Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman Incorporated #3

Huzzah! My copy came in the mail today! You know what that means? SPOILERS! August 24th can kiss my ass!

Leviathan infiltrated Gotham quick and silently. Teachers were soon replaced, parents would complain, the "principal" would file police reports, only to be shredded by a new Detective in the GCPD, who would put certain "illegal" materials into those who complained's computers, for the authorities to find, and as those parents were arrested, all too happy social workers took the kids away. From school teachers to judges, Leviathan had made it's move into Gotham.

More Batman Incorporated Delays and Changes

So, we all know that Batman Incorporated #3 was "delayed" (rather, shipped, but asked to wait on by DC) but, you know.... fuck that, I ordered a copy which should be here any day now, and I'll get my spoilers/review up on that ASAP (unless it comes Friday, which means I'll be out of town and unable). But the news doesn't stop there!

The official date of Batman Incorporated #3 got moved to August 22nd, the same day issue #4 was scheduled to come out, so the question was "are we going to get two issues in one day?" My thoughts were leaning to the fact that August has five Wednesdays, and issue #4 would get pushed back to that week, being released with Justice League #12, the Annuals and some other stuff... NOPE!


Yep, two whole months later according to Diamond's updated shipping list, because we can't have anything that isn't numbered #0 coming out in September. I don't know if this is because stuff needs to be redrawn, or Morrison and Burnham are falling behind schedule, who knows... but god damn, I was hoping we'd avoid this kind of nonsense with a fresh start to the volume. Hell, if they're still on schedule, I don't see why they couldn't put out #4 on October 3rd, and #5 on the 31st, being that it's another five Wednesday month.

Speaking of the #0 issue, Frazer Irving confirmed via Twitter that he'd be illustrating September's #0, which makes me think that perhaps the regular team is a bit behind. I like Irving's work, and I'm glad another frequent Morrison collaborator is getting the issue, rather than some random fill in artist, but still... October 24th. Man, that sucks.

Of course this would mean issue #5 will probably hit November 28th, which probably means we shouldn't expect to see any new solicit for #6 in a few weeks.

(Source: Previews World)

First Look at Romano Molenaar's Birds of Prey

New Birds of Prey artist Romano Molenaar recently posted this sketch of Black Canary, Batgirl and Starling on his facebook, and I'm liking what I'm seeing. This may be due to the fact I was looking at his recent Darkness stuff, but he's got sort of that vibe you get from a lot of Top Cow books going on, though his Birds here look great in their own right. I'm looking forward to his work from issue #0 and on.

We'll get a better idea of what Molenaar can bring to the table when we see him draw Batman facing off against Black Mask later this month in the Detective Comics Annual.

Thanks to Twitter follower @TTiberi for alerting me to this.

(Source: Romano Molenaar's Facebook)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Worlds' Finest #4 Preview

This book is on a very short leash with me... if this issue doesn't impress, I may just cut my losses and move on, I was already bored to death by the Huntress mini, just sayin'.

(Source: Comicvine)

Detective Comics #12 Preview

And with a Bat jetpack, Tony Daniel's run on Detective Comics (and Batman as a whole, for a while) comes to an end. Well, sort of, we still have the Detective Comics Annual at the end of the month. Forgot about that one.

(Source: The Source)

Batwing #12 Preview

Oh hey, look, DC actually decided to put out an update for once. Lots of cameos in this issue!

(Source: The Source)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Nightwing #0 Art Tease

The first look at a young Dick Grayson in Nightwing #0.

(Source: Kyle Higgins' Twitter)

Lots-o'-Batman #13 Pencils

*Note* That's not the design for the Snyder/Capullo Joker
So, Greg Capullo got to work on Batman #13 last week (I think?) and as you would expect, he's very excited about the new story line, and has been posting vague teases of what he's drawing. We can confirm that this arc will include sketchy vans, Gordon and Bullock aghast at stuff, Bruce looking at things, and Damian being Damian.

Hit the jump for all the pictures, there's a bunch of them.

Stack Rundown, 07/28/2012

So, with my increasing distaste for all things message board discussion, I figured I needed a place to voice my thoughts on all the other books I have read in a given week... hmm, seems like a blog is a good place to do that, let alone a Saturday on a blog when I usually don't have anything to post.

So enter the new Stack Rundown feature, where I'll be posting my brief thoughts on all the other various books I've read in a week. These won't be full spoilers or reviews (although, may very well spoil a few things) just more of a whats left on the cutting room floor, type of deal.

