Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stack Rundown, 03/30/2013

So, this week saw the end of a favorite series of mine, some controversy surrounding the "M-word," and a couple of not so great issues, which make me question why I'm still reading some series... fun!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Batman #22 Cover

The Batman: Zero Year panel is currently happening at Wonder Won as I type, and as you would expect with most DC panels, there's a whole lot of nothing that we haven't heard before, if you pay attention to the regular news stream online. But, the one tidbit that came with the panel so far is the brand new Batman #22 cover for July's issue.

Look at that molten metal!

(Source: CBR)

First Look at Earth 2's New Batman

This May, there will be a new Batman within Earth 2, but the question is? Who is he? Writer James Robinson shed a little light on the identity of who the new caped crusader is, in the fact that he's not some random character no one has ever heard of.
"This isn't some new person coming in to be Batman...This is definitely a part of Batman lore."
Hmm... This is really interesting. This becomes a bit twisted when you've listened to James Robinson say countless times on the Comic Vine podcast that DC isn't interested in having multiple versions of the same character (the ones under the masks and cowls) on both Earths.

I guess we'll have to find out in May.

(Source: MTV Geek)

Kyle Higgins takes over Batman Beyond

I love the Batman Beyond franchise, but, given the stories put out prior to it going digital first, I wasn't crazy about the writing on them. But, a change to Batman Beyond will be coming this summer when Nightwing writer Kyle Higgins and artist Thony Silas take over the adventures of Terry McGinnis, after a time jump.

But before that, a new Batgirl will be introduced to the Beyond universe in her own arc of the series. Little is known about her, other than she'll be working closely with Barbara Gordon.

Other notes to the story, Sean Murphy and Jordie Bellaire will be tackling covers for Batman Beyond and writer Christos Gage and artist Iban Coello will take over Justice League Beyond.

So, expect some more Batman Beyond coverage this summer.

(Source: IGN)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Batwing #19 Preview

See you later David! Now, let's see who this new Batwing is... Michael Lane? Someone related to Lucious Fox? Someone completely different? Who knows.

(Source: IGN)

Jock's Batman #20 Variant Cover

Yet another one of Jock's countless fantastic Batman related covers.

(Source: Jock's Twitter)

Panels of the Week, 03/28/2013

Sad cows, self mutilation, and back to business... that and much more in this week's panels of the week.

Looking Forward: April 3rd, 2013

So begins the month once known as "WTF Certified" before DC realized how dumb that sounded.
  • Detective Comics #19: Really, this is Detective Comics #900, and we'll be receiving a big ol' 60 page issue which has some Zsasz manbats, and a back-up that apparently gives hints as to why Bane is on the cover of Talon #7.
  • Batwing #19: Say goodbye to David, because there's a new Batwing in town. Will we actually learn who he is this issue? Don't know!
That's about it, expect panels of the week in a bit, and who knows, maybe some actual news will come out of Wonder Con this weekend?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SPOILERS: Batman, Incorporated #9

Spoiler alert: Damian is dead. The private funeral that only Bruce, Alfred, Dick and Tim attended was intercut with the immediate aftermath between Bruce and the Heretic, who taunts his sorta-father for being slower and weaker than him. While Bruce puts up a good fight, Heretic's words ring true as he starts to get some good shots in on Batman... that is until Dick comes to, sees Damian's covered body, and goes beast-mode on his former partner's killer.

SPOILERS: Talon #6

So while Calvin is surrounded by a number of Talons, elsewhere, Sebastian Clarke is freaking out about how he's going to run into John Wycliffe, the current Grand Master of the Court. Casey is a bit suspicious of how Sebastian is acting, as Wycliffe isn't listed anywhere in the documents she has seen, but Sebastian reassures her that Wycliffe is bad news... hmm.

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #18

While Bruce walks through Gotham, spotting his ex (I believe) on the way, he speaks with Alfred over the phone about the plot of land that he lost the Hatter at last issue, and finds that there are no viable clues in the paperwork, as it's all tied up in Hatter's "company." Luckily enough, a local nightclub is also listed on the papers as being part of the ownership group, so Bruce figures that it's a good enough place as any to start looking for hatter.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Talon #7 Cover Reveal

This one actually has something to reveal, but if you've read the solicits, you may know a bit of back pain should be coming Calvin's way. Hit the jump for the reveal.

Monday, March 25, 2013

One Last Batman Inc. Issue for Grant Morrison & Co.?

