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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.
Monday, December 31, 2012
So, we've known for a bit that Sean Murphy is currently drawing something Batman related, but as to what specifically, we don't know. I initially thought he may be doing a in between issue of Batman like Becky Cloonan did, but that's obviously going to Andy Kubert. My next thought was that he could be doing some backups after Jock, but I'm really just going on his and Snyder's past collaboration, so that's just a stretch.
However, given the image above, the layout (granted, it could be cropped), unique looking Batmobile, and Alfred, I'm going to guess that this is from an upcoming stint on the digital/print Legends of the Dark Knight series. I've seen Rafael Albuquerque of American Vampire and Batman back-up fame also mention finishing art for LotDK, so I wouldn't be surprised if the digital wing of DC is really pushing for some bigger art talent like the launched the title with.
(Source: Sean Murphy's Twitter)
2012 has been a good year for the Batman books, but that's not to say there haven't been a few hiccups, or things that could stand to be changed here and there. The following is my list of hopes and dreams for the Batman line in 2013, some dealing with things that need to change for quality purposes, some simply for a change of pace. Given my recent thoughts on some titles, I'm willing to bet you can figure out some of these without looking...
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Guillem March, a favorite of mine, regularly posts on his blog about cover processes from thumbnail to finished image. Today he had something special to post, a cover that was never used for Gotham City Sirens. He explains it was drawn during a time where he was still illustrating the interiors of the comic, and was basically given an inventory cover assignment by Mike Marts to give him something to do in between getting script pages. Love the image, and love little gems like these.
(Source: Guillem March's Blog)
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Alfred is looking pretty good... Man I really hope their's a "*Takes place before Death of the Family -MM" editor's box somewhere in there, if not, it'll just hammer home the point my last post made.
(Souce: David Finch's Twitter)
...which no proper Bat book will (probably) ever acknowledge. Not like some No Man's Land level catastrophe just went down or anything.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I'll be honest with you, sometimes with these posts, just to fill them out a bit more, I force myself to talk a bit about books I may not have a whole lot to say about... Well, thanks to the Christmas rush, and say Marvel putting out a billion books in a month, I've got a lot to talk about this week, and don't want to spend that much time on this post, so I'm going to be brief with a few of these.
Friday, December 21, 2012
A lot of weird things have happened at DC this year, but man are they finishing strong with this bizarre Batgirl situation. First there was the rumor "Gail Simone is leaving Batgirl," then there was the "I have not left Batgirl" quote, then OH WAIT, no, she was fired from the book... and that seemed to be that... UNTIL NOW.
Now, well... Gail is writing the book once again! No, for real... she just announced it on her Twitter.
Like I said, this is just fucking weird.
I'll get this out of the way, good news, I thought Batgirl was on a pretty good upswing of late, so if Simone continues to write it, I have no problem with it... But moving past this, what the hell is going on?! This probably says a lot about editorial at DC, what exactly, I don't know, but I'm sure it's something. I'm going to guess that someone above Brian Cunningham (Batgirl editor... for now) with the last name Johns, Lee, Harras or *GASP* Didio, sent an email along the lines of "What the hell do you think you're doing?!" and that was that.
Now what does this mean for the two issues Ray Fawkes was going to write? I'm not sure. I have to imagine Gail had scripts done, which could easily just be used, but who knows, we'll have to see.
UPDATE: Just read on Simone's tumblr that Ray Fawkes will still be doing issues #17 and #18, she returns with #19.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
If you read my review of yesterday's Catwoman #15, or saw my twitter feed as I was in the process of writing the review, you'll know what's coming. If not, here's the short end of it: I will cease full coverage of Catwoman until a new writer comes on the book.
