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, June 30, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Ever since the post on Thursday about the Anchoress from Batman Annual #2, something was bugging me about the image, in that it didn't look like Aaron Lopresti's work, but didn't really think much more of it.
Well, turns out, I was right, as while looking through DC's site (to remind myself if this annual tied into Zero Year or not) their page for the issue in question listed Wes Craig as the artist, and now that image of Anchoress makes a whole lot more sense. So what happened to Lopresti? Well... DC does have some empty spots in their 52 roster for October... Booster Gold? I don't know.
(Source: DC Comics)
Twenty-one... twenty-one books were read for this post. Counting the issues I wrote up in spoiler posts, I read twenty-four books this week. Am I insane? Perhaps. Do I have trouble keeping up with this many books? Not as much as you'd think. Is there any question I love comics? Fuck no.
(Note: The picture I used for The Wake is a bit NSFW, a.k.a. boobs, so be warned)
Friday, June 28, 2013
For a quick second, I thought that was Cassandra Cain... So yeah! Batman, Incorporated is ending, and thus Grant Morrison leaves Batman. Sad! So sad that Bruce and Talia start making out... whuuu?
(Source: DC Comics)
Thursday, June 27, 2013
So that's Anchoress, she's spent quite a bit of time in Arkham, and is apparently the first inmate of the Asylum. Confused? So am I! We'll find out all about her at the end of next month.
(Source: DC Comics)
Somewhat of an unusual week, given that there are three books, but that third's a big one.
- Batman, Incorporated #12: The beginning of the end, Batman vs. Leviathan in a grudge match.
- Detective Comics #22: John Layman and Jason Fabok introduce the Wrath to the New 52.
- Batwing #22: Luke Fox's African problems follow him back to Gotham.
Panels of the week coming up in a bit, and look forward to a really big Stack Rundown post at the end of the week, I may even need to push it to Sunday, I don't know.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Some years ago, a young Clark Kent enters Gotham City (which he holds about the least amount of regard for possible) in search for an interview with Bruce Wayne. Bruce seems to be in that period of his life where he doesn't want anyone to know he's alive, looking like complete shit, and watching on a park bench, as a young kid of a Middle East descent gets picked on, until Clark steps in. Clark then turns his attention to Bruce, who is surprised to be identified, asking if he has any comment on the recent murders of Wayne Enterprises employees in Metropolis. Although Bruce eventually admits to being himself, he has no comment other than pointing out to Clark that Gotham is quite different than Metropolis.
So, in the interest of time, go read last week's Birds of Prey #21 post for the context of what's about to happen.
Mary leads Calvin to the Court's lab, where there be dead people Calvin can put in her costume, and fake her "death." Calvin thanks Mary for her actions, and urges her to fight the good fight, because he doesn't know just how good he'll be able to remain, as he leaves, and brings by Mary's "body" to Wycliffe, before being sent to find and kill Bane and his former mentor, Sebastian Clark.
So last issue, the Mad Hatter dropped Bruce Wayne's girlfriend out of a helicopter and on to the batsignal, perhaps you heard? Well, it's safe to say, Bruce is pretty pissed. Bruce gets Alfred to give him Hatter's location, despite Alfred believing he's not in his right mind. After some general threats to Alfred, Bruce gets the location, enters Hatter's hideout, and starts kicking all sorts of mind controlled ass.
So, with me bringing back ads to the site, I decided to check out where they link to and ended up at the TWAW Batman section... where the real Batman, Inc #12 cover was staring me in the face.
Hmm... I seem to remember predicting things won't end well for Talia. That's definitely not an ideal way to treat your baby's mama... nor is it ideal that she creates a monstrous clone of said baby who impales the baby... But hey, things are complicated.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
So, again, we know that many books both Batman and not-so-Batman related, will be taking part in the larger Zero Year story in some way, but we haven't gotten a whole lot of actual news on the tie-ins... until now, and it may not be good news to some.
I woke up today with a twitter message directing me to Gail Simone's tumblr, where she was asked if Batgirl would take part in Zero Year. It would... but she was told Friday that she wouldn't be writing it.
