Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Batman Eternal #52 Preview

It's no secret that I sort of hate issues that are patchwork efforts by multiple artists, all about the consistency for me, but that being said, it's cool to see that both Tim Seeley and Ray Fawkes contributed art to this final issue.

(Source: USA Today)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Arkham Manor: Endgame #1 Preview

I'm not really sure if this is just going to be a random one shot or if it's actually going to have any tie in with the book... that said the regular book sort of just fizzled out so who knows. Not really expecting a whole lot to be honest.

(Source: Nerdist)

Gotham Academy: Endgame #1 Preview

Again, why would you send your children to a school in Gotham when this shit is pretty much the everyday norm? Terrible parents.

(Source: ComicsAlliance)

Batman and Robin Annual #3 Preview

When all is said and done, I hope this annual at least sets up Robin: Son of Batman a little bit instead of being "Batman and Robin on the moon." I mean, that's cool... but I'd also like a hint as to what is coming.

(Source: DC Comics)

Harley Quinn #16 Preview

More Harley and Ivy, please. Seriously. Do it DC, you know you want to. After Harley Quinn/Power Girl is done, get the same creative team and ditch PG for PI! I will throw my money at you!

(Source: AV Club)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stack Rundown, 03/28/2015

Well, I totally forgot to write anything for this post until about 20 minutes ago, so apologies for the minor delay, but if you're reading this anytime past oh let's say 10-11am EST, then fuck it, what am I apologizing to you for? Not like you were on time anyways, so SHAME ON YOU.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Looking Forward: April 1st, 2015

And here we are, the end of the New 52. It's had it's ups and it's downs, but now it's over... sorta. Then it's on to Convergence, which I'll talk about in a bit.
  • Batman Eternal #52: I'm writing this post before #51 even comes out, so I don't fucking know what to think. Chances are, I probably just don't care anymore.
  • Batman and Robin Annual #3: Farewell to the best logo in comics!
  • Gotham Academy: Endgame #1: I've asked who in their right mind would send their child to a private school in Gotham, and this is exactly why I ask that question.
  • Harley Quinn #16: Harley joins a gang... of herself.
  • Arkham Manor: Endgame #1: I've got no idea what this one is supposed to be. Villains and stuff?
So, let's talk about some stuff. I've said it in comments and on Twitter, but I don't think I've made the formal announcement on the site itself, so here it goes: I will not be covering anything Convergence related. I've had a long standing rule that I only really give full coverage to books that "matter" to the characters. If I started bending that rule, I'd just have too much shit to cover on any given week. On top of that, I just have zero interest in Convergence to begin with. It's a stop-gap project to cover DC while they make their move/transition out West, and nothing more to me. So that's that.

What am I going to do with the site in those two months? Well, I'm going to enjoy quite a bit of time off from the weekly grind of having to pump out posts Wednesday. It's going to be nice to just read comics and not have to do anything about them. April is going to be pretty light on posts. There'll be that one week towards the end of the month with Batman #40, but that's pretty much it for full coverage. I'll still do Stack Rundown every week, so there's that too. Then come May, DC will be releasing 8-page stories that I guess are sort of like #0 issue/primers for the new series/directions coming in June. They'll be released for free everywhere, so I figure I'll have one catch all post each week for the stories that are relevant to the site. Then it's June, and we're back to normal, unless something terrible happens to me between now and then.

BUT IN THE MEANTIME. You should still support Gotham Spoilers. Buy some shit at the stores I got links to? That'd be cool? You buy stuff, I get a referral bonus, it works out pretty well.

So, THAT'S ALL-ish FOLKS, see you in June?

PS: Don't be surprised if I turn this into a professional wrestling blog during the break. Especially if Reigns goes over Lesnar at Mania this weekend, because hoooooboy, some things will be said about that. Blame Convergence.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #51

Told you... 211 days ago, to be exact.

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin #40

So here we are, at the final issue of Batman and Robin... will Damian continue to be the new Superman? FIND OUT HERE!

