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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, November 30, 2013
Scott Snyder tweeted a sneak peek at his and Sean Murphy's Detective Comics #27 story, followed by colorist Matt Hollingsworth posting a higher quality version of the image. It looks like Hollingsworth is using a similar style to The Wake which is fucking fantastic in my book, because he's what really puts that something extra into The Wake.
(Source: Matt Hollingsworth's Twitter)
So it's safe to say that this was Rick Remender's week, no one really made any bigger headlines than he did. One one side of the fence, he's pissing off Marvel fans with Uncanny Avengers (which I will be spoiling, so... warning), which is always fun, and on the other, he's launching Image's latest critical darling with Black Science. So yeah, good week for Remender, but there were other books to talk about! Promise.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
It's thanksgiving, so I don' feel like taking the time to write anything here!
- Detective Comics #26: Man-Bat stuff! Aaron Lopresti will also be drawing this issue, and John Layman announced he'd be drawing his final two issues of Detective as well. Figured as much, since Jason Fabok needed to jump to Batman: Eternal.
- Batman/Superman #6: Mongul and the video game thing... stupid holidays showing a preview before I can even make this post.
- Batwing #26: What are the chances the idiom "when in Rome" comes up this issue? I bet high.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Man, I haven't even had time to do a "Looking Forward" post yet, what the hell?! I guess everyone is just trying to get previews out of the way before Thanksgiving tomorrow.
Apparently this whole arc is in "widescreen."
Surprise! The Batman that died last issue was actually Dick Grayson, thus explaining Bruce Wayne's appearance in confronting his son, and boy is he not happy about Damian killing off criminals. The two begin to have it out, which ultimately ends up with Bruce getting a grappling hook to the gut, and Alfred breaking it up, telling Damian to get out.
A young Selina Kyle (feels good to mention that name again) has gotten herself into a sticky situation, having planned to rob a massive party for the rich, being held during the Zero Year storm, but finding quite a bit of armed resistance in her way.
As John Wycliffe and the Court of Owls continues to indoctrinate Sarah Washington even more, Talon and Casey's agents continue to search for the little girl all over Gotham, where they believe the Court of Owls may be binding, to no luck. Elsewhere, Sebastian Clarke and Felix Harmon take the old Harbor House as their own, planning an attack on the Court of Owls, who are hiding in the old Orchard Hotel.
Clayface has escaped, and while Gordon is in Arkham, learning about how Clayface's biggest fan and only audience had recently died, the giant mud pile is telling Penguin he's done paying off his debt, and abducting a new audience of his own.
Barry Allen is fresh out of the police academy and his first case just so happens to be volunteering in Gotham during the blackout and oncoming storm. He gets paired up with Detectives Bullock and Spencer, and somehow ends up chasing down a junkie, high on a new drug called Icarus, which gives users the idea they have superpowers... aaaaand makes them spontaneously combust. As the three men try to put the junkie out in a back alley, a young Iris West, intern for the Gotham Gazette, appears out of a door sprays the man with a fire extinguisher.
Monday, November 25, 2013
First look at one of the numerous Detective Comics #27 variants we'll be getting in January, this one by Tony Daniel with Danny Miki on inks and Tomeu Morey on colors.
That's pretty Batman!
(Source: Tony Daniel's Facebook)
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Batman: Li'l Gotham #23 came out today, which had Batman and Robin saving Jerry the Turkey from Condiment King, and it was pretty ridiculous as always, but then that final page happened. Li'l Gotham #24 will be the final chapter of the series, come December 22nd. I had heard rumblings somewhere that this series would only last 24 chapters, but I guess I didn't want to believe it, because it's been so fun. But, I guess it's time to face the truth.
Then I got to thinking... if Dustin Nguyen isn't drawing Li'l Gotham every month, what could could he move on to? ...last I checked, Batman: Eternal needed some artists outside of Jason Fabok. That would be cool, if you ask me.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Handful of great books this week. Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's The Wake reached it's midpoint, meanwhile, you had main characters shitting in potted plants over in Sex Criminals, which has become my favorite title of 2013 already. How's that for different ends of the spectrum? I'M DIVERSE.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Penultimate issue to the Tynion's run. Hopefully it finishes up strong, because if what I heard about Seeley saying somewhere he was only writing two issues is true, I don't think the book will last past March. If that's the deal, well it's been a fun book while it lasted.
