Saturday, June 30, 2012

Confirmed: Ed Benes Batgirl's New Regular Artist

A little bit late on this, but I just read confirmation that Ed Benes will indeed be Batgirl's new regular artist, starting in September. As stated simply enough on Benes' website:
 So, that's two out of four Bat book art changes that have been confirmed as regular changes. Catwoman and Red Hood remain up in the air.

This is the one I had the best feeling on being permanent, seeing that Benes was the only one who made the switch to interiors, and did the cover, as well as his past working history with Gail Simone. I welcome this change, I've always liked Benes (although, I will say his style has seemed to change a bit since last I read him on Birds) and look forward to he and Gail Simone working together again.

Now the only question is, will Ardian Syaf land anywhere? I hear Detective has an opening.

(Source: Ed Benes' Official Website)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Outside of Gotham, June 29th, 2012

You know what I just realized? Thanks to All-Star Western bridging the gap between August and September, the Court of Owls will never go away until whenever Talon may end. OWLS FOR EVERYONE! Anyways, we got that, dinosaurs, and the Justice League getting owned this week, hit the jump for it all!

Detective Comics #11 Preview

Speaking of Detective Comics, here's the preview for #11. Ed Benes isn't drawing this... he was supposed to. This makes me think even more that he's doing Batgirl full time now.

Also, holy crap, Newsarama... that's absolutely awful image quality.

(Source: Newsarama)

Tony S. Daniel Leaves Detective Comics

After a long run in the Batman corner of the DCU, Tony S. Daniel will be saying goodbye to Gotham with Detective Comics #0, which he'll be providing only art for. He had this to say on his Facebook page, only a few minutes ago:
"My Batman/Detective run is coming to an end. My final written (and drawn) issue is Detective Comics #12. I'll be producing the art only for issue 0. It's been a long and adventurous journey for me, but there are other projects in the pipeline that I've been itching to do and I felt the need to scratch the itch. Next week DC will reveal some information on what one of the projects is I'm involved with. Then I'm gearing up for something I've wanted to do for a while in early 2013, a project where I hope to grow even more as an artist and a professional. It is top secret, and probably won't be revealed until the fall. I want to thank all my friends, family and fans for supporting me through these crazy last few years. Onward and Upward!"
Now, while there were some bright spots here and there, I'm not going to say that I loved every story Tony Daniel wrote, because that would be a lie, but I will say that I know the dude worked his ass off to get where he is, and above all else is a very talented artist, so I can respect that 100%, and wish him luck on whatever his secret project may be.

Now, the question is, who the hell takes over Detective Comics?! No idea. Surprised we haven't heard a rumor from Bleeding Cool yet. I'm guessing since DC is revealing some things next week, that we'll hear then, so until then, your guess is as good as mine. Also, that means there probably will be a new back up feature as well.

(Source: Tony Daniel's Facebook)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Batman #12 Becky Cloonan Art

Another instance of Scott Snyder and his insane ability to work with constantly great artists.

(Source: The Source)

Batwing #11 Preview

Marcus To is killing it on Batwing, and his Nightwing looks awesome. It'll be interesting to see how the next issue goes, considering this happened to the #12 "master" pages, if you will.

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Panels of the Week, 6/28/2012

So, one of the scenes from today's books reminded me of one of my top Batman moments ever, so that's a win by default.

Hit the jump to see all my picks.

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #4

Reason #3,432 why you shouldn't run around Gotham wearing hockey pads, Killer Croc will eat your head, while laughs are heard in the distance. That's exactly what happens to yet another fool dressed up in a home made Batman costume, as Harvey Bullock and some other GCPD members find the body. Turns out, many of Gotham's social elite are dressing up like the Bat, and getting themselves killed. The cops are stumped, and even Batman himself is stumped, watching on from a nearby rooftop.

