Thursday, October 31, 2013

Green Arrow #25 Preview

Sweet Mike Napoli beard you got going there Oliver. Though, just to let you know, if Diggle is going to be part of this book now, you should probably stop wearing your shirt. THE ARROW WAY!

(Source: Comic Vine)

Panels of the Week(s), 10/31/2013

Didn't have a post last week, so I got my picks for the Talon and Batman: The Dark Knight in here as well. Plus some SICK FILTH from Li'l Gotham.

Looking Forward: November 6th, 2013

  • Detective Comics #25: James Gordon! Zero Year!
  • Batwing #25: Luke Fox! Zero Year!
  • Green Arrow #25: Green Arrow! Zero Year!
  • Action Comics #25: Superman! Zero Year! Greg Pak and  Aaron Kuder's first issue too!
  • Batman/Superman #5: Shits going down in the present, not sure what to expect! Not Zero Year!
This week I tried a shorter, less detailed version of write ups... I'm not sure how that worked out for me. Oh well. Lots of books next week, going to really need to try harder at that next week. Thank god Harley Quinn #0 got pushed back. 

Panels of the week will be coming... I don't know when, I'll be honest, the Red Sox won the world series, I drank a lot, and I'm putting this post together at 2am. SO WHO KNOWS! Indie blogging! 

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SPOILERS: Damian - Son of Batman #1

It's your typical night in Gotham, pile of dead corpses and fish, you know, the usual. Bruce and Damian are on the scene, looking for clues, which are hard to find in a literal pile of bodies. Bruce eventually finds something, a fish with the Joker's face on it, but as he soon comes to find, it was a bomb, and that bomb goes off. Damian wakes up shortly after, and digging through the mess, he eventually finds his father, dead.

SPOILERS: Nightwing Annual #1

Dick is back in Gotham, moving the rest of his belongings with the help of Barbara. Both, obviously going through a lot lately, catch up a bit, but they take notice of the Batsignal, and knowing Bruce is out of town (thanks to Alfred) Dick decides they should help, and goes to meet with Harvey.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Damian: Son of Batman #1 Preview

Good evening, have a Damian: Son of Batman preview... Good art, but man... some of that dialogue.

(Source: USA Today)

Chris Burnham's Damian: Son of Batman #2 Variant

God damn it, I miss a Burnham drawn Damian. He's by far my favorite Damian artist for two reasons. First, he's one of the few artists who actually seemed to draw Damian's size correctly, given his age. Second, his Damian had that rambunctious, headstrong little shit vibe to him, which was completely fitting of the character.

(Source: Comicosity)

Batman and Two-Face #25 Art Preview

I love when Pat Gleason's work calls for some really detailed inking, like the side of Two Face's face, because Mick Gray does some pretty stellar work.

(Source: CBR)

Nightwing Annual #1 Preview

Hmm, this isn't turning out the way I thought it would. Definitely thought it would have been something more along the lines of "BLAARRRGH! VIGILANTE ANGST! You hate Batman? I hate Batman! Let's go make out on his parent's graves and make him watch!"

That imagination of mine!

(Source: CBR)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stack Rundown, 10/26/2013

The final two weeks of a month are becoming Image dominated for me. This week, my DC and Marvel books combined were only one book over the amount of Image titles I read, tied if you count me catching up on the latest issue of Fatale. Of course, Image has been launching great new titles one after the other, and this week's pull list was blustered by the launch of Pretty Deadly and Velvet. Lots of good stuff to read, so it's safe to say I love these weeks.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Van Sciver comes back to The Dark Knight

Ethan Van Sciver was the first artist to take over Batman: The Dark Knight following David Finch's departure, but during his arc, stuff happened, Szymon Kudranski drew a couple issues, then he drew the final, and Alex Maleev has been on the book since. Then we got Alberto Ponticelli on issue #27 (and I'm going to assume #26 too, because the two issues seem to be of the same story, and Maleev is drawing Empire of the Dead). But with all that in the past, Van Sciver announced via Twitter that he'll be back for issues #28 and #29, which would be February and March's.