I hate to be that guy, you know, an angry comic fan complaining on the internet, I quite literally hate that shit, but I'm sorry, Nocenti's Catwoman is garbage. This is not just "oh, I didn't like this story" because lord knows, there are some writers whose work I find acceptable, or even flat out like, who every now and then turn out a story that leaves me disappointed. No, that's not it at all, this Catwoman book has been turned into completely nonsensical, mischaracterized garbage. The character that we readers are being presented is not Selina Kyle, New 52 changes or not, and the fact that DC has accepted it as such, is in a word: disheartening.
I should have known from the terrible #0 issue that the title would be taking a complete nosedive. Regardless, from here on out, I will no longer be buying this title. I can't support this kind of shit, and the fact that I of all people, am dropping a Bat related title should really say something as to how strongly I feel about this. So that obviously means I will no longer be doing spoiler/review posts on the title, and the only times you will see this book mentioned is for solicitation or preview posts.
Here's hoping someone who knows what they're doing saves Selina Kyle in 2013.
Two omissions this week. First, no Red Hood, as you know... don't like that art at all. Next, nothing particularly stood out in Batwoman given it was pretty much just Maggie, and hardly any of the Medusa stuff. BUT, Li'l Gotham makes up for everything.
No new books next week, as DC is only putting out Justice League and Aquaman due to the holidays, but the week after next (as well as next year, technically) I'll have posts on the following...
- Batman Incorporated #6: Leviathan wages all out war on Gotham and Batman Inc... and maybe we'll get to know who the Heretic is? (*cough*damianclone*cough*)
- Talon #3: Calvin leaves Gotham to travel to NYC in order to save his loved ones from the Court, but of course, where the Talon goes, the Court follows.
- Teen Titans #15: Tim Drake squares off against the Joker, guest staring the Red Hood and the Outlaws, their first appearance in a book outside their own.
- Batman - The Dark Knight #15: David Finch leaves the book he started with the final showdown between Scarecrow and Batman.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Remember way back in the early issues of Nightwing, where Jimmy the Clown made a wise crack about being a clown in Gotham? Well, that wise crack comes back to haunt him, as he soon finds himself starting to crack up laughing in an alley while suffering immense, tearful pain, all the while a figure in the shadows who supposedly looks like Jimmy just can't see the resembles... that is until Jimmy dies with the signature clown look, and Joker steps out from the shadows finally seeing the resemblance.
With Harvey Bullock and the GCPD bursting into Isabel's apartment, Jason gives them the rundown of what needs to happen, and they're going to do it, or he'll make them... turns out he has to make them, as he is forced to engage the cops, but goes easy on them. When all is said and done, he informs Bullock is to take Isabel to the hospital, while he borrows his car. Jason intends to go back to the Batcave to warn everyone Bruce is full of shit, but turns out Bullock may have had a guy in the back seat he didn't know about, and Jason soon passes out after a dose of gas, and some laughs.
So, back in Japan, in a somewhat confusing move, apparently Condor is back with cooperating with the Birds? Sure, because he's interrogating someone to find out about the dagger clan, and he eventually finds out about the bomb that the clan plans to set off in a matter of hours.
Guys... I don't want to do this, I really don't... So get ready for an ultra quick, snark filled spoiler write up.
So Selina is riding around in a huge cat-bike in the open, with no disguise or anything, because that's a good idea, right? She meets up with Gwen, and they crash a party, to steal something, or you know, what ever. Once confronted, they jump out a window at the end of one page, then walk out the front door of the building on the next page.
You can't see it, but I'm face-palming pretty hard on my end.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
There was yet another bit of art from an upcoming Teen Titans issue, this time with a bit of potential spoilers, as to Joker's possible plans for Tim and Jason.
Full image after the break...
Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Two more titles join Death of the Family next weeks, and there's only one more after that.
- Nightwing #15: Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows make their return to the book, just as Joker has kidnapped Dick's old fling Raya... I'm sure that'll turn out well.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #15: Of all the books, this will probably be the biggest grudge match of them all.
