SPOILERS: Batman #9

It's saying something when a LoSH character hanging out in Batman is hardly the most WTF moment of an issue.

SPOILERS: Nightwing #7

The circus is a strange place, evident by the endless Nightwing stories that come from it.

Batman Group January 2017 Solicitations

Rebirth coming into the new year hot.

Stack Rundown, 10/16/2016

Man, I sure wish Damian showed up in Batman books too... you know, where it'd make total and complete sense?

SPOILERS: All-Star Batman #3

More mess is made. Lots more. I hope you weren't fond of the Royal Flush Gang.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SPOILERS: Batman #9

See, with the ending of this issue, I'm really fucking glad that these books are twice monthly now, because there's some explaining to do... a lot.

The Spoilers:

Hey, Bane had a fucked up life now he's using Psycho Pirate to make himself not so dependent on Venom. What else is new? Well, Batman needs Psycho Pirate to help Gotham Girl, and he's taking up Waller's offer so AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! Or the Suicide Squad... or whatever the fuck this team is.

Batman goes through Arkham Asylum with Jeremiah Arkham and James Gordon. First recruit is Albert Wesker, minus Scarface. Sure. Gordon asks how many more, Batman says three, Arkham objects. Puppet man, spy and the clown girl. The other one Batman wants is apparently too dangerous.

Also, Legion of Superhero girl from Rebirth is totally just hanging out drawing the Legion symbol.

Next is Bronze Tiger, who despite being a killer, seems to be pretty buddy buddy with Batman. 

Then there's Jewelee, dude I don't know where Tom King found her, but she's a real character, and she's borderline comatose without her lover Punch. Speaking of Punch, Batman decks Gordon who happens to be Punch, a man who managed to break out of Santa Prisca just to get back to his lover. Batman makes him an offer asking what he'd do to stay with her.

Now it gets interesting. Arkham once again objects to the final request. Batman points out  to Arkham that unbeknownst to him, a criminal had just broken into the asylum and was walking right besides him. If Batman really wanted to, he could have Arkham thrown out of the asylum in two seconds, and basically says "I do what I want."

Batman then enters the cell of an inmate with a protective mask covering their face, and gives a familiar line of "I've been thinking lately. About you and me." And as he continues to speak, he takes off the mask to reveal none other than Catwoman, in Arkham 237 counts of murder and sentenced to death.

The Opinion:

Yeah, what the fuck?! See, this was the Tom King I felt was missing from that original arc before it really started to click for me. Just really methodically paced stories with details woven in real deep and just a "what the fuck" to wrap it all up. When I saw the solicitation for January's Batman two days ago I thought "oh awesome, seems like Batman and Catwoman's relationship might be fixed in continuity again" and now this megaton drops... I mean, shit... Again, real glad we only have to wait two weeks. 

Mikel Janin takes the reigns on art, and his work is as beautiful as ever. Quite honestly, I know it's apples and oranges, but I prefer his work on the title to Finch's already. That said, I don't know if I'm crazy, if it's a result of the schedule or if it was just the sterile setting of the Asylum, the backgrounds were pretty plain and there didn't seem to be a whole lot of detail to many pages outside of the characters. Still a gorgeous looking book minor gripes aside.


  1. Punch and Jewelee are old Charlton Comics characters, first appearing in Captain Atom in 1967. Post crisis they were part of the Suicide Squad (v1 24-39).

    1. Damn, that's quite a revival then. Interesting choice for King.

    2. Yup. They were also in early issues of Greg Ruckas criminally overlooked Checkmate series. That was my first encounter with them; I didn't even realize they were a thing prior to that.

      I kind of wish DC would have Rucka do a book like that again. It was one of my favorite reads, even if the last arc of his run didn't hit trade until an unlabeled collection of Kobra stories YEARS later.

  2. I might have misread something somewhere, but wasn't this supposed to be the issue where we started seeing some connections to the Watchmen stuff?

    1. People mistook "rebirth connections" as automatically meaning Watchmen shit was going to happen.

  3. Loved this issue. It was near perfect.

    re: Catwoman, we can begin with the presumption that she probably didn't kill 237 people. If we take that as a given, then either she's been set up, she has deliberately planted herself in Arkham for some reason, Batman has deliberately planted her in Arkham for some reason, or the police/ Dr. Arkham have falsely imprisoned her. I'd lay odds on her being a plant.

    re: Saturn Girl - if the DC Universe had ten years stolen from it, in theory shouldn't the Legion be unaffected? If they are 1000 years in the future that should stay relatively constant. Perhaps they are still out there in their pre-Flashpoint incarnation and will be one of the catalysts for undoing the New 52. (Remember the New 52 Legion turned out to be the Earth-2 version.)

    Anyway, loved loved loved this issue.