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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.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Hey! Remember Jim Zub? The writer/creator of Skullkickers, who was announced to be the new writer of Birds of Prey with some pretty cool ideas, then almost immediately was announced to not be the new writer of Birds of Prey? Yeah, that sucked... especially since that last issue wasn't so hot, which makes me wonder what could have been.
Anyways, turns out DC's digital division on the west coast still likes Zub, as he wrote (for reals, this time) two chapters of the digital Legends of the Dark Knight, set to come out next week starting with #49.
Zub's chapters (with artist Neil Googe) will apparently be right up any The Animated Series fan's alley, as we'll see Batman go up against a very Dini/Timm inspired Harley Quinn, which sounds pretty good to me.
I've been pretty bad on covering the series lately, although, I haven't found a lot of the chapters all too great recently as well (especially the last six week arc, guys... don't do six week arcs), with the exception of one by Ray Fawkes I completely forgot to mention. Nevertheless, I'll be covering these two chapters for sure, with a review of the story after #50 comes out. It is also probably about time DC releases a new list of creative teams to come as well, because everything from #48-out (minus these two) is a big TBD.
Anyways, look forward to thoughts on Zub's chapters starting next Thursday.
(Source: Jim Zub's Blog)
Monday, April 29, 2013
Back when June solicitations were revealed, there was no cover shown for The Dark Knight #21, just interiors. So, in my not-so-daily-or-weekly "I should check pros' Twitter accounts" rounds, I managed to find the actual cover for the final issue of the Mad Hatter arc on EVS's account. So here you go, the real cover, in all it's hat-ripping, tea-sipping glory.
(Source: Ethan Van Sciver's Twitter)
Sunday, April 28, 2013
As I've (sadly) noted in the past week, #7 was artist Guillem March's final issue illustrating Talon. I'm a well documented fan of March's art, so it's a total bummer to me to see him leave. But, to commemorate his time on the title, March posted some of his original design sketches to his blog. As always, these are really cool to see, especially given how different some of the designs are to the final product.
Anyways, check out March's blog for all his designs.
(Source: Guillem March's Blog)
Hey look! It's kind of the tumbler! This is gonna be the end to the Emperor Penguin arc, and here's to hoping Ogilvy stays around afterwards (aka, he doesn't die or anything) because I've found him to be pretty interesting.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
So, this shot of Nightwing (and dat ass) was used in an article for C2E2 promotion, but the colors were all screwed up, so I didn't bother to post it. Then Brett Booth posted the real version on twitter, and I missed it, until now!
And that's my super cool and interesting story about this picture. Enjoy.
(Source: Brett Booth's Twitter)
What do we have this week...? Well, there's some creepy stuff. There's some punchy stuff. There's some dumb stuff. Then there's some dumb, dumb stuff. Well rounded week for me! Also, mustaches... I talk about mustaches.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
New beginnings and endings! Well... nothing that dramatic, I guess.
- Detective Comics #20: So concludes John Layman and Jason Fabok's first arc on Detective Comics, it's been fun so far, here's to hoping it closes out strong.
- Batwing #20: Luke Fox dawns the Batwing armor, and the fun gets to start for real.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
With the death of their son, both Bruce and Talia have left Gotham to meet with some particularly interesting people. Bruce manages to find where Michael Lane, Azreal has been hiding, as the Suit of Sorrows will come in handy for his upcoming war on the devil he's waging. Meanwhile, Talia meets with her father Ra's, who despite being locked away, seems to be impressed with the lengths her daughter has gone to. But, with an ominous laugh, he points out to his daughter that she may have overlooked a very important detail with her former beloved, the Detective. Frustrated, Talia leaves with no answer from her father.
As Casey tries to radio Calvin about her findings on Sebastian, said former Court Grandmaster shows up with a gun, while across Gotham, Calvin is learning just who Sebastian really is and/or was, yet doesn't really want to believe it. Wycliffe doesn't really care if Calvin doesn't believe him, so he orders the three O'Malley Talons to off Calvin. The youngest volunteers, but seeing as he's in on Calvin's plan, he turns on his father and grandfather, as Calvin frees himself and begins to fight back.