Coincidentally, March is also when Forever Evil ends, and after that the whole DCU is supposed to jump forward to catch up with it. I don't know anything, but a smart bet would be on an All-New Marvel Now style event for the New(er) 52. New books, changes in creative teams, hell some books will probably cancelled too. I don't know, all speculation. But Van Sciver only doing two issues seems to indicate the book would be in for another change the month after Forever Evil, and that said, I wouldn't be surprised if this book ends with Batman: Eternal launching around the same time. There just may just be a limit on Batman.

(Source: Ethan Van Sciver's Twitter)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Looking Forward, October

The calm before the storm... week after next is going to be a lot blogging.
  • Damian - Son of Batman #1: That long rumored Damian series from Andy Kubert is finally happening, and while I'm sure the art is going to be great, not sure about the story. I'm optimistic, I really hope it's good!
  • Nightwing Annual #1: Giving Nightwing an annual is the least DC could do before they kill him. Because Nightwing likes to get wine and dined before he gets fucked! Har, har. Am I joking? Maybe!?
Given its length, I'm thinking about testing out a shorter form posting style with the Nightwing Annual. I still intend on talking about spoilers and all that, but I don't think I'm up to the work load of a scene by scene description anymore. Broad strokes. 

Why? Well look at what's on my plate the first week of November. Action Comics, Batman/Superman, Batwing, Detective Comics, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn. That's a shit ton of books! Following that, Batman: Eternal happens, and that's just another book every week added to my work load. So, as you can see, I need to lighten things up a bit.

Moving past that, gonna save Panels of the Week again, as I've only got two this week, to go with two next week, and I believe there's a Li'l Gotham issue on Sunday too. Stack Rundown is still coming, with another good batch of Image titles, including my thoughts on Pretty Deadly and Velvet #1.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #24

Clayface is sealed up in Arkham Asylum, but luckily enough for him, this time he has a friend of sorts. The inmate in the cell next to him was a big fan of his movies, and starts to recite some of his favorite lines from Clayface's old movies, which gets Clayface to start down memory lane.

SPOILERS: Talon #12

Like most Talons, Felix Harmon was picked from Haly's circus, but unlike most Talons, he needed no indoctrination on the art of killing, he was already quite the psychopath. Jump to the present and Calvin is leading Batman into the Court of Owls' secret base under the library, but there's no one to be found, and all that's left if a message left in blood for Calvin, from his BFF Felix that simply says: "You're next."

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Batman/Superman Crossing Over with Worlds Finest

Hot of the presses, Batman/Superman to cross over with Worlds Finest beginning in January with Worlds' Finest #19, then presumably continuing into the February and March issues of Batman/Superman. Yep, that's about it.

In general, I like the idea of this. I always liked the concept of Earth 2 characters being stuck on our Earth in secret, but the problem is that the book (Worlds' Finest) was so damn boring when I read it! With the boredom came resentment that we were getting this boring... bleh, instead of Helena Bertinelli, who is a FAR superior character in general, than a Levitz written Helena Wayne.

So I don't know what I'm going to do with covering Batman/Superman come this crossover, I'll wait and see and how this is structured (be it stand alone or read one issue right after the other) and decide how I'll cover it. But I can tell you that I will not be buying any issues of Worlds' Finest, that's for damn sure. Sorry DC, count that as one back fire with pairing a low selling book with a high in a crossover.

(Source: Newsarama)

Harley Quinn #0 Variant Cover

Art by Stephane Roux. Book launches in only two weeks, I've got to say it's certainly crept up on me. Be prepared for bath time controversy?

(Source: Comic Vine)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Talon #12 Preview

Willing to bet there are a couple of pages missing in this preview, like how Talon and Batman are BFFs now. Aside from that, I like the new artist so far.

