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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.
Monday, March 31, 2014
A couple more pages than the early preview. Here's the problem with previewing a series that uses double page spreads a lot... There are eight pages in that preview, meaning that's nearly half of the issue... This is why I don't read previews anymore.
(Source: USA Today)
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Due to various delays of various series, the only two Bat books coming out on April 9th are this and Eternal #1. If you haven't heard, this issue will be written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Robert Gill, along with a new cover by Clay Mann.
Friday, March 28, 2014
I've been sitting on this cover all day, thinking DC was going to post some new story like "hey, look at this awesome wraparound cover!" But instead, they just updated their old story without actually saying anything... Lame!
So HEY! Look at this awesome wraparound cover! This... this is why I really hope Amanda Conner illustrates this issue. I just want to see her take on this Harley so bad.
(Source: DC Comics)
I read this book and thought to myself "how is this still going?" I mean, not that the preview or the book is bad, as you can read in my reviews, I think the title has been enjoyable recently, but seriously... how?!
Hey look! Will Pfeifer is the new writer of Red Hood and the Outlaws! ...Wait, why is the old writer solicited in June? What's going on? But this interviewer with CBR just said he believes Pfeifer is continuing... what?
So that's basically what's been going down recently. Pfeifer was announced as the new writer, then June solicits happened. In a recent CBR interview, it seemed like Pfeifer was staying on the book, and the guy who interviewed him posted in the comments further clarifying that it was the feeling he got. Then Newsarama posts this interview with Scott Lobdell, confirming he's going to be returning to the title for good. You know what it also confirms? That I'm done with reading/covering this book.
The short end of it is, I have zero interest reading anything by Lobdell at this point. This is a combination of both on and off "the field" reasons, but ultimately, I think it's a dumb move on DC's part because it feels like a step backwards by DC. This is the New 52, what happened to being new? Lobdell had his run, why not try to get a new voice with a new direction for the title, like I don't know... Will Pfeifer? I guess it pays to have friends in high places.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
And he we are... April! Remember when we thought Forever Evil would end this month, and we'd finally learn what the true fate of Dick Grayson would be? Ha. Ha. Good times! Goooood times... fuck.
- Detective Comics #30: The new creative team of the old Flash creative team take over and, well... other than that Icarus drug, not sure what else there is going on in this arc.
- Batwing #30: I assume Luke is still pissed, looking for his old roommate to kick his ass. I forgot where last issue ended...
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Lord Death Man is a'comin' as the cave he, Calvin and Anya are in, fills with poison. Having no actual use for the oxygen in his lungs, Calvin "gives" it to Anya, as they escape while Lord Death Man succumbs to the gas... temporarily, of course.
A pharmaceutical cooperation just created a new chemo drug with minimal side effects, and are having a party to celebrate being bought out by Wayne Enterprises... So naturally, Catwoman is there to steal this fancy new drug for a client.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
I'm just going to say finally. I've been checking Comixology and iBooks multiple times a day, waiting for early previews to go up, and it looks like Comixology pulled the trigger first (so no Batwing preview or anything else). Art looks great, I don't think anyone expected it not to. Still lots of questions surrounding this new creative team and how they fit Batman, but I'm looking forward to finding out those answers.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
You're going to have to read this post first. Once you're done with that, move on to this post. Finally, you're going to have to read this one too. Then, after you revel in the fact that I pretty much inadvertently figured out Batman: Eternal was happening, because I have nothing better to do with my life but analyze out of context tweets, read this final post just to get a sense of my emotional state.
Good? Okay, NOW, read this quote from a Batman: Eternal interview with Tim Seeley, posted only a couple of minutes ago:
"And there are different parts of the story that each of us will naturally gravitate towards. We're able to pick those up. I have a really big affection for Catwoman, and so they let me do a lot of Catwoman stuff."I'll take it!
HA-HA! FHIZ WAS RIGHT! Follow the money! The government is lying about 9/11! Dan Didio actually thinks Dick Grayson is pretty neat! George W. Bush is a vampire! ALIENS!
CUE THE FUCKING MUSIC!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
DC's first retailer show of the year was today, and among announce their third attempt at a war title, because Men of War and GI Combat were so successful, news of a Harley Quinn one-shot set at SDCC was also revealed.
No other details were announced, but you could assume it's coming in July... because you know, SDCC is in July. I'd really like to see Amanda Conner draw this, but that's just me... and probably a lot of other people.
