SPOILERS: Batman #21

And God has a big blue dong.

SPOILERS: All-Star Batman #9

Ra's should wear a suit more often, that's my biggest take away from this issue.

SPOILERS: Nightwing #19

Hurt continues to prove he's a pretty bad doctor.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #2

Surprise, hero goes to place in their past and everyone wants them dead! Whoops.

Batman Group July 2017 Solicitations

Batman heads to the past, then gets Metal, meanwhile Nightwing fights everyone.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Looking Forward: April 26th, 2017

Hey look, a book I don't usually cover.
  • The Flash #21: The Button, Part 2. Barry was late, and everything died!
  • Detective Comics #955: I'm pretty sure this is just going to be an issue where Cassandra messes fools up.
I'm going to skip over Mother Panic, because I kind of don't caaaaare.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

SPOILERS: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8

Okay, so this issue easily made up for the slow start I felt this volume had... unfortunately, with this issue comes news of the series finale coming in August.

Looking Forward: April 19th, 2017

Oh boy, here we go making Alan Moore all sorts of mad again.
  • Batman #21: Possibly the most Rebirth-ass Rebirth story yet. Or at least, that's what I hope.
  • Nightwing #19: Dr. Hurt, son!
  • All-Star Batman #9: Who likes more Ra's al Ghul?
  • Batwoman #2: Batwoman doing more spy-like stuff.
I wrote this up just now remembering that I've got other books to write up. Whoops. I'm real bad at this. I blame Persona... and a lack of interest to write stuff! Ah well. Figure I'll just do Gotham Academy. Red Hood wasn't too Gotham-y this month.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Detective Comics #954 Preview

I know Scott Snyder was trying to keep the villain in All-Star Batman #9 a secret, but if at this point you haven't seen Chris Burnham's variant for that issue, well this preview has a surprise for you I guess.

(Source: Newsarama)

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 Preview

Apparently Catwoman is part of the next arc, but is also part of the next Batgirl arc as well... but they're not related? Which is weird timing. I don't know, whatever.

(Source: The GWW)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8 Preview

I don't... what is coming out of Maps' backpack?

(Source: Comic Vine)

Red Hood and the Outlaws #9 Preview

Artemis punching stuff, WOO!

(Source: Comicverse)

Looking Forward: April 12th, 2017

Persona 5 is out, and I'd rather be playing that right now, so let's get it over with!
  • Detective Comics #954: Ra's al Ghul has shown up and maybe he'll shed some light as to what the League of Shadows actually wants?
  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9: Black Canary in a fight club, right?
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #9: Heavy Artemis arc... questing if I should cover it.
  • Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8: Batman vs. a Teenage Girl!
Next Wednesday is going to be pretty busy for me personally, so who knows if I'll even get to this! Yaaay, mystery!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SPOILERS: Batman #20

Tom King gives Bruce Wayne what is probably the least controversial middle name you could ever give Bruce Wayne... Oh I guess Bruce and Bane are still fighting too.

SPOILERS: Nightwing #18

The character I've said multiple times, probably should never return, actually returns... and I'm kind of into it... Also, I'm pretty sure there's a big Metal tease in this issue.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

First Details on The War of Jokes and Riddles

Metal wasn't the only news today, as Tom King talked about the first details of the next arc of Batman, "The War of Jokes and Riddles."

Unfortunately there was no stream of Tom King's panel, so all I have to go off of is the tweets of DC's publicist, but here we go: "The War of Jokes and Riddles" is what I predicted it to be, a flashback arc that takes place around the time of Year One... obviously, Joker and Riddler have to be involved, and the beginning of "I Am Suicide" also hints at the Ventriloquists' involvement. Anyways, it'll start in issue #25 (June) and go all the way to issue #32 in October.

Also, Tom King gives Bruce Wayne a middle name in this week's issue. Controversial!

Dark Nights: Metal coming in August

In September I was told "Batman with battle axes" and I thought "yep, do that." Then went on to think "yeah, that's gonna get changed probably." Here I am, months later, looking at an image of Batman with two god damn battle axes and I'm pretty fucking happy about that.

Dark Days: The Forge and The Casting will lead to Dark Knights: Metal, a DCU spanning event that spawns from Batman finding a deep secret within Nth metal, that will lead to a major threat suitable for an event title. On the live stream announcement, Scott Snyder mentioned that this event spans all the way from the Source Wall to Gotham, and will show that there have been seeds from his run, Peter Tomasi work, and event Grant Morrison's work.

Some of the stuff I heard last year about this was just so god damn exciting sounding, it's been hard to contain my excitement this whole time. I'm real happy it's out of the bag, because I can't wait to learn even more about it.

And for good measure, here's the cover of Dark Days: The Casting.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Batman #20 Preview... kinda?

I say "kinda" because they only posted one page, but I'm pretty sure ComicBook.com does this a bit, posting stuff early or incomplete... I'd check back like early next week for maybe the full preview? I mean, what's Newsarama gonna swipe without it?

