Stack Highlights: 03/26/2017

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SPOILERS: Detective Comics #953

And the mother of year award goes to... literally anyone but Lady Shiva

SPOILERS: Mother Panic #5

Lots of style, just need a little more easily discernible substance for my tastes.

SPOILERS: Batman #19

Man this book has been so good for the last couple months, so good!

SPOILERS: All-Star Batman #8

I'm not sure exactly why most of this issue happens, but it sure is cool.

Monday, June 30, 2014

IT'S TOTALLY HAPPENING THIS TIME, YOU GUYS*


OKAY YOU GUYS, I know I've done this a lot, but I swear, it's totally true this time, Space Ronald Reagan told me in a dream that it was, SO YOU KNOW I'M RIGHT! I'll just let the evidence speak for itself, by just posting a whole bunch of Tweets, because that's how true journalists do these days!

FOLLOW THE MONEY!

Batman Eternal #13 Preview


Everyone be scheming, and clearly James Gordon is not amused.

(Source: USA Today)

BatManga goes Digital this Saturday


Sure! Let's just do posts about all the Batman related news today! Did you know there was a Japanese manga in the 1960s starring Batman by Jiro Kuwata? If you're a fan of Grant Morrison or Batman, Inc. you probably should know this, given it featured a good deal of Lord Death Man. Well, starting this Saturday, the Lord Death Man stories will be released digitally. Seems like we'll only be getting three chapters digitally, but the complete works of Kuwata will be released in three trades starting later this year.

 While I won't be covering this, or doing anything with it really, I still think it's really cool and should be pointed out. After Batman Inc. I always wanted to read this stuff, but never got the chance.

(Source: LA Times Hero Complex)

Batman Eternal #17 Cover


I mean... can we just get Dustin Nguyen to draw covers for everything? I love the style he's been using lately with what I'm going to assume are digital colors mostly. Don't get me wrong, those water colored covers he did for books like Streets of Gotham were equally fantastic, but these Eternal covers have been particularly striking in a visual sense.

(Source: CBR)

Welcome to Gotham Academy & Arkham Manor


I'm expecting some announcements for October, yet neither of these are anywhere close to what I thought, but hell... they sound pretty weird/interesting, so let's get to it?

DC announced today two new ongoing series, the first being Gotham Academy by writers Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher, illustrated by Karl Kerschl. Remember those pitched/abandoned/whatever cartoon series of Gotham High School or something, where Batman, Catwoman, Penguin, etc were all students? That's what this sounds like, only it's a prep-school in this incarnation. Misread some stuff in the rush to get these up, but where I read "Bruce Wayne is a student" it clearly says "is a benefactor." But I'm also getting word for others that it said "is a student" then got edited. SEE! I'm not crazy.

Meanwhile, you got Arkham Manor from Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal, where instead of Arkham Asylum being located in... well, Arkham Asylum, the Arkham facility is now in Wayne Manor. I'm sure plenty of grim hijinks will ensue.

Neither of these sound like they'll be part of the New 52 universe, for obvious reasons, so I'm inclined to believe they'll potentially be digital first series, but the article where they were announced doesn't really specify any details past "ongoing series" and "October." I'm sure we'll find out more soon.

EDIT: These are apparently both in continuity. WEIRD. Interesting to see DC do something completely new, though. Batman editor Mark Doyle has also teased more news in the coming days.

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stack Rundown, 06/28/2014


Hey, I actually had a number of books to read this week thanks to seemingly everyone I like at Image deciding that the last week of the month is where it's at. Of course this was also my busiest week, outside of reading comics, as well. But oh well, I read 'em, and wrote about 'em.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guess what happened to Batman/Superman #13


IT GOT DELAYED.

July 30th is the new July 16th.

Hey... wait a minute... This seems familiar.

Yeah, I'm pretty much just going to do this every time, just to be a dick about it. These delays, no matter their length, have gotten into the realm of unacceptable. Next week we're finally getting an issue that was solicited a half-year ago. And even with those six months, it's fill-in art from two different artists. Sure, with #13 now getting delayed, there'll be a month in between it and #12, but the fact remains that #12 is only coming out next week because it missed June (and April and May) entirely. Let's not forget that the contents of issue #13 were solicited as a new issue three months in a row. Should I just start writing my "Guess what happened to Batman/Superman #14" post now? Because chances are it doesn't hit it's August 20th release date.