So, Mad Hatter's grand scheme begins to feel a bit of Bat related tension, so he tells the Tweeds that they're going to need to take out the Batman. How are they going to find him? Well, Hatter has essentially created a network of spies, all those who are wearing his hats (without knowing) are essentially a new pair of eyes for him, so someone is bound to see Batman somewhere. Clever.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Called the Hatter going after Bruce's new girlfriend. Also, surprise! Szymon Kudranski art. I like that we're getting some of his art with vivid colors, his stuff is usually so drenched in shadow.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Gotham Spoilers, breaking exclusive news. That's right, you heard it here first, Batwoman will be getting an annual in October of this year... Probably! JH Williams and Dan Didio just doing some business on Twitter, and there you go... BOOM! Batwoman annual.
Why October? Well, it's the next month, after July, that has five Wednesdays. But if October solicits come and go without a Batwoman annual, then... YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST, Batwoman annual coming in January 2014! or April 2014, or you know, whatever.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
So, Bob Harras, Bobbie Chase, and DC cancelled their monthly column with CBR, the moment shit goes bad and fans have questions, pretty shitty, right? Anyways, conveniently in its place, they launched a "Whats New in the New 52" series on their blog yesterday as well.
So that brings us to today... Just an image of a design by Brett Booth, and the question, is this Joker's daughter?
Where this lady is showing up, who knows. I'm going to take a swing and say it'll have something to do with September's villain month.
(Source: DC Comics)
Our last week of fold out cover books... Some have been cool, some have been the definition of "whatever," but, you win some, you lose some, I guess.
- Batman, Incorporated #10: Only four more issues left! Sad. What's on the other side of this cover? I'm gonna guess Zur en Arrh Batman, because that would be rad. Or the Heretic? Which wouldn't be as rad. I still hold my belief that Talia will die soon, too.
- Talon #7: Guillem March's last issue (which is very unfortunate) sees Bane start his war against the Court of Owls... man, they're not a popular bunch, are they?
- Batman - The Dark Knight #19: I don't know... Bruce is all "Hey girlfriend, I'm Batman!" and... yeah.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Dick Grayson's first night as Nightwing in Chicago, and he's already got SWAT helicopters chasing him. Pretty good start for his Chicago career! But before things go to absolute shit for him, earlier that day, Dick finds himself watching a speech given by Chicago's mayor about closure, etc etc, while dropping some hints about Chicago, IE not having "masks" and some guy named the prankster. While at the press conference, Dick meets up with a photographer named Mike who will be subletting his room, and gets the key from his new roommate. Only problem about the apartment? Right near the train, but Dick finds some use for that...
After the captivating events of Batman and Red Hood #21 (you know, the issue that hasn't come out yet... I hate when books do this) Jason is flying out of Ethiopia when his plan gets hijacked... Bane style, but jokes on the hijackers, Jason does some violent things to them off screen, and later both Roy and Kori are standing in the middle of a wrecked plane, wondering where the hell Jason actually is.
Did you know Chase had a sister? Did you know her father was a masked vigilante who got himself killed, and that's why she hates all the masks? No? Well, you probably didn't read her series... I read about half of it, and I forgot this stuff too. Regardless, Chase meets with her estranged sister, and actually exhibits some emotion, admitting to her sister that she's a little hesitant about what the DEO is going to pull. Unfortunately, given their relationship, Terry isn't too sympathetic towards her sister, and they don't leave things on the best of terms.
So Starling has been "kidnapped"and Mr. Freeze wants Strix in exchange for her, and naturally the Birds expect the new guy, Condor, to have possibly tipped off Freeze, giving him the ability to hack their phones. Or not, but Condor says he thinks that's what they think, but the Birds say they already know a bit more about him than he lets on, nevertheless, during the course of discussion, Strix leaves the dojo, nowhere to be found.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Batman penciller, Greg Capullo, has been drawing the first issue of the upcoming "Zero Year," and as one may have expected following the #0 issue, the Red Hood Gang will be returning for the upcoming story.
Again, this isn't too surprising, but I think a "who is that?" question should be asked. Joker is an obvious guess, almost too obvious though. Do we really think that after "Death of the Family," we'll be getting more pre-Joker Joker? I don't think so.
Riddler? Member of the Kane family?
(Source: Greg Capullo's Twitter)
Friday, April 12, 2013
God damn it, god fucking damn it. Yeah, I know Starling has been working for Amanda Waller the entire time, but if this is a double cross, and that's it, no "Yeah, I was supposed to be spying on you, but I like you guys" red herring, than son of a bitch. Starling is the best character in this book.
