Thursday, May 31, 2012

Detective Comics #10 preview

Yeah, seems like the story has changed since it was solicited.


Batwing #10 preview

Yeah, Marcus To is a good fit for this book.

(Source: Comicvine)

Judd Winick talks Catwoman and Batwing

In this week's edition of CBR's Bat Signal interviews, Catwoman and Batwing writer Judd Winick discusses his two titles, and where they'll be going in the future. Selina will begin a bit of an anti-hero streak, and David will be going up against some big enemies, requiring the help of Nightwing and the JLI. Both books have been pretty great recently, so worth the read if you're a fan.

(Source: CBR)

Panels of the Week

Well... more like panel, singular... but I did pick one extra tiny panel that I really loved for some reason.

Looking forward: June 6th, 2012

Getting past the Owls next week
  • Detective Comics #10: So begins Ed Benes' short fill in arc. I'm not sure what this arc is going to include. One of the guys introduced in #6/7, remained Prof. Radium? Sure, whatever, I'm down.
  • Batwing #10: Marcus To's first full on arc begins which will apparently see Batwing fighting some 21st century pirates, eventually making his way to China, where a familiar Batman rogue resides, Nightwing shows up, and so will the JLI, eventually. Looking forward to it.
As always, make sure to follow Gotham Spoilers at Twitter, Facebook and Google+, links to which can be found in the left menu, or the contact page. Check back in an hour for my panels of the week post, and they'll be no Outside of Gotham post this week, due to there being nothing else to cover. Worlds' Finest review coming the following week though, so look forward to that.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman Annual #1

Years ago, a young Victor Friese is walking along a frozen lake with his mother, talking about a snow man building competition, which Victory is very excited about. Victor wants to make a big exciting snowman, but his mother reels him back in, telling them that they'll build his face out of an apple grown from their own tree, to make the snow man have a personal touch. Victor agrees, and looks back to his mom, finding nothing. He approaches the apple, finding a large hole in the ice, where his mother fell into the freezing water below.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Batman Incorporated #2 variant

Cover by Cameron Stewart.

(Source: The Source)

Harley Quinn's Revenge ending... ugh

Today was the release of "Harley Quinn's Revenge" the epilogue DLC to last year's Batman: Arkham City, which like many other Batman fans, was by far my favorite game of 2011. So, with that in mind, of course I was going to pick up anything else story related to that game, and for the most part, it's good. You get to play as Robin half the time, which is fun, and you get some more (albeit, linear) Arkham City fun... but man, that ending... Pretty f'ing bad.

Arkham City and HQR Spoilers after the jump.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Batman Digital coverage

So, today was the release of the first Ame Comi Girls chapter from Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. It was pretty fun, and I rather enjoyed it. So, it got me thinking about the Batman Digital book that will be coming out soon (Next Thursday? Maybe?) Then I thought of the fact that I'm a 100% digital reader, who regularly endorses the format... and a Batman blogger... so why the hell wouldn't I cover this?

So yeah, whenever this series launches, expect small write ups on Thursdays. Not sure how I'll plan to review the titles, I may just wait until the story by the current team is finished, then I'll review it as a complete story. I also may delay panels of the week posts until after the write up, so I can include art from these.

We'll see, I'm still working the details out, given the fact that there are some unknowns, and I literally decided this about a half hour ago.

Batman #13 (#0?) cover teaser

Greg Capullo posted a teaser for the next Batman cover, which can be either for #13 or #0, if you believe the (probably true) rumors that we'll be getting a bunch of zero issues come September.

(Source: Greg Capullo's Twitter)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Give me a Bat-Cow one shot!

Okay, if you follow me on twitter, you know by now that my favorite part of Batman Incorporated #1 was the "As of now, I'm a vegetarian, and this is Bat-Cow!"scene. Friggen hilarious, and truly in line with that campy quasi Adam West quirkiness that Morrison is going for. But why stop there? Why not continue the craziness, why not make a full on Bat-Cow issue? 

Now, I'm not talking about a Bat-Cow who swings around rooftops, I want Bat-Cow as we've seen him, just as a cow. Not doing anything spectacular, just sitting around, being a cow, doing cow stuff. Yeah, it sounds odd as hell, but stick with me here, as I've come up wit ha few reasons as to why this could be amazing.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Panels of the Week

Based on how much I've talked about it, it REALLY shouldn't be difficult to figure out what my favorite panel of the week was... Nothing from Teen Titans this week.

Looking forward: May 30th, 2012

Only one (bigger) issue to cover next week.
  • Batman Annual #1: A finale/epilogue to the "Night of the Owls" crossover, which will tell Mr. Freeze's whole story, as teased in Red Hood and the Outlaws #9
Check back in an hour for panels of the week, and come back tomorrow for my thoughts on the latest issue of Teen Titans. As always, make sure to follow Gotham Spoilers at Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman Incorporated #1

The story begins one month into the future, where on a rainy night, Bruce Wayne stands in the Wayne graveyard, and tells Alfred "Tell the others it's over, Alfred. Batman. All of it. This madness is over." Alfred then asks Bruce "Isn't that exactly what they want?" but before Bruce can answer, Gordon, Bullock and the GCPD show up to place Bruce under arrest.

