Friday, May 31, 2013

The League of Assassins' Secret City

In yet another "here, look at this!" post at DC, we today got a look at the League of Assassins' Secret City, which will appear in June's issue of Red Hood in the Outlaws.

Looks good, almost Rocafort-ish... now if only the actual people being drawn looked just as good. I also think the introduction of the League of Assassins in this book is a pretty good idea... now only if Jason would stop being insufferable.

(Source: DC Comics)

Batwing #21 Preview

Annnnd I'm back! For some reason, I'm really interested to see Batwing go back to Gotham, even though EVERYONE is in Gotham... I'm just kinda over Batwing in Africa at this point.

(Source: Comic Vine)

Stack Rundown, 05/31/2013

Shorter than normal week, but hey, that means I'm also posting this a day early... and not because I'm out of town and probably won't have the best internet access, thus wanted to get this done as quick as possible...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Looking Forward: June 5th, 2013

June! Lots of stuff happening this month, mostly Zero Month the week following next, but first we got some comics to go through.
  • Detective Comics #21: Scot Eaton guest pencils, as Harper Row joins Batman and John Layman in a one off issue. Ever notice how no regular artist has ever drawn Harper Row in length? 
  • Batwing #21: Batwing continues his first mission against Lion-Mane, and later this month will be meeting Jonah Hex... may have something about that.
And that's it for the week, mostly. I'm gonna pass on a panels post this week, only two books, might as well put them in with next week's two. Besides that, I'm just a bit burnt out, and will be headed out of town in a bit, so blogging isn't in my top priorities. I'll still have Stack Rundown, due to not having many books this week, and I think I'll have it go up a bit early, let's say Friday? 

No Earth 2 Batman post either. There weren't any real clues to who he is, so that post would be a whole lot of nothing.

Something else to look forward to next week, if pattern holds true, we'd probably see "preview" solicits, which means DC will have to announce what they're doing in September, be it Villain Month, or Forever Evil, or whatever. So look for that. God knows how I'm gonna cover that if not every issue translates perfectly to a current series.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1

You know what's dumb? Robot ninjas. You know who also thinks so, a certain big pissed off cat looking member of the League of Assassins. Said robot ninja tried to join their ranks once, was laughed away, and now tries to get in on their bounty, yeah, pissed off mysterious cat like man (who is not Catman... bring Secret Six back!) ain't too happy about that, and cuts this dude's throat.

Elsewhere, on the Outlaws' secret island, a air ship lands, weird looking robots alert "the Roy" and amnesiac Jason Todd gets upset by finding out how many people he's killed.

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight Annual #1

Dateline: Halloween! It's a classic case of people showing up to a creepy location (in this case, the Arkham Detention Facility for Youth), all thinking the other had invited them. Penguin, Scarecrow, and Mad Hatter, all having had their own problems in their youth are on edge and ready to turn on each other, when they all come to the logical conclusion of who lured them in: Batman.

SPOILERS: So, um... Catwoman. Ouch!

I think Ann Nocenti's run on Catwoman is crap. This comes to no surprise to anyone, given how I've stopped even bothering to review the book on the site. But through the crappy issues we've gotten, and mostly through the incoherent nonsense that was issue #0, the running gag was "Maybe there's two Selina Kyles?" Meaning the crazy lady Ann Nocenti has been writing isn't Selina Kyle. This "theory" gained even more traction when Geoff Johns used Selina Kyle in his Justice League of America who was at the very least, unarguably somewhat more recognizable...

Then Justice League of America #4 happened, and things don't look great for the Selina Kyle I've enjoyed reading recently. Hit the jump for what happened, and be aware, you'll be getting SPOILERS for JLA #4

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Batwing Meets Jonah Hex

So, it's pretty clear Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are having a bit of fun here. When Jonah Hex, the star of their All-Star Western heads to present day Gotham (probably with some "help" from Booster Gold), Jeremiah Arkham isn't the only present day Gotham resident he'll come across when Palmiotti and Gray's other character, Batwing, shows up.

This could be pretty fun, I may have to take a look into this one late next month.

(Source: CBR)

Kenneth Rocafort's Batman/Superman #1 Variant

Like Guillem March's variant cover, we get a switch where the guy who has been drawing Superman stuff a lot lately draws a Batman focused cover... Damn, could you imagine Rocafort on a Batman book?