Looking Forward: July 4th, 2012

July already? 11 months into the New 52, and time flies by, that's for sure.
  • Detective Comics #11: Batman fights off Mr. Toxic at the site of a hadron collider... which he'll use to travel back in time? Or cause a big black hole, that ends the universe. One or the other. That's totally what's gonna happen.
  • Batwing #11: Batwing and Nightwing continue their team up in China as they do battle with the dragon man, Long. Penguin and the JLI will probably show up as well.
Expect the Legends of the Dark Knight #4 write up in a bit, followed by Panels of the Week. Then, tomorrow I'll have an Outside of Gotham post on Justice League, All-Star Western and Teen Titans #10.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman Incorporated #2

Ra's al Ghul at Live Aid, hitting on the ladies! Oh, Grant Morrison... only you, only you. Anyways, it's true, Ra's is spitting game, to Talia's soon to be mother, about how the artists are full of shit, and it's the poor who are pawned off to help the needy, so on and so on... Nine months later, Talia comes popping out, and like Simba in the Lion King, Ra's promises her the world.

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #10

Sewing his lips together, a dark and mysterious figure (I wonder who it is!?) walks down a flight of steps, where a young girl is sobbing, pleading to be let go. The figure introduces himself as the Bogeyman, telling the girl he is going to teach her about fear, as he begins to spray her with an orange colored gas.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gregg Hurwitz on The Dark Knight & Detective #0

Gregg Hurwitz will not only be writing The Dark Knight #0 this September, but Detective Comics #0 as well. In an interview with Newsarama, he explains how his two titles tie in with each other in a way, and how four #0 issues with Batman as a central character will work.

(Source: Newsarama)

Jason Fabok's Batman Incorporated #3 Variant

I keep saying this guy needs a full time interiors gig... he's apparently a DC exclusive artist, what are they waiting for? Maybe that rumored second half of "Wave 3" has the "HUGE" project news that he's teased on his blog.

(Source: The Source)

Monday, June 25, 2012

SPOILERS: Ame-Comi Batgirl #2

Picking up where the last issue left off, Batgirl and Robin begin fighting off Catwoman and Harley Quinn. Everything seems to be going well, with the duo besting their two foes, but things go wrong when Babs forgets about Poison Ivy, who wakes up, blowing hallucinogenic power into Babs' face.

Gregg Hurwitz on The Dark Knight and Scarecrow

In case you haven't gotten the message already, you should pick up The Dark Knight #10 Wednesday, if you don't already. Read this new interview with Gregg Hurwitz, if you're not already convinced.

(Source: Newsarama)

Batman: The Dark Knight #10 Preview

"Serve me a summons" HA! You tell 'em, Batman.

Looking forward to this a lot. I know I didn't cover it, but Gregg Hurwitz's Penguin: Pain and Prejudice was great, and I expect his run on this title to be the same.

(Source: USA Today)

Batman: Earth One Preview

Buzzfeed has got their hands on a preview of the long awaited Geoff Johns/Gary Frank (the ultimate first-as-a-last-name duo) original graphic novel, Batman: Earth One.

I'm looking forward to this a lot when it comes out next month, and will have a review of sorts whenever I finish reading it.

(Source: Buzzfeed)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Justice League #10 Preview

Lots of inkers and colorists? Yep, I fully expected the final two issues in this arc to be delayed at least a week. It'll be interesting to see if Jim Lee comes back after this. I would guess you'd like him to get a start on the inevitable Trinity War mini series, just like they had Andy Kubert draw Flashpoint pretty far in advanced.

**Note: Jim Lee hasn't been confirmed for a Trinity War series... but, I mean... come on**

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Catwoman #10 was Guillem March's Final Issue

Well, this sucks. With issue #12 being solicited as Adriana Melo illustrating, as well as Guillem March jumping over to Talon in September, I was hoping we'd get one more issue of Guillem March drawn Catwoman with July's #11. Not going to be the case, as noted in the updated shipping list for retailers, has listed Adriana Melo as illustrating issue #11. So, say farewell to Guillem March's Catwoman, because this week's issue was the last for the foreseeable future.

Adriana Melo's fill in has been better than the last stuff I read her on (previous volume of Birds of Prey) but nothing compares to March in my mind. Just so highly dynamic, expressive, and stylized, he's one of my favorites, something I've expressed many times. At least this time, we have knowledge of where Guillem March will land next, instead of absolutely no clue, after he inexplicably left Azrael, after putting in some of his best work, in my opinion.