(Source: The Mary Sue)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
So apparently the Secret Society doesn't know Catwoman works with the JLA. Never mind the fact that Catwoman was with them on the first mission where the JLA came in contact with the Secret Society last month. Yeah, sorry, try again.
I swear, it's like the parties involved are trying to make me hate the current state of this book even more every month.
Next week is pretty exciting, some creative changes are hitting, that I've been looking forward to for a while.
- Nightwing #19: New penciller, Brett Booth joins the team, as Nightwing travels to Chicago, in search of his parents' killer.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #19: James Tynion IV strikes it solo and takes Jason and company in a new direction.
- Batwoman #19: Batwoman does some stuff, and her family situation probably doesn't get much better.
- Birds of Prey #19: Mr Freeze has Starling... who is probably going to betray the team and get written out. Sucks.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Gordon and Bullock respond to a surprising bank robbery, and that's by Gotham standards. Why? Because Bruce Wayne is the one holding up the bank. Bruce emerges with a hostage, strapped with dynamite, as Gordon tries to reason with him. Gordon can't make sense of the situation, and as Bruce throws a smoke bomb to make his way towards a motorcycle, he grabs a shot gun, and shoots Gordon in the chest (who is wearing a bulletproof vest). As Bruce runs over him, Gordon looks up to see the Batman suit under Bruce's button up shirt.
Carrie Kelley, THROWING PIZZA AT DUDE'S FACES. That's pizza abuse! Pizza Dog does not approve. Anyways, she drops some old TV episodes off at the Wayne Manor doorstep for Damian, explaining the note from last issue, something that Bruce finds to be a bit odd. Wanting to know who was involved in his son's life, Bruce has Alfred drive him to Carrie's apartment, where a costume party is being held, and wouldn't you know it, Carrie is dressed as Robin. Bruce, being in a bad mood, just gives her back the shows, and leaves. Carrie feels like something is up, eventually yelling out the window "Where's Damian?" but she gets no response from Bruce, who has Alfred drive him away.
James Jr. was a messed up kid, surprise, surprise. He was one of those kids who watched horror movies, and critiques the serial killer's methods. Next thing you know he's strangling cats in a back alley. So now that we know that little bit of flavor, back to the present, Alysia happens to be watching the movie seen in the flashback, when Babs returns back to the apartment for the first time in days, and though Alysia talks up a game, scolding Babs for freaking her out, she welcomes her back home with a big hug.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
So, remember when the full cover for Red Hood and the Outlaws #19 leaked a while back? Yeah, cool cover, definitely threw tumblr for a loop. Then we were all "it's probably a metaphor," then Jason's face did get burned, and then despite apparently almost getting killed due to the acid, Jason miraculously had no physical damage whatsoever. Yeah, I don't know. Regardless, it seems like we may be getting an entirely new surprise next week, as new writer James Tynion IV tweeted a picture of his comps.
Oh, also... remember that time where Mico Suayan was announced as the new artist? Haha, no. If we're to go by the cover, it seems Julius Gopez (who has been solicited from #20 and on) will be illustrating the issue. Personally, I'm not that surprised for a couple of reasons. Mainly, all the recent solicits sort of indicated the swap, but shortly after this announcement, Suayan tweeted this:
This Redhood gig has become a really tough gig for me. The pressure of time and making this a memorable issue is overwhelming.Then never really mentioned Red Hood again. Thought it was odd, but never said anything cus I didn't want to make a fuss out of something I wasn't sure about... let alone make a fuss at all, because whatever.
— Mico Suayan (@Micosuayan) January 18, 2013
So who knows what happened to Suayan, but what we do knows is that Tynion and Gopez's first issue hits next week.
PS... that snickers bar has a to be a hint to something, RIGHT?!
(Source: James Tynion IV's Twitter)
Monday, April 8, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
So, pretty soon after the launch of the New 52, we knew that the next event would be called "Trinity War" and that was about it for nearly a year. Now, we know just what the actual Trinity War will be, and it's kind of surprising.