(Source: IGN)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1 Preview

Oh come on, 83 kills ain't that bad... and at least you got a better artist drawing you, mind wiped Jason Todd, so there's that!

(Source: CBR)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Stack Rundown, 05/25/2013

So what did we have this week? On one hand, probably the biggest comic of the week was Geoff Johns' finale on Green Lantern, then on the other hand, Catwoman has a date with a vibrator... well, sort of... not really... but pretty much that, yeah. Then we had some stoners, some throat ripping, and not-Donald Trump getting impaled, you know, average week in comics.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

DC Comics' Cancellation Culture

Over the past week, DC saw yet another creator walk off a title, seemingly out of no where, with James Robinson announcing that Earth 2 #16 would be the final issue he writes for the series, and his final issue at DC for the foreseeable future. This came as a shock to me, and nearly every other fan of the title, as if you've ever listened to Robinson speak about his work on Earth 2 (made easy by his usual monthly appearances on the Comic Vine podcast), this wasn't just a job for him, he had a legitimate affinity towards these characters, and had plans that stretched far beyond issue #16.

I'm not here to speculate what caused Robinson to walk off the title, but given past situations with creators like John Rozum, Gail Simone, Rob Liefeld, Jim Zub, Andy Diggle and Joshua Fialkov (lord knows I'm probably missing a few), some assumptions can be made. What I'm here to talk about is the specific absurd reaction that is increasingly common every time there's a creative shift: "Is it getting canceled?"

Wrath and Scorn, the New Dynamic Duo

Yesterday we got a look at Jason Fabok's redesign of The Wrath, who is the "anti-Batman." Now, in current Batman lore, how does one be even more anti Batman?

By having a boy sidekick, of course!

Meet Scorn, The Wrath's sidekick, who isn't exactly a new character, as he originally appeared in The Batman cartoon at The Wrath's side, but from what I can tell, has yet to make an appearance in any comic... until now!

(Source: DC Comics)

Panels of the Week, 05/23/2013

Apologies for the delay, I was busy sitting in a doctor's office starring at a framed portrait of The Dude from The Big Lebowski, contemplating how appropriate it was, given the fact that it was a hepatology office, and the Big Lebowski game does nothing good for people's livers...

Moving on, panels!

Looking Forward: May 29th, 2013

Annual week next week!
  • Batman - The Dark Knight Annual #1: Gregg Hurwitz takes the three villains he's worked with, teams them up, and sends them after Batman.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1: There is a bounty on the heads of the Outlaws, and Green Arrow steps in to sort things out.
  • Earth 2 Annual #1: I won't be doing a full write up of this one, but the Batman of Earth 2 debuts, and I'll post some details for it.
And that'll bring a conclusion to a longer than usual May. Usual posts coming up, blah blah, but they might be a bit delayed. I'll be out at the time this goes up, so who knows when I'll be able to update after that? Oh well, you can deal without your panels of the week post for a few hours. To make up for that, I have a bit of an editorial scheduled to go up at noon, so have fun with that one.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SPOILERS: Batman, Incorporated #11

So Bruce is all pissed, he's got an exoskeleton and the Suit of Sorrows, and is all juiced up on Man-Bat serum and... HAHA. No. Batman Japan super fun times! Or Mr. Unknown for those of us who've been with Inc since day one. While he's on a date in the Internet 3.0 with Shy Crazy Lolita Canary, a gang of motorcycle ladies is wreaking some havoc in downtown Tokyo, setting off the Bat Alarm, which causes Jiro and Canary to be surrounded by a bunch of Batman faces just yelling "BAT ALARM!" Terrifying, I'm sure. Jiro and Canary go to their own Batcave, suit up, and go out to fight some crime, Batman Japan style.

SPOILERS: Talon #8

Casey and Sarah Washington are this close to the Gotham bus station, when they're interrupted by Felix Harmon grabbing Sarah, and demanding to be brought to Calvin Rose. Not wanting her daughter's head to be ripped off, Casey complies, and everyone is surprised to find Calvin stone cold dead on the floor of Sebastian's compound, with no one else to be found.

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #20

With a sewage drain just dumping dead bodies, both Batman and Gordon look over the scene and start to get philosophical, mainly about how Gotham will continue to be a crappy place, most likely forever, but they won't be around forever. Later, Gordon gives a press conference revealing the source of the mind control hats to be from the stands Hatter had put up, with of course pisses off Hatter, but he's still got an Alice to get.

