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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.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Oh hey, look at that, spoilers... whoops! But, you are on a site with the word "spoilers" in the title, so my sympathy is little! I will spoil whatever I like, and you'll just have to take it! What are you going to do about it, HUH!?
That's what I thought! Anyways... comics!
Friday, August 30, 2013
Real similar art to what Birds of Prey once had... because Pina did some issues, but nevertheless, makes me miss Jesus Saiz, Poison Ivy, and a few other things on that book. Oh well!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Gail Simone's new Ventriloquist in this one. A little context, which I'm sure we'll see in Forever Evil #1, the Crime Syndicate apparently cuts the power... to the world.
You know what's sad? This is probably the last post I ever tag Batman, Incorporated in... Man, it's been fun, you weird ass concept that completely confused me when first announced!
Villains Month is upon us, and so begins a lot of four week books for me!
- Batman #23.1: Hey everybody, it's the Joker! Need I say more?
- Batman and Robin #23.1: Two-Face gets a new coin, from the Society! OOOH, spooky!
- Batman - The Dark Knight #23.1: It's that Ventriloquist Gail Simone created. What's she up to?
- Detective Comics #23.1: Poison Ivy isn't being a better part of Birds of Prey anymore, but their loss is our gain? Well, not really... but she has an issue too!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
NOTE: This is one of those issues that doesn't lend itself all that well to the way I post about single issues, given it's a bunch of short stories, so I'm going to keep that stuff sort of brief, here.
At some point, presumably after the conclusion to Batman, Incorporated #13, Bruce sits alone in the cave and decides to go over the case files of his various agents across the world, first up, Mr. Unknown aka Batman Japan, breaking up an organ trading ring!
With Trickster exposed, she attempts to escape from Wonder Woman, while Clark (of Earth 2) attends to Lois' wounds, while our Clark is still pretty damn confused. Wonder Woman manages to catch Trickster in her lasso, and thats where everyone first learns of Darkseid, who speaks of his soon to come arrival. Wonder Woman demands to know what Trickster is doing on their world, but she speaks of something else, telling them that the Batman of Earth 2 is hiding a great weapon, what looks to be a giant piece of kryptonite. Trickster manages to escape, followed by Clark of Earth 2 leaving to investigate, while Wonder Woman and our Clark follow behind.
Clayface has just gotten done watching The Dark Knight Rises, and figures he'll take down Gotham's stock exchange too! Only this time, he kills all his partners, just like in the previous issue's jewel heist. Of course, Batman shows up, saves an innocent woman, and tries to seal Clayface in the same container he used to trap him in Batman #19 or #20, I forget which one. But, unfortunately for Bruce, the action is so chaotic, he isn't able to get a full seal on the bottom, and Clayface slips out any gap he can find, ultimately escaping capture.
Well, it didn't take long for Casey to escape the GCPD, as your generic cop reports to Gordon that there's no way Casey is who she says she is, due to there being a death certificate. Gordon goes to speak with Casey in an interrogation room, but she's already escaped, and heading for the Bat-Signal on the roof.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I seem to remember mentioning on twitter some time back about how there should be a silent Bat-Cow story where she just does "cow stuff." This is pretty close. But I still think a few pages of her eating grass would be funnier than her actually fighting crime.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Does it bother anyone else whenever there is a straight speech bubble that says "gasp?" No one ever actually says gasp, unless being ironic, it's more of a sound.
I don't know, whatever.
(Source: Comic Vine)
Well, I guess Sepulveda's last work on the series was the half of last issue he drew, because this is all Kudranski, which I'm okay with. I'd expect Batman to show up eventually in this issue, too. That scene with the signal screams "Batman shows up before it goes bad."
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I don't review this series, because honestly, I don't see a point in it. This series is so damn fun, there's no need to be critical of it in any way. To judge this book on the merits you'd judge a regular book would be to miss the point... why? Because other books don't have the original Birds of Prey leading the rest of Gotham's heroes in a swing band. That's why!