- Birds of Prey #15: Say goodbye to Katana and hello to the Talon from Batgirl. Also, wouldn't be surprised of Juan Jose Ryp fills in here.
- Batwoman #15: While Gotham is getting messed up by all sorts of mythological shit, time to visit in with Maggie Sawyer.
- Catwoman #15: Catwoman comes across the Black Diamond, and place your bets this is how she gets brought into the JLA.
Following the solicits for Nightwing #18, I went to look at Roger Bonet's work. While he's actually just inking the issue, apparently, I also found something of interest, this page listed in it's file name from next week's issue of Birds of Prey, inked by Bonet, over Juan Jose Ryp's pencils.
Ryp has been getting a lot of DC work here and there lately filling in for various books. I wouldn't be surprised if by the time next wave rolls around, we see him attached to a new book, or he could simply take over one.
(Source: Roger Bonet's Blog)
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
With Joker and Batman surrounded by the police, things don't go as planned for Bullock and the others, as Joker has a bunch of his henchmen in the trees with heavy duty weapons. Bruce eventually gets free, and lunges through an explosion at the Joker, punching his face in. Joker had planned for that as well, as through a small cut on Bruce's knuckles, Joker's blood had poisoned him... how Bruce got the gauntlets off to cause this, I don't know... I assume when he slipped from the ropes? Regardless, Bruce passes out and gets kicked into the river below.
Note: This takes place after a key scene in issue #15.
The family has just had its big meeting, and Bruce has once again confined Damian to the Batcave, as someone needs to man the HQ at the batcave... Speaking to his dog Titus, Damian has other plans, and begins to investigate where Alfred was abducted, eventually finding some hyena markings on the premises, leading him to the zoo.
Some time ago, Joker is being held in Arkham, and during his "therapy" session with a doctor, he offers up his journal (which is incomprehensible) but more on that later... As there's a wedding to plan! Maybe. Joker gleefully skates around the rink, waiting for Batgirl's response to his proposal. Knowing Joker would have no hesitation to kill her mother, Babs begins to play along.
So, as where we left off, Joker is choking Harley at ACE Chemicals, until the point where she passes out. Upon her coming too, she soon finds her self at the edge of another acid bath, as Joker is going to give a refreshing dip of sorts. Meanwhile, Amanda Waller and Yo-Yo are watching it all unfold through a secret lens Waller had planted on Harley's eye. Waller is showing it all to Yo-Yo to gain his trust, so he can spy on the squad, and in return, she'll teach him to gain respect.
This week's round of DC interviews consist of Kyle Higgins talking about Nightwing and Death of the Family, with some pretty great Eddy Barrows art... and I'd bet it gets better.
Also, Comicvine just posted a podcast with Kyle, where he talks about a whole lot more Nightwing stuff.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Good news everybody! I won't be dropping Batgirl out of protest, thanks to DC putting in a writer who I don't find to be a lazy go-to fill in situation!
Creative changes to note, Ray Fawkes, who is a friend of Jeff Lemire's, and co-writing JLD with him, will take over Batgirl as a "guest writer" (I'm betting the solicit given for #18 is really a rewritten #17), but the BC article about Gail's departure did note that it was Rich's understanding that whoever is filling it will take over. Maybe, who knows... regardless, I'm happy to hear it. We all know about the Birds writer, so that's that. Trevor McCarthy is back on art duty for Batwoman, which was to be expected after seeing the cover. Finally, Roger Bonet will be drawing this month's issue of Nightwing, which still hasn't had a firm replacement for Barrows announced yet... Hmm. There's also another title I wish I was reporting a change on, but sadly, not the case.
Hit the jump for March's solicits and covers!