Jason Fabok's Design for The Wrath

More character designs coming this way, this time from Jason Fabok of Detective Comics fame who redesigned the Wrath, the "anti-Batman" (who despite what Bob Harras says in the post, is not a new character) that will be appearing in Detective starting with #22.

Check out the post at DC's blog for more design sketches.

OR! Check out Jason Fabok's blog, for even more details and how he drew the cover to issue #22.

(Source: DC Comics)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Batman: The Dark Knight #20 Preview

Surprise! More Szymon Kudranski art. Not complaining, just, SURPRISE! Wonder if he also did all of next week's annual as well? If so, man, what a beast, because he also draws Spawn.

(Source: DC Comics)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Booth Leaves Nightwing After #21

So, Brett Booth has been teasing being brought into to do some fill in on another title at DC for the past month or so, and today it was announced that he'd be drawing Justice League of America #4 and #5, which is cool. But time spent on JLA means time spent away from Nightwing, as Booth confirmed #21 would be his last.

This sucks. Not hating on Booth or anything, because the couple of JLA issues is a big gig, but man he worked so well on Nightwing, and after Eddy Barrows unable to put together more than two full issues in a row (outside of the first two) it was nice to know a steady artist who fit the title so well would be handling it. It seems like every time Nightwing gets a little momentum, something happens, plans change, etc. Blah. Oh well. Hopefully whoever they get to replace Booth is good, but I have a feeling who we'll get... and I hope I'm not right.

(Source: CBR)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Stack Rundown, 05/18/2013

Pretty light week comparatively speaking. There were a few new entries and my trying out some stuff, but if it weren't for those, this would have been a five book post with my regular series. Not like I'm complaining, I finished writing this on Thursday, so I enjoyed that.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Batman, Incorporated #11 Preview

The Bat alarm, just plastering Batman's face everywhere would be terrifying, also, I wish the combo issue cover was the regular, the background looks great.

(Source: IGN)

Talon #8 Preview

Ooooh yeeeeah! Hot late night preview action coming your way. Make sure the kids are asleep!

This'll be Miguel Sepulveda's first issue, and his art is pretty alright by me. Can vary from page to page, but I'm interested in seeing what he brings to the title.

(Source: Ain't it Cool News)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

LotDK Dr. Quinn's Diagnosis Review

Today saw the release of Legends of the Dark Knight #50, written by Jim Zub and illustrated by Neil Googe, concluding their "Dr. Quinn's Diagnosis" story. Last week I wrote a bit about the first chapter, and now I'll finish up my thoughts, with a little summary of this chapter and a review of the story itself.

Chris Burnham's Batman Incorporated #11 Cover

If you missed the news, Batman, Incorporated #11 will be an issue written by Chris Burnham, and illustrated by Jorge Lucas starring Mr. Unknown, with his new (very manga inspired) costume, which we get a pretty good look at on this cover.

(Source: DC Comics)

Panels of the Week, 05/16/2013

It is the 16th of May, 2013, and I am posting some of my favorite panels from yesterday's Bat issues, these are facts. Deal with it!

First Look at Zero Year

Seems like Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have a round of interviews just going up this morning, and with them come a few pages from Greg Capullo and Danny Miki, with young Bruce and the Red Hood gang.

As for the interviews? Eh. I'm trying not to read them. I want to go in blind as much as possible as this one.

(Source: CBR)

Looking Forward: May 22nd, 2013

Next is the last week of normal comics for the month, then we got some annuals to fill out the 5th Wednesday.
  • Batman, Incorporated #11: Things are getting down to the wire, but we're just going to have to wait for the conclusion as Chris Burnham writes us an issue where we return to Japan in a visit with Mr. Unknown.
  • Talon #8: Calvin is DEEEEEEAD. Now he's a true Talon, so who knows what that'll actually mean for him. Expect him to come across the Birds of Prey at the end, though.
  • Batman - The Dark Knight #20: Mad Hatter has the hots for Batman's girlfriends, and Bruce is gonna be all "AH, HELLZ NO" and kick his ass. Just watch.
Panels of the week coming up, and I'll have a post about the finale of Jim Zub's Legends of the Dark Knight in a bit.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SPOILERS: Nightwing #20

Having come back to his newly sublet apartment, Dick finds out that the Joey he's renting it from, isn't exactly out of town, nor is she a he, as he soon finds a woman standing over him with a baseball bat. Dick's new roommate Mike walks in and calms Joey down, who eases up after Mike offers Dick his bed, as he is leaving for work, and figures they'll sort it all out later... Elsewhere, the police find that guy Prankster left with a wolf, missing one arm. Fun!