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #9

Flash back to Batman #9, the Talon, Alton Carver is finishing off his attack on Lincoln March, but this Talon, who held the mantle longer than normal, is slower than the rest, as his body fails him, allowing Lincoln to shoot him in the head.

SPOILERS: All-Star Western #9

So with Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham apparently "falling for" the August 7's trick, the tides get turned when it's revealed that Hex had a plan to get Arkham arrested and lead them toward the band of racist terrorists, while Hex uses Nighthawk's amulet to break free of his ropes and stab his captor through the chest. Meanwhile, Nighthawk and Cinnamon take on the rest of the August 7 at the dock.

Batman Annual #1 preview

Jason Fabok needs a permanent gig, seriously.

Full write ups coming soon, sorry, still at work.

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Batman Incorporated #1 preview

God this looks SO GOOD. I can not wait for Wednesday.

(Source: Rolling Stone)

Teen Titans #9 preview

The finale of "the Culling!" Now, if only that Batman Incorporated preview would pop up.

(Source: The Source)

Birds of Prey will get a new artist... probably

Last night I tweeted that I predicted that two Bat books would get new artists by the time the rumored #0, or standard #13 issues rolled around. I came up with these theories by reading into comments made by artists on Twitter and such, but didn't share them, as I didn't want to start false rumors. Well, I can probably share one now. Birds of Prey.

Late last week I noticed a tweet from Travel Foreman who mentioned only being signed on for around three or so issues, a point he reiterated over at the CBR forums today...
"I would like to note that I am/was only slated for 3 issues. It may end up being an issue or two more, depending on decisions out of my hands, but I'm not the permanent artist."
Yep. Unfortunate, but if you read Foreman's Twitter account, he's stated multiple times he really wants Jesus Saiz back on the book. And the saga of Birds of Prey never being able to lock down an artist continues.

(Source: CBR Forums)

All-Star Western #9 preview

Will be interesting to see how the Owls enter this. Going to have a full write up on Wednesday about this issue.

(Source: CBR)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Outside of Gotham, May 18th, 2012

Well, it was a big week for Justice League, as it was the return of artist Jim Lee, and start of the new big arc that will take us to issue #12, where shit really changes. So there's that, also the solicitations of all the special coverage titles

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Batman: The Dark Knight #9 preview

This is going to be an interesting issue... I'm hesitant as to what Bruce encountering a Talon years prior is going to mean for the logic of this whole story, but we'll have to see next Wednesday.

(Source: MTV Geek)

About my Earth 2 coverage...

Yeah, I don't think I'm going to continue it... I made note of that possibility when I had the post about issue #1. I decided to cover it when we were lead to believe that this alternate Batman (and Superman/Wonder Woman) would be a part of this new world... then they all died.

Now, I'm not dropping it because of that, I loved the first issue, it's just that there's noting "Bat" related about it. I mean, Worlds' Finest has Huntress, Teen Titans has Tim Drake, Justice League Batman, Suicide Squad Harley, and All Star Western is set in Gotham with Amadeus Arkham... Earth 2 though? No bats, and I'm never one to blog more than I feel I need to, so that's about it. The end.

I'll still probably give my thoughts about it on Twitter, if that's any consolation.

Details on Batman #12's plot

Honesty time, I wasn't quite truthful in my cover thoughts post about Batman #12, because I was unsure whether or not these plot details were public knowledge yet, but considering Snyder just posted them on Twitter, I'm going to assume it's fair game.

Harper Row. Yep. The mysterious character from Batman #7 will be the focus of Batman #12, and apparently she's going to be pretty important to Gotham in the coming stories.

So there you have it, maybe that cover makes a little more sense now, given the events of #7?

(Source: Scott Snyder's Twitter)

Panels of the Week

Crazy delusions, crazy villains, and a kiss that wouldn't fly so well in North Carolina! All in panels of the week!

Looking forward: May 23rd, 2012

IT'S BACK! It's finally back.
  • Batman Incorporated #1: !!! It's STILL back! Grant Morrison returns to Batman with the launch of the finale to his Batman epic. Gaaah, it's been too long.
  • Batman - The Dark Knight #9: Judd Winick steps in an issue to tell the tale of the most recent Talon who has some ties to Batman in the past, also, Tim Drake.
  • All Star Western #9: A special full spoiler write up for the Court of Owls' attack in the late 1880s. 
Anyways, if you didn't read my site update post, don't be expecting these Spoiler write ups around my usual mid afternoon time, as I got work, and will probably have work on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future.