Death of the Family, Death of the Family, Joker Joker Joker, what else is new. Hopefully this is more focused on the actual DotF, instead of losing focus through out the middle like the first issue.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Just as I was writing this post about Bleeding Cool's new rumor, Gail confirmed the news of her
"This is my Yes-the-news-is-true-and-it-sucks super sad dance. Oddly, it's square dancing. On Wednesday of last week, new Batgirl editor Brian Cunningham informed my by email that I was no longer the writer of Batgirl. It is baffling and sad, I will probably have a statement later today or maybe tomorrow. But I want to give a huge, huge thanks to the other creators in the bat-offices, and editors Bobbie Chase and Brian Smith, champions all. And the biggest thank you of all to you guys for supporting this book so hugely and making it a commercial and critical success. I honestly don't have the words right now to thank you all. I'm pretty choked up an it's all gratitude, not bitterness"So there you have it. The Bleeding Cool post cites your standard editorial nonsense, which isn't exactly new when it comes to Gail's recent few years at DC. Before the launch of the New 52, Gail's break-up with Birds of Prey, a book she was specifically brought in to relaunch, was anything but pleasant, as she ambiguously put, comparing Geoff Johns and Eddie Berganza graciously calling her to let her know Secret Six was ending, as a much more "clean break."
Fast forward to the New 52... Lest we forget that Gail found out Babs would be joining the Birds of Prey the same time as we did, which was when the solicits were announced. This was the first public instance of a long whispered about problem at DC, mainly the fact that many things are kept secret from creators, even if big character beats or status quo changes could effect them and the characters they're writing in any way... something that apparently is still going on today.
In my honest opinion, this whole situation is just a tad bit fucked. I'll leave it at that, as I really can't say any more. I'll be willing to be that this all ends up in a big teaser image that says "SIMONE - SOMEONE ELSE" on top of some big bold ambiguous word, with a "NOW" on top.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
It's that time of the month again, and DC still uses an easily deciphered pattern on their site, so... you know, I keep finding them.
So far, I've got Batman Incorporated, Birds of Prey, Batwing, Batwoman, Batman: The Dark Knight, and Talon. I've also found a bunch of other covers so far, so hit my full gallery here, which I will be updating periodically. And once again, I must stress... I AM NOT HACKING ANYTHING. All these images are publicly available to find, one just needs to figure out the correct url.
Title says it all. Zubkavich writes the image series Skullkickers, and is the latest in a line of writers DC have gotten outside of the "go to" pile when they wanted something quickly done, like oh say, some recent Nightwing fill in.
There's a whole interview with Zubkavich at CBR, but I've got some other stuff to post. You may notice that the image I've posted doesn't have CBR's water mark... I WONDER WHY? Hold on a few minutes...
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Haven't had time to read it yet, gotta run out the door, but here are the direct links to the images so you don't have to go through EW's stupid viewing system.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)
It's one of those weeks where I wasn't impressed by any of the art in one title, so extras from the other one, and then more extras to make up for it even more! (Spoilers of Swamp Thing)
Also, as of my writing of this post, today's issue of Legends of the Dark Knight hasn't gone up yet. I'll update it when I can.
Nothing but Death of the Family next week.
- Batman #15: The big midpoint of the story, also featuring the actual family... who is gonna die.
- Batgirl #15: Get prepared for the most fucked up wedding of the century!
- Batman and Robin #15: Damian and Joker's last meeting didn't really turn out well for Damian, who wants to be it will happen again?
- Suicide Squad #15: Mistah J </3 Harley... :(
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
While Penguin's men buy Ivy alive, we flash back to her recent whirlwind of a romance. Ivy and Clayface had quite the relationship, breaking out of Arkham, getting hitched in Vegas, traveling the country, seeing the sights, committing some crimes. Fun time... But now Ivy is missing, and Clayface is pissed, taking it out on Batman, who just recently regained consciousness.
With his childhood friend Dawn, bleeding out, David charges at Father Lost, giving in to his anger. Father Lost uses this to his advantage, and takes control of David's mind. We find out Father Lost's parents also died of AIDs, and he got his powers from some magic lady in the wilderness, or something.