Also of note, Andres Guinaldo will be illustrating Nightwing #11 and #12, something Kyle Higgins made note of in his last interview. That's... eh. Barrows is apparently sick, so thankfully they're giving him a break. Hopefully he can put some full issues together consecutively when he gets back.


All-Star Western #10 Preview

Jonah Hex vs. The Religion of Crime vs. The Court of Owls!

(Source: Newsarama)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Batman #12 Art Sneak Peek

Harper Row, electricity, and that instagram "vintage" flavor.

(Source: Becky Cloonan's Twitter)

Panels of the Week

Plant monsters, virgin blood, corpse mannequins... it was sort of a grim week.

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #3

Batman sits alone at the computer in the Batcave, looking over recent purchases of a recently fired Aquarium worker. Shotgun, ski mask, gloves... all bought with the same credit card. As he gets up to leave the cave, all he he can say is: "Idiot."

Teen Titans #10 Preview

Remember the Worlds' Finest #2 preview? If you read my Twitter feed, I set a goal for myself to post previews given to PopMatters earlier than the day they put them up, and starting with Supergirl #10 last week, I did just that. This week? Teen Titans #10!

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Looking Forward: June 27th, 2012

Alright, Batman Incorporated #2 for real this time, and possibly a third book... we'll see.
  • Batman, Incorporated #2: Grant Morrison is essentially telling Talia's origin in this issue. If it goes outside of any of that, remains to be seen. Regardless, still so happy to have this book back.
  • Batman - The Dark Knight #10: Gregg Hurwitz joins David Finch as the new writer, if there was ever a time to pick up this book, now would be it, as Penguin: Pain and Prejudice was fantastic. It'll be interesting to see how this book compares.
  • All Star Western #10... maybe: The Court of Owls will still be featured in All Star for the coming months, depending on just how involved they are, delegates on whether or not I do full coverage of this issue.
So that's what you have to look forward to next week. Come back in a bit for this week's Legend of the Dark Knight write up, followed by the panels of the week post. No "Outside of Gotham" post for this week, as Justice League #10 was delayed a week.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SPOILERS: Nightwing #10

Nightwing is patrolling an area of Gotham known as Old Gotham, and let's just say it isn't known for it's "class." He's investigating the murder of two brothers who were seemingly killed with his escrima sticks while he was on the road with Haly's. Inside their apartment, he instantly notices a symbol that looks like an A within an Omega symbol. Dick doesn't have much more time to investigate, as the GCPD throw a flash bang in, and attempt to capture Nightwing.

SPOILERS: Birds of Prey #10

Above the Amazon jungle, the Birds are being flown to location unknown, by a bit of a grabby pilot (friend of Starling) in order to rejuvenate Poison Ivy, who was hurt badly dealing with the Talon. Before they know it, a missile is being sent their way, and with a canary cry, Black Canary is able to  blow it up, but at the cost of her and her team falling out of the airplane, to the jungle below.

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #10

As Roy and Kori sleep in the same bed, a large, clearly not human, sneaks up on them. Outside, Jason is on a date with the flight attendant he met, Isabel. Clearly, he has to lie about a bunch of stuff, and as they get to her hotel, he does the awkward forever alone thing of thinking "well, here's your hotel... bye!" But Isabel has other plans, as she leans in for a kiss, that is promptly interrupted by a falling alien.

SPOILERS: Catwoman #10

In the GCPD, Detective Alvarez is receiving some gossip from one of the receptionists, who tells him that she saw all the dirty cops from early in the series pulling and copying all the files they had on Catwoman, meaning that they were probably intended for someone.

Meanwhile, late one night in Gotham, the big fiend Dollhouse is attempting on abducting another prostitute/junky, but is interrupted by Selina, who had been looking for Dollhouse for weeks. Dollhouse is once again, very well armed, as the fiend breaks out an AK47, causing Selina to duck for cover. Spark shows up just in time with a stolen sports car, getting Selina to jump in as they make their escape, something Selina isn't too pleased with.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #10

Batwoman's Story, Now: After Sune steals a little kiss, Kate pushes her off, as one may expect. So, being pushed away, proclaiming if she can't have Kate's heart, she'll take one of another, and impales Falchion with her sword, to Kate's horror.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nightwing, Paragon, Sonia Zucco, Oh My!