"Trinity War" will be a six issue crossover between three current titles, Justice League, Justice League of America, and Justice League Dark, beginning in July, and ending shortly there after in August. This is not what I was expecting, at all. I was expecting a Blackest Night or Flashpoint style mini series drawn by
But instead, we're getting six issues that start one month, and end the next, which from a consumer standpoint, is pretty great... where other companies pump out events with 12 issues that could have been told in half the time, or somehow produce 10 issues in two and half months. So, you know... good on DC, I guess? I'm still sort of taken back by the fact that it's just a simple six issue crossover story.
Other details involve the fact that Jeff Lemire will be co-writing Justice League of America with Geoff Johns, and Doug Mahnke will be drawing those two issues (at least) as well. Justice League and Dark's creative teams remain the same (although, I didn't see Fawkes mentioned anywhere, sooo?) and... well, yeah. I'm still just sort of shocked that this is what "Trinity War" turned out to be. Apparently it's not going to end cleanly and will have some shared universe altering repercussions, but what even't doesn't?
So, that's "Trinity War" in a nutshell, and if Batman does anything crazy, I'm sure I'll post it here... as it's what I tend to do. Side note though, this could explain the lack of any new titles that would fill out the spots left in the New 49 (when Inc. ends). Makes absolutely no sense to launch books around or during an event like this, and gives them the perfect opportunity to launch books afterwards too. Just saying.
(Source: USA Today)
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
Well, unless DC announces some new books soon, the New 52 will become the New 49... just doesn't sound clean. Why? Well, because Batman, Incorporated will be bowing out with it's final issue in July with #13.
Personally, I'm not all that surprised. If you remember, DC letting this book end properly was one of my hopes for 2013. Especially now with the death of Damian, the fact that this book was created with the intention of telling a single large story to bring an end to Morrison's epic, is even more apparent. I have a hard time trying to figure out how, if at all, anyone would even attempt to continue to title after he left writing duties. This book was just too specific of a concept for anyone to just hop on and continue it with the same amount of gravity it held prior.
So, good on DC for not trying to milk the series out, now the only question I have is... what's Chris Burnham drawing next?
So, thankfully DC didn't make all us Batman fans wait for solicits until Monday, like last time. Not a whole lot of creative changes to note, only one in fact, Alex Maleev will be drawing Batman: The Dark Knight. There's another bit of news in here, but that deserves it's own post.
Well, it has gotten to the point where instead of new Annual volumes, second issues of existing New 52 Annuals will be hitting in July. Along with Batman and Detective Comics, The Flash, Animal Man, and Superman will also be receiving second issues to their annuals as well.
The two annuals will be written by series writers Scott Snyder and John Layman, while Aaron Lopresti illustrates Batman (which will be a Zero Yearo tie in) and Scott Eaton/Jamie Mendoza take on Detective.
All the annuals will be hitting that final Wednesday of July, as usual.
(Source: DC Comics)
So, this is going to be a weird issue of Batman and (Red) Robin. Not only will it star Tim Drake opposite of Batman, as well as featuring Frankenstein from the Justice League Dark for whatever reason, but next week's issue will also introduce Carrie Kelley into proper DC continuity for the first time ever.
Tomasi/DC isn't exactly saying that Carrie will be the next Robin, but have confirmed she'll be sticking around. Apparently she's more or less very similar to Frank Miller's version, but also somehow knew Damian prior to his death (which would explain the C.K. note from last issue).
I'm really, truly surprised by this. I was convinced that the next issue would have a skeletal Damian, Tim Drake in his old Robin costume, or Frankenstein on that fold out cover. Never would have thought they'd introduce Carrie into the proper DCU.
(Source: NY Post)
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Look, the Reaper! Also, look, Danny Miki on inks! Miki is a really good inker, and if you pay attention you can see some subtle differences his style brings to these pages, so I'm looking forward to the full issue to see the rest of the art specifically for that reason.
(Source: MTV Geek)
Next week, in totally not WTF month, things get batty.
- Batman #19:
Clayface"Bruce Wayne" points a gun at James Gordon! Also I think Danny Miki is inking this issue? GASP!
- Batman and Red Robin #19: Batman looks for reanimating corpse tips from Frankenstein. Red Robin too? WHAAA!?
- Batgirl #19: Babs pushes her brother off a roof! SHOCKING!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
*Note: There are quite a few stories to get through in this issue, so I'm going to try and keep things a bit brief and break it up into sections... and baseball is on, so I kinda want to get back to watching that, Sorry!*