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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.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Look at that, Bruce is waking up in a panel (that I'm going to assume is from issue #15) surrounded by Dick, Jason, Tim, Babs and Damian, all smiling...
I don't fucking trust this panel.
This is in middle of the "Death of the Family" arc, and I don't believe for one second there's a happy moment like this to be had. Jason? Really? Has to be a Joker gas induced dream or something.
(Source: Greg Capullo's Twitter)
Thursday, September 27, 2012
So, we've known which books were going to tie into the "Death of the Family" event (as well as just finding out Detective is involved to) but there had been no word on how many issues each series would dedicate to the event... UNTIL NOW!
Yep, that emphasis was not needed. Short end of it is that like Nightwing in "Night of the Owls," a lot of these books will have more than one issue with their given characters squaring off with the Joker, which is fine by me... sucks for everyone's wallets though.
Hit the jump for the full checklist.
So, Hobos are going missing in Gotham, and Batman is on the case, as he's found quite the bloody scene, as if an animal killed someone. Swinging through the skyscrapers, Batman finally finds what killed the missing hobos... a dragon.
Zero month is over, time to get back to the present! Also, I will be working on Wednesdays now, so posts will come later than normal.
- Detective Comics #13: The highly anticipated (by me, at least) team of John Layman and Jason Fabok take over, starting with a story featuring Penguin.
- Batwing #13: Honestly, no idea if Judd Winick is writing this one or not. I've got to assume he had the script in before he left, but who knows.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Calvin Rose didn't have that great of a childhood, as when he was 8, his dad locked him in an old kennel, and left him to die. After three nights, and seemingly accepting his fate, Calvin managed to escape from the kennel in a last ditch effort to break the chains with a large rock. Since then, he's been running.
We've all read the stories, Batman and a group of like minded heroes escape from the Black Glove, Bruce rings the bell at the sight of the Bat, and in a non-descriptive manner, Bruce see's a vision of the future, two headstones, and the world in flames... So births Batman Incorporated!
Note: You may notice a change in style of my posts, read this post about it.
As we saw in the early issues of Batman, after the death of his parents, Bruce couldn't deal with the fact that their shooting was simply a random act. It had to be an enemy of his parents, the Court of Owls, something. A week after the shooting, Bruce sneaks out of the manor and visits Crime Alley, where he finds a hobo who may or may not have been there that night. In trying to reason with the man, all that happens is Bruce ends up getting conned out of his father's watch.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Not David Finch, but still some good art. Too bad Joe Chill totally turns out to be Tim Drake from an alternate future where he was killed by the Joker, and is super pissed. Damn New 52.
So, ever since graduating, I've alluded to the fact there was a high possibility of my free time (mainly that on Wednesdays) to run the blog on my usual schedule could be disrupted by any potential work I recieved. Well, the day has come, as just yesterday I received a promotion that will have me working on Wednesdays (at least for now) starting on October 3rd.
More after the jump...
CBR got the first look at (sometimes) Batwoman artist Trevor McCarthy's variant for the first issue of the new Talon series. Not sure if there is story purpose behind this, or he just liked the look of the specific (evil) Talon, but that's definitely the Talon we saw in All-Star Western.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Brought to you by a collaborative effort of BuzzComics, and myself. Long story short, I saw the Huffington Post blogger tweet about submitting the preview to the site on Saturday. So, I tried some url fishing to see if the images were up on their system, but all I could find was the cover. Though I failed (and had to go back to actually working) the fine guy/gal (don't know) who runs the preview section over at the BuzzComics forum finished what I started and found the pages! I was off by a single "_" in the urls!
Anyways, you're welcome.
(Source: BuzzComics via The Huffington Post)
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
DC is doing something they haven't done with any other other "Third Wave" books... show sneak peaks! According to their blog, they will be posting more tomorrow, which is alright by me! Hit the jump for the other three shots.
Panels time! As per usualy (lately, at least) I'm not a fan of the current art in Catwoman, at all... so don't expect a panel from this week's issue.
A group of robbers stick up a convenience store in the middle of the day, thinking it's safe than the night in Gotham... but it's not. Silent alarm tripped, Batman signaled, and he hunts each one of them down, one by one.
No, really. That's pretty much it. There isn't a whole lot to this story, it is more of a visual story than anything else. If it has one thing going for it, Gabriel Hardman's art is fantastic. So many good panels of just awesome Batman essence. But at the end of the day, it's still pretty light on content, and good looking art only goes so far.
The final week of Zero Month, and the launch of a book I've been anticipating a whole lot.