So, hit the jump for my thoughts on everything from I, Vampire to Top Cow's rebooted universe, and expect similar posts in the coming weeks.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Outside of Gotham, July 27th, 2012

The Court of Owls may not be showing up in Batman for a while, but the war between them and the Crime Bible keeps raging on in All Star Western, meanwhile some Wonder Girl happenings are going down in Teen Titans.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Panels of the Week, 07/26/2012

Sadly, no Chris Brunham Batman Incorporated art this week. Hit the jump for all my other picks.

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #8

Batman makes his way back to the cave, asking Alfred if there are any updates on the whereabouts of Joker. There are none to speak of, but Alfred asks Bruce what is in the bags he's brought. It's all the letters sent to Batman that Gordon gave him. Aflred asks if he's going to read any of them, but Bruce tells him there's no time for that... doesn't stop Alfred from reading them himself.

Looking Forward: August 1st, 2012

Next week brings August, and the one year mark of The New 52...
  • Detective Comics #12: The end of Tony Daniel's Detective Comics run comes to an end, and... well, yeah, it's ending... I'll leave it at that.
  • Batwing #12: There's a nuke somewhere, Penguin's being a bit of an asshole, and Batwing is getting help from Nightwing as well as the JLI. Lots of cameos!
  • Batman Incorporated #3 (Maybe): As we know, #3 was delayed to August 22nd, and it wasn't accidentally released digitally, which I was hoping for... that doesn't mean all retailers listened, as many sold the issue anyways, and I ordered one off ebay, so it might be here sometime next week.
So yeah, maybe Batman Inc #3... who knows, could come Saturday, I don't know. It's shipping from the next state over, so it shouldn't take that long. Anyways, Legends of the Dark Knight and Panels of the Week coming soon. Tomorrow I'll have my thoughts on Teen Titans and All Star Western.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #11

Scarecrow has abducted James Gordon, and he's got special plans for him, and his "friend" who is probably Batman, I don't know, just a hunch.

Elsewhere, Bruce sits in his new (er, latest) girlfriend's apartment, as they discuss their last meeting, that didn't turn out so well. Natalya tries to sympathize with Bruce, believing he has an "armor" to himself, built up by his past. She brings up her own, growing up poor in Russia, but before she can continue, Bruce gets a call from Alfred, telling him to turn on the news to the report of Gordon's disappearance. To Natalya's dismay, sure enough, Bruce has to take his leave.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Batman Incorporated #3 Delayed to August 22nd

As if we needed more of a reason to hate that piece of shit who shot up the Colorado movie theatre... Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC has delayed the release of this week's Batman Incorporated #3 until August 22nd, due to recent events (you know what) and content within the issue that may seem insensitive... so basically it's like when Sony had those Spider-Man movie posters featuring the World Trade Center towers, shortly after September 11th.

News was just confirmed by Chris Burnham on Twitter:
"Batman Inc #3 is going to be delayed a month due to some grim imagery that would seem wholly inappropriate given the Aurora killings. The book printed on time. I'm looking a copy of it on my desk right now. This isn't a scheduling excuse, we're trying to do the right thing."
Well, shit.

(Source: Bleeding Cool)

Batman Incorporated #3 Preview

Hey look, Matches Malone! And Dick Grayson... as Nightwing, in a cape... fucking Morrison, man. Whatever. He's probably Wingman, I don't know... what... I don't even... okay, not even going to bother continuing to think about it, I'll drink the koolaid and go for the ride.

(Source: CBR)

All-Star Western #11 Preview

Arkham and Owls! More owls! More, MORE, MORE!!!! Muwahahahaha!

(Source: iFanboy)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises

***NOTE: There are no initial spoilers in this first part of the post, but be warned, after the jump, I'm not holding anything back.***

So, like any good Batman fan, I saw The Dark Knight Rises this weekend, and damn it, was it awesome. If there was one imperfection to it, I'd say that it was at its core, very predictable. If you know your shit, you can see a lot of what the movie does coming from a mile away. Take for instance Bane... if you know who the very core of the character is, and his claim to fame, you could probably make a few educated guesses about the movie. But, in my opinion, none of that matters. The sheer scope and spectacle of this movie, is what masks any sense of predictability. I don't think I've ever been as glued to a screen, as I was, watching this thing in IMAX. TDKR is why you go to the movie theaters, it is why, no matter how big of an HDTV you get, no matter how much you spend on the latest Bose system, you will never be able to fully experience and grasp how awesome this movie is, without experiencing it on the big screen.