There you go. Given past Batgirl drama, I'm just going to leave that one there. Not going to say anything on this one... let's just all hope for the best, shall we?
(Source: Gail Simone's Tumblr)
Monday, June 24, 2013
Different pages this time, and with the news that Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder will be taking over Action Comics, as previously rumored. Considering how fantastic Kuder's issue of Superman was, I'm pretty happy about that.
(Source: USA Today)
Everything about what this first story arc is supposed to be is so god damn confusing, and no one has said a thing about it to give any clarity... all "wait and read." Nonetheless, I am excited for this.
(Source: DC Comics)
Sunday, June 23, 2013
So, Batman: Li'l Gotham #13 is out today, which co-stars Aquaman in Tokyo Bay. Now, seeing that it takes place in Japan, Nguyen and Fridolfs have many Japanese elements spread throughout. Guest appearance of Dr. Light, giant robots, school girls who think Damian is super kawaii number one, and... tentacle monsters...
So, go buy the new issue, it's pretty great. Next issue comes out July 7th.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
With Brett Booth's departure on Nightwing to go do stuff like Justice League of America, Trinity War covers and an issue of Batman/Superman, the question was, who would take over for him? Writer Kyle Higgins was teasing that the new artist would be announced soon, but who needs "soon" when you got "now?"
Will Conrad, who has most recently drawn issues of Stormwatch and Red Lanterns, posted a teaser on his Facebook page, with the caption:
"Just a tease of my new home at DC... Just finished my first issue, and couldn't be happier."That came along with Kyle Higgins being tagged in the post... So yeah, that seems pretty official to me.
I'm glad this book got a quality artist so soon after Booth's departure (well, don't know if this is from #22 or what, but we'll see), I was fearing we'd get some subpar fill-in for a few issues, like we've seen perviously. Over all, very happy with this change, but I have to say... I was kind of hoping to see Conrad on Red Hood post Villains Month. Oh well!
Also, what the hell, internet? This was posted June 13th... couldn't someone have pointed this out to me earlier? THANKS, GUYS.
(Source: Will Conrad's Facebook)
Hmm, another somewhat small week (by my standards) with only nine issues to write about this time around... This is all going to catch up to me at some point. What's that you say? I have 20 issues to write about next week? Fantastic! I'm not a crazy person at all for doing this!
Friday, June 21, 2013
This one is from 1894... and well, he's a Talon... designed by Jorge Lucas? Yep.
Obviously, this Talon will be showing up in Villains Month within the pages of Batman and Robin #23.2, the Court of Owls issue, which pretty much just sounds like conceptually a zero issue for the Court.
(Source: DC Comics)
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Biggish week to look forward to, no Batman Incorporated, though, that got pushed to the first week of July, we do have a new launch though!
- Batman/Superman #1: There's quite a bit of confusion surrounding the greater details of this title, but I'm sure all will be explained, and the pre release hype seems to indicate it's pretty good.
- Talon #9: The short crossover between Birds of Prey and Talon comes to a close, and Calvin readies himself to take on Bane.
- Batman - The Dark Knight #21: Bruce's girlfriend is dead, and I'm sure he has no problems kicking the ass of a little person, about it.
Panels of the week coming up, and look I may review the latest arc in Legends of the Dark Knight, but who knows, that may be tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
So, Batgirl is breaking up a heroine ring, and Batman shows up, but doesn't say a word. He beats the crap out of everyone, blows up the heroine, and as Babs tries to say something, he comments on her lack of bat symbol rather passive aggressively, and leaves. The Babs goes to talk to her dad, but perched out his window, unable to actually tell him about everything involving her mother and James Jr.
So Jason is off being an amnesiac badass on a motorcycle, while Roy is having a therapy session with Hugo Strange, explaining how shit's gone bad. Strange, as one would expect, doesn't offer the most constructive advice, which Starfire remains none too happy about, listening from outside, until she sees Essence outside the window. Kori goes straight for Essence, demanding to know why she's there, but Essence is pretty shaken up, disregarding Kori. Essence tells Kori that Strange set them up for the bounty, but an even greater evil is coming for all of them, and bounces, without explaining anything in anymore depth.