(Source: DC Comics)
Sorry, Panels of the Week will be rescheduled for May 22nd... GET IT!? Because you know... delays... I totally heard it was because they weren't going to actually kill Nightwing, but Didio was all "NAH MAN, we got to do it now, or everyone is going to think we're pussies!" I totally heard that, you guys... super cereal...
Weird week to come, as next month, I won't be covering either of these titles for various reasons.
- Talon #17: The final issue of Talon, will Calvin Rose be resurrected? And where will he go next?
- Catwoman #29: Let's call a spade a spade here, this is an inventory issue, and I don't expect much, but it'll probably at least be palatable, which is saying something regarding this title.
Following next week is April, where all sorts of shit is happening. First we get the new team on Detective Comics, following that is Batman: Eternal, a
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Well, there's no getting around this one... DC fucked up bad. Really bad. I mean, monumentally bad. Turns out the world "Forever" in the title Forever Evil literally meant for-fucking-ever.
If you've been keeping up with release dates and what not, perhaps you've noticed some delays to Forever Evil recently. Issue #6 came out a few weeks late, and then the final issue got pushed back into mid-April. How far into April, you may ask? Well, past the intended release date of Nightwing #30, which would no doubt deal with whatever happened in the event. So how does DC deal with such a time discrepancy? Well, that's where this gets fun.
With no sign of Two-Face in Gotham (because of well... you know), Batman makes good on his promise of what he was going to do after he dealt with the crime families in Gotham... Find Ra's and make him pay. As he nears the secret island Damian was born on, he comes across Aquaman who was drawn to the same location due to the sounds of screaming whales. Sure enough, the soon come across Ra's underwater forces, as the leader of the League of Assassin recognizes that where there's smoke, there's fire, and the rest of the Justice League could show up, so he starts to blow the base and bugs out.
It's Harley's first day at work at the nursing home, so she's got to put on her makeup and wig, before heading out the door, where she finds Big Tony ready to build a big project for her. At the nursing home, her first patient is Mrs. Rubenstein who says her family only visits on Christmas or her birthday, and is waiting for her to die. Harley knows the value of the elderly, so after her session with Mrs. Rubenstein, she leaves to go right the wrongs of elderly neglect! On her way out, she tells her boss to reschedule her next appointment with a Mr. Borgman, who's got quite a few robotic attachments.
FLASHBACK! Back in lat 20s Gotham, that Eisenstadt is painting a picture for the guy who hired him, Grantham, who as it turns out, is kind of a dick. So once Eisenstadt starts looking around Grantham's office, he finds something in the safe that's shocks him.
In present day, Kate goes to her first therapy session... it doesn't go well. Kate pushes back, is combative and ultimately just not very receptive to the entire idea, storming out early. While all this is happening, Wolf-Spider plans his next heist in Arkham Asylum.
Some aliens, one of which is a Tamarean, are headed towards Earth with a job from a boss we don't get to see yet... who is probably Lobo... the old one... Anyways, their job? Well, the first part is to hijack Starfire's ship.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
And now the new cover has popped up on DC's website. I don't know if Ray Palmer is considered "The Atom" yet, but it seems like we're at least getting close? Isn't he supposed to be in Futures End?
(Source: DC Comics, h/t @waterjedi17)
With June solicitations revealing that May's issue of Batman/Superman would now serve as June's issue, there was some question what May's issue would be, and the answer is that everything is getting slid down a month. The story that was set to appear in #10 will now appear in #11, just like #11 now appearing in #12.
Taking issue #10's place will be an inventory issue written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by
DC has sort of silently resurrected the inventory issue of late. First there's Catwoman #29 next week, Batgirl #30 next month, and now this issue. But in a world full of subpar fill-in art, I'll take this over someone clashing with Jae Lee's work... Speaking of which... March's issue of Batman/Superman has been delayed to April too! WHOOPS!
UPDATE: Seems like Cameron Stewart might just be the cover artist? Well anyways, here's the new solicitation...
"In this stand-alone story, a microscopic threat invades the body of The Dark Knight, and it's up to The Man of Steel and Dr. Ray Palmer to shrink down and eliminate the danger. But what they find will shock you! Get ready for big sci-fi thrills and high-adventure fun as only Batman/Superman can present!"(Source: Jeff Lemire's Twitter)
Monday, March 17, 2014
Hey, guess what?! Solicitations! Not a whole lot of creative changes this month... accept for one. Apparently Scott Lobdell is back on Red Hood and the Outlaws? Which... I don't know, my only real thought is "why?"