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #20

Well, Jason still doesn't have his memories, and Roy is still pretty pissed about that, demanding that S'aru give Jason his memories back. S'aru asks Roy and Kori to see it from Jason's perspective, showing them both just how shitty Jason's life was, but Roy isn't convinced, bringing up the fact that the three of them had pretty good times, so if Jason just wanted the bad parts gone, why doesn't he remember his friends... Well, about that...

SPOILERS: Batgirl #20

Ask yourself this, when has anything good come from a child taking a liking to a ventriloquist dummy? When has anything good come from that kid whose into ventriloquist dummies, having access to weed killer and a punch bowl at the birthday party of a girl who makes fun of her? Never. The answer to both those questions is never. That was nine years ago in young Shauna's life.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #20

Hey Kate, your crazy sister is alive! Surprise! Turns out Chase found her, after it started to come together that Kate was Batwoman. She started looking into anyone who crossed path with Kate, and eventually got in deep into a Religion of Crime stronghold with some DEO agents, were attacked by a surprising amount of cultists, and was the only one to make it out alive. In the aftermath of that fight, Chase came across the sarcophagus that held Beth, and the DEO hasn't even been able to figure out how the thing kept her alive.

SPOILERS: Birds of Prey #20

Yep, Starling is the traitor, which anyone could predict by her absence from the last few covers, anyone except Black Canary, who kicks herself in the ass for not figuring it out earlier. Turns out Ev and Mr. Freeze are old buddies, but she hasn't turned completely against the Birds, pointing out that the Court of Owls are their ultimate enemy. But, neither Dinah or Batgirl are having any of it, Strix is frozen, and who the hell cares about Condor?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Batgirl #20 Preview

I posed this question on twitter a few nights ago, but I'll be interested to see if the dramatic irony of Barbara's current situation (in that she thinks she killed her brother, yet the audience knows better thanks to Suicide Squad #20) will take away from the emotional beats Gail Simone is trying to hit. We'll have to wait and see, I guess!

(Source: IGN)

Batwoman #20 Preview

I'm looking forward to where this arc goes, it has been quite some time since "Elegy," and I'm ready to see Beth be followed up on.

(Source: CBR)

Nightwing #20 Preview

Sometimes you can tell when an artist is really having fun drawing a character, and I feel like that's pretty clear with Brett Booth and Dick Grayson.

(Source: Uproxx)

Birds of Prey #20 Preview

Fuck everything about this. Given this series' weird creative switch, I don't even think I can blame Marx on this one, because this wreaks of dumb editorial bullshit. Let's take the most enjoyable character of this book, from issue #1, and have her be BFFs with Mr. Freeze, then turn on the team. Great, just fucking great.

(Source: Ain't it Cool News)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Stack Rundown, 05/11/2013

My stack saw a fair share of sharks this week, for whatever reason, a few books come to their conclusion, and hey! I only actually paid for 12 out of these 13 books. SCORE. With all that $2.99 I saved, I'm practically rich!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Catwoman #20 Preview

POW! Right in the kisser! Hmm... this image says something about a majority of Catwoman fans at the moment.

(Source: Newsarama)

Batman Group August 2013 Solicitations

Ah, solicit time. No major changes to any books in terms of creative teams, but the one thing to note is Alex Maleev is still drawing The Dark Knight, so who's to say if EVS is coming back at this point?

Hit the jump for full solicits.

Didio and Van Sciver Give us Bat-Cow

From day one, I've been saying "give me a silent Bat-Cow issue of Batman, Incorporated with Bat-Cow just doing cow stuff." It'd have to be weird and surreal, and given We3, I thought it'd be right up Grant Morrison's alley. All I wanted.

Well, with the announcement of the Batman, Incorporated Special, I get my wish... sort of? DC co-publisher Dan Didio announced that he and artist (hell, he might be writing too?) Ethan Van Sciver will be debuting Bat-Cow's first solo story, finishing up with the pun of "milking this for all its worth."


You know, I'm not a Didio hater. But I'm just going to say a simple fact. Dan Didio and Grant Morrison are not the same people. They are in fact, two different people, of different lineage, heritage, and just about everything you could think of. I'll leave it at that.

(Source: Dan Didio's Facebook)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Batman Inc. Ain't Dead Yet!