For awhile now, both Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham have pointed out that issue #12 of Batman, Incorporated would be their finale on the series (and thus, Grant's finale for Batman in general). But something of note popped up today when trade listings from DC for this fall/winter showed up on sites like Bleeding Cool... The Batman, Inc. vol. 2 hardcover was listed as collecting issues #7 through 13.

Now, often trade listings are very tentative, and sometimes flat out wrong in terms of what they actually collect, a point I made on twitter, but then I got this in response:


Well... it probably means that Morrison (and I assume Burnham) will be getting one more issue of Batman, Inc. than we had originally been told, much like Action Comics #18 this month. At the latest, we'll find out three Mondays from now (as there are five in April) on the 15th, when July solicitations hit.

Batman, Incorporated #9 Preview

Fuck yo sword, Heretic! FUCK YO SWORD!

(Source: Buzzfeed)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Li'l Gotham: Damian hates the Easter Bunny

Have you ever thought "Boy, I'd like to watch Damian kick the Easter Bunny's fluffy tail ass" or see Damian quote LL Cool J while playing a video game? Well, today's Easter themed issue of Batman: Li'l Gotham is for you!

Issue #8 available now!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stack Rundown, 03/23/2013

This was one of those weeks where I had a lot to read, but you know what the stupid part is? It was also the week where I just now figured out "You know what, maybe I should write the stack rundown post as I go, instead of doing it all at once Friday night or Saturday morning."

I'm a moron...

Friday, March 22, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Teen Titans #18 Preview

So yeah, forgot this is all "Requiem'd" out. I'm betting that this preview is pretty much the extent of it, so I probably won't do a full write up or anything. Nice little scene... but that panel of Tim hugging nothing is kind of awkward.

(Source: Crave Online)

Panels of the Week, 03/21/2013

Anyone watch The Jeselnik Offensive? Whenever he introduces the panel segment by saying the word "panel" as many times as possible, it kind of bugs me, I don't know why... I think I just don't like that word so many times in succession... I don't like the word "dollop" either.

What was I talking about again?

New Nightwing Art and Interview

Now that we know why Dick Grayson will be heading off to Chicago, writer Kyle Higgins is doing a round of interviews at all the usual comic websites, including a crotch-tastic look at Brett Booth's art from issue #19.

(Source: Comicvine)

Looking Forward: March 27th, 2013

I'm tired, it's been a long day, and I got nothing for this line...
  • Batman, Incorporated #9: Damian is dead, and I have NO idea what to expect from this series moving forward... well, maybe a little Zur en Arrh action?
  • Talon #6: Apparently we're going to meet the Grandmaster of the Court, which should be good, because we now get a face to the faceless society
  • Batman - The Dark Knight #18: More Mad Hatter madness!
Panels coming up, aaaaand I'm off to bed.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SPOILERS: Nightwing #18

It wasn't long ago, where Dick was getting a pep talk from Damian about not losing sight of who he is, but now Dick stands at Damian's grave, not knowing how he's supposed to do what he normally does, and move forward. As Dick says, he's lost a brother.

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #18

Jason lays unconscious in a bed within Wayne Manor, being tended to by Alfred, who believes Jason should be in a real hospital, despite Bruce's wishes. Inside Jason's head, he's having a bit of a mental experience with a giant manifestation of the Joker, who seems intent on finishing the job for a second time. Before Alfred leaves Bruce and Jason alone, he lets Bruce know that there won't be any physical damage, and Jason should wake up soon. Once Alfred leaves, Bruce begins to speak with Jason...

SPOILERS: Birds of Prey #18

Hey look, it's our friend Mr. Freeze again! This time, he's got himself a Talon, and isn't being very nice to the deadguy assassin, trying to find out where the Court is hiding, so he can take his revenge on them. The Talon refuses to give up his masters, which leaves Freeze to go after his next target, while an unknown figure puts a few rounds into the Talon's brain.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #18

It's a handicap match between Mr. Freeze and a team of Batwoman and Flamebird Hawkfire, with Chase in Kate's ear and Kate's father in Bette's. Better is still a bit inexperienced and ends up falling victim to some of Freeze's tricks, to which she wants to use her flamethrowers to get her out of. Jake advises against that, as it would burn up the little oxygen around her, but she does it anyway. Big explosion of ice, shrapnel in Freeze's leg, and he's done once Kate grabs his gun.