God, that was terrible clickbait, I am sorry.

SPOILERS: Gotham Academy #6

Those last couple of pages of this issue have me so god damn excited for this book to return in June, you don't even know.

SPOILERS: Catwoman #40

Catwoman goes to war with the rival crime families and she's bringing a secret weapon... Catwoman! No... not the other one, her, she's bringing herself, because--you know what, just read the damn issue.

SPOILERS: Gotham by Midnight #5

Will Gotham be destroyed by the Spectre?! NO! Because there's like a billion other Batman books to read, but you know... it could happen, maybe.

SPOILERS: Arkham Manor #6

Finale of the series! Batman does stuff in this issue! Who would have guessed?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Catwoman #40 Preview

I'm looking forward to how this book operates with Selina keeping her role as mob boss as well as taking up her Catwoman identity again.

(Source: The Washington Post)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Not a Theory: New Batman IS GCPD Related

So, the running theory on the new Batman... or new Batman suit in the very least, debuting in June was that he was police related, due to the red and blue lights, and that Detective Comics cover. Well, theory no more, as a twitter follower of mine pointed out that the Convergence variant featuring Greg Capullo's character designs straight up has "GCPD" printed right under the breastplate.

So of course the crazy option is "It's Jim Gordon!" and maaaaan, I really hope that's not the case. Jim Gordon is a great character and all, but he's not why I'm reading these particular comics. I've got zero interest in reading that under any circumstances or context.

Also, after Eternal, I really hope this isn't a drawn out "who's under the suit?" "mystery." If DC wants to sell something weird and crazy with Batman, fine, do that, but give the readers info on what they're buying/reading up front so they don't have to wonder whether or not they'll like it in the end. This being such a weird concept, I feel it'd almost be better to let people know what they're getting, let the story speak for itself rather than hinging on a long mystery which could have a lame payoff. If they keep it a secret, it'd be like a video game publisher offering a season pass for their game's DLC, without actually detailing what you'd be getting. "Trust us man, you'll like it, just give us this $25 right now." Four months later "here's some time trials and weapon skins, you moron." Yeah, that's what I'd like this whole thing to avoid. Rip the band-aid off ASAP.

Regardless of whoever is under that suit, I'll read it. I practically have to for the site and my own curiosity... But man, am I concerned about this. I've said it multiple times before, this is either going to be great or the Batman team just jumping the shark. There's probably going to be zero middle ground on this one.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Stack Rundown, 03/21/2015

Minimal week this time around, but good news everybody, I'm now also writing my opinion on movie scripts I read during the week! Ooooh, cynicism, you're my best friend.

Batman Eternal #51 Preview

I could go off on a number of different things in this preview, but given that I'm stupidly holding out hope that this wasn't the final twist and some sort of positive story angle can be salvaged from this, I'll hold out until Wednesday.

That said, I do need to have a release, so I'll focus on a minor thing (that contributes to the sense of "really? that fucking guy?") "My associates are blocking the entry, HAHAHA, good luck!" Okay motherfucker, 1. Like anyone is coming anyways 2. It's fucking Signalman and Ratcatcher. Jim Gordon could probably walk right up to them and hit 'em in the back of the knee with his nightstick. I mean, Lockup?

None of this is earned, they've earned nothing, you hear me!?

Shhhhh, shhh, shh.... Wednesday. Wednesday.

(Source: MTV)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Gotham Academy #6 Preview

Oh look, Bamtan getting bested by some children's fireworks... Only a step below getting fooled by Cluemaster for so long. RIP Batman. You had a good run.

(Source: ComicBook.com)

Batman and Robin #40 Preview

Look... Damian is doing the exact same stuff as Superman... Personally, I really hope Damian loses his powers. He doesn't need them to be a good/interesting character, and it's just super jarring to have the character flying around with those abilities.