That being said, before getting into spoilers, I have to say two things about the villains. I'll admit it when I'm wrong, I just couldn't see Anne Hathaway playing Selina Kyle... she killed it. Speaking of killing things, holy shit Bane. Voice aside, Bane was awesome, and made up completely for his past film adaptation. Those fights? Oh my god... even Jason Bourne would have winced.

Final note before the spoilers, see this in IMAX. If you have to drive a little extra, just do it, it is totally worth it.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Birds of Prey and Red Hood Art Changes

It has become a Friday tradition for me to look at the updated shipping lists, to see if there are any unannounced creative changes taking place in various books, and that's just what I found today. Next month, both Birds of Prey and Red Hood and the Outlaws #12 will be drawn by different artists than originally solicited. Cliff Richards will tackle Birds while Pasqual Ferry will illustrating Red Hood.

I'm somewhat familiar with Richards. He's a fine artist in my opinion, nothing mind blowing, but does good work. I think he's done a few fill in issues around The New 52, but last I remember reading his work was in the final issues of David Hine's Azreal. I believe Richards also illustrated Huntress: Year One. That being said, I'm not surprised, seeing as Travel Foreman said he'd only be doing three issues (make that two and a half) but jesus christ, this book can't nail down anyone since the start of vol. 2 a few years back. Hopefully Romano Molenaar can stick around, just for consistency's sake.

On Red Hood, I'm rather unfamiliar with Pasqual Ferry, and can only seem to find examples of covers he has drawn, so I can't really offer up an opinion on that one. In related news, from everything I've read online at various sources, it does seem as if Timothy Green II will be the artist who permanently replaces Rocafort, which is a move I'll say I'm on the fence with, at best. There are some things about his style I like, and could see working, but there are other elements I'm just not a fan of, but I'll wait and see on that one. At the end of the day, all this means was this week's issue of Red Hood was the last we will be getting from Rocafort for the foreseeable future.

(Source: Comic List)

Outside of Gotham, July 20th, 2012

Justice League #11 came out this week, and it is the penultimate chapter in the League's first present day story arc, which ends in the last week of August with an oversized issue that apparently is very meaningful to the entire DCU, or so they say. Hit the jumps for my thoughts on this week's issue.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Batman #12 Sneak Peek (Now it Technicolor!)

Scott Snyder just posted a sneak peak of Becky Cloonan's art from Batman #12, featuring Harper Row.

(Source: Scott Snyder's Twitter)

Panels of the Week, 07/19/2012

Uuuuh, panels of the week post?

Great lead in, I know... hit the jump

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #7

It's your average night in Gotham, Joker is on the loose, on top of a school, threatening to blow it up, thus destroying Gotham's future. Batman shows up, tackles Joker, detonator falls off roof, Batman manages to catch it before it hits the ground. Hooray, Batman!

Teen Titans #11 Preview

No Red Robin in the preview, but there's a big fight, so that's cool.

(Source: Crave Online)

Looking Forward: July 25th, 2012

And July comes to an end... the months are flying by.
  • Batman Incorporated #3: Matches Malone, enough said.
  • Batman - The Dark Knight #11: Despite the nondescript cover, the Scarecrow does continue to wreak havoc.
Also, next week I'll have the Legends of the Dark Knight write up, as well as a bit on All-Star Western and Teen Titans. Check back in a bit for this week's LOTDK and then panels of the week.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SPOILERS: Nightwing #11

With Paragon standing over him, Dick listens as he tells the rest of the Republic of Tomorrow that in order to save Gotham, the one who killed their brothers (Dick, supposedly) has to die. Well, Dick isn't into that, and pulls out a trick that has become increasingly more present in video games, the electrocuting escrima sticks, and starts whooping some ass.

SPOILERS: Birds of Prey #11

In Dubai, some oil company executives discuss some fracking that needs to be done (process of breaking up some earth way deep below the surface to get as much oil as possible, somewhat controversial, kind of fucks up the environment, maybe.) And, as you would expect, any group of oil company executives in a book that features Poison Ivy, are not long for this world, as she shows up, entangling the office in vines.

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #11

Roy Harper has seen better days. He's captured, and being tortured by some ugly looking aliens, as they ask where Starfire is. Roy of course sees this as an opportunity to tell a story, mentioning that why should he not, implying Kori had left him behind somehow.