Kyle Higgins gave an interview with CBR about what we can expect from Nightwing during the next few issues, which includes the reappearance of The Black Mirror... "associate," Sonia Branch, aka Sonia Zucco, the daughter of the man who murdered Dick's parents. Knew she was coming back at some point, glad it'll be so soon.

(Source: CBR)

Monday, June 18, 2012

SPOILERS: Ame-Comi Batgirl #1

Babs and her cousin Carrie (who I believe is a unique version of Carrie Kelly) are getting ready for dinner and a show, a girl's night out, when Babs' dad, and "Uncle Jimmy" to Carrie, comes in to check on the two. Carries young, hip lingo proves too much for Gordon, who is reassured by his daughter that they'll be safe, despite his warnings of the freaks coming out in Gotham at night.

Snyder on Batman #12, #0, and Next Arc

Newsarama has an interview with Batman writer Scott Snyder where he talks about Harper Row's story in #12, his Year One era story in Batman #0, and the next arc that features his all time favorite rogue... who I'm pretty sure I remember him tweeting was "the man who laughs" then later finding it deleted...

(Source: Newsarama)

First Glimpse at Batwoman #0

JH Williams III just recently joined Twitter, and with that, we get to see the very first sneak peak at Batwoman #0... the second one... not the November 2011 one. Yeah.

I'm actually really surprised they got Williams to draw this issue, it seems like one of those issues that would have been another opportunity to let him soldier on (get it!?) the main story. Whatever, more JH Williams III art!

(Source: JH Williams III's Twitter)

Batwoman #10 Preview

Ah look, another case of a non-comics site, posting a preview of a comic, but using really small images, seemingly forgetting that people actually may want to read said preview of a comic... awesome

(Source: New Now Next)

Batman Incorporated #2 Preview

Um, here's the Batman Incorporated #2... but I wouldn't expect to find the issue in stores Wednesday, as it didn't show up on Diamond's shipping list for this week. DC still seems to think so, as they've kept it listed for this week on their site... so who the hell knows

(Source: USA Today)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Romano Molenaar on Birds of Prey Full Time

Note: cover by Artgerm
I know, I know... "full time artist" and "Birds of Prey" have been just mere formalities for the past two years, but pending another ridiculous situation, it seems like the #0 issue solicited artist Romano Molenaar may be the new full time artist on Birds of Prey, statin on his Twitter account yesterday:
"DC has granded me Birds of Prey starting in September! How about that?...I feel privileged!"
"Starting" seems a whole lot more permanent than just doing a Zero issue. The only reason why this is really news, is that DC made no confirmation on what was and what wasn't permanent in regards to creative team changes in September, aside from a few cases. In terms of books covered here, I have a feeling Ed Benes may be sticking around on Batgirl, simply because he also did the cover too, which no other new artist did on any of the Zero issues, and his past working history with Gail Simone. Catwoman may be a bit iffy, given that Rafa Sandoval apparently has a few more issues on his Marvel exclusive contract to draw. I haven't found/heard anything about Dwayne Turner on Red Hood and the Outlaws either, so we may need to wait until October solicits to see what sticks.

So, if anything, hopefully Molenaar sticks around for awhile, for consistency's sake, because Birds of Prey needs it. You can check out his work at his website, and I think it looks pretty good.

EDIT: Completely slipped my mind, but Molenaar is also drawing August's Detective Comics Annual as well.

(Source: Romano Molenaar's Twitter)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Nightwing #10 Preview

Hey look, arm stripes, we're THIS close to finger stripes now. And oh look, Eddy Barrows failed to complete another issue. 4 for 10... :(

(Source: Maxim)

Brett Booth's Nightwing Villain Design

Say hello to Paragon, the new villain Dick Grayson will be facing off against in the upcoming arc of Nightwing.