(Source: Multiversity Comics)

Gotham by Midnight #5 Preview

The Spectre vs. Miagani Spirit Kaiju or whatever, sure, why not, that's totally weird. Interested to see how Kate Spencer is going to fit into this book, come June.

(Source: 13th Dimension)

Arkham Manor #6 Preview

Like I said in the previous post, not real sure what this book has left to finish up... I mean, there's that one Arkham escapee, but does he really matter? We'll see. Sad to see this one go, had great potential but you got to figure the idea had limited shelf-life and Gerry Duggan going Marvel exclusive didn't help.

(Source: Comic Vine)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Looking Forward: March 25th, 2015

BEHOLD! The last regular-ish week of the New 52. Then we got annuals and some leftovers that were delayed... Then in April we've got Batman, Justice League, and Superman. Boy I'm going to enjoy not having comics to write about every week for awhile. What is Gotham Spoilers going to do in those two months? I don't know... I'll probably write about wrestling or something. That's dumb.
  • Batman Eternal #51: I mean, really, what's to stop anyone in the Bat family from going "Cluemaster? Cluemaster?" and one-punching him in the face. The end.
  • Batman and Robin #40: Final regular issue of this series... Then what's next for Damian? Well... Because DC don't give a fuck about continuity anymore, lots of stuff! His own book, Eternal 2, Gotham Academy
  • Gotham Academy #6: Speaking of Gotham Academy, who's ready to see Batman fight a teenage girl!?
  • Catwoman #40: I thought we might get Selina giving up the mob position to go back to being Catwoman, turns out that was wrong, and she's having her cake and eating it too... Fits well with all the historical references in this book.
  • Arkham Manor #6: I really don't know what's left to do in this book other than find that guy who's barely a character.
  • Gotham by Midnight #5: I was thiiiiis close to dropping the title until last month where it did just enough to keep me interested. 
Another big week, followed by another big week with an oversized Eternal conclusion along with two Endgame issues, an annual and a Harley issue. Then vacation!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #50

Look, I could go off on this, I really could, and I already sort of did on twitter... But I'm going to wait until next week to see where it goes, because I (possibly stupidly) feel there's still a chance of redemption.

SPOILERS: Batgirl #40

So, we've got two Babs, one real and pretty level headed, the other cyber, and totally fucking nutso. Annnnnnd, fight!

SPOILERS: Batgirl: Endgame #1

So here's what they decided to keep a secret until release, this is one of those completely visual issues, where all the pretty pictures do the talking, instead of the talking doing the talking. Artistry!

Here's the Final Batman Eternal Cover

Jae Lee with the cover, not the solicited Jason Fabok. I don't know, whatever. It's a cover. Doesn't really say anything about the story. There's plenty to discuss about this book, but I might hold that for next week.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Arkham Manor: Endgame Cover

Here's the final Endgame cover. Coming April 1st. Who wants to bet this will probably be about the villains more so anything to do with the Arkham Manor book?

Also! Unless DC goes out of their way to not give the cover to digital retailers, expect the Batman Eternal #52 cover to pop up within 24 hours... Maybe it'll have a spoiler?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Batman Group June 2015 Solicitations

I don't know if there's a "group" anymore, because the New 52 is DEEEEAD. I guess Black Canary isn't a "Bat" title, but it is spinning out of Batgirl, so I don't fucking know... "But FHIZ, what about Midnighter? It spins out of Grayson." I know! Shut up!

Batgirl #40 Preview

Cyber-Babs goes super crazy this issue, to a level I don't think anyone is really expecting.

(Source: CBR)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Batman Eternal #50 Preview

They need to reveal the fucking bad guy in this issue. There's no argument to be had against that. Week after week after week of everyone dicking around, then OKAYWE'REDONENOW in an issue. That's the alternative.

(Source: HitFlix)

Batgirl: Endgame #1 Preview

This issue is all about the visual storytelling, as you may be able to figure out from the lack of speech bubbles in the preview. The art is downright fantastic as well.