Catwoman #19 Cover Reveal

I'm not even going to block out the other half of this like I did the last ones, because there isn't anything huge to reveal in this one... It's more "whatever" than "WHAT THE FUCK FIFTY-TWO!?"

...I don't like how Rafa Sandoval draws heads.

(Source: CBR)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Birds of Prey #18 Preview

Odd that DC would post this so early in the morning, but whatever, my blogging is done for the day apparently. Hopefully this is good, Christy Marx has done a good job on Sword of Sorcery, it'd be nice if that translates over to Birds... Just don't write Starling out.

(Source: DC Comics)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stack Rundown, 03/16/2013

Somewhat of a light week within my pull list, as in, not a whole lot of heavy hitters this week, but there were some gems here and there. Hit the jump for my thoughts on this week's stack.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nightwing #18 Preview

Now that I think of it, there has never been one single New 52 mentioning of Dick being Batman, has there? It's always "a while back" or something as vague whenever referencing something that happened during his time under the cowl... I don't know, regardless, here you go!

(Source: IGN)

Batwing #19 Cover Reveal

This one? Not so shocking... sort of spoiled with every single solicit past this issue. It seems the new team will be taking over an issue earlier than we'd all been told. Hit the jump for the full reveal.

Batman #19 Cover Reveal

A while ago I wondered if DC would start showing off the full April covers anytime soon, and guess what!? I was right. First up, we've got the cover of #19, which I guessed would be Bruce pointing a gun at Alfred, saying that this would be the issue he'd die, and Scott Snyder would go "Lol, deal with it" as he and team Batman went to the past for a year. Was I right? Hit the jump to see!

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18 Preview

Jason Todd, cosplaying Luther Strode. Pretty good! Should have committed and dyed his hair blonde, but I'll give him a pass.

(Source: ComicVine)

Catwoman #18 Preview

Guys, I'm really trying not to be that guy... but man the dialogue in this is so bad. DC, what the hell are you doing to Catwoman? My god.

(Source: iFanboy)

Batwoman #18 Preview

Batman is back in town! Also, I find it interesting that it seems like Kate is unaware of her father being in Bette's ear.

(Source: Newsarama)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Panels of the Week, 03/14/2013

This week featured one of my favorite Batman artists returning to just that, a new back-up artist on Batman, and some gut punches straight to the feels.

Looking Forward: March 20th, 2013

Each book next week when you think about it will either be bringing large shifts, or be the start of shifts.
  • Nightwing #18: I'm hoping the Requiem stuff is a little heavier in this one, rather than a page or two like most other issues, but we also have the Dealer, and the reason why Nightwing leaves for Chicago.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #18: Scott Lobdell's final issue on the series, and he's leaving Jason to be a hideous monster, oh the humanity!
  • Birds of Prey #18: Christy Marx's first issue as she has the Birds fight Mr. Freeze... but that's what Jim Zub was going to do... Whose plot is this anyways? Regardless, I like Sword of Sorcery, so here's to hoping Marx delivers.
  • Batwoman #18: Trevor McCarthy comes back on art duties as Batwoman finally moves past Medusa and into a new arc.
Usual posts coming up. Thinking about doing a post about my thoughts on Harper Row, but don't know if I'll be able to sum up enough to warrant one. We'll see.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SPOILERS: Batman #18

*Note: The context of this issue fits a little better having read Batman and Robin #18*

It's family night in the Row family, as Harper and her brother roll on up to Blackgate, to visit their recently imprisoned father. And, as you'd expect, the guy's a scumbag, making a crack at his gay son for his "own good." Harper gives her dad some serious shit, as he tells her to get her "little friend" off his back, something to which she has no idea what he's referring to.

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin #18

So, as you may have heard, this is an entirely silent issue, thus a very visual issue. There's not a whole lot of stuff to actually write in terms of summary, because this is definitely an issue that you should read... well, look at, to get the full impact. So, I'll keep it brief, and focus more on the review.

SPOILERS: Batgirl #18

The building that Babs had entered to confront Firebug has, well... it done blown up real good! As a good handful of people watch on as the building collapses, James Jr is amongst them, concerned for the fat of his sister... seeing as he's the one who wants to kill her. As the civilians dig through the rubble for Batgirl, James helps, but just until the point where she emerges, pretty knocked around, giving him the opportunity to make his escape.