Writer: John Layman… Feels good, doesn't it? It'll be good to get away from the harsh reality of this title for a month… But come December, back to pretending this book doesn't exist.
(Source: Comic Vine)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
And here we are, the first look at Chad Hardin's Harley Quinn art, outside of the final page and half he did in yesterday's #0. So far so good, definitely some of the better work I've seen out of Hardin, and with those colors (I believe it's Paul Mounts), everything really pops.
(Source: DC Comics)
Final week of Zero Year craziness... I think I regret covering those other titles. What is this, my third five book week? Yeah, that's gotta stop.
- Damian - Son of Batman #2: The first issue was better than I had expected, and it had a rather unexpected cliffhanger, so looking forward tot his one.
- Catwoman #25: HEY! Remember this book? Yeah, me neither. That's probably for the best. But that's okay! John Layman is writing this one!
- Talon #13: Penultimate issue to James Tynion's run on the title. It's been good while it lasted!
- Batman - The Dark Knight #25: The conclusion to the Clayface story.
- The Flash #25: Barry Allen and Harvey Bullock team up in Zero Year, and apparently it sets up the upcoming run on Detective Comics.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
So, this is a weird one to "spoil," being that there's not much of a cohesive story. But that's the point. By now, you've no doubt heard that Harley breaks the fourth wall in this issue, and goes further by making it her bitch. Harley wants her own comic book, and page after page, she speaks directly to Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti on who wold be good to draw it and discussing the positives and negatives of each artist... and then some.
Irish mob boss Erin McKillen has been taken into GCPD custody, but oddly enough, she wants to use her phone call to contact Bruce Wayne, and not her lawyer, but she may get another visitor sooner, as acid starts to drip through the ceiling, and the cops soon find half of the bat signal drenched in coercive acid.
Zero Year! Gotham is dark, and it's raining, and there's some lady with a sword demanding info on the Red Hood gang. A young Jason Todd is talking to his drugged out mother, about the state Gotham is in, what he had to do to survive, and how he's afraid of what he may become. Then the melodrama is broken up by Jason's dumb friend Chris sneaking up on him, and telling him he found something "amazing."
Six years ago, Kate Kane is still a cadet at West Point when she gets an unexpected phone call form her father, informing her that her Uncle Philip has died. Yes, that's Bruce's Uncle Philip too, so once and for all, that family connection has been made.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hey, remember how everything Williams and Blackman had been writing in Batwoman was, as Mr. Calvin Broadus Jr. would eloquently put: "Dropped, as if it were hot." Well, new writer Marc Andreyko told Comicosity that the story will see a conclusion in an upcoming annual. When? Can't say, but I'd expect another round of annuals in April, as it's the next five Wednesday month, following January.
I had been meaning to post this, but honestly forgot about it until that #26 cover I posted. But whatever, I broke this story in fucking April, so there... Albeit, some of the circumstances have changed.
Regardless, this is totally weird, you all realize that, right? Dropping a storyline, only to be wrapped up by someone else half a year later? WEIRD. But what can you do? Everything surrounding this book for the last few months has been weird.
Like #25 before it, Batwoman #26 gets a new cover, showcasing a new villain whose name is either Black Spider or Wolf Spider... both of whom are characters, who are not this guy, in the DCU already.
(Source: DC Comics)
Scott Snyder posted this Infinite Crisis style teaser for the upcoming Batman: Eternal, and there's plenty to speculate about. Don't worry, I'm sure Nightwing is just running late and totally not part of those bones at the bottom of the image.
Stick around, I'm going to be doing an annotated version of this.
(Source: Scott Snyder's Twitter)
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Note: a little late on this one, was on my PS4 for literally all day yesterday, sorry.