(Source: Huffington Post)

Stack Rundown, 03/14/2015

It's the year 2015, and the best book of the week was a Howard the Duck book. Let that sit in for a few minutes... FOR SHAME, rest of the comic industry, for shame.

(but it was pretty good)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DC Introduces Price Increases Coming in June

June is a pretty exciting time for DC Comics, yeah? Well, before you go all crazy adding shit to your pull list left and right, it should be noted that you'll probably be paying a bit more for titles you already read, as some of the more popular titles have been increased to the increasingly standard $3.99 price point. Titles getting a price increase include:
  • Harley Quinn as well as Harley Quinn/Power Girl
  • Grayson
  • Robin: Son of Batman, which replaces Batman and Robin
It should also be noted that while it isn't a replacement title, We Are Robin is also a $3.99 book, which is either DC showing confidence in a risky title that could sink or swim, or just pure arrogance.

I get it, these books sell well, so DC wants to make more money off of said sales, thus increases the price. It's a business. But for the consumer, it's pretty damn shitty. It's one thing to introduce a book at a certain price point, but to increase the price when-the-fuck-ever, while not offering any new benefit to the consumer is like I said, pretty shitty.

Side note: Remember that time I was worried about the weekly titles being introduced at $3.99? I will now revive those same worries until Batman Eternal Year 2 #1 is solicited and prove me otherwise.

See people, this is what you get for supporting books! Because of you, we're all now spending more money to read the same type and amount of content! Thanks a lot jerks.

(also, add Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman to the price increase club)

So the New Batman Seems GCPD Related

One of the first theories in regards to Chappie Robo-Rabbit-Batman was that he was some how related to or sanctioned by the Gotham Police Department given the blue and red lights on the back of the mech suit, which are often associated with police lights. Then the Batman/Superman cover for June was released with a view from the front, and some even more prominent blue and red lights... and then we get the Detective Comics #41 solicit and cover with Robo-Rabbit-Batman back to back with the rest of the GCPD.

I think it's safe to say that this Batman is directly linked to the police and I don't know what to think about this.

Since the announcement/reveal of this new look, I've honestly tried not to think about it, because whenever I did, I ended up going to a pretty cynical place (surprise!) and didn't want to actually come to terms with the potential of hating this direction come June, but now I'm actively trying to fight off those thoughts. It's hard to really tell what to think, as it's either genius or just plain fucking stupid to reveal something so big, only to give such little detail to back it up. This whole thing is just frustrating to think about.

I said it earlier in the week, but I'll say it again: there's probably no room for middle ground here. This is either going to be surprisingly awesome, or they're jumping the shark into oblivion. A lot depends on whose in that suit and what the execution is like, and it's going to be a long time before we get any of that. I made some jokes on Twitter about Jim Gordon being in the suit, but now I'm really starting to get nervous, because if you tell me Jim Gordon is running around as mechsuit Batman, my gut reaction is "that sounds fucking stupid."

So pardon me, while I sit here until FCBD at the very earliest, repeating "it could be good" over and and over again, because I'm going to need the reassurance.

Who Wants Some More June Bat Solicitations?

Answer: YOU DO! Because why else would you click on this link? We got Grayson, Detective Comics, Gotham by Midnight, Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Gotham Academy this time. Gotham Academy looks to have (probably?) some fill in art, but that guest star is one of the first things that came to mind when I heard about this book, and holy shit I'm so happy it's happening. Also, Tec gives us some more info on the new Batman... seems it's a GCPD thing. Speaking of GCPD, June is a good month for fans of GCPD related ladies, as we see Kate Spencer and Renee Montoya return.