Batman/Superman #12 Preview


Hey look, this issue exists! It's actually coming out! This is not a joke! Remember when this book was solicited a half a year ago? Pretty fucking crazy when you put it that way... Delays do suck!

(Source: Man Cave Daily)

Looking Forward: July 2nd, 2014


And we're officially in the second half of the year! What the fuck?! When did this happen?
  • Batman Eternal #13: James Gordon Jr. is back, and he's probably still a psychopath. 
  • Batman/Superman #12: Fuck man, Earth 2? Sure... all I know is they're actually releasing an issue this time. 
I'm hoping July brings some good news to the site, there's been something I was told about a few months ago, and I've been waiting for an announcement ever since. I'm starting to get worried!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SPOILERS: Batman #32


Just when Batman thinks he's put a stop to Riddler's little game, he learns it has just begun! Hey man... it's Zero Year, he's not used to this standard bad guy trope yet, give him a break.

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #12


The wheels of Eternal continue to turn! As the Bat kids are off doing their own thing, Jason Bard is showing why he was handpicked by James Gordon to come to Gotham.

Grayson #1 Extended Preview, now w/more Helena B.


As I mentioned yesterday, this preview is going to be running in the back of a number of books this week, probably at least all the Bat titles. Unlike yesterday, the preview in this week's books has a couple more pages, this time with some Helena Bertinelli as well as... Midnighter?

Yep, that's quite possibly pretty WEIRD, but also would make sense? We're not talking full Stormwatch here or anything (or at least, I don't think we are). Gonna be interesting. Hit the jump for the full preview.

Robin Rises: Omega #1 First Look


This week, to no-one's disappointment, DC got rid of the old "this is so lame" format of Channel 52, and turned it into what it should have been all along, a place where you show some sneak peeks and have someone say something about them. First up is Robin Rises: Omega #1, and look at that Andy Kubert art. See it? Well congratulations, you've now gotten more out of that one double page spread than you had with a year's worth of past Channel 52 nonsense.

Of course now, there's the DC All-Access page, which is really similar to what Channel 52 is now... But if I'm being honest, I'll take some redundancy over Bethany Snow any day. YOU KNOW NOTHING, BETHANY SNOW.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Grayson #1 Early Preview


Be prepared to see a whole lot of this preview this week, because I believe it's going to be showing up in the back of all of DC's releases. Lots of dick, that's for sure... I mean, Dick. Damn capitalization!

(Source: CRB)

Batman #32 Preview (for real this time)


I'm just going to stop posting anytime Hero Complex has one of their "previews" because they're never the actual previews... Also, was wondering how long it would take DC to remove Katie Kubert's name from their books, and the answer is: Not long. They seem to be really vindictive with that sort of shit. You know how many issues of Eternal Mike Marts was the editor of? A bunch. How many issues is he credited as such? Zero!

(Source: Ain't it Cool News)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Batman Eternal #15 & #16 Covers


God damn, Dustin Nguyen...


I SAID, GOD DAMN. Let's wrap this shit up. Game over man, game over!

(Source: Newsarama)

Batman #32 Preview


Man, I don't know what the deal is with whenever LA Times has a preview. The art is real blurry, the speech bubbles are crisp, and they just post panels of the preview pages. Real annoying.

(Source: LA Times Hero Complex)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stack Rundown, 06/21/2014


And finally, some Image books to read... it feels like forever since I've had more than one book from them to read... On top of that, it was the return of Sex Criminals and a new series, so hooray comics? Sure, we'll go with that.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Batman Eternal #12 Preview


Man, I sure am glad the Bat office snatched up Mikel Janin for Grayson, I could get used to reading his stuff again every month, and I will!

(Source: Uproxx)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Panels of the Week, 06/19/2014


Annnnnnnd I'm back. Haven't done one of these for a couple of weeks because there's either only been like one panel I wanted or highlight, or nothing, so obviously I didn't bother.

Looking Forward: June 25th, 2014


Closing out the month Snyder style.
  • Batman #32: The penultimate issue of Zero Year... almost there.
  • Batman Eternal #12: Solicit has some Bard in there, and a little bit of Gordon (probably of the Jr. variety)
With that, June is already over. July should be an exciting month with Grayson and Robin Rises debuting... Who knows, maybe we'll even get an issue of Batman/Superman next month as well?

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #11


While many characters are dealing with their father issues (more than you might think), Barbara Gordon takes a trip down south of the equator to find a man she believes responsible for her father's imprisonment.