SPOILERS: Catwoman #11

Detective Alvarez doesn't exactly take kindly to Catwoman showing up in his apartment unannounced, and despite Selina telling him she wants to talk, he doesn't take long to try and arrest her, as a fairly destructive struggle breaks out. Selina eventually manages to pin Alvarez down, and fakes some moaning to throw of a nosey elderly lady who knocks at the door. Selina proceeds to tell Alvarez about all the missing prostitutes and junkies, giving him a drive with all the info, asking him to look it over, knowing he's an honest cop. As Selina leaves the apartment, Spark sees her leaving.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #11

Trying to come to grips as to what exactly just happened, Maro/Sune/Whothehellever explains to Batwoman just watch happened. You see, Maro made a power play, he never quite liked Falchion, so he, a self proclaimed god, pulled some strings, in order to usurp Falchion's position in Medusa under "The Mother." As soon as he finishes up his evil bad guy talk, he commands the Weeping Woman to flood Kate's lungs with water.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Birds of Prey #11 Preview

And the final preview of the day, Birds of Prey... READ THIS BOOK! It's fun.

(Source: IGN)

Batwoman #11 Preview

The finale of "To Drown the World" followed by Wonder Woman (and JH Williams III art) next month!

(Source: USA Today)

Justice League #11 Preview

Hey! It's coming out on time this month! Next month it'll be delayed two weeks to that fifth Wednesday, but it will be receiving a big page (and $1 price) bump. Supposed to be really important to the DCU.

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Red Hood and The Outlaws #11 Preview

I feel like "Red Hood in Space" could be some really lame 80s sci-fi movie title, with some rad pop rock theme song.

(Source: CBR)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The True Meaning of The Dark Knight's Ending

So, recent events have made this post all the more necessary. Now, excuse me while I shed a new light on the meaning behind the end of The Dark Knight.

Note: I suggest you read this post while listening to the track "A Dark Knight" from the Hans Zimmer score.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Jock to Illustrate Batman Back-ups?

This isn't the first I've heard of this, as it has been mentioned here and there on the messages boards over the last few months, but Bleeding Cool is reporting that during the Scott Snyder/Jeff Lemire spotlight panels, Snyder confirmed that his Detective Comics partner (one of them, I should say) Jock, would be illustrating the Batman back up soon.

The Bleeding Cool post isn't too specific, it says the back-ups in the "next Batman story arc," and that's it. Now I'm not sure if that means "Death of the Family," which I believe Snyder already mentioned that those back-ups would be handled by Andy Clarke, or the following arc after that.

I'm sure as more reports come in, it will become clearer, but, like I've said... this isn't the first I've heard of this.

(Source: Bleeding Cool)

Friday, July 13, 2012

New Talon Interview with Scott Snyder

Announcements have been few and far between from DC at SDCC (I count one, and that was from Vertigo) at least we get some more insight on the upcoming third wave books. Talon co-plotter, Scott Snyder spoke with Newsarama about the scope of what the series will cover. Interestingly enough, Gotham seems as if it'll hardly be touched upon, with main character Calvin Rose being on the run through out the DCU from the Court of Owls.

Talon is definitely a book I'm looking forward to a lot, so all of this is pretty interesting. I recommend reading it, even if you're not that interested in the book.

(Source: Newsarama)

Outside of Gotham, July 13th, 2012

Only one book in the "Outside" feature this week, and that being Suicide Squad #11. Hit the jump to get caught up on Task Force X's exploits.

JH Williams III is NOT Leaving Batwoman

So, DC barely had any announcements yesterday that you couldn't find in interviews or solicitations, but they have a pretty big one, that being new six issue Sandman series by Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III. Now, that's pretty awesome, but the concern with that announcement was for me and some others was, "what happens to Batwoman?" Well, concerns didn't last too long, as simply stated on JH's blog:
"but I'm not leaving Batwoman either"
And there you have it. Given the structure of how JH does art on Batwoman (one arc on, one arc off) one would probably be correct to assume we'd have another guest artist after the Wonder Woman arc starting in #12. Now, there's no official word on this, but I vaguely remember hearing that JH's next arc would last til #16. Add the #0 issue in there, and we'd probably have some JH art on Batwoman til January.

At that point, there would be another artist following him, while he works on Sandman, which is supposed to launch around this time next year (my guess is June, seeing as it would end in November, the 25 year anniversary of Sandman #1). So with that in mind, who knows how long it will be until JH returns to art duties on Batwoman after the next arc, but at least he's not going anywhere.

(Source: JH Williams III blog)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nightwing #11 Preview

And here I was thinking "they should really take the electrified escrima sticks from Arkham City and Injustice and put them in the comics..."