Some other things to note, because Batgirl #30 is now essentially an inventory issue, the original #30 is now #31, and May's #31 is now #32. Something similar seems to have happened with Batman/Superman #12, which shares the same solicitation as #11. So who knows, maybe we'll find out more about that when Previewsworld updates their info.
Well... that last double page spread... Man. I really hope this story is what I hope it is... and not what I cynically believe it'll turn out to be (acceptance). I really want Damian back at this point.
So, if you remember, towards the end of Batman, Incorporated, there were a number of pages that had to use fill-in art, none of it particularly great. It was real unfortunate, because this was one of those stories, that you really just couldn't slap any artist on, as is the case with most Morrison penned stories. But whatever, DC had a schedule to keep and they did what they did.
I remember hearing shortly after the series wrap up, that someone said Chris Burnham said he'd be redrawing the pages he missed for a deluxe edition of sorts. So with an Absolute version of Batman, Incorporated coming in December (including both volumes), I decided to get a little clarification, and well...
@gothamspoilers yup! :)
— Chris Burnham (@TheBurnham) March 15, 2014
New Chris Burnham pages confirmed! Chris went on to say outside of him redrawing those specific pages, there a good amount of little art and color corrections throughout.
Good news all around. The Absolute Edition including Batman, Incorporated vol. 1 #1-8, Batman, Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes, Batman, Incorporated vol. 2 #1-13 and Batman, Incorporated Special #1 will be out in December, retailing for $125 (or way cheaper if you order from Amazon).
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Note: "The Bat Men" finishes up in Chapter #15, followed by a one-shot story in #16.
So, Langstrom's bomb is about to go off, but if he detonates the thing before the timer that counts down, which I'm assuming would use the sonic tech he had stolen to in order to amplify the blast, the blast would be contained to the building he and Bruce are on, and Langstrom feels like a bit of martyrdom after last issue's self-pity.
Lots of Marvel this week... if you told me I'd be reading a shit ton of Marvel books this time last year, I would have said you're crazy. Oh well... good books is good books, taking sides between them and DC is pretty much as dumb as video game fanboyism... PS4 vs Xbox One, who cares, get both, be enlightened! Anyways, comics!
Friday, March 14, 2014
Have I mentioned how much I love this book? Because I love this book. Bummed that Hardin didn't do this issue, but I really love Stephane Roux's art too, so great fill-in choice. If they want to have those to do rotating art duties, I'll be completely fine with that, it'd be hell of a lot better than some of DC's fill-in practices.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Hard to say how this story is going to turn out, but at least after a very long, looooooong stint of poor art, at least the title looks better with Rafa Sandoval on board.
(Source: Man Cave Daily)
Couple of surprises in June's solicits for Batman: Eternal. Jason Bard is back, so is Mr. Unknown (albeit, Hong Kong doesn't equal Japan, but we'll see) and both Ian Bertram and Mikel Janin join the art team, while Guillem March takes care of the art duties for the first two issues of the month. Janin needs no introduction after his lengthy run on Justice League Dark, but you might need a refresher for Bertram, who is the artist that illustrated Peter Tomasi's story in Detective Comics #27, where everyone was celebrating Bruce's birthday.
Here's the story text for issues #9-12:
- As the weekly Batman epic continues, the questions continue to mount. In this issue, find out why Batman is in Hong Kong teaming up with Mr. Unknown!
- Batman and Catwoman – together again! Professor Pyg is back! And we get some answers about Falcone’s past, and his motivations!
- The trial of Jim Gordon begins!
- Jason Bard makes his big play to end the gang war once and for all. And Jim Gordon’s trial becomes a family affair!
Couple of notable points next week, including some (potentially) big story lines as well as a new creative team taking over one of the titles.
- Batman and Aquaman #29: "The Hunt for Robin" begins and... man... I hope it means what I think it means.
- Harley Quinn #4: Harley's first day at work at what is apparently the worst nursing home ever, in that they don't do background checks for their new doctors.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #29: Wil Pfeifer returns to comics with Red Hood in a story with SHADE, Lobo, and god knows what else.
- Batwoman #29: Batwoman gets some professional help while Wolf-Spider keeps stealing paintings.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
OH HEY CATWOMAN... Nice seeing you for a moment. Sadly, I'll have to say goodbye to you again shortly after this issue, but I have a feeling we'll meet again later this year.