#17, which is out today, continues series tradition of just being fun, and is jam packed with characters, all the way from Lady Blackhawk to Don Hall, the original Dove. Gah, this series is great!
Just buy it.
(Note: At the time of posting, it's showing up in the DC iOS app, but not on the site, so FYI)
Saturday, August 24, 2013
So, what happened this week? Trinity War got closer to wrapping up, Superman got punted, and Wonder Woman's status quo quite possibly changed in a very interesting way. All that AND MORE, in this week's stack rundown post!
Friday, August 23, 2013
Okay, from the looks of it, Wonder Woman didn't kill Lois. And Superman of Earth 2 has some crazy powers. Looks like we'll get some fill in too. I like Yildiray Cinar's art, but hopefully it's in the context of a flashback or something, as it's hard to mix styles with Jae Lee.
DC's final batch of Batman related Villains Month art previews have gone up. This week we've got Bane, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, and Joker's Daughter, the last of which will be the one issue I won't be covering... I wonder why?
I'm really liking the Croc art.
(Source: DC Comics)
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Last week of regular comics from DC, then it's four weeks of villains month stuff.
- Batman, Incorporated Special #1: Before I move that link down to the "No Longer Covered" section, we've got a collection of short stories featuring many of the Batman Inc. team members. Who knows when we'll seem them next.
- Batman/Superman #3: More early Batman and Superman hijinks on Earth 2. Darkseid is on the cover of this one, so you know, that's a thing.
- Batman - The Dark Knight #23: Clayface is up to no good in the neighborhood.
- Talon #11: I forgot where the last issue left off? Bane? Talon? Court of Owls? Yeah. Seems right.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A familiar scene plays out, Leviathan's siege of Wayne Tower is in full force, Batman locked away in a deathtrap, and Damian facing his abomination of a clone/brother, the Heretic. Dick and Alfred watch on, as Bruce has placed himself in an Internet 3.0 simulation for the past few days, trying to replay the sequence, trying to prove to himself that he could have saved Damian, but ultimately, has failed every time.
In the deserts of the Arabian peninsula, the Untitled can feel that they've grown closer to their goal, as Roy wages war on the League of Assassins, but there is another with them, a cloaked, normal human, who warns the Untitled not to underestimate Jason, amnesiac or not.
To Maggie Sawyer's surprise, she finds Kate sitting alone in their apartment, the they've yet to fully move into yet. Maggie tells Kate that their operation begins in less than 24 hours, and she should be training, but something is still bothering Kate. Still riddled with guilt for drugging Maggie, way back in the series, Kate offers up a solution/apology, by dosing herself with the same fear toxin, to show Maggie how sorry she is... something Maggie isn't necessarily okay with, but Kate does it before anything can be said.
Again, I'm pretty damn sure DC doesn't actually have anything new left for "What's New in the New 52" because this week, we get to see Jackanapes... who was introduced in Batman #666, way back when. Andy Kubert is obviously the connection here, since he originally drew Jack, and is writing the issue at hand. Jack will also apparently be appearing in Damian: Son of Batman later this year, as well.
That all being said, the circus gorilla will be appearing in Batman #23.1 with the Joker, and I'd be lying if I said that Andy Clarke (and I assume Blond on colors) art didn't look amazing.
(Source: DC Comics)
Monday, August 19, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
A little info before we start, I don't like making full posts about the ten page digital chapters DC publishes, unless they're essentially one shots. This is because they're usually only part of what would be considered a full issue, and it's sort of unfair to judge them in an incomplete state. With that in mind, with the second chapter of Batman Beyond 2.0 coming out today, that's 20 pages, essentially a full issue. Given the circumstances, I had to make note of the first chapter two weeks ago, because it was a big twist, and you should read it, so I sort of screwed up how I wanted to write about this series, and that's just to wait until a full "issue" is released. So I'm not going to do a full spoiler post here, instead for this chapter, just review it (with spoilers, mind you) in a more casual format. So, come September 14th (I believe), I'll do a regular style post.
So, let's get on with it.