(Source: ComicBook.com)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Looking Forward: April 5th, 2017

Full disclosure... This will be the first day in a post-Persona 5 release world, so my write ups may very well be "stuff happened, bye."
  • Batman #20: Finale of I Am Bane, I bet they punch each other a bit.
  • Nightwing #18: Pyg leads to Hurt... I'm surprisingly game for this.
Metal is being announced on Sunday at the Dallas FanExpo, watch for that stream. Tom King is also apparently going to talk more about his next arc The War of Jokes and Riddles, which I'm going to guess sounds like a Zero Year flashback.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Stack Highlights: 03/26/2017

Okay, so we're changing things up here. Stack Rundown: Dead. I don't want to write something about every single issue I read in a week. I don't got time for that anymore, and more often than not, I don't have much unique to say about a particular issue that differentiates it from the previous in the series, and it just ends up making me rush through comics so I have everything read by Sunday morning.

So instead, I'm going to replace Rundown with Highlights, which will see me only highlight the issues of the week I actually feel like I have something to say, or they caught my attention for a particular reason. This won't be weekly, because I can't guarantee every week will feature an issue or two that catches my attention in a particular way. So it's more of a "whenever the hell I feel like it" sort of schedule, which suits me pretty well at this point.

Good? Good.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Batman Group June 2017 Solicitations

Dark Days arrive, but screw that, because Zatanna is in Detective Comics, and that's Paul Dini levels of nostalgia awesome.

Mother Panic #5 Preview

Newsflash: I really enjoy Shawn Crystal's art, that is all!

(Source: AV Club)

Dark Days are coming to the DC Universe

Here I was thinking I was going to open this by referencing the Perturbator album in some form, only to remember that's called "Dangerous Days," so there goes that pull.


Metal this is not, but it seems we've got a prelude to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's now-not-so-summer event, which I've been suppressing my excitement for going on 7 months now? Yeah. Didn't know this was coming, but nevertheless, Scott Snyder, James Tynion, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and John Romita JR have "The Forge" and "The Cast" one shots coming in June and July that set the stage for events to come... boy you sure do forge and cast metal, don't you?

You can read more about it at DC's site, hell, you've probably already read enough about it while I was at work, but nevertheless, this all sounds cool... and if what half the shit I've heard about the probably-still-called Metal remains true (given the time that's past), this could be one awesome event, unlike those we've seen before.

On top of that, James Tynion has confirmed that this is what the final scene of Detective Comics #950 was about, and on top of that, Tim Seeley of Nightwing and Steve Orlando of Justice League of America have chimed in too.

(Source: DC Comics)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Detective Comics #953 Preview

I am really enjoying the art in this arc.

(Source: Comicbook.com)

Looking Forward: March 22nd, 2017

No more Batgirl! I think that book is bad. Not gonna read it anymore.
  • Detective Comics #953: There seems to be a lot of issues of this book that has Batman's team giving him some shit on the cover.
  • Mother Panic #5: Surprised this is coming out so soon, almost missed it. 
Solicitations next week. Seems like the next Batman arc might have to do with Riddler and potentially Joker?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SPOILERS: Batman #19

You know how you'll watch a John Cena feud and go "Man, the bad guy has a point here, I think John Cena has been the heel all along." That's pretty much this issue in a nutshell.

SPOILERS: All-Star Batman #8

I don't care about Mad Hatter, I really don't. But this issue managed to do something really cool with him that was worth the price of admission, in my opinion.

SPOILERS: Nightwing #17

With any luck, we'll get some pretty messed up stipteases preformed for children! ...without context, that sounds really fucked up. To be honest, even with context it isn't exactly kosher.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #1

Batwoman gets her own new series (again) with Steve Epting along for the ride, and it really reminds me of Velvet... I mean, it's pretty much Velvet kind of.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Batwoman #1 Preview

God this book looks fantastic.

(Source: Adventures in Poor Taste)

Stack Rundown, 03/14/2017

Hey look, I made it. Had a snow day, go figure. Like I said on Twitter, this series of posts is on hiatus. I've got a long term project at work that requires some weekends, so that obviously takes priority. Can't say I can see myself doing this post regularly that much anymore.

All-Star Batman #8 (second) Preview

Now with more pages... and it's like, half the book's content, so if you want to read it on the site whose YouTube channel is hilarious top ten list garbage, then by all means!

Also, I'm going to laugh when Duke decides to call himself Lark like that's a surprise.

(Source: CBR)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Looking Forward: March 15th, 2017

Would you look at that, I actually put some effort into the graphic this week. That's pretty rare.
  • Batman #19: Bane tearing it up in Arkham... there seems to be a history there.
  • All-Star Batman #8: Mad Hatter is one of those villains really really care very little for, curious to see what Snyder does with him.
  • Batwoman #1: Probably the best looking book of the week, just going out on a limb there.
  • Nightwing #17: Enter Deathwing! Still sad about the lack of 90s in his redesign :( 
Absolutely stacked week. 

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #8

Origin issue! Sort of... and god damn it, again... teasing me with only one issue of Kenneth Rocafort... and Guillem March on variant covers to boot! Maaaaaaan... I need more DC books from both those guys.

SPOILERS: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #7

Well, it took a little bit, but Gotham Academy started to really be Gotham Academy again.

SPOILERS: Mother Panic #4

New arc, new artist, and still... a lot of questions to be had.