Remember how Killer Croc turned into giant beast during that arc with Wonder Woman? Whatever happened to that? Well, he did major damage to the city, but in the chaos, he was overlooked, and instead of ending back up in Arkham, he was taken in by those animal creature members of the Religion of Crime... He also showed up in Katana? But screw that noise. While under the protection of the RoC, while he healed, Croc took a liking to scaly lady named Claire, who took a liking to him too.
So, if you haven't been keeping up with Talon, Calvin Rose was killed by Bane, he was resurrected by the Court of Owls as a fullblown Talon, and the Court of Owls are torturing his loved ones to get him to work for them. His first assignment was to kill the traitor, Strix. And here we are, Calvin takes on Batgirl and Strix, telling his target not to make it harder than it is. He manages to separate Strix from Batgirl, and the two take a tumble off the roof of the building they're fighting on.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
So, we all know Zero Year will be crossing over into some books come November, and one would figure books like Nightwing and Batgirl would come into play, for obvious reasons...
BUT WHY STOP THERE!?
How about Action Comics? What? Yeah! Green Arrow too! Why not Green Lantern Corps while we're at it!? The Flash! Because, fuck you! That's why!
Apparently it's all going down, according to a report from a recent retailer show DC held... I'm surprised no one else really picked up on this... maybe everyone is just too damn confused? I know I am.
Monday, June 17, 2013
So today, DC started dropping announcements left and right. Tom Taylor takes over Earth 2, Superman/Wonder Woman from Charles Soule and Tony Daniel, yet another Green Lantern book crossover, and finally Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire working on something called Justice League 3000, which was rumored to be a Legion of Super-Heroes reboot... which it very much isn't.
Justice League 3000 is the Justice League, in the next millennium, with a Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and yes, a Batman... which yes, is instantly enough to get me interested. This actually came as quite the surprise, and to be honest, I'm really excited to check it out come October.
Oh, and that new Flash... redhairandgreeneyeswally?
Saturday, June 15, 2013
This was basically Scott Snyder's week. Batman, American Vampire comes back, and he launches his Superman book with Jim Lee. Were there any other books this week? I'm not sure. Maybe? I wrote some stuff, so that probably means there had to have been... right?
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I think Cliff Richards' stuff generally looks better when someone is inking him... and I still think just because Babs took the symbol off her costume being a whole big thing is ridiculous. She's still dressed up like a freaking bat!
(Source: MTV Geek)
Weird that Batman and Robin is now a third week book, but Nightwing is now a second week title for the time being, so it works out?
- Batman and Batgirl #21: Bruce is still depressed! What crazy thing will he do that I probably will find weird?!
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #21: Jason finds his way to the secret city of the League of Assassins, and Hugo Strange?
- Batwoman #21: Hey, what happened to Killer Croc after last arc? Well, Francesco Francavilla is here to tells us!
- Birds of Prey #21: First part of the short Talon crossover.
Panels are going to be late this week, because at the time this goes up, I will be out of the office, so to speak. Or not, I decided to be proactive!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Years ago (note: I refuse to acknowledge any specific year number given in the New 52, because it's stupid and complicates too much) Gotham looked as if it hadn't been inhabited for decades, as a kid emerges from a flooded subway tunnel with a fish to eat. The kid is soon attacked by masked gang members, but before they can do any harm, a tattered Batman comes to the kid's aid, tying up and knocking out all the gang members. The kid looks up to Batman and says that everyone thinks he's dead. Apparently someone has been spreading that rumor ever since said person "killed" the city. Batman says this is a good thing, as whoever they're talking about won't see him coming.
Several years ago (note: not five, not six, several ...*cough*) Chicago was a different place. There were vigilantes, and then there weren't as they started getting killed off... not Slipstream though, he's still there, saving people, OH NO! He's dead now. A knife through the chest by a serial killer usually does that.
