Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SPOILERS: Batgirl Annual #1

Gotham is burning, and Barbara Gordon has no idea why. She's quick to find out that the people who have set numerous buildings ablaze are not arsonists, nor are they really criminals, they're homeless people, who have been scared/pushed into doing something as reckless and stupid, as well as having them be willing to go up against Batgirl. Babs uses this against the men she's found, telling them that the child she hears crying has taken priority, and tells the men to escape while they still can, as she saves a mother and her child. As Babs escapes the blaze, Catwoman watches on, and is none too impressed with Batgirl.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DC Announces Li'l Gotham, by Dustin Nguyen

If you've been a fan of Dustin Nguyen, you will probably have seen some of his drawings in this "Li'l" style, and probably have heard that he's tried to get something like this published for awhile. Well, tomorrow see's the launch of the digital first title, Batman: Li'l Gotham, that will focus on stories with Gotham characters on/near each major holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc).

Above, is obviously an example of the style you can expect to see starting tomorrow, and you may see a few characters here and there that we haven't seen in awhile... To which I'll say:

...Shut uuuup

Before he who cannot be named hears!

(Source: The Source)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sean Murphy drawing some Batman?

First off, SANDY AIN'T GOT SHIT ON ME! Second off, tweets don't lie! If I had to bet, we'll probably see Murphy working with Snyder on the issues in between "Death of the Family" and the Riddler story arc.

Then again, that's just a guess based off of Murphy and Snyder's past (and future) working relationship.  Then again, again, anything could happen.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tony Daniel's Batman #17 Variant Cover

Damn, Tony Daniel's last two Batman related variants have been awesome. It's like when your ex gets really hot when they start dating someone new. Goes over to Superman, starts teasing with some sick Batman covers... I SEE HOW IT IS, TONY!

(Source: Tony Daniel's Facebook)

Stack Rundown, 10/26/2012

So, this post is coming a bit late because I have a ton of books to write about this week, and did my best to procrastinate writing it. You've been warned, it's a big post this week.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Batgirl Annual #1 Preview

Quick! Someone call Calvin Rose, 25% of his targets are here in this issue!

(Source: Maxim)

Panels of the Week, 10/25/2012

Ominous teases and double page spreads this week in panels of the week!

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #21

As Batman gets word from Gordon of Joker supposedly hanging himself, he makes his way to Arkham, telling Gordon what he found out about Dr. Green, but Batman may be a little too late, as some spooky shit starts to go down in Arkham.

Looking Forward: October 31st, 2012

Only one book next week on Halloween, thank god, and that's the Batgirl Annual, where Babs hangs out with her BFFS, Catwoman, and the Talon that tried to kill her. I'm interested in how this story even happens, but I guess we'll find out next week!

Expect all the usual posts to go up soon, especially with a particularly large Stack Rundown post this weekend.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman Incorporated #4

In her Leviathan garb, Talia watches over the soon to reopen Monarch Theatre, as she speaks with The Heretic of her plans. She cares nothing of taking over Gotham, she just wants to destroy everything her beloved holds dear, for taking her son away from him. The Heretic asks Talia: "I thought I was your son?" But Talia cryptically answers him that all of Leviathan are her children, and the Heretic's time is soon to come.

SPOILERS: Talon #1

It has been seven years since Calvin escaped the Court of Owls, and having heard of their supposed demise, he feels as if he needs to get closure, and know once and for all, if his former masters are no more. Sneaking into one of the Court's old bases, he finds it empty, until he is scanned by the computer system, which recognizes him, and sends out an alarm. Two people initially hear this alarm, an older man in parts unknown who is alerted via computer, and one of the many Talons still at large (specifically, the one featured in All-Star Western).

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #13

As Scarecrow continues his experiments on the abducted little girl, her cries remind him of his own past, and his father's experiments. Meanwhile, Batman mounts an escape, only to be sliced down by Scarecrow's scythe. Bruce then wakes up to find that he's still locked and chined, having just hallucinated everything prior.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Batman Incorporated #4 Preview

Batman Inc. vs. Leviathan! Steel cage grudge match! Well... sort of, regardless, this looks fucking nuts!