(Source: CBR)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

SPOILERS: Batman Beyond 2.0, Chapters #5 & 6

So, where were we? Oh yeah, Terry is getting his ass kicked by Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl and Robin... except not really, because Terry notices an orb, and once he breaks it, the illusion disappears and he sees himself against his real enemies, Spellbinder, Shriek, Inque and the newcomer, Rewire.

Stack Rundown, 10/19/2013

It's midnight, I'm tired, and the beer/sake has worn off. I really just want to get this post set up and go to bed... excuse the lack of pre-jump content, or whatever this part is called.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Batman: The Dark Knight #24 Preview

Oh look, an origin story where the villain at hand probably had a pretty bad childhood. Who could have seen that one coming?

(Source: Crave)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Panels of the Week, 10/17/2013

No Red Hood panel this week, since I don't really like the art, at all, but we've got Li'l Gotham to make up for it?

Looking Forward: October 23rd, 2013

Short week coming up, followed by another short one... hey, with a weekly Batman title on the horizon, I'll take every win I can get.
  • Batman - The Dark Knight #24: I don't know, Clayface origin? 
  • Talon #12: Tynion is off the series in December, so he closes the book out by starting a Batman team up.
Panels coming, Stack Rundown coming, and make sure to support Gotham Spoilers by buying any trades you need, or whatever, through my TFAW affiliate links!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

SPOILERS: Batman/Superman #4

So, Batman, Superman, Batman and Superman are all at this chaos crystal, trying to figure out what to do with it, when the army guy tells who I'm pretty sure is supposed to be Earth 2 Deathstroke, to fire at them. Yeah, that doesn't work out well for the army. Earth 2 Batman and Superman want to destroy the crystal, but our Earth Batman and Superman think they're crazy, having believed Trickster that they need it to stop Darkseid. This is followed by the first legitimate (albeit, reluctant) team up between our Batman and Superman, but given their inexperience, that doesn't go well either.

SPOILERS: Batman and Two-Face #24

As one may expect, Two-Face isn't that happy of a person. He wakes up in his shoddy apartment, flips his coin, grabs a revolver and a single bullet, and plays a game of russian roulette, staring at a picture of his wife, Gilda. Harvey pulls the trigger, and nothing happens. He then gets dressed, and says to himself, "Better luck next time."

SPOILERS: Batwoman #24

Gotham is in chaos, as the DEO's plan is going off a little too well, but many of Batman's allies have answered the call, but as evident to Batwoman, who is on look out, Batman himself has yet to show up.

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #24

The Untitled have gotten past December Graystone, but the human who was with them remains at the gate of the League's City, and it doesn't take long from Graystone to figure out who he is, then begins to give him a look inside the city at the battle.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Batman Group January 2014 Solicitations

2014, bitches! Let's look at the changes we'll be seeing next year:
  • Detective Comics is that big celebration issue, and it also seems like Layman and Fabok are going out with a Gothtopia crossover of their own.
  • Jason Masters will be illustrating Batwing
  • Alberto Ponticelli on Batman: The Dark Knight
  • Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Lucas will be writing and illustrating (respectively) Talon
  • Noel Rodriguez will be illustrating Red Hood and the Outlaws
In other news, same old same old on Catwoman, because why the fuck should a better writer be put on that book? We're also getting Batman and Robin and Batman/Superman Annual this month as well.

Hit the jump for full solicitations.

Batman and Robin Annual #2 in January

Well, because DC's site is as usual broken, we're getting the link to the Batman solicits, but nothing is showing up. We can at least get a look at the Batman and Robin Annual cover which will be coming in January.

Look for solicits in a bit.

Batman/Superman #4 Preview

This one should be interesting, I'm really looking forward to it, and not reading any of this preview!

(Source: Nerdist)

Batwoman #24 Preview

It's really hard to even guess what you should expect with this issue. Most likely, it's going to end in a way where it won't be followed up on? Good grief, what a mess. Hopefully the next team doesn't suffer much from this... don't want this book to go the way of Birds of Prey.