Check back in an hour for panels of the week, and tomorrow I'll have an outside of Gotham post about Justice League #9. Also, as always, make sure to follow Gotham Spoilers on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Swierczynski talks all things Birds of Prey

It's no secret that Birds of Prey is one of my favorite books of the Bat line (also one you all should be reading, shame if you're not) but what sucks is how infrequent interviews with writer Duane Swierczynski are. So when he does give an interview, I make sure to take note of it.

Here Swierczynski talks all things Birds. From the possibly confusing ending to the Choke arc, to new artist Travel Foreman, to Poison Ivy's new found connections to the Green, and ultimately to the extended outlook of the series. Worth the read, for sure.

(Source: CBR)

SPOILERS: Nightwing #9

Flash back to the past, where a young William Cobb and his love Amelia Crowne are passing through the Crowne mansion late one night, when her father, Burton Crowne, calls William into his study. Using William's lack of understanding "pure" "black and white" aspects of chess, Burton does the rich guy dick move of being that guy who points out that while a slum kid like William is living large at the moment, he's still in Burton's eyes, that kid from the slums, aka shit.

Back in the present, a bleeding Dick Grayson asks the Mayor and his deputy to get to any sort of panic room, while he has a one on one with William, that consists of tackling great-grandpappy out a high story window, all the while William calls his heir a "waste."

SPOILERS: Birds of Prey #9

Gotham, the year 1842, there's a riot of sorts in the street, but due to one man, Henry Ballard, who has a distaste for "street vermin" the riot is ceased in blood shed... did I forget to mention that this dude's a Talon? Yeeeah... quite the killing machine, as we all know by this point.

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #9

So, despite his feelings about Batman, Jason has decided to go try to protect Mr. Freeze from the Court of Owls... wonder where he is? Maybe Chinatown, since it's covered in ice. Good place to start. Jason goes in alone, so he can be alone with Gotham so to speak, while Roy and Kori save as many people trapped under the ice as they can.

SPOILERS: Catwoman #9

Meet Ephraim Newhouse, the Court of Owls' Talon from way back in Colonial Gotham. He's a bit duty and honor crazy, so instead of simply killing his latest target, he offered the poor soul a chance to fight back... though all that did was make him flee into the street, where Ephraim was spotted, forcing him to kill a large group of British soldiers, and losing one of the sacred owl daggers. WHOOPS. So with that, the Court of Owls decides to retire Ephraim, stripping him off his garb, in an attempt to shame him.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #9

So, the Court of Owls is all, "Let's go get Batwoman" Wait, no, that didn't happen. Weird. Anyways, Falchion is super pissed off about Sune betraying him, so he goes on a rampage, but before he can do any real harm, Sune drops some black out bombs given to her by the DEO, that literally absorb all surrounding light. COOL!

Last minute Nightwing #9 teaser

William Cobb sure has a thing for knocking out that one lens in cowls/masks.

(Source: Kyle Higgins' Twitter)

Batman #10 teaser

So Scott Snyder is going on about how sexy Bruce is, or something, on Twitter, but he did post a sneak peak of a panel from issue #10.

(Source: Scott Snyder's Twitter)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Site Update: Spoiler write up timing

Okay, so I was going to originally have this up on Friday, but then it got longer than it needed to be, I was tired, and stopped caring... whoops. Anyways, there are going to be some changes to Gotham Spoilers coming up shortly, mainly my timing on spoiler write ups.

Through the two+ years I've done this, I miraculously have never had either school or work on Wednesdays, but that's probably going to change soon. Got a promotion of sorts at my job, so instead of being an unpaid intern who works two days a week, I'm going to be a regular employee who works more than two days a week, probably wednesdays. Add a longish commute home from the city, and I'm probably not going to be able to get to spoiler write ups until late.

It sucks, I know, but I have my priorities, like making money, being that I don't make a ton off ad support here. This coming Wednesday (the 16th) will be normal, but training for my new duties at work starts the following two weeks, which I know will take place on those two Wednesdays. After that, I don't know my schedule for sure, but chances are good I'll be working on new comic day.

So yeah, long story short, spoiler updates are going to come later starting the week after next. I don't intend on stopping the blog anytime soon, so there's that.

That's all.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Catwoman #9 preview

God, I'm SO GLAD Guillem March is back, he draws the Talon wonderfully. I also like how the knives that Selina and Spark stole seem to have a part to play in this Talon's backstory, good job on Winick's part. So far, it seems he has weaved this cross over into his titles flawlessly, where it actually feels organic, like Nightwing for example.

(Source: IGN)

Batwoman #12 cover

Oooooh, pretty. Looks like Kate is going to have quite the super heroic team up.

Batwoman #9 preview

You know what's funny? When Trevor McCarthy did the Nightrunner back up with Kyle Higgins, I thought "man, he's channeling some JH Williams style layouts." And here we are, Trevor McCarthy, drawing a JH Williams script.

(Source: Maxim)

Outside of Gotham, May 11th, 2012

Suicide Squad and cross over tie-ins galore, this week. Hit the jump for all the info you need to know... yes you need to.