- Batman Incorporated #0: From what I understand, we're getting a bunch of stories about how Batman recruited some of his more well known members of Batman Inc. The issue is interestingly enough co-plotted by Chris Burnham, as well as being illustrated by Frazer Irving.
- Talon #0: It's not secret, I'm a huge fan of Guillem March's artwork and Scott Snyder's writing. On top of that, James Tynion has been doing a great job on pretty much everything he's written to this point... what's not to look forward to?
- Batman - The Dark Knight #0: We've seen Bruce train, we've seen him in his early stages back in Gotham, now it's time to see Joe Chill in the New 52.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Haley's Circus is in Gotham, and two young acrobats are playing by the rail station. Both Dick Grayson and a soon to be abducted by the Court of Owls, Raymond, are jumping from train car to train car. When a security guard finds them, and starts to give chase, he gets caught in a situation of being int he way of a moving train, but Dick Grayson being who he is, saves the man, instead of running away. Sucks for him, because the security guard turns him in anyways.
Not too long ago, Dinah Lance has come back to Gotham after Team 7 and the "death" of her husband, Kurt. But old habits are hard to kick, as Dinah knows of a Basilisk deal going down in Gotham, and the one place to go to find an arms deal going down is Penguin's Iceberg Casino, where Dinah "auditions" to be one of Penguin's beautiful, bird themed, henchwomen. Coincidentally enough, this is where Dinah meets Ev Crawford, aka Starling.
Jason Todd's life wasn't exactly a happy one. Nice girl gets mixed up with a bad boy, they have a kid, and life doesn't go all that well. As a young boy, Jason had to take care of his mother as best he could, given she developed an addiction to drugs. At the same time, his dirtbag father would try and "mentor" him in the ways of the street. That chapter of Jason's life all came to an end when his father was arrested, and later killed in jail, while his mother later OD'd.
The format of this issue is told as Kate leaving a message for her father, before heading off to find, and defeat Medusa. She goes through her entire past, when her and her sister where kids, the supposed death of Beth and her mother, her training, and finding out Beth was alive. It would be very hard, and time consuming to write up spoilers of everything she said, so I'll stick to the meatier parts.
Selina Kyle is at a secretary position of sorts, as part of a program sponsored by the Mayor's office, to get kids off the street, and in jobs. A year prior, she had been caught in the act of theft, roughed up a bit, and thrown into an alley, where the man who brought her into the position found her.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
In his place, it seems Mico Suayan and Juan José Ryp will be illustrating the issue. Can say I'm a fan of having two guys do an issue (can't say that, ever) but they both have a good looking style, which you've probably seen if you've been reading Batman: Arkham Unhinged.
Have to imagine this move was made in an effort to prioritize Finch finishing up his run on the title (which I believe is coming to a close at #15) so he can work on JLA with Geoff Johns. Good for him... glad he's finishing what he started at the end of an arc, rather than in the middle.
THAT IS ALL, now back to your regular scheduled programing.
Looks a little better than the art from issue #12, but there's still a lot I personally don't find appealing with Green II's artwork. Oh well.
The interview with writer Scott Lobdell is about Red Hood and Teen Titans' involvement in Zero Month, "Death of the Family" and more.
Solicitations are here, and you know what that means? Time for my snap judgements on all the covers!
Monday, September 17, 2012
I don't really have time to read this at the moment, but I will say I'm interested in how Nocenti will approach this book. I hope it is good, haven't exactly heard stellar thoughts about her Green Arrow run, so far.
(Source: USA Today)
TEEN TITANS #15
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and MARK IRWIN
On sale JANUARY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• A “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” tie-in!
• Red Hood and Red Robin team up against The Joker!
• Will Arsenal take over the Titans?
• Guest-starring Batgirl!
Bunker's reaction to Joker should be priceless...
Three different pencillers on this one... and you wonder why I want this title to get some consistent (good) art again? Damn you Rocafort, why'd you have to leave?!
Nevertheless... Brett Booth's pages should be good, Ig Guara is fine, and the other guy... well I don't know about that.
The "Death of the Family" tie in for Suicide Squad will continue past the initial #14th issue, with December's #15. As with #14, and the soon to be solicited issue of Teen Titans, I will be making a special exception, and doing full write ups of these issues.
SUICIDE SQUAD #15
Written by ADAM GLASS
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale DECEMBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• A “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” tie-in!
• Harley continues her rather unpleasant reunion with The Joker!
• Has the violent life of the Squad finally claimed Deadshot?
Mistah J is everywhere this month!