(Source: DC Comics)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Stack Rundown, 10/12/2013

In the madness of all the random NYCC related posts I have to put up, nothing stops the Stack Rundown train! This week there were some new #1s from DC and Vertigo which I read, like Superman/Wonder Woman and Coffin Hill, as well as all the usuals from my pull.

Friday, October 11, 2013

NYCC Batman Panel Art

We already got a look at some Batman art, so how about the new artist on Talon, some Red Hood, and some undesirables we won't mention.

(Source: DC Comics)

Stephanie Brown Eternal

Stephanie Brown will be featured in Batman: Eternal.


Gotham Blacks Out in Batman #25

Along with those Harley Quinn pages, we also got some Batman #25 pages with the immediate aftermath of the Riddler's attack in Zero Year.

(Source: DC Comics)

Sneak Peek at Harley Quinn #0's Art

Today DC gave us the first look at a few of Harley Quinn #0's multiple artists, featuring some we knew would be on the book like Adam Hughes, and some we didn't, like what looks to be Tradd Moore of Luther Strode fame.

Can't wait for this issue, to be honest... then laugh at how tame that page is.

(Source: DC Comics)

Batman and Two-Face #24 Preview

Okay, that final page of the preview made me think "Screw this arc, bring on Batman and Ra's al'Ghul!" Holy crap, I want that now.

(Source: Uproxx)

SPOILERS: Earth 2 Batman is... (WHOOPS)

I don't say it a lot, because there's no real point, but I think DC's use of social media sucks. Earlier in the week, they just posted the cover of Forever Evil #2 with the hashtag of #NYCC... Mmm'kay... what is that supposed to mean? What are you trying to accomplish? Yes, that is a cover of a comic that was released two weeks ago, and NYCC is this weekend, aannnnd? It just gives the impression that their twitter account is run by a robot who has no investment in its own content. Or at least a generic PR person who has no investment in comics.

To prove that point, you know how there's a whole mystery behind who the Batman on Earth 2 is, and how it'd be a big spoiler just to blurt it out before we even get there? Yeah, well, DC's twitter account don't give a fuck. Spoilers after the jump.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Red Hood and the Outlaws #24 Preview

Can we please get a new artist for this book? Those panels with Roy in the jail cell are painful.

(Source: Comicosity)

Batman/Superman #5 Finished Art

Look at them pretty colors! I'm really looking forward to seeing how this book does when it jumps to the present next month.

(Source: DC Comics)

Chris Burnham's Detective Comics #27 Cover

We got a glimpse of it in the USA Today article, but it was super tiny, and you could barely see anything. But ol' Uncle FHIZ has got you all covered with a higher resolution look at the cover. Looky there, Batwing being relevant, Batwoman not being the black sheep, and the return of Lincoln March.

No Nightwing though...

Panels of the Week(s), 10/10/2013

Both this week's panels, and last week's. Though I will say I didn't find anything that particularly struck me in Nightwing... but I doubled up on Batman, and there's some Batman Beyond 2.0 in there, too.

Superman in Zero Year, with a Whale?

Man, if Superman wasn't around in Zero Year to deal with this, Batman would have had a crazy arch villain in that whale... and now I want to see Batman punch a whale. Someone call Scott Snyder.

If you can't tell, this is our first look at Action Comics #25, which is the Zero Year tie in, and damn does Aaron Kuder's art look nice.

(Source: DC Comics)

Looking Forward: October 16th, 2013

Next week has a number of question marks, that's for sure.
  • Batman/Superman #4: The finale of the first arc, and the answer to "hey, how come they don't remember this in the first arc of Justice League?"
  • Batman and Two-Face #24: Ummm... Two-Face?
  • Batwoman #24: Don't get too attached to where this book is being left off...
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #24: Jason Todd and the League of Assassins! Ra's should so up at some point, I guess?
  • Batman Beyond 2.0 #5 & 6: This will be next Saturday, but the new villain Rewire will be introduced.
NYCC is this weekend, and we've already got some news from that. Maybe more? Panels of the week will be back this week, with last week's two panels along for the ride, and Stack Rundown will feature my thoughts on new titles like Superman/Wonder Woman and Coffin Hill.

