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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.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Picking up where the first issue started, James Gordon arrests Bruce Wayne in the front of two graves on his property. Having known Bruce for so long, Gordon takes it upon himself to conduct the interview, as he sits down with Bruce, who looks like he's been through complete hell. Gordon asks Bruce to level with him… what the hell happened?
Note: Read the note I left on the Detective Comics Annual spoiler post!
Eric Border is Arkham's newest orderly, and on his first night, Batman is turning himself in for lock up, but two hours prior, he's given he grand tour of the facility, see's many of the inmates, but the tour passes over a dark corridor that holds a woman known as the Anchoress.
Note: Full disclosure, I'm on a vacation of sorts, and my internet connection is less than ideal (zero, at the moment of writing). Due to the circumstances, I'm going to go light on the spoiler section of these posts, and not really go through page by page so to speak. So, quick summaries, then the review. Good? Good.
This issue sees John Layman and Joshua Williamson introduce Jane Doe into the New 52. If you're not familiar with her, she's an expert mimic with no skin, who assumes the identities of her victims. She starts committing a few crimes in Gotham, and during a confrontation with Batman, gets picked up by the Wrath, who tells her he could use someone on the inside of the GCPD.
Bane's back in DC's What's New in the New 52 feature, because like I guessed, they're probably running out of things to post. Here's a look at soon-to-be Talon artist Emanuel Simeoni's character studies, which seem to take a note or two from The Dark Knight Rises.
Secret Society and Forever Evil stuff is teased as well, so... yeah!
Also, heads up, spoiler posts will be coming today... at some point, don't know when, but they'll happen.
(Source: DC Comics)
Monday, July 29, 2013
For some reason there's a second preview of this issue, and because I don't want to read too much of this issue (like a third of it at this point) I'm not even bothering with this one... but here it is, regardless.
(Source: New York Post)
Sunday, July 28, 2013
People forget that way early in Grant Morison's career, he not only wrote, but illustrated comics as well. It's only fitting that he close out his Batman run with a variant cover of his own, which I have to say, looks pretty damn good.
(Source: USA Today)
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Speaking of Marguerite Bennett, here's the preview of her debut. I've got no idea what's going on here, but Wes Craig's art looks pretty nice! ...Deadly Class sounds cool too. What am I talking about, again?
So that's... different? Yeah, no idea what exactly this issue is going to be, but we'll see in November. One other bit of news is that Marguerite Bennett will be guest writing this issue. Who's that, you ask? She's another former student of Scott Snyder's, who will be co-writing next week's Batman Annual and the Lobo issue of Justice League (I think it's that series) during villains month.
This past Sunday's issue of Batman: Li'l Gotham saw Bruce and Damian chase Clayface into the Gotham Comic-Con, and while they caught the bad guy, Damian becomes a bit disappointed because his favorite version of a character had seemingly been erased from continuity. Naturally, Batman has some words to share, and you better god damn listen, because Batman!
Also... note the cosplayer flexing in the background...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
This is a combination of both this week and last, given that there wasn't enough to dedicate a single post to last week. So hooray, more than usual.
This is it.
- Batman, Incorporated #13: It all ends here. Grant Morrison's epic that he began in 2006, comes to a conclusion with the series' final issue.
- Batman Annual #2: Don't know a whole lot about this one! It's set in Zero Year, maybe? There's a villain called the Anchoress?
- Detective Comics Annual #2: Tying into the current arc, we get more Wrath vs. Batman.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Last issue we saw where Superman of our Earth landed, and this time we see Batman land, in what he thinks is his usual Batcave. When Bruce calls for Alfred, he's met by Catwoman, but this one is different, and the wedding photo between him and Selina starts to prove something weird is going on.
The Outlaws are broken up. Roy readies his arsenal for an attack on the League of Assassins with the help of the Untitled, Jason is trying to figure out why Bronze Tiger wants him to lead the League, and Kori is busy laying the smack down to Essence until she spills on whats really going on. When Essence learns of the Untitled helping Roy, she finally decides to tell Kori the truth.