Friday, August 16, 2013
So, Harley Quinn #0, it'll be Harley hand picking the artist she wants to draw her book, auditioning some of the industry's best. During SDCC, the first confirmed artist was Adam Hughes, and the recent solicitations confirmed the likes of Tony Daniel, Darwyn Cooke, Sam Kieth, Paul Pope, Walter Simonson, and Art Baltazar, but that's not all!
Joining the #0 issue will be Harley Quinn's co-creator Bruce Timm (fuck yeah), Dave Johnson, and unsurprisingly, Amanda Conner herself, who I'm willing to bet may open and close the issue.
I think it's safe to say none of these all-stars will be the regular artist, as aside from Tony Daniel, who has his own book, none of these artists are really known for monthly work at the moment. I wonder if the final choice will actually be on this issue, let alone revealed in solicits prior to the release of this issue. They'd have to, right? You can't ask a retailer to order a book with no artist announced, for three months or so straight?
Anyways, this all comes from an interview with newly weds Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner over at Newsarama. What I find fascinating is how quickly this book came together. At SDCC, Palmiotti mentioned how he only got the news of the series being green lit shortly before, but they were literally getting artists to join the #0 issue at panels or on the floor.
Yeah, and inker on Gopez's art makes it a lot more bearable for me, it just looks cleaner. Hopefully in the future McCarthy will be able to do full issues, I like his work the most out of those three.
Clayface, Scarecrow, Penguin, and Ra's al Ghul this week. DC's site is being it's usual self at the moment, but it'll eventually go up sooner than later.
(Source: DC Comics)
Thursday, August 15, 2013
DC really doesn't have anything left for "What's New in the New 52" anymore... Sure, let's just show art from upcoming books, why not? Never mind all the new characters and concepts we were introducing.
Anyways, we get our first look at Talon #12 this week, and I have to say, I like Simeoni's art a lot more than Sepulveda's so far, so that's good news.
(Source: DC Comics)
This just in, I'll have posts next week! But one less than normal, as I'm done covering Birds of Prey for the foreseeable future, because it's pretty bad.
- Batman and Nightwing #23: Not sure what is going to happen in this issue, but that cover is just taking trolling to the next level.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #23: Arsenal went full 90s Liefeld and is ready to attack the League of Assassins all by himself.
- Batwoman #23: Batwoman aims to take down Batman for the DEO. It probably won't happen, but it will be fun to watch, nonetheless.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
As we left off, the Red Hood gang blew Bruce's apartment to hell, but he managed to shield himself from the blast, only to find the gang hovering above him, followed by a pretty big beating. The Red Hood tells Bruce that he should never have come back, but also thanks him for leading his parents out of the theatre that night, as it was that random act of violence which inspired him to create his gang. He talks a bit more about his and the gang's philosophy, but once the fire gets too bad, he quickly wraps up by telling Bruce he hopes to inspire someone they way he was inspired, and shoots Bruce twice, giving cheers to symmetry.
In the days since Prankster leaked all his information about the Mayor of Chicago, the city has taken a pretty rough turn, resembling a war zone in some parts. Nightwing is on the Prankster's trail, and apparently has found a thug who knows where he is, just turns out he needs to rescue a pretty red head first, then he can go find out the Prankster is hiding out somewhere on 25th street.
James Gordon is still out for Batgirl, believing she murdered his son, and is interviewing anyone he can who has had connections to Batgirl in some way, and today's interview is with Charise Carnes, who some to believe is Knightfall, but it's never been proven. Gordon asks for security footage and what not, anything he can get on Batgirl, to which Carnes agrees to, saying she'll cooperate fully in order to get Batgirl behind bars. Though, once Gordon leaves, Carnes believes that Gordon may be working with Batgirl, and this is just an elaborate set up to finally nail her.
Monday, August 12, 2013
BECAUSE ULTRA MAN IS GOING TO KILL YOU DEAD!
This would be November's cover to Justice League #25, the solicit text is as followed:
FOREVER EVIL continues as the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them—including Batman’s protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing...and Owlman’s teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman!Dead! DEAD! DEEEEEEAD! Damn you Didio!