Batman April art preview

MTV Geek has gotten their hands on a couple of pages from next month's (formerly WTF Certified) issues of Batman and (Red)Robin, Batman and Batgirl. Most notably, Frankenstein of the Justice League Dark will seemingly make his way to Gotham next month, and I'm willing to bet we can now all guess who is on the other half of that fold out cover.

Seems like the story got taken down, but whatever, the damage was done, and I saved the images. Hit the jump for all the art. Also, if you follow Greg Capullo on Twitter, you know how much he hates DC paper, so I find it a bit funny he's straight up just using Image paper now. Hit the jump for all the art.

(Source: MTV Geek)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Francavilla Batwoman Tease

You know what's great about Francesco Francavilla, other than him being a great artist? No shortage of teasers posted to twitter from him. As noted in the solicits, Francavilla will be drawing Batwoman #21, and I've got to say, he's been away from Gotham too long!

(Source: Francesco Francavilla's Twitter)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Batman Group June 2013 Solicitations

Ah, solicit time, this month with way more young Batman with "Zero Year."

Points of interest this month:
  • Rafael Albuquerque is back on Batman back-ups.
  • Francesco Francavilla will be filling in on Batwoman, which is pretty great.
  • Scot Eaton will be filling in on Detective Comics
  • Miguel Sepulveda seems to be on Talon for good, so I guess March is gone (SUCKS!) but that cover is nice.
  • Eduardo Pansica on Batwing.
  • Fernando Pasarin can probably be considered the new Batgirl artist at this point.
  • Mico Suayan is probably not drawing Red Hood anymore.
And that's all the creative changes to note. Hit the jump for the full solicit line up.

Batman #18 Preview

You know how I usually do previews here, give sites their due credit and link to them... but every now and then the site with a preview I want to link to has absolutely no idea of the intended audience they're posting to, and makes some key mistakes... like posting comic pages so small that the text is practically illegible without sticking your face up to the screen.

The Today Show is one of those websites. That being said, I went to look at their image URLs and found some width variables in there, and came out with legible images at a acceptable size. Gee guys, you'd think a "click to enlarge" button may have been in order?

Anyways, hit the jump for the preview pages you can actually read. The Today Show site does have some info on Harper Row though.

Batman and Robin #18 Preview

Oh god, sad Titus right off the bat. First page! Then Alfred crying... reminds me of the "My son has died" scene with Superman and Wonder Woman... fuuuuuuuck. I can't deal with this!

(Source: USA Today)

Chris Burnham's Li'l Gotham #1 Variant

So, when the print version of Batman: Li'l Gotham #1 was solicited, I noticed that it was coming with a Chris Burnham variant, and went "Wait, what?" Because when I think of Burnham's art, I think his current stuff in Batman, Incorporatred then the ultra violent Officer Downe, which is the exact opposite of tone in Li'l Gotham...

But my god...


Gets extra credit for the Bat-Cow.

(Source: DC Comics)

Zero Year, your next Batman arc

So, I tweeted Saturday afternoon that today was going to be pretty damn interesting... and here's why. Yes, I haven't given up my snooping ways, but considering how that turned out for me last time, I figured I'd avoid the C&D letter. I did drop secret hints though...

Zero Year is indeed your next big Batman arc from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Snyder wasn't lying when he said this was their most ambitious arc yet, because in my opinion, above all else, this is pretty damn risky on their part. I mean, let's disregard the fact that doing a story set in the past is basically like walking through a minefield (especially with Batman) but you have your flagship book with all this momentum, then all the sudden it goes "We're going to the past, see you in a year!" That's kind of crazy when you think about it, as there's a big difference from launching a book in the past like Action Comics or Batman/Superman, compared to doing it almost two years in.

So there you go. I'm sitting on the cover at the moment, but I'd rather not pull the trigger on that one, as I don't feel like stirring the pot. But, I don't believe the image I found is the final cover anyways, it's literally just a blank gradient, with a Bat symbol at the bottom that says "Zero Year." Cover is up, there you go.

(Source: AP)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Your Li'l Gotham Reminder

God this series is so great... plus, Damian lives on in it! He doesn't lead a parade of leprechauns this time, though. Next issue is for Easter, so I'm sure we'll get a bunch of bunnies all over Damian's head or something.

Buy Chapter 7 NOW! I command thee!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Stack Rundown, 03/09/2013

Remember how last week there were deaths in three of the books I read? HAHA, WELL TOO BAD ME, WE AIN'T DONE YET! Everyone is dying now!