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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, December 31, 2014
Riddler may have given the big bad away in this issue, in true Riddler fashion. Shouldn't come as a surprise if it is who I think it is, simply because at a point, logical process of elimination only points to like one guy who'd make any sense in the context of current continuity, barring someone who has never been used before, which is probably highly unlikely.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas... one more book to go next week.
- Batman Eternal #39: I don't know, there's a fuckin' owl on the cover, that's got to mean something, right?
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
For all those who are tired of Batman being Batgod and knowing everything all the time, well have I got a story for you, because man, Batman has got NO idea what's going on in the Manor on so many different levels.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Eiko has been the element in the current Catwoman run that has sort have been a "what's the point?" with me. With three issues between now and the Convergence break, there just seems to be too much going on in order to deal with another woman taking up the mantle... again. Hopefully this Annual delivers a good reason for her to be around.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
In my recent reviews of this book, I've noted subtle art changes from issue to issue (those of which Chad Hardin illustrates) and is it just me, or are we getting another one? Cheek bones don't seem to be as insanely emphasized in these few pages as they have been the last couple of issues. Alright by me.
(Source: Comic Book)
Man... still disappointed by the art in these two issues. Anyways, Willowood should be familiar... especially given it's connections to one of the only possible big bads that makes sense.
(Source: Comic Vine)
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Merry fucking Christmas, there's a lot of comics next week. Despite there being a fifth week, DC decided to put all the annuals out next week, so jeeeeeezus, so much.
- Robin Rises Alpha #1: I'm still not sure how I feel about super powered Damian, but I guess we'll see, because it's happening next week.
- Batman Annual #3: No idea what this one is gonna be like. I assume it may continue the story of the back-ups?
- Grayson Annual #1: This was supposed to be super Helena Bertinelli but DC gave the writing team more space to tell the story, so this has apparently changed a bit.
- Batman Eternal #38: Batman gonna find the bad guys? I dunno.
- Harley Quinn #13: Harley and Power Girl's team up comes to a disastrous end.
- Arkham Manor #3: Well, half way point of the series, I guess?
- Gotham by Midnight #2: Some creepy nun in Slaughter Swamp... Look, I'll be honest, I'm writing how many books I've got to cover and just thinking "GOD DAMNIT," not trying in these blurbs.
- Catwoman Annual #2: Good god, eight books? EIGHT BOOKS. Largest Gotham Spoilers week, ever.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Batman Eternal #41 cover right there, and Tim's getting high on that nanovirus. I got to say, even though I've sort of been bringing up this hanging plot thread with a degree of snark, with Endgame and Amazo Virus, I'm not sure I care about a third big virus story.
Monday, December 15, 2014
So, a few things to talk about this month. First off, this will be the last solicitations post, until March, because my thoughts on Convergence can be summed up as "screw that noise." Speaking of Convergence, as I expected, quite a number of books got cancelled. Now, before the freakouts start, this basically confirms DC's going to be doing The New 52 Phase 2 in June, with a ton of new books... maybe they'll finally even drop the New 52 name! Do the cancellations effect the Batman books? You bet they do! Say goodbye to Batwoman, which has been on all sorts of declines of late, and Arkham Manor will be riding into the sunset, as many cynics predicted, that was a very limited time concept.
No major creative shake-ups to take note of, there will be a Batman and Robin annual as well is a Batwoman annual to truly wrap up the seres, then of course we've got the End Game tie-ins, so while DC is taking a two month break, they're definitely going out with a bunch of Gotham books, that's for sure.
Solicits after the jump.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
In writing this post title, I laughed at 12, 13, 14! Oh, the joys that our European friends and their whole "list the day first" thing, will never be able to enjoy... Oh yeah, I'm apparently reading Spider-Man now, I dunno.
Friday, December 12, 2014
With "Endgame," I was actually pretty excited that there (at the time) wasn't going to be any tie-ins. The crossovers started to lose all importance by the third go of 'em, so the prospect of a contained story was nice...