After a flashback to the Waynes picking Bruce up at the police station after him being caught in the theatre, and deciding they'll see the movie together, that storm seen in all the "Zero Year" tie-ins has finally hit the main book, and while Gordon is helping evacuate citizens such as Harper Row and her brother, he gets a call from Batman, telling him to go to Wayne Tower, where the Riddler is ready to take control of the city once the power gets turned back on.
This is a weird issue to write up. On the surface, a very simple story is told: Jen has run away to confront her parents’ killer (Mr. Zsasz), which clearly doesn’t go well, but Dick manages to save her, as heroes tend to do. Afterwards, with Jen knowing his secret, he opens up to the young girl a bit, and offers his advice on how to live on after the tragedy, and ends up giving Jen the bracelet he had given his mother the day before she died. The issue ends with Dick getting ready to head back to Gotham for a few days, texting Sonia Zucco, asking if she’d be interested in dinner. And that’s it. But there’s more to this issue than the simple story with Jen and Zsasz, and that’s where this issue excels.
So, the cops have Batgirl, Strix, Silver and his assistant, Miss Targa surrounded, which is clearly a bad situation for all of them. Knowing he'd be unable to defeat his vampires at the moment, Silver opts for a distraction, and puts a razor to his own throat, demanding the police stand down. When they don't, he pulls the razor, and does a back flip on to his car, where a giant mini-gun pops out of the hood, and opens fire, forcing the cops to take cover, and allowing everyone who needed to escape, to escape... not sure what slitting his own throat was for, but oh well.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
First Aquaman, then Wonder Woman, followed by Frankenstein, and now, finally... what I thought this whole arc would be called all along, Batman and Ra's al Ghul.
Also... more reason not to believe yet another batch of "rumors" from 4chan... Batman and Carrie Kelley? C'mon now... That doesn't even make sense for the Hunt for Robin arc.
I find the DC All Access videos sort of hard to watch, but they seem to be DC's choice of getting news out there to the kids these days, so every now and then they've actually got something good to reveal. This week, outside of the Infinity Man and the Forever People announcement, which doesn't really do anything for me, there was an interview with Brian Azzarello about his wrap up on Wonder Woman (which is coming sometime this summer? potentially June?) as well as a hint as to what he's got planned next...
He and Lee Bermejo have plans for a very dark, Joker style story starring Catwoman.
Um...? SOLD! That's all that was said on the subject, but still, fucking sold! As with Joker or Luthor, you've got to figure this would probably be an original graphic novel, but with little to zero details, or any confirmation that it'd actually happen, that's only speculation at this point. Who knows when this could even happen, because I guess Suiciders is still on Bermejo's plate? Maybe? But when (or if) it does, I'm sure it'll be great.
(Source: DC All Access)
The solicit says something about Andrew Bennett and I, Vampire... If the solicit is correct, I imagine it'd just be a flash back to the time the vampires attacked Gotham, but I have hope for a full cameo.
Monday, March 10, 2014
BATMAN COVERED IN DOOKIE! BATMAN SMASH!
Hey, remember that storm that happened in all the Zero Year tie-ins back in November, or whatever? Yeah, it's finally happening in the main book in March. That seems oddly timed.
(Source: LA Times Hero Complex)
Saturday, March 8, 2014
I'm sitting here, it's just about 1am when I'm getting this post together, and I was about to complain about it taking so long for me to pick images for this post, and then I realized I totally left Forever Evil #6 out of it. If I was to write that issue up now, it would fuck up the image order I picked, given I give every other blurb an image to break up the wall of text... So nope, not going to do that. I wrote about Forever Evil #6 here (spoilers, of course) and gave my thoughts on it... but in short, if you believe what it wants you to believe, you need to read more comics. Also, the last page was expected, but interesting twist, and yes, Captain Cold's voice command was pretty great.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Back when the final issue of Batman and Two-Face hit, there was an ending that seemed... pretty clear what happened, but then again, it was off panel... and well... In an interview with Newsarama today, Peter Tomasi confirmed that everything is what it seems, Two-Face put a gun to his head, pulled the trigger, and kablamo, his blood on Gilda's photo... So there's that.
He went on to say that his upcoming arc in Batman and... entitled "The Hunt for Robin" is a "prologue for one of Batman's BIG 75th Anniversary stories this year within the family of Batbooks" which starts in July. Personally... I take this as GIVE ME BACK DAMIAN WAYNE, YOU SONSABITCHES!
...I fucking want Damian back, I'm over him being dead.