SPOILERS: Batman and Ra's al Ghul #32


Two dudes, one pit... UUUUUH, moving on... With Robin Rises on the horizon, the fate of Damian remains in the balance between Batman, Ra's al Ghul, and a third, glorious contender.

SPOILERS: Harley Quinn #7


Poison Ivy is back in town, and she's got a lead on who has put out a hit on Harley. The answers... well, they won't particularly shock you, because well of course that's who did it.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #32


A new arc in Batwoman begins, formally introducing Nocturna and Night-Thief to Batwoman's rogues, and throwing an ex-girlfriend into the mix, as Kate's love life remains on somewhat shaky ground. Full write up after the jump.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Harley Quinn #7 Preview


Man, this book, this book. So good. Random theory: Harley is putting the hit on herself when she's sleep walking. Always thought it'd just be Harley somehow putting the hit out on herself, because you know, she's crazy... but that first page seems to lend a bit of support to my theory.

(Source: DC Comics)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Stack Rundown, 06/14/2014


Real short week, nothing from Image (don't worry, got like 12 books from them the next two weeks...), only one book from DC, and a couple from Marvel. Dull week for comics and me, which I guess works out since I was paying attention to E3.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Batman and Ra's al Ghul #32 Preview


I'm hoping we get a good idea of what's to come next month with Robin Rises when all is said and done next week. This issue could potentially be pretty big, I just hope it doesn't end on a lackluster note, leaving the major set up to go down in July's Omega.

(Source: IGN)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Batwoman #32 Preview


Oh god, can we not do the whole "Feeling ignored by your lover when the ex shows up out of nowhere" thing? That's a bit clichéd... and by "a bit," I mean it's a total cliché.

(Source: Man Cave Daily)

Batman Eternal #11 Preview


Ian Bertram was an interesting choice to do an issue for this book. Doesn't exactly fit with the tone of the book, but the style is definitely very unique.

(Source: 13th Dimension)

Looking Forward: June 18th, 2014


Next week should be interesting, as we may get our first real hint as to what's going to be happening in Robin Rising next month.
  • Batman Eternal #11: We pick up with Babs trying to figure out who framed her father. I think Seeley is writing this one, followed by a couple of Ray Fawkes issues. Not completely sure though.
  • Batman and Ra's al'Ghul #32: The Hunt for Robin ends, and we learn what is about to come next for dead Damian.
  • Harley Quinn #7: Poison Ivy returns with info on who's out to get Harley. How much more sexual innuendo between them can be packed into an issue? We'll have to wait and see!
  • Batwoman #32: A new arc involving Nocturna, custody battles, and ex-girlfriends. That's variation for you.
A reminder: no more Red Hood from me, because you know... don't want to read anything Lobdell writes. 

That sort of NYCC but not really NYCC show is also this weekend... Snyder was teasing some announcements for the fall soon, so if there's going to be some announcements soon, I'd guess that'd be the place. 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

About Review Scores


So yeah, I think issuing numerical ratings to reviews is pretty dumb. They're a lazy way to express your own opinion as well as gather information from the opinions of other. On top of that, I believe judging something by putting a number on it demonstrates an authority that surpasses "opinion" that no one actually has. Words are subjective, numbers are not. Yes, I know I use numbers in my reviews, but it's something I've always felt uneasy with, and I've finally come to the decision to stop issuing numbers attached to my opinions, which are just that, my opinions, not a value that has universal meaning compared to the opinions of others.

What got me thinking about this was the thought of reviewing creator owned books, which I'm reading more and more of these days, compared to DC and Marvel. But when I actually thought about it, I felt uncomfortable judging something unique to itself with a score. I can not like a particular issue of a creator owned book, not enjoy what happened, where the story went, and so on, but who am I to place value on that? The writer wrote the story they wanted to write, the artist drew what they wanted to drew, technically they did everything right, I just didn't enjoy it, and that's fine. I don't have to. But to act as if my opinion on the product means dick next to something the maybe I just don't understand, that's pretty scummy in my opinion, and I don't want to be that guy who believes their opinion has literal value.

So expanding my line of thoughts about the subject of review scores, I became increasingly less comfortable with giving scores the the books I do review. To say I don't believe in giving numerical ratings to creator owned books, only to turn around and give them to Batman books just seems hypocritical, because after all, the opinion is coming from the same source, just is aimed towards a different subject. So going forward, I'm going to drop the use of numerical ratings. Simple as that.