Full solicits are here, filling out all the Zero Year issues we didn't get last week, and the series that won't be tying in.
Changes to note:
- John Layman and Aaron Lopresti will be the creative team of Catwoman #25, and I'll acknowledge that series' existence.
- As noted before, Marguerite Bennett will be writing Batgirl.
- Batman and Robin will be known as Batman and Carrie Kelley.
- Harley Quinn will be launching with a #0 issue first.
- Jeremy Haun will be providing some pages on Batwoman. I believe he's slated to do a full issue at some point too.
None of these should come as great surprises, but some were announced with no official solicit text, so might as well just put 'em up here, because there are a few details of other characters we'll see pop up.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
In this month's first issue of Li'l Gotham, Alfred forces Bruce to go on vacation, so he ditches Damian (and his turkey) and takes a yacht out with Selina... m'roww. BUT THERE'S NO TIME FOR THAT! Because there's treasure hunting to do, then Joker and Harley are Pirates, OR ARE THEY?! ...and Selina says "Bruce" in front of both of them, but we'll ignore that, because who the hell cares?
Man... remember when this could at least feasibly happen in regular continuity? Where Bruce and Selina's relationship could almost be considered a relationship? Nowadays, Bruce would probably pick Selina up and throw her at a wall, or something... then they'd probably bang, maybe... I really hope a certain writer doesn't come back, I really do.
...but I digress! Get the latest chapter of Li'l Gotham NOW.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
STACK RUNDOWN IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE! and what that entails, I'm not entirely sure! But there were comics, and I talked about them! Surprisingly enough, there were quite a few books this week with romantic subplots, and plenty of awkwardness to go around!
Friday, August 9, 2013
This would be the final of the Zero Year tie-ins, and well... based on my current feelings on this title, and what's mentioned to be coming up, I'm gonna pass.
BIRDS OF PREY #25
Written by CHRISTY MARX
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
On sale NOVEMBER 20 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
BLACK CANARY: ZERO YEAR?! Well, it’s definitely a BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in issue as we look into a pivotal moment in Black Canary’s history! Don’t miss assassins, mystery men and an ancient evil in Gotham City!
I'm kicking myself right now, for months I've been thinking "I bet Brett Booth will stay on Batman/Superman after Villains Month" aside from #4 by Jae Lee. Given how much Pak and Booth continued to speak on Twitter, I just got that feeling... I the same feeling I got prior to the Nightwing announcement, but I didn't make that guess because it wasn't one for me... Anyways! Why I'm kicking myself is because I never said anything! So damn it. I called it! You're just going to have to trust me on this one.
Anyways, Booth isn't taking over the book completely, he mentions that he'll be rotating arcs with Jae Lee, and amongst other things, his first issue is going to be horizontally formatted... Okay, sure.
All around, good news.
Rounding out the last of the "hey, these aren't Batman books" Zero Year tie ins, The Flash #25 will see Barry Allen (before becoming the Flash) in Gotham City, in a story that will solidify his decision to become a forensic scientist. Francis Manapul will be taking the issue off for art duties, while Chris Sprouse and Karl Story fill in.
Only Birds of Prey left for the Zero Year party, but who knows when we'll see that one. I would have thought solicit previews may have started by now if they were coming out today, but nothing so far. They have been confirmed for Monday, though.
(Source: MTV Geek)
Yeah, that's right Batman books get their own post, DC! As with last week where we got the first look at all the batman related #23.1 issues, this week we're getting the #23.2s with art from the Riddler, Court of Owls, Mr. Freeze and Harley Quinn issues of all next month's Batman related titles.
(Source: DC Comics)
Hey! Guess what! Both Detective and Action Comics will be tieing into Zero Year this November. Detective, by your normal creative team of John Layman and Jason Fabok, will focus on James Gordon, meanwhile, Action will be Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder's first issue on the series, having a young Clark experience Gotham first hand.
Still trying to figure out how I'm going to cover the issues that are outside of my normal coverage here, but I got some time.