(Source: Hero Complex)

Tony Daniel's Batman Incorporated #7 Variant

Damian 2 The Heretic/Fatherless, whatever he's called, whooping Batman's ass. This apparently isn't the final version, but as Tony Daniel put it, it is "close enough."

(Source: Tony Daniel's Facebook)

Batman: The Dark Knight #13 Preview

I wonder if it was difficult to draw that one panel in the mindset of a little girl. Like drawing all these big detailed pages, then a little scribble sketch, I'd imagine making it legit looking could be difficult.

(Source: CBR)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Talon #1 Preview

And so begins Talon... well, sort of. Hopefully AICN updates the post with the final page being in good quality, rather than it's half loaded image on dial-up deal its got now.

(Source: Ain't it Cool News)

Panels of the Week, 10/18/2012

Slim(mer) pickings this week, given the fact that I really don't like two of the artists working on this week's Batbooks.

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #20

After his meeting with Dr. Green at Arkham, Bruce looks over security footage of Maxie Zeus in the cave, and notices that he's blinking in a patter, morse code. He's saying "Grace" over and over again. Bruce tries to theorize why Zeus may be using morse code, but he hears a loud screech, and soon finds all the cave's bats freaking out.

Looking Forward: October 24th, 2012

Whoops, getting this post out later than normal... whatever, Sleep > Blogging.
  • Batman, Incorporated #4: The book finally gets back on track after that whole shooting debacle, and we may just finally find out who Wingman is.
  • Talon #1: Calvin Rose comes back to Gotham after hearing of the Court's supposed demise, but may not like what he finds.
  • Batman - The Dark Knight #13: Gregg Hurwitz and David Finch's second half of their Scarecrow story begins, as we should all enjoy a Finch drawn Batman, while we can!
Legends of the Dark Knight post coming up, followed by panels of the week. This week in Stack Rundown, I'll have everything from Justice League to Cyber Force to talk about.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SPOILERS: Nightwing #13

Joker's back in town, but you know, fuck that noise. Who cares? Dick's doing his own stuff, looking for other people, who are no where to be found. With nothing to do, and no one picking up the phone, despite Joker being fucking back, Dick decides to go home... then figures he'll go ask Penguin where everyone is.

SPOILERS: Birds of Prey #13

There's a bomb in Yokohama, Japan, and it's going off in 24 hours! OOOOOH SHIT!

Elsewhere, in Gotham, as the rest of the Birds heal up from being poisoned by... Poison Ivy, Katana goes out for a food run, and is soon met by a group of Yakuza warriors known as the Dagger Clan. In Katana's weakened state, she's easily defeated, as the clan steals her sword, which she believes her husband's soul to be in.

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #13

So the Blight... They're attacking Starfire's planet... alright. Then Starfire and her sister, Blackfire come and attack the invading race head on. Then eventually Jason and Roy join the fight... rad!

SPOILERS: Batwoman #13

Batwoman and Wonder Woman are traveling through the ocean to find what essentially is the Arkham for Olympians. Kate is simply in awe of Diana, meanwhile Diana worries that Kate truly doesn't know what she's in for. As soon as the arrive at the hidden prison where Medusa should be held, it's obvious things have gone horribly wrong.

SPOILERS: Catwoman #13

So, Selina is out in Gotham, doing Catwoman stuff, you know... stuff. All is going well until she soon finds a plush kitten floating by a balloon. She soon realizes that it once belonged to her old friend/fence, Lola. She soon sees a figure in the shadows, and gives chase over the rooftops, eventually finding more possessions of Lola's, taunting her in a way. Eventually, everything leads to a dead end, and Selina must go in for the night.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Teen Titans #16 Solicitation

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale JANUARY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Our heroes learn a lesson they’ll never forget as Arsenal takes control in Red Robin’s absence!
• Mirroring the events of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #16, Jason Todd and Tim Drake must rely on each other to survive The Joker’s attack!
• Plus: It’s the return of Raven!