TOO BAD MOTHERFUCKER!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Last night, Batman writer Scott Snyder held yet another Reddit AMA, this time more DC focused. Amidst unanswered questions about the rumored The Dark Knight Returns 3 (because that TOTALLY would have been confirmed in a Reddit comment) he did give a few hints as to what's coming up in Gotham... next summer... thanks,
What was talked about? Well, first off all, go ahead and confirm Batman Eternal 2 again. Scott mentioned that year two would be pretty different in "story and scope." Given my recent feelings towards the series, hopefully the pacing and overly padded middle section will see a big overhaul.
Speaking of Batman Eternal, both Stephanie Brown and Harper Row will both be sticking around following the conclusion of the first year. Snyder points out that we should look towards June to see what he's talking about. What's so special about June? Well, it's the first post-Convergence month for DC, but it isn't Convergence which will prompt the big changes Snyder teased, instead it will be Endgame. Snyder mentions that Batman will have one "very big" change coming in June, with multiple smaller ones supporting it. I'll throw in a personal guess here: I bet DC is going to have a big New 52 rebranding in June. They've got to. They'd be stupid not to, honestly. That said, don't expect a total reboot like some seem to think is going to happen, and following up from Endgame is proof enough of that. Sorry, pre-New 52 ain't coming back.
As for some odds and ends, turns out Eric Border being the Joker was the plan from day one, and they actively didn't want to hint at it too much... I think they could have done it a little more without getting into the too obvious territory, but oh well, it was a good reveal nonetheless. Finally, Snyder has a Batman project lined up with artist Sean Murphy, which... Okay, I'm not going to flat out say it, because it's not my announcement to make, but it should be pretty damn obvious what that's going to be, it's just a matter of scheduling, especially for Murphy, whose going to be quite busy with his Mark Millar and Rick Remender Image projects.
That's about it for the big notes. Plenty of other stuff to read through including updates of American Vampire: Second Cycle's status and more. Worth the read, and didn't completely spoil anything... although I was skimming to make sure I read nothing specific about Endgame, hah.
These next two weeks are pretty stacked with Bat-goodness. Also, solicits. Last batch of regular books until Convergence is over.
- Batman #37: We got the reveal last month, now its time for the "fun" to start.
- Batman and Robin #37: Batman pulls a "GIVE ME BACK MY FAMILY" to Darkseid. I'm sure it'll work out well.
- Batman Eternal #37: The new Catwoman makes her first appearance outside of Catwoman.
- Catwoman #37: Speaking of Catwoman, this book is coming out next week, instead of the following one. I don't know why, but whatever, I'll take it!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I'm pretty disappointed... given how this book has been going, I was expecting Santa to come to some sort of great bodily harm, but alas, no Santas were hurt in the production of this comic book.
Final issues of Batman Eternal are on the horizon, four in March, and the final issue on April 1st. Cliff Chiang is on the covers, while Fernando Blanco, Alvaro Martinez, Paulo Siqueira and others are on art duties. Only one blurb of text was released for this set, so here you go:
This month in BATMAN ETERNAL: The epic Bat-story over a year in the making comes to a stunning end! Gotham City is in flames! Villains are running wild in the streets! Bat-tech has been corrupted! And the mastermind behind it all has put a knife in Batman’s ribs! How will the Dark Knight put an end to this nightmare…and how will it shape the face of Gotham City to come?(Source: Comic Vine)
Monday, December 8, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Oh hey, nanobots, remember those? When were the last time they were mentioned in this book? Somewhere around issue #12? Right?
...yeeeeah, some plots have been better developed than others.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Christmas comes a bit early next week in the form of an oversized Harley Quinn special which I'm sure totally won't involve Santa coming to harm in any way... totally.
- Batman Eternal #36: So Batman was an idiot and walked straight into a trap he knew was a trap... Who wants to bet he turns it all around this issue, because Batman.
- Batgirl #37: BEDAZZLED BATGIRL.
- Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1: I mean, who could think Santa could come to any bodily harm in a book like Harley Quinn? Just classless, I say!