While I'll no longer be using numerical ratings, I'll have to do a better job at explaining my opinions on the issue. Good or bad, I'll have to explain in detail what I thought without relying on the crutch of a number, and in turn, if you want to know what I think, you'll have to read instead of just scrolling down and seeing "4/5." As I've said before, I believe numbers are a lazy way to convey opinion. There's a reason why I used a five point scale, because there are only so many values between "Great" and "Terrible." I think reviews on a ten point scale get redundant at a point, because what's the difference between a 2 and a 3? They're both real bad. Then if you put a decimal in those and act like there's a noticeable difference between an 8.3 and an 8.4, then fuck you, you're full of shit. Point is, we've become too reliant on numbers, and often won't even bother to read why a number is issued.

So that's it, that's all I got to say. No more numbers from me. Just opinion. I'm just a guy at my computer who read an issue and thought some stuff. I've got no credentials to impose an inherently scientific/factual value on something I merely have an opinion on, nor will I use them to lazily express that opinion.

EXTRA READING: This is something I was going to use to support my thoughts on the subject, but in trying to keep this post as short as I could, didn't find a place to bring the video game review culture into the picture. That said, yeah, depending on numerical ratings is fucking stupid.

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #10


Five years ago, Carmine Falcone's reign over Gotham was coming to a close and well... yeah, Catwoman scratched his face. Duh. So now Carmine Falcone wants to pay her back, and does his whole bad guy speech, saying that he's what Gotham needs, a protector, to protect the city from the "animals," including the bat, who Falcone mentions he was told would be much harder to deal with, which Selina takes note of. But there's one more animal Falcone needs to deal with, an that's Pyg, who is storming the hotel Falcone is in, seeking revenge for his destroyed lab.

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #32


Both Batman and Harvey Bullock continue to investigate the death of Elena Aguila, and once Bruce is done investigating her car that was thrown into the bay, he sends a tip over to Bullock, who still seems desperate to connect it to Wayne. After going through the car, knowing Batman has been there first, Bullock and the rest of the GCPD clean up the scene left by Batman, including Sumo and the kids he was trafficking, as well as looking into the details of a single shipping container missing from the dock.

SPOILERS: Batgirl #32


So a group of hired mercenaries tried to rob a bank, but Batgirl stopped them. Apparently they have something to do with Knightfall? Sure. Speaking of Knightfall, she's planning something to clean up Gotham and hears the story about Ricky suing James Gordon. Knightfall can't stand by while a common criminal attempts to kick a good police officer while he's down (despite her history with him) so she sends her associate Bonebreaker to pay him a visit.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Batman Eternal September 2014 Solicitations


And that's pretty much it for solicitations this month, given that we already know about all the Futures End issues. Couple of things to note, Kyle Higgins will be stepping onto the series this fall, and bringing Gates of Gotham villain The Architect with in. Jorge Lucas and R.M. Guera will also be contributing to the art team of the series.

BATMAN ETERNAL #22
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by JORGE LUCAS
Cover by JASON FABOK
On sale SEPTEMBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Beacon Tower was designed to save Gotham City, but the Architect has plans to make it the most dangerous weapon the city has ever seen!

BATMAN ETERNAL #23
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Cover by JASON FABOK
On sale SEPTEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Catwoman’s secret past has been revealed, and it’s dragging her toward Blackgate Penitentiary! What is her place in the natural order of crime? Only she can decide.

BATMAN ETERNAL #24
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by ANDY CLARKE
Cover by JASON FABOK
On sale SEPTEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Spoiler goes head to head with her father, the deadly Cluemaster – and the fate of Gotham City hangs in the balance!

BATMAN ETERNAL #25
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by R.M. GUERA
Cover by JASON FABOK
On sale SEPTEMBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With riots breaking out all over Gotham City, can Batman stop the march toward martial law?

(Source: CBR)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Batman Eternal #10 Preview


Still a little bummed that Guillem March didn't illustrate this issue, but hey, Professor Pyg is here, so that's pretty great, right?

(Source: Complex)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Guess what happened to Batman/Superman #12


IT GOT DELAYED.

July 2nd is the new June 18th.

Are you fucking kidding me? I mean, really!? How?! How is this continuing to happen?! I certainly hope that art info has yet to be updated, because if Jae Lee is drawing this one off issue, what the fuck are you doing DC?! The obvious play would be to get someone else to draw this while Lee gets ahead of the next arc. Hopefully that's what is happening, and the delays to this are just due to... shit, I don't know? I mean, the next issue is scheduled to ship two weeks after this... and if Jae Lee is still drawing #12, then I might as just well just get it out of the way and say that #13 got delayed into September.