As with the other issues of this series and Suicide Squad, I'll be giving the full coverage treatment to the tie ins.

Nightwing #13 Preview

I'm so ready for these two issues to pass, so we can get to the god stuff... Mainly because of the art... it's just not that good. Put the freaking gauntlet spikes in the right place, and KEEP them there!

(Source: IGN)

Catwoman #13 Preview

Looks like Sandoval will be taking over an issue earlier than solicited. Great, a definite improvement on the art side of things.

Haven't actually read the preview, as I'm kind of busy... but I'm not sure that I want to, haha. I question the need for a character to literally say "sniff" though...

(Source: The Source)

Batman Group January 2013 Solicitations

Right about now, I feel like that kid on Christmas morning who found his presents earlier. It's great and all, but the wonder isn't there... Oh well! We already got a look at the covers, so read some words!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The REAL reason Cartoon Network pulled DC Nation

As you may know, the Cartoon Network DC Nation block was abruptly pulled from airing yesterday. No reason was given, but we do know that the block is coming back in January. But, the episode of Young Justice that was set to air yesterday was available for purchase through iTunes, and the SHOCKING truth as to why DC Nation was pulled came to light.

Hit the jump... FOR THE TRUTH!

Batman, Post-Death of the Family

At today's Batman panel (and some other interviews) Scott Snyder gave the first hints as to what we can expect after "Death of the Family" wraps up. Starting in issue #18, expect a 2 to 3 issue interlude story, followed by the next big arc which deals with the Red Hood gang as well as Riddler.

Should be interesting to see what Snyder does with the Red Hood gang, minus Joker. That's something I've never thought of before, and making them into something bigger could be interesting.

As for the in between "pallet cleanser" arc, as Snyder put it... I'll bet right now we revisit Harper Row, and possibly another guest artist.

Also, there was yet another "keep reading" tease given at the question of a possible Red Robin solo... and not to speculate, but that would be an ideal place to reintroduce another character, if you know what I'm saying.

Catwoman #16 Cover

You win DC! You finally posted a Batman group cover before me! I have been defeated!

DC: 1, FHIZ: 13

Also, that's definitely an ARGUS dude, mabye even Steve Trevor (eh, given the hairline, probably not) so yeah... JLA tie in.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Batwing #16 Cover

Found another one. This doesn't look like Marcus To's work (and is lacking his signature), and I don't recognize the style. Wonder if this means creative shift?

Rafa Sandoval's Catwoman

Rafa Sandoval will be taking over Catwoman soon (for real, this time) and posted this image on his Facebook on Thursday. No word on if this is a cover or not, could just be a warm up piece he did or something. Aside from the goggles, which I think need some reworking, looks good, way better than the art the title has had post-March... now if only the writing recovers after #0

Also: lol, boobs.

(Source: Rafa Sandoval's Facebook)

Stack Rundown, 10/13/2012

Not a whole lot of stuff to go over this week, just DC's two new #1s, Suicide Squad, and Frankenstein. Hit the jump for my thoughts.

Birds of Prey #16 cover

Can't stop, won't stop finding all these covers early on DC's system... unless they change their file directory, or start typing "q359yiagh49t" at the end of their file names. Until then, let's enjoy all of uncle Fhiz's leaks... ew.

Also, as always... MORE OWLS! MORE! MORE! MORE!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Batman Inc, Talon and Batwoman January Covers

...I did it again! Found a whole bunch of covers, not as many as last time, but still a lot. Judging how we've already seen a good amount of the Bat relaated covers for the month, there aren't a whole lot to post. Here's a full gallery of all the covers I found.

Hit the jump for the Bat covers.

Batwoman #13 Preview

Hot damn!

(Source: MTV Geek)

The best South Park clip... EVER

Panels of the Week, 10/11/2012

You will find that I couldn't really pick one from Batman #13. But I will avoid the obvious route of using that last page.