Batman, Incoporated's final issue may be hitting in July, but the team will be sticking around for a bit longer with the release of Augusts' Batman, Incorporated Special #1. The anthology will continue the stories of many of the Batman Inc. representatives (who have been sorely missed in this second volume) with stories from creators such as Chris Burnham, Ethan Van Sciver, Dan Didio, Joe Keatinge, and more.

But that's not all, Chris Burnham will be the writer of this month's issue #11, with art by Jorge Lucas, in a story that steps away from the main Leviathan story for a bit to visit Mr. Unknown, aka Batman Japan, in... well, Japan. Given where #10 ended, this might break some momentum, but if this allows Burnham to finish the last two issues by himself, then I'm perfectly fine with that.

Check out the IGN interview to see some art pages from issue #11, with Batman Japan's redesigned suit.

(Source: IGN)

Red Hood and the Outlaws #20 Preview

Art looks a bit stronger than the last time... Kori still needs to trim those eyebrows, just looks really, really weird.

(Source: Crave Online)

Like Harley? Read Legends of the Dark Knight Today

Man, Legends of the Dark Knight has been two for two these past few weeks with chapters I've really enjoyed. We found out a little while ago that former not-Birds of Prey writer (seriously, DC?) Jim Zub would have two chapters of LotDK coming out, to which he said was very inspired by the Paul Dini/Bruce Timm Harley. Now, a lot of people cite the Animated Series for reference as to where they're aiming, but not everyone hits the mark. That said, I can tell you with confidence that Zub not only hits the mark, but then proceeds to construct a giant arrow sign pointing to how well he hit it, with the words "kiss my ass, suckas!" in big bold type.


The issue sees Batman trying to get Joker's location out of Harley. Batman is of very little words, while Harley has a lot to say, a lot of which surrounds the choice of ice cream flavor she sees Batman going for. Harley jumps around the panels, spitting off line after line, with plenty of "Mistah J," "B-Man," and "Puddin'." All the aesthetics of the animated portrayals of Batman and Harley are there, and it's really, really fun. Also, I'd be stupid not to mention artist Neil Googe's take on both the characters. As you can see above, Harley is plenty goofy and expressive (also moves around beautifully) meanwhile Batman is all frowns. Again, perfect.

But, this is a two-part story after all, and this first half ends on a very promising note. Harley agrees to give up Joker's location to Batman, but only if he humors him, by sitting down and letting her play shrink with him. By the end of this chapter, I was just smiling from ear to ear, already waiting for next Thursday.

Anyways, I'll have a review of the story next week, but it's probably pretty easy to see where I'm going with this one.  For now, I'd advise you to buy #49, which is available now. If you regret it, then I'm just going to say you made some poor life decisions to you to this point.

Panels of the Week, 05/09/2013

Just two books this week, so slim pickings... but! In my ongoing effort to post more about Legends of the Dark Knight, grabbed one from today's chapter too!

First Look at Jae Lee's Batman/Superman #1 Art

Greg Pak hit the interview circut today, so expect to see a bunch of those at the various big sites, but also a couple of pages of Jae Lee's gorgeous art... with all them cloudy backgrounds! Sorry, I had to.

(Source: Comic Vine)

Looking Forward: May 15th, 2013

Next week is one of those shitty weeks where I got to do five books... It's gonna be a late night, I guess.
  • Nightwing #20: Dick's second day (issue) in Chicago! Maybe no one will shoot at him this time... probably not.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #20: If Jason doesn't make it out of this issue with his memories back, the reaction is going to be hilarious.
  • Batgirl #20: With her brother "dead" Babs has to deal with that, and a new ventriloquist. 
  • Batwoman #20: The DEO has got Alice, and well... that's not good?
  • Birds of Prey #20: Starling betrayed the team, and that's bullshit.
Ugh... that's a lot of books. Panels of the week coming up in a bit, and we might get solicitations for August Friday, if not, look for those on Monday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SPOILERS: Batman #20

With Clayface's mutation, he had a plan, with being able to perfectly duplicate people, Clayface was essentially blackmailing the rich, until he came across Wade, who refused to cooperate, thus Clayface framed him for murder. This of course brought Batman into the picture, so in order to keep his scam going, Clayface decided to target Bruce Wayne, in an effort to get to Batman, so he could touch him, then reveal to the world who Batman was, ending him once and for all. Not the worst plan.