But anyways, real talk... time to get a new regular artist on the series. Jae Lee is great, but he's not a guy you build a big monthly title around. It's just not going to happen, unless DC wants to start doing what Marvel does and have stories written and illustrated far in advance. I can't remember the last time an issue of this title wasn't altered or delayed, had to have been the last Brett Booth issue, right? What a joke.

(Source: Previewsworld)

Stack Rundown, 06/07/2014


I'll be honest with you, at the time of putting this post together, for whatever reason, I'm just super tired. I'm not going to bother trying to write anything here… I'm just looking to copy and paste what I wrote earlier and just hit publish. BYE.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Detective Comics #32 Preview


This sure is one good looking book. Also, I'm back to not believing Annie is the next Robin... unless she starts showing up in Tomasi books, then fuuuuuuuck, who knows?

(Source: IGN)

Batgirl #32 Preview


So I don't really read previews anymore, just look through them so I can generally go in fresh on Wednesdays. That said, I don't really know what to say about this one... Um, hey? Knightfall is there, like usual? Solicits seem like she's trying to push all the bad guys out of Gotham? I'm sure that'll work.

(Source: Comicosity)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Looking Forward: June 11th, 2014


You may have noticed that Detective Comics got pushed back to this upcoming week, not sure if it's a second week book now or what... I guess I could look it up, but where's the fun in that?
  • Batman Eternal #10: John Layman says goodbye to Gotham with a little Bat, Cat, and Pyg.
  • Detective Comcis #32: Based on the cover, Batman will probably meat the squid, so for those of you who have obscure Batman/tentacle fantasies... congratulations?
  • Batgirl #32: The latest arc of Batgirl starts up, and based on August's solicitation, the bad guy probably isn't the Calculator... he sucks!
Was there news this week?! New books maybe? I don't know, something is supposed to be coming soon. I'm writing this ahead of time on Monday morning... maybe I should stop doing that?

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dat Jock Grayson Variant Doe


Just fantastic looking, I miss looking at Jock's art on a monthly basis, good thing Wytches hits in October... Also, I feel like there are some crossed signals between DC and the cover artists they're contracting on whether or not Dick will be sporting red or blue.

(Source: IGN)

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #9


Carmine Falcone has got 99 problems and... well, a derogatory term for a woman, which I'm sure Falcone would use if the company publishing this book was a little looser with it's dialogue restrictions, is certainly one. Catwoman is causing problems for Falcone, and given their past history with plenty of unfinished business, Falcone makes sure Commissioner Dickhead Forbes knows that Catwoman is equal to Batman in terms of his priorities.

SPOILERS: Batwing #32


Tiffany Fox is still in the Gotham Underground, running away from Ratcatcher, who is about to catch her again until Luke comes to save the day. Being really young and scared, Tiffany doesn't trust a dude in a costume, so Luke has take off his mask to get his sister to trust him, and there you go, they escape.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Batwing #32 Preview


Yeah, I think I'm out on this book after this week's issue. Just have lost complete interest in this story, and with that lack of interest as well as the the book's cancellation, I don't really see the point.

(Source: Newsarama)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Oh look, all the original Nightwing #30 art


The Nightwing #30 we got last week was not the original Nightwing #30 we were originally going to get. I was generally pretty curious to see what Nightwing #30 was originally going to be, but thought we'd never get to know... That is until original artist Meghan Hetrick posted all the pages she had illustrated up for sale.

From what you can gather by looking at the pages, Bruce pulls a Leslie Thompkins "War Games" retcon, and buries a stiff, passing it off as Dick Grayson. Seems like this was going to be one of those general super hero funeral issues, but it also would have answered a couple of things that readers have wanted answered for awhile, like Dick's past with both Roy Harper and Starfire. We also would have seen some last glimpses of Dick's life in Chicago along with Sonia Zucco as well.

Hard to gather what the original plan for Dick would have been post-Nightwing #30. All we get is him leaving Gotham, no hints of Spyral or anything, really. Guess we'll never know that aspect of the story.

(Source: WednesdaysHeroes.com)

Gotham Speculation Time!


What's this?! Scott Snyder waking me up saying there's some daring and amazing books (as in plural) coming to the bat-line this fall? Well you know what that means, right? RAMPANT SPECULATION TIME! I'm pretty good at this sort of stuff, but just remember where you saw it first if it ends up on some other site.