Batman and Robin Annual Announced

Could have sworn with the December week four books being pushed to January's first week, that there wouldn't be any annuals in the five next five Wednesday month, but I'm wrong, and glad to be! Among a Batman and Robin annual, written by Tomasi and illustrated by Ardian Syaf (with a Mike Choi cover), there's also a Superboy, Green Lantern Corps, and Green Lantern: New Guardians annual coming out as well.

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
On sale JANUARY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
• Robin leads Batman on an unrelenting hunt across the globe for family secrets that promise to change them both forever.
• If you think you know Bruce Wayne...think again!

(Source: The Source)

SPOILERS: Legends of the Dark Knight #19

Remember Maxie Zeus? No? Well he's a guy, that exists. While Maxie was a relatively peaceful Arkham inmate, he starts to see the oracle (the greek one) and goes a bit crazy, somehow gets out of his unlocked cell, and starts breaking some necks. Average Thursday night at Arkham.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #13 Preview

I have got barely any idea as to what is going on here... I still miss Kenneth Rocafort.

(Source: Comicvine)

Looking Forward: October 17th, 2012

Why isn't Batman #14 coming out next week?
  • Nightwing #13: Tom DeFalco starts his two issues with a plot line I felt was really random, drawn by an artist I really don't like... WOOO!
  • Birds of Prey #13: Back to the present, Poison Ivy just got taken down by Katana, and that's probably gonna be a little awkward.
  • Batwoman #13: Who needs a Superman/Batman book that's not going to happen when you have Wonder Woman and Batwoman drawn by JH Williams?
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #13: The space arc which hasn't been my favorite comes to a close, as I still don't know who is supposed to be this book's new artist (you'd think they'd figure that one out before Rocafort left).
  • Catwoman #0: ...there's no place to go but up, right? RIGHT?!
Legends of the Dark Knight spoilers coming up soon, I believe this one actually starts an arc, rather than a one and done issue, followed by panels of the week. In stack rundown this week I'll have my thoughts on Phantom Stranger, Team 7 and more.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman #13

A sinister van drives towards Gotham, as Gordon and Bullock feel as if there are some omens falling upon Gotham, and whenever the next big crime happens, people are going to be all up in arms, blaming the "signs." But as of right now, Gordon seems more concerned with his ever dwindling supply of cigarette stashes discovered, and gotten rid of, by people who are concerned with his health.

SPOILERS: Batgirl #13

Being stabbed in the side sucks, something Barbara Gordon can tell you at the moment, seeing that her new arch-nemesis just did so. Knightfall does some badgal gloating, and sure enough, takes her eyes off of Babs for just enough time for her to muster up some strength and punch Knightfall in the face some, all while her brother creepily watches on from the monitors.

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin #13

After a long night studying up on the Joker, Damian sleeps in his room with Titus, until Bruce wakes him for some "maintenance" if you will. There's an eclipse over Gotham, and the solar activity can mess with some of Bruce's satelite tech, so he and Damian head into the sky with the batrocket, and make sure everything is in tip-top shape, especially since Bruce wants no malfunctions with the Joker back in town. While in the rocket, the two share some bonding moments, with Damian asking if Bruce ever loved Talia, and Bruce wanting to show Damian the shadow literally cast upon the earth. Nice stuff.

Final Death of the Family Covers

Today with the release of Batman #13, Comixology released a free preview issue that really just featured a bunch of covers, but the surprising thing was the fact that it also had all the #16 issue covers (which should be solicited Monday) and the cover for February's Batman #17.

Hit the jump for all the covers!

NYCC: Ethan Van Sciver joins The Dark Knight

I saw a few people come to this conclusion earlier, so it's not all that surprising, but starting with issue #16, Ethan Van Sciver will be joining writer Gregg Hurwitz as the new ongoing artist on Batman: The Dark Knight.

Check out the CBR interview with Van Sciver for more.

(Source: CBR)