(Source: Brett Booth's Twitter)

Outside of Gotham, June 15th, 2012

This week, in Suicide Squad, we saw the return of Harley Quinn to the team, and Amanda Waller finally realizes there's a mole in her team.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Birds of Prey #10 Preview

"Pfft. Like you're the first guy in black rubber to tell me I need therapy?"

Starling wins, yet again.

(Source: Comicvine)

The (sort of) Return of Stephanie Brown

If you're a Smallville Season 11 reader (I'm not, never watched the show) you probably noticed that Batman and Robin will be making their debut in the Smallville universe with September's issue #5 (August, with the digital chapters). But, the question was, who is Robin? The Robin on the cover definitely looked to be female, but was it Carrie Kelly?


It's Stephanie Brown, and she's not Robin, she's Nightwing. Yep, Bryan Q. Miller is writing Stephanie Brown again, and that's awesome... now only if we could get her back in the real DCU... let's not hold our breath though. I can't wait for the inevitable Didio response of "go read Smallville" when someone asks where Stephanie Brown is in a few weeks at SDCC.

(Source: TV Guide)

Red Hood and the Outlaws #10 Preview

Jason Todd: Former Robin, formerly dead, current vigilante, and dry cleaners entrepreneur.

(Source: MTV Geek)

Panels of the Week

Warning, there are some pretty damn big spoilers in this, to Batman #10 specifically, so I suggest you read that / my post about it first.

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #2

So, Batman is drifting through space. The cowl lens and the pressure seal on the rebreather are keeping him alive. He attempts to use the teleporter controls to get back into the League satellite, but frozen condensation causes it to slip out of his hand, drifting away. But how'd he get in space to begin with? That's the question.

Looking Forward: June 20th, 2012

Rather large week coming up...
  • Batman Incorporated #2: With last issues' cliffhanger, we take a moment to bring everyone up to speed on the Batman, Robin, Talia story. Nevermind, just looked at the shipping list, Inc #2 is next week. Was wondering why it was bumped up to a third week book this month.
  • Nightwing #10: The start of a new arc, where Nightwing finds a new place for himself within Gotham.
  • Batwoman #10: The penultimate issue of the "To Drown the World" storyline
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #10: Jason Todd in space!
  • Birds of Prey #10: The Birds go to the Amazon, the heart of the Green, to revive Poison Ivy.
  • Catwoman #10: It's Catwoman vs. Dollhouse, the fiend abducting hookers and junkies.
Next week I'll also have short write ups on Ame-Comi Girls: Batgirl #1 and Legends of the Dark Knight #3. Check back in a bit for the write up on LoTDK #2, then Panels of the Week. On Friday I will have a Outside of Gotham post about Suicide Squad #10. 

And finally, as always, make sure to follow Gotham Spoilers on your social network of choice, for all the up to date news.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman #10

Maria Powers, the wife of Joseph Powers, and owners of the lavish Gotham residence, Powers Hotel, steps out of an elevator to find her room completely trashed. Frantically trying to close the door, she calls for security, but no one answers, except for Batman. Showing her one of the Court's porcelain masks, Bruce demands to know where her husband is, pressing the mask against the bars of the elevator so hard, that it begins to crack. Maria tells him that her husband is out of the country, as she half-heartedly tries to threaten Bruce, who leaves her locked in the elevator.

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin #10

Meet Terminus, a dying old man who has got a grudge against Batman for some reason. He's summoned up a bunch of other randoms, who have been hurt by the Batman (including the three guys from #1, fused into one now) offering them weapons, and means to kill Batman. Why? Because he wants to see Batman die by his own hands, before he passes on himself.

SPOILERS: Batgirl #10

So, there's an event being held in Gotham, and while all the yuppies are eating well, their cars are in the process of getting jacked... well, sort of, as Batgirl is breaking up the thefts, but at the same time wondering a question Batman would probably never ask, "am I being a jerk?" After all, they are just car thieves, and being put through some serious pain, but Babs does feel a bit bad, even worse when one gets their foot caught in a randomly placed bear trap.

Catwoman #10 Preview

Before today's festivities, how about a little Catwoman preview?

(Source: i09)