Looking Forward: March 18th, 2015

Double the Batgirl for double your--nope, not going to finish that one.
  • Batman Eternal #50: Okay, fuck. If the mastermind isn't revealed by the last page setting up 51 where things get bad and 52 as the conclusion, then they fucked up.
  • Batgirl #40: Fleshy Batgirl vs. Skynet Batgirl! And I don't know, maybe the word "Oracle" will be used, maybe not.
  • Batgirl: Endgame #1: Because what's a Joker story without Barbara having something to say about it?
Batman and Robin got pushed back to the 25th... Those two weeks are going to be shitty for me, between delays, Endgame issues and annuals. Too much to write up.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Peter Tomasi Working on a New Bat Title

A week or so ago, Batman and Robin writer Peter Tomasi tweeted that while Batman and Robin was coming to an end, it wouldn't be the ending to his time in Gotham. I suspected that he might be one of the writers on Batman Eternal year two, as that's just an easy guess. Today Batman and Robin artist as well as writer/artist on the upcoming Robin: Son of Batman, Pat Gleason confirmed that Tomasi does indeed have a new book in the works with Bats being a key part. Now, if we're getting super analytical with those 140 characters, Gleason says "his own" title, not "a" title, so perhaps it's something different than Eternal year two? Or my super analysis means shit and he is a contributor for the second year of the title that surely won't drive me as god damn insane as this year, RIGHT?!

...c'mon, you knew I had to get a little jab in there.

EDIT (3/15): Tomasi has confirmed that one of the Bat things he's working on will come in October, and then something else in early 2016. Sounds like SDCC announcements to me.

(Source: Pat Gleason's Twitter)

SPOILERS: Batman Eternal #49

Twists?! Turns!? Haha, no... There's none of that here, silly.

SPOILERS: Detective Comics: Endgame #1

If you were thinking this was a backdoor pilot for We Are Robin or something, then I'm sorry to say you're probably very mistaken.

Robin: Son of Batman #1 Solicitation

And here's the solicit for Robin: Son of Batman, note the $3.99 price. Damian is in a super weird place that I'm not sure I enjoy yet, though this solicit mentions nothing of his new Superman-esque powers, so that might be a step in the right direction for me, or it's just the solicit text plain not mentioning them.

1:25 Variant cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
On sale JUNE 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The son of a Bat and a Demon, Damian al Ghul has set out to forge his own destiny – and atone for the shameful Year of Blood! Will he be aided or hindered by the behemoth Goliath? And what mysterious legacy trails behind him? Join writer/artist Patrick Gleason as he chronicles the globe-hopping adventures of ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN!

(Source: Comicbook.com)

Harley Quinn/Power Girl #1 Solicitation

As with yesterday, we're slowly getting more and more June solicits for DC, where full solicits will most likely be released Monday. This time we get Harley Qunn/Power Girl (along with Midnighter and Starfire) which seems to see the return of that 1970s pornstar looking dude from the pre-New 52 Power Girl series, whose name I can't remember.


1:25 Variant cover by STEPHANE ROUX
On sale JUNE 17 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Hey, remember the panel gutter between panels 3 and 4 of page 20 of HARLEY QUINN #12? What? You DON’T? It’s only, like, the most memorable panel gutter of the twenty-first century. Well, either way, have we got the miniseries for you, in which the full tale of that momentous and momentary pause can be told!
It’s a cosmic adventure beyond your wildest imaginings: Power Girl and Harley Quinn, stranded in a forgotten dimension, on the homeworld of the amorous warlord Vartox! They’ll sacrifice anything they have to in order to get home…except their dignity! Kidding! That’ll be the first thing to go.

(Source: CBR)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bye-Bye Bruce? A New Batman and More in June

So... There are some new Batman group solicits for June, one of which is Batman #41, with the post-Endgame status... with an "All-New" Batman in a mech suit and with a gun... Uh, okay, JPV part deux? This is either going to be great, or they're jumping the shark. We'll see in June, I guess.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Confirmed: Duke Thomas Star of We Are Robin

This bit of news was pretty much rightly assumed from day one, but today we got confirmation that Lee Bermejo, Rob Haynes and Khary Randolph's We are Robin will indeed star recently orphaned (and potentially future Lark and/or actual Robin) Duke Thomas.

