timing on spoiler write ups.
Through the two+ years I've done this, I miraculously have never had either school or work on Wednesdays, but that's probably going to change soon. Got a promotion of sorts at my job, so instead of being an unpaid intern who works two days a week, I'm going to be a regular employee who works more than two days a week, probably wednesdays. Add a longish commute home from the city, and I'm probably not going to be able to get to spoiler write ups until late.
It sucks, I know, but I have my priorities, like making money, being that I don't make a ton off ad support here. This coming Wednesday (the 16th) will be normal, but training for my new duties at work starts the following two weeks, which I know will take place on those two Wednesdays. After that, I don't know my schedule for sure, but chances are good I'll be working on new comic day.
So yeah, long story short, spoiler updates are going to come later starting the week after next. I don't intend on stopping the blog anytime soon, so there's that.
Friday, May 11, 2012
God, I'm SO GLAD Guillem March is back, he draws the Talon wonderfully. I also like how the knives that Selina and Spark stole seem to have a part to play in this Talon's backstory, good job on Winick's part. So far, it seems he has weaved this cross over into his titles flawlessly, where it actually feels organic, like Nightwing for example.
You know what's funny? When Trevor McCarthy did the Nightrunner back up with Kyle Higgins, I thought "man, he's channeling some JH Williams style layouts." And here we are, Trevor McCarthy, drawing a JH Williams script.