(Source: Comicvine)

Panels of the Week, 07/12/2012

Another panels of the week post! What a surprise! Wait, not it isn't... hit the jump anyways!

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #6

Joker continues his plan, having Mad Hatter use his hypnosis on Bruce, to make him think he's Batman. Mad Hatter's control over Bruce's mind is even stronger than he planned for, as he begins to struggle with who he is, and why he's there, trying to fight off the hypnosis.

Looking Forward: July 18th, 2012

And July just keeps rolling along... is it bad that I believe I now believe I judge passage of time in terms of Wednesdays and what comics are coming out? Probably. Anyways, what to expect on Gotham Spoilers next week...
  • Nightwing #11: As Nightwing tries to not only clear his name of murder, and fund his new Haly's project, he has to deal with the new threat in Paragon and the Republic of Tomorrow.
  • Birds of Prey #11: With shit going on with Swamp Thing and the Green, expect Poison Ivy to respond in some way while the Birds are in the Amazon.
  • Red Hood and The Outlaws #11: Jason and the Outlaws continue their space epic, and I think we're supposed to get a little more Essence back story as well.
  • Catwoman #11: With the revelations that Selina may be in bed with the enemy from last issue, it'll be interesting to see just why she's trying to make contact with the Detective who has it out for her.
  • Batwoman #11: The end of the "To Drown the World" arc, and in it's wake? Linear story telling! Woo!
Check back in a bit for spoilers on the final "Crisis of Identity" Legends of the Dark Knight issue, followed by Panels of the Week. 

The Batman SDCC Panel is today as well, so you know what that means, this evening I will have a write up of all the news and notes... hopefully there will be some surprises, as DC seems to have gotten all their announcements out of the way early.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gail Simone on Batgirl Present and Future

Batgirl writer Gail Simone spoke with Newsarma about all things Batgirl... and I mean all things. I feel like this happened the last time she had an interview. Knightfall, Batwoman, Talons, Joker, #0 issue, Catwoman, Annual, it's all covered. The only thing that isn't touched on too heavily is James Jr. but you have to assume some things will be kept secret.

Also, it seems as the story that will tie into "Death of the Family" will start in Batgirl with issue #14. Probably not the case for all the books, as some might have more story to tell than others, much like Nightwing and the Night of the Owls.

(Source: Newsarama)

Catwoman #11 Preview

With Guillem March gone, I really do hope the solicit for #13 was just a "put a name on it, damn it!" sort of thing, while they hunt for a (hopefully good) new artist.

(Source: Complex)

SPOILERS: Batman #11

It's Bruce Wayne vs. Thomas Wayne Jr. Lincoln March! As Bruce gives his maybe brother a few shots to the face, his punches don't seem to do much to Lincoln, as he slams Bruce through a wall (Talons seem to enjoy that) as he rips off his cape, and sends him out of the building, all the while going on about brother vs. brother stuff. As Bruce is falling, he uses a line to grab on to Lincoln's leg, in an effort to pull him down as well, buuuuut, that doesn't go as planned.

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin #11

Jason Todd, violent vigilante, but at times, he just wants to relax in his secret safe house, but not tonight, as Damian's left a little crowbar shaped surprise for him, as he mounts his sneak attack. The two "brothers" (using that term very loosely) go at it, with Jason seemingly holding back, not interested in fighting a 10 year old, but Damian holds no punches, going straight for the knock out with Jason. The two trade psychoanalytical jabs at each other and their upbringing, but Damian eventually beats Jason by fighting dirty, taking his mask as a trophy.

SPOILERS: Batgirl #11

On the rooftop with Knightfall, and her band of "disgraced," Katharsis, Bleak Michael and Bonebreaker, Knightfall does the typical "join us Batgirl, we're actually the good guys!" sort of villain deal, but of course, Babs has nothing of it, and offers some prompt ass kickings.

Babs fends off the Disgraced well enough, but is eventually beaten out by the fact that none of them will stay down. Being choked out by Backbreaker, Knightfall begins to approach Babs with a sinister looking blade.

Winick on Batwing's #0 Issue

How about a little Batwing interview before the day's spoilers? Judd Winick spoke with CBR about the upcoming Batwing #0, which like all other #0 issues, will be hitting stores in September. Seeing that we've already gotten a lot of David's origin story within the first arc of the book, the #0 will seem to focus on that in-between time from David being a boy soldier, to his acceptance into Batman Incorporated, as well as focusing in on other characters like Matu Ba. Short read, but worth it if you're a fan.

(Source: CBR)