The young Sarah Washington is being brain washed by the Court of Owls, having already spilled a few secrets she had been told, all while her mother watches. Felix Harmon taunts Casey as she watches her daughter's indoctrination, and promises that whatever the outcome of Calvin Rose's suicide mission, he'll enjoy killing her when it's done.
Somewhere, James Gordon thinks to himself about just how terrible Gotham is. Daughter almost died, son is crazy, wife left him, we've heard it all before. Later that day he shows up to a robbery turned hostage situation, with some of Clayface's goons, Clayface nowhere to be seen. Gordon offers himself up as a trade for one of the hostages, and once he gets in, he just straight up shoots them all, something that Batman (who just showed up) can't believe, and can't believe it even more when Gordon shoots at him. But oh wait, it's not Gordon, it's Clayface. Bet you didn't see that one coming!
Monday, July 22, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
So, Harley Quinn was announced, but no artist was confirmed along with writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, and that's because there is no artist... yet.
Today at Dan Didio and Jim Lee's panel, they confirmed that the first issue of Harley Quinn will see Harley auditioning 18 different artists, one of whom she'll pick to draw her title. That's right, fourth wall breaking right off the bat.
So who are the artists? Well, we only know one of them, as DC PR man Alex Segura confirmed that Adam Hughes would be one of the 18 artists. So, 1 down, 17 to go!
(something tells me Adam Hughes won't be Harley's choice, she is crazy after all)
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Zero Year panel came and went today, and surprise, it was a bunch of talk about Zero Year. Not much in the way of any new information that hasn't been in other interviews, solicits, etc., but there was the first glimpse at the art from #23, so head on over to DC's site for the five pages of art.
(Source: DC Comics)
Ah, back to writing about 13 or so issues a week. Reading less than ten books is for weaklings! What did we have this week...? Trinity War rolled on, Cable and X-Force produced probably my favorite issue yet, and I checked out Gail Simone's Red Sonja, among other things.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Schedule is a little weird this month with the five weeks, and Batman Inc having shipped an issue earlier this month, but I still have a handful of books to cover next week.
- Batman/Superman #2: Batman and Superman are hanging out in Earth 2, just chillin'
- Batman - The Dark Knight #22: Alex Maleev joins the title as he and Gregg Hurwitz shift focus to Clayface.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #22: While no-memory Jason is being convinced to lead the League of Assassins, Kori is out to get answers from Essence.
- Talon #10: The assault on Santa Prisca begins, as Calvin Rose aims to take down his former mentor.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
It's 2AM, and Catwoman is doing her thing (all while being coherent to the point I don't dry heave while reading her) stealing some stuff, but is interrupted by Steve Trevor who has a JLA related mission for her.
Batwoman has agreed to work with the DEO to try and take down Batman, but first she'll need some intel to help her with her mission... First stop, take Bette and find Bane, who for some reason is in Alaska. The two cousins track Bane through the wilderness, but are eventually ambushed by him. Taking Director Bones' advice, Kate does whatever she can to subdue Bane quickly, and gets him tied to a tree with coil that gets tighter the more Bane struggles. Kate tells Bane she just wants to talk, and needs info on how to beat Batman. The only useful thing Bane tells her is that he had to resort to treachery. With her conversation over, Kate and Bette leave, and let Chase and the DEO (who apparently strike a deal with Bane) to clean up.
The Birds are still trying to find Strix, who they believe to still be fighting Calvin Rose, and eventually track her back to the Court of Owls' lab, perfectly fine. Black Canary decides to blow the place up so the Court can't come back, but when she and the rest of the Birds try to figure out where to go regroup, she says they can't use her old dojo or any of the money she has because Starling knows about it, so now Black Canary is homeless and broke... Completely self-imposed...
So, Zero Year will be tying into a bunch of books that don't have "Bat" in the name. Pretty weird. But there was a question of just how, and would these extra tie-ins even be related to Batman? Could these just be stories set in the same time as Zero Year, which could become a brand of sorts, much like "Year One." Nope! Batman, Batman, Batman!
In an interview about Green Arrow with Jeff Lemire, the writer spills a few details about his plans for Ollie and Zero Year, and Batman will very much be involved. It'll be set shortly after Ollie gets off the island and we'll see his first meeting with Batman, along with the introduction of an obscure, yet classic Batman rogue into the New 52.