In the present, Dick is still trapped by the Prankster, but uses a foam pellet to put out the fire, and then comes crashing through the glass, and listens closely to determine where Prankster is, throws... that string with two balls at the end, whatever that's called, and there you go, one trapped Prankster.
Hey Nightwing! Long time no see... last time you were in this book, your were holding on to some of Babs' hair... what'd you do with that? Nah, never mind, this isn't your book, silly! Anyways, with Babs all depressed, Dick calls in from Chicago to try and help out, and reassure her that despite the family being strained at the moment, he doesn't want to loose her, etc. As Babs puts it, pretty depressing stuff! But there's work to do, and Babs checks some DMV records, and believes she's found the address of the new Ventriloquist.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Bad news! Batman, Incorporated #12 got pushed back to the first week of July. Good news! Here's the first look at Ethan Van Sciver's Bat-Cow, who will be appearing in the Batman, Incorporated Special due to hit (hopefully) in August!
(Source: Ethan Van Sciver's Twitter)
Well, weren't we all naive in believing that there wouldn't be a crossover involving Zero Year, when it was originally described as it's own thing. Ha! Nope! Come November, Zero Year will be crossing into a number of Bat titles, showing those characters during the time period the story is set within.
We got the same pitch as no one is required to jump in on the Zero Year fun, and all of it was other creators wanting to hop on board, same with Night of the Owls and Death of the Family, which is all fine... but man does it seem that numerous Bat titles struggle to their own momentum going.
No specifics on which titles would be tie-ins come November, but you'd have to expect books like Batgirl and Nightwing to be in there. Teen Titans, I'd guess not, since it'd be tying into Forever Evil around the same time. Perhaps we'd see Tim in different book, like Batman and Robin? I don't know... just tread as much water as they can while there is no actual Robin.
(Source: Parallel Worlds)
Sunday, June 9, 2013
This one has got it all... The Gordons, the al'Ghuls, ninjas, turkeys, Lobo? Yeah, I don't know. Things get weird, as usual. You can read a preview at IGN, or just go balls deep and buy the issue without reading the preview, because you're hardcore like that.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
So, fucking Villains Month, amiright? All these hot shot villains doing whatever, yeah, whatever villains, you ain't shit. Oh wait, you is shit? Bleeding Cool is running a rumor that Nightwng will be the most affected hero out of the event? You know what that means?
NIGHTWING IS GOING TO FUCKING DIE AND EVERYONE SHOULD PANIC THEIR GOD DAMN BRAINS OUT!
It makes perfect sense... Brett Booth leaves Nightwing... why get a new artist to draw the book, when you can just kill the character off? That's called "working smart."
Plus, we all know that Didio has had it out for Dick Grayson ever since he was denied the chance of killing him way back during Infinite Crisis. For eight long years, Dan Didio has harbored a grudge for Nightwing, and I hear rumors that once everyone has left DC's offices for the night, Didio stays behind, sitting in his office, sharpening a hunting knife, just staring at picture of Nightwing... Wait, what's this!?
Soon, Nighwing… Soon.
— Dastardly Dan Didio (@DastardlyDidio) June 7, 2013
That's totally legit and not a fake account that I created because I think a fictionalized Snidely Whiplash train track villain version of Dan Didio is pretty god damn hilarious.
NIGHTWING, GOODBYE! YOU'LL BE JOINING DAMIAN SOON!
In other news, I'm quite clearly a serious, highly ethical, and morally conscious blogger, why don't I work for CBR or Newsarama yet?! THIS IS HARD HITTING JOURNALISM, PEOPLE!
Wasn't sure if Ethan Van Sciver was going to finish this arc or not, but judging by the artwork above, I'm pretty sure he will. The source link at Newsarama also has a short interview with Hurwitz who talks about the conclusion of the Hatter arc, Clayface, and Villains Month.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
And panels of the week return, this time with last week's panels, because I didn't want to do them last week! Screw you! It's my website! I do what I want! Yolo?