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Until next week! ...or whenever I have something new to post this week, whatever.

Weekly "Batman: Eternal" Coming this Spring

Somewhere, Rich Johnston is smiling.

USA Today confirmed that this spring will see the launch of a year-long (52!!!) weekly Batman series called Batman: Eternal, which will have Scott Snyder be the "show runner" of a series that will shape Batman and his allies place in the DCU. Joining him will be writers John Layman (hooray), James Tynion, Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley (b-b-but, Catwoman?!) and Jason Fabok will be along for the ride, but I'm sure he's not going to be the only artist.

This sounds cool, but there are still some question marks. One would think "okay, maybe each writer will have an issue each week" but it sounds as if they'll go arc by arc? I don't know. But whatever, they got some talent on board for this.

To go along with this news, like Detective Comics #19 being the 900th issue, we're getting another celebration issue in January with Detective Comics #27, because, you know, Batman. The 104 page beast will have stories from Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz and Peter Tomasi, with art from the likes of Neal Adams, Dustin Nguyen, and Francesco Francavilla. This issue will also see the beginning of John Layman and Jason Fabok's final Tec storyline "Gothamtopia" before the new team takes over in March.

Well, that's it for now. Bet we see a Superman weekly series too... and seriously, lets still put a new writer on Catwoman, shall we?

(Source: USA Today)

Manapul and Buccellato to write Detective Comics

Note: This is just a commission
Well, that's confirmed. You can read everything at USA Today about the way they plan to take the book, but to be honest, it's not the biggest news to hit today.

(Source: USA Today)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SPOILERS: Batman #24

Flash forward a bit, and Bruce has already begun to set up shop in what will become the Batcave, while Alfred shaves his head… making him look kind of crazy, but that's just me. Elsewhere, the Red Hood gang are boosting some chemicals, but some of them seem to be pretty nervous, as there's been word of a certain demon in Gotham lately, but one seems pretty confident that it's nothing. You see, as this Red Hood member goes off into the building by himself, he explains to the others he's been in Gotham a long time, and be it witches, owls, or a demon man fighting crime, none of it is ever real… And then he comes to the roof to find his buddies tied up in a bat symbol, with Batman telling him he still needs a head for it.

SPOILERS: Forever Evil - Arkham War #1

James Gordon and another cop are casually discussing how utterly fucked they are at the moment... I'm honestly surprised they're even out in the open, but anyways, Bane took over Blackgate Penitentiary, and there's nothing they can do about it.

SPOILERS: Nightwing #24

Tony Zucco has the story on Prankster, and well... he's going to tell it. Turns out that Mayor Cole and his brother headed up a train project years ago, and the Mayor's brother was responsible for the death of the project's Electrical Engineer who had a kid... can you guess who it is!? That's right, the Prankster. So, this whole plan is Prankster getting revenge on his for his father, and turns out, the Mayor never stole any money, it's just important that Prankster convinced the people of Chicago that he did. Prankster's plan was to take out legitimate dirtbags first, so when he called the Mayor out for "stealing" people would believe him, and that they did.

SPOILERS: Batgirl #24

So turns out Ricky isn't quite dead, but still shot pretty bad, and the police have the scene surrounded, so Barbara has no other option than to fight her way out. Hell, she almost punches her dad in the face.

First Look at Green Arrow in Zero Year

Green Arrow, Batman, Diggle, oh my! Also, New 52'd Killer Moth too! Along with some art, apparently this issue will have a "back-up," thus why all Zero Year books are extra pages. Now, I'm not sure if this is a regular back-up, since DC did just do away with them, or it's an extra two or four pages, like all $3.99 books are now.

(Source: DC Comics)