So yeah... This is going to be strange. I mean, Ollie meeting Batman is simple enough, but when you get into books like Green Lantern Corps... uuuuh?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This feels like it was announced forever ago, but Kyle Higgins and Thony Silas finally take over Batman Beyond on the first Saturday of August. Newsarama interviewed Higgins about his plans for the title, and gave us a first look at Silas' art.
My running expectation for the past few years has been that DC never announces any new books at conventions, so naturally... I wasn't expecting much from this year... Well, shame on me!
Coming sometime later this year, Harley Quinn will once again star in her own book from co-writers (and husband and wife) Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connner. The artist has yet to be named, and there's no solid release date announced (I'd expect November), but hey! DC actually announced a new book!
Head over to CBR to read an interview with the writers, and expect me to cover this whenever it is released.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Holy crap! I got this done on Thursday afternoon. What am I going to do on Friday? I have no comics to read and nothing to write! Go outside, maybe? Ehhh...
Anyways, comics! Trinity War started this week, and I guess it's a big deal? Something like that... Yeah, spoilers on that one, just so you know.
Today was the release of Batman Beyond #27, by Scott Peterson and Annie Wu, who introduce a new Batgirl to the Beyond mythos. While a pretty enjoyable introduction, featuring a team-up with Commissioner Barbara Gordon in the middle of a what seems to be a gang war, we don't find out much about this new Batgirl in regards to who she actually is.
What we do learn about "Batgirl Beyond" is that she's from a poorer neighborhood in Neo-Gotham known as Crown Point, which she believes is being poisoned to make people go crazy, but no one seems to care due to it being Crown Point. She's definitely got a little bit of a Robin Hood aspect to her, mixed with a chip on her shoulder attitude towards people she believes to be in a higher class than her.
Like I said, it was an enjoyable introduction, and Annie Wu's art was pretty nice (looking forward to her on some Hawkeye issues even more now). Something I'm a little confused about is that the solicit text for this chapter said "1 of 3" and I could have sworn it was a two part story. If this is true, it means that the whole story could be collected in next week's final issue of Batman Beyond Unlimited, somehow (it'd be ten extra pages, due to the last chapter of Beechen's arc needing to be collected as well). This would of course mean that the story would be in print, long before it is digitally, so if we find out a name or something, forward that over to me, thanks.
Friday, July 12, 2013
What stage is this? Depression? So, I fully expect Bruce to just go durnk-Batmaning now, instead of being a total dickhead to everyone. You know what's not making ME depressed though? The fact that Catwoman is speaking, and I can actually stand to read it.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Now we got more characters from that cover, Hammerdown and Whipcrack, who are both connected to the EVER SO ENTERTAINING Basilisk. Hammerdown even has connects to Conndor! You know, that guy who is SO INTERESTING, and everyone's NEW favorite character, because who NEEDS Starling? Not like she was fun, or anything!
...DC seems to really be going out of their way to make me excited for this next issue.
(Source: DC Comics)
Yeah, yeah, I'm using an image from the old cover for Birds, I made this months ago, and I'm lazy. WHATEVER.
- Batman and Catwoman #22: Batman is probably going to be a total dick to Selina too... But whatever, hopefully Tomasi writes a good Catwoman, which we've only been getting pieces of lately, in anywhere but her own book.
- Batwoman #22: In order to get her sister back from the DEO, Batwoman has agreed to try and take down Batman... I bet that'll go well.
- Birds of Prey #22: Basilisk... a bunch of new characters... I don't know, hopefully it's good.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Once again, Bruce finds himself at odds with the Red Hood gang, in a blimp meant for the Falcone family and the Penguin, only Penguin is tied up, and Bruce has miraculously disguised himself as Ozzy. As one would expect, things go bad, and Bruce is eventually discovered, all while learning that the Red Hood gang now has access to some Wayne Tech weaponry, which is not a good thing. Despite Bruce's constant interference, the Red Hood leader (who exhibits some recognizable qualities) admits he's taken a liking to Bruce, and offers a position in his organization to him... Bruce declines the Red Hood position, but helps himself to some of the leader's blood and gets himself (and the real Penguin) to safety.