As the villains Rewire recruited wreak havoc on Gotham, Barbara continues to speak with Davis Dusk's therapist, who shows her a device his late father had commissioned, in hopes to use it as a last resort to contain Davis. Thinking they had made progress, the project was shelved, but Barbara orders it to be put into working condition. Soon after that, Dick calls Barbara and the two discuss Terry's unknown whereabouts.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
God, this looks like pure joy, if you don't like this, I don't like you, and prefer not to speak to you. Also, that first Amanda Conner page REALLY makes me wish she would draw this whole thing, because that potential greatness doesn't need to be explained, but oh well.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Sort of a quite week, didn't find anything that stood out in Nightwing, or Batgirl, which is usual for that last one. I like the art... but it's not spectacular or anything.
Hey look at this, a week that's equal parts Zero Year, and not Zero Year.
- Harley Quinn #0: I'm really looking forward to this. Harley Quinn, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, and something like 17 great artists? YES, PLEASE.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #25: HEY LOOK! Jason Todd in Zero Year, also, Jeremy Haun is drawing, so that's cool!
- Batwoman #25: Lord knows what this issue is going to be, there's a lot of art credits on the cover, so I'm not expecting anything visually consistent.
- Batman and Two-Face #25: Yeah, yeah, yeah, when are we getting Batman and Ra's al Ghul and where's Damian?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The city has gone dark, and is in total chaos, but naturally, the GCPD feels it is more necessary to focus on the crazy man dressed like a Bat instead, and even more naturally, Batman makes a fool out of them by jumping his car over their blockade.
And we're jumping straight into the shit, war has broken out, and one of Bane's lieutenants, Brute, is going up against Man-Bat, and his Man-Bats, which ends with a radio tower through Brute's chest.
The circus is in town, and Dick has the night off, so he's gone to see a movie, but hey, it's Zero Year, so the power goes off, and of course everyone freaks the hell out in a panic, and Dick ends up getting knocked out in the chaos.
A storm is coming, and Gotham has gone crazy, which is pretty clear to Barbara, as your average law-abiding citizen is sticking a gun in her face for the bread and gasoline she had just purchased, while the rest of the gas station falls into chaos. Babs manages to get back to her house, but is nonetheless startled at how people have started to act. Not long after she gets home, her father is called off to duty, and tells her to keep the house, and her brother safe. But, because that'd be a boring comic, soon after Gordon leaves, another policeman shows up to to the door and informs Babs that the house is in an extended flood zone, and they need to evacuate with the rest of the neighborhood.
This is the story of John Stewart, but he's not a member of the Corps. we know him to be in, at this point in time, he's still a member of the Marine Corps. who has been sent into Gotham to help evacuate the city, mainly a football stadium, as they don't want another Katrina scenario. The only problem is, the person who has taken charge in the football stadium is none other than Anarky.
Monday, November 11, 2013
It's solicit time! Getting down to the wire with Forever Evil... wouldn't be surprised if we see some "Final Issue" notifications next month, but whatever, what's new this month?
- Ethan Van Sciver is back on The Dark Knight, as I mentioned a week or so ago
- Russell Daturman is drawing Nightwing, wouldn't be surprised if we see him, or someone, maybe step on a bit earlier with Conrad going off to do some Dark Horse stuff.
- Someone else is drawing Catwoman but she who shall not be named is still writing. SWING AND A MISS, DC.
- Stephen Segovia, who has provided recent covers, will be drawing Red Hood
- Tim Seeley is writing Talon
FOREVER EVIL #6
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:50 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:100 Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale FEBRUARY 19 • 32 pg, 6 OF 7, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
The final fate of Nightwing! The most unlikely of allies have set the Crime Syndicate in their sights — and they’re playing for keeps while the life of a hero hangs in the balance! Plus, the identity of the mysterious man in the hood is finally revealed!
IT'S BEEN REAL!
Would have posted this earlier, but trying to get through the Lady Shiva fight in Arkham Origins without taking any damage is a bitch and half. Got through the first half one time, then the second wave douchebags managed to touch me despite wrecking shit with the electro-gloves. Had to put it down after restarting it so many times...
Oh yeah... um, Batgirl?
(Source: The Mary Sue)
Vroom, vroom. In Zero Year, the Bombile is a badass hotrod, because why not? Everything is all sorts of crazy in this arc, and the car fits the part. Batman #25 comes out this Wednesday, so look for more of the new (old) Batmobile there.
(Source: Hero Complex)