A couple of creative changes to note:
- A bunch of covers are listed as Greg Capullo... they are not. Those card stock covers are supposed to be by Capullo, so that's probably what's being referenced. Most of the covers are drawn by the series artist, other than Red Hood, which is Brett Booth.
- Trevor McCarthy is back on Batwoman art duties
- Fabian Nicieza is writing Batwing in Judd Winick's absence.
- Timothy Green II is back drawing Red Hood.
So, if you're familiar with any preview I've posted from Popmatters (Like Nightwing #0) you'll know that I make a habit to check out that site's file directory to see if they have any new preview pages or not. Popmatters' is public, for some reason, but sites like, oh let's say, DC's official webpage, are not... but that doesn't mean you can't look at the pattern of their file naming and folder roots, and get lucky by blinding guessing and changing the URLs sometimes.
Last night... boy did I get lucky. I found about 30 or so covers that are soon to be revealed with solicitations today. I talked about this a lot on Twitter last night, and didn't really want to post all the images then, because you know... not sure if I could get in trouble or not. But, being that these images are soon to come out any hour now, consider this a morning treat to make your Monday better.
Hit the jump for all the Bat related covers I found, plus some more of particular interest.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
If you remember, Detective Comics wasn't originally going to be part of the "Night of the Owls" crossover, but then all the sudden, it was!
Flash forward a few months, and the same may be true for "Death of the Family," as the title hadn't been mentioned as involved prior to today. Over at Newsarama, they have a story about how "Death of the Family" cross over issues will come with a die-cut cardboard cover, because DC obviously has to do something about Marvel Now books each having 27 and a 1/2 variant covers. Among the #15 issues listed, Detective Comics was named.
Now, sometimes people just misread and thus, misreport news like this. With many books listed, it can sometimes be easy to make a mistake, but Newsarama goes further to single out Detective Comics #15 of having a cover also drawn by Capullo. Listing it twice might be indication of this being legit.
Should find out Monday when solicits hit... for real this time.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
It'll be good to have Eddy Barrows, and Eddy Barrows only draw this issue, after the subpar art this title has been suffering from lately, in my opinion, at least.
(Note: The source of this preview is Popmatters, but they don't have it up yet... another one of those "I found the links in the file directory" previews)
Somewhere in Gotham, while two parents are trying to sleep, their kid calls out to them constantly. With the whole "we have to let him learn to sleep alone, let's ignore him approach" the father eventually breaks and checks up on his son. Well, turns out he isn't there! Then, another abduction happens in the same night. Coincidence is, both kids recently had surgery related to the epilepsy. Coincidence? Batman thinks not!
With Batman out of the way, it's time to fill out the Zero issues for some of Gotham's more colorful characters.
- Nightwing #0: Dick Grayson's rise to Robin! and Lady Shiva or something!
- Birds of Prey #0: Incase you didn't know, September is pretty much Team 7 month. We'll learn about Dinah and her post Team 7 life, and how she came in contact with Barbara Gordon. Also, Romano Molenaar's first issue on art duties.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #0: There will be laughs, crowbars, and brains on the wall! A regular Gotham party!
- Catwoman #0: What once was an issue written by Judd Winick, is now written by Ann Nocenti. So, what to expect.... well, gonna guess Catwoman's origin?
- Batwoman #0: Because fuck everyone else, Batwoman gets a second Zero issue. More on Kate's origin, this time from her perspective more.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Gotham's new National Bank is opening, and to celebrate, they've got cake and special guests... the Red Hood gang (lead by one with a dome helmet, and a flower on his lapel). The leader tells everyone to get on the ground, yadda yadda, normal bank heist stuff. As the manager of the bank speaks out, the Red Hood tells Red Hood 5 to shut the guy up. Red Hood 5 does this by hitting the man with the butt of his gun, which ends up causing it to break. Red Hood 5 requests a new gun, and the Red Hood throws him his, them promptly tells him to put it to his head.
Happy Birthday Damian! What do you want for your birthday? To kick your mother's ass? Cool! Go for it! Now, now... let's not get too ahead of ourselves, he has a perfectly good reason for it... he wants to know who his dad is, and Talia won't tell him until he beats her in a fight. What great family values.
Barbara Gordon idolizes her father, this isn't exactly new in the New 52. So one day, she gets her father to allow her and her brother to take a tour of the police station, so she can get research for a school project she's in the middle of. But something catches Babs' eye, the room where some cops are in a meeting about Batman, with an mock up suit. As Babs watches on in wonder, she admits to herself, that's what she really came for.