If you've been reading Batman, which... I don't think anyone who visits this site isn't, you should know who Duke is. Showed up in Zero Year, his family saved an injured Bruce, then a couple of years later, appears again in Endgame where Joker offs his parents, Wayne style.

Writer Lee Bermejo gave USA Today an interview on the book where he talks about Duke and the concept behind We are Robin. If I'm being honest, at a very basic level it sort of sounds like Gail Simone's The Movement, but I could be wrong, I mean... I am just reading an interview here. What I find interesting is how quickly Duke got a book, where another Snyder/Capullo creation in Harper Row has just sort of been floating around since Batman #1, with promises that she's a big character and all that, yet we don't know where she is post-Convergence. I guess you could argue her status in Batman Eternal, but we all know my relationship with that book.

Anyways, give the interview a read. This is one of those books I'm really interested in just out of the sake of curiosity. Could be fantastic, could be not for me, who knows. With us getting a bit deeper into March, expect June solicitations probably next Monday, but I wouldn't be surprised if we start hearing more info about various series through out the week, such as this.

(Source: USA Today)

Batman Eternal #49 Preview

Well, the good thing is that I thought Fernando Blanco wasn't drawing this issue, but since he is, at least there's that to look forward to.

(Source: CBR)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Stack Rundown, 03/07/2015

This was a real strong week for Image Comics. Saga, Rat Queens, Nameless and more were already real good to start with, but then you get another new book that people are already calling the best new book of 2015... which remains to be seen since the online comic community will jump on just about every hype train possible, but still, good stuff.

Detective Comics: Endgame #1 Preview

Man, I am really starting to question whether or not I should bother with this issue.

(Source: Hitflix)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Gotham Academy: Endgame #1 Cover

Look at that! It's Joy Ang's cover for Gotham Academy: Endgame #1. Now all that's left is the Arkham Manor one shot cover, and I can officially stop scowering the internet for these covers. OH! The source link also has Babs Tarr's GA #6 cover as well.

(Source: ComicsAlliance)

Want the Endgame Finale? I've got some bad news...

Ah, there was absolutely zero chance I'd pass up using a pro-wrestling reference for this post. Speaking of which, how fucking entertaining has R-Truth been leading up to this IC title match at Wrestlemania? I mean, c'mon now. It's just unfortunate how much BNB has been shit on since winning the belt back, because he's pretty damn fucking good. I mean... losing clean to Sin Cara? What the fuck?


Endgame finale. Expecting it at the end of this month? WELL I'M AFRAID I'VE GOT SOME BAD NEWS. CUE THE MUSIC!

Wait... I already covered that, didn't I? Well, anyways... Yeah, no, you're going to have to wait until April #29th. Snyder had actually mentioned this in a tweet last month but I wasn't sure if he had his dates mixed up or something, but it's true. Fact is, this is another "Greg Capullo draws well over 20 pages" issue, mixed with the fact that it's also some sort of Free Comic Book Day tie-in promotion, given that this book, Justice League, and Superman are all delayed to that Wednesday prior to FCBD, where DC's FCBD offering features new stories from each title. I guess DC must have figured it was a good way to get people into the stores prior to FCBD? Because I know I pretty much wrote all things DC off for the months of April and May.


Oh yeah Multiversity #2 is delayed to that week as well.

I'll see myself out.

(Source: Previewsworld)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Looking Forward: March 11th, 2015

Oh boy, just an absolute banner week coming up. Stop me from hyperventilating.
  • Batman Eternal #49: I'm going to go out on a limb and just say: SPOILERS, nothing is revealed, Batman fights some people, Jim Gordon is safe.
  • Detective Comics: Endgame #1: A week after I go "Hey, this Anarky story is boring" guess what, MORE ANARKY! Oh, joy.
Man... maaaaaan.

Well, the last week of this month is going to be packed, that much is for sure.

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