Friday, July 31, 2015

Detective Comics #43 Preview

Just think you guys, Joker's Daughter is still set to show up in this story. Joker's Daughter you guys, everyone's favorite.

(Source: Comicvine)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Looking Forward: August 5th, 2015

August already. Just think, if this was still the New 52, this would be the last month before some waste of time September event.
  • Detective Comics #43: Pretty much just reading this one to read it until Tomasi takes over. Yep. At least I'm honest!
And that's that, super easy week for me next week.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stack Rundown, 07/26/2015

Didn't read a whole lot of books this week, so naturally, I don't have a lot to say! Short post is short, but whatever, my work is done here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Looking Forward: July 29th, 2015

Well, it's that time of the year again where I go off the grid, with very limited internet access, but for some reason I still update stuff while remaining relatively quiet throughout the week. Also, it's Batgirl week?
  • Batgirl #42: Well, this one got pushed back a week, but it's time for Batgirl vs. Livewire.
  • Batgirl Annual #3: Grayson is in this! Batwoman is in this! Spoiler is in this! Gotham Academy is in this! Everyone is in this! ish.
  • Gotham by Midnight Annual #1: Surprised this one is getting an annual actually... but hey, look, it's Gentleman Ghost!
So yeah, I'll be MIA for most of the week, an you all will miss me, admit it! ADMIT IT!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Grayson #10 Preview

Hmm, seems like Mr. Tiger aka Agent 1 is pretty pissed off. He just needs to smile more and think positively, because it's a NEW DAY, YES IT IS.

Clap. Clapclap.



(Source: DC Comics)

We Are Robin #2 Preview

Random thought I had today: If these kids wanted to turn criminal, they could rob people and say "We are robin' you."


I'll see myself out.

(Source: AV Club)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stack Rundown, 07/19/2015

So, turns out, I completely forgot about the last issue of Hawkeye this week... Then I was sitting there like "I could read this" but figured out that I just don't care anymore. I guess that's what happens when you delay a book into oblivion, have the new book get three issues deep before the finally of the previous one, meanwhile the entire regular publishing line is being sucked into some else worlds like event which seems to be going on forever... Yup.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Gotham by Midnight #7 Preview

Ah DC, and their preview distribution. You see, DC likes to send individual previews to random sites across the net, making it damn near impossible to see them on a timely manner unless you 1. follow every site they've ever sent one to in hopes of seeing a tweet about it, or 2. wait until Tuesday afternoon where they'll maybe post links to them all. Say you do seek out these previews, like myself, sometimes you come across websites which will post images of comic pages at ridiculously small resolutions, with no feasible way to enlarge the image. 285px width! Great idea! It'll really serve those 56k modems well!

That said, lucky I figured out the URL system for these, so below are the readable links to each page. Enjoy.

Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
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Page 5

(Source: Examiner)

Harley Quinn/Power Girl #2 Preview

Kind of disappointed to see there's another artist listed in the credits. Even if it is just for four pages, this is a mini series, there's a finite amount of issues, just give it the time to allow 100% of the pages to be illustrated by the same artist.

Or it's a different scene that takes place somewhere else or something and justifies the art change, I don't know. If that's not the case though, C'mon! Boo fill-in, yay consistency.

(Source HitFlix)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Brian Azzarello Co-Writing Batman #44

I guess this was talked about at SDCC, and I missed it... probably cus the Bat panel this year was entirely focused on one book and I zoned out, but I digress... Brian Azzarello is co-writing Batman #44, hey look at that!

This comes after we learned that Scott Snyder probably maybe was supposed to co-write DKIII with Azzarello and Miller, or was at least asked about it, so I guess they found a way to work together anyways. The issue will be illustrated by Jock (which we knew), be a story about Mr. Bloom's origins (which we knew) and somehow Bruce is involved (which we didn't know, I think).

(Source: Scott Snyder Twitter)

Looking Forward: July 22nd, 2015

Next week has a new issue of Grayson, so that means it's a pretty god damn good week by default.
  • Grayson #10: Dick steps back into the DCU, coming face to face with the guy who killed him.
  • We Are Robin #2: I don't know if you heard, but they're all Robin.
  • Harley Quinn/Power Girl #2: If Grayson lacks any sexual innuendo, I'm confident this issue will make up for that. 
  • Gotham by Midnight #7: Last issue was sort of a one and done case, so not sure what to expect this week.
If solicits didn't come this week, then they'll be this upcoming Tuesday. So there's that!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Batman Group October 2015 Solicitations

Man, long day. Pretty sure the only major change to any of these books is the Detective Comics creative team which has a news post, so moving on to the actual solicits!

Peter Tomasi is the New Detective Comics Writer

Joining him will be artist Marcio Takara as Jim Gordon teams up with the Justice League... Not sure how that's going to work, but sure! Better than Harvey Bullock in my book.

Now... why didn't they announce this at SDCC? Hell if I know. But I was close-ish... Knew there would be Eternal 2, which I thought Tomasi would be a part of because he had a Batman October project, and there was also the news of a new Detective Creative team... Right guy, wrong project. Oh well, almost got it!

Solicitation post will be coming later today when I'm not bogged down with work.

Black Canary #2 Preview

Given the musical theme of this book, I'm going to say "Dinah's got a gun."

And, I'll be leaving now.

(Source: USA Today)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Robin: Son of Batman #2 Preview

Some parents teach their kids how to play catch, Talia is all "here, no murder everybody, loves you."

(Source: Nerdist)

Harley Quinn #18 Preview

Not that it really bothers me or something, but holy crap there's a lot of dialogue in this book. Sort of always has been... But today I looked at those thumbnails and just see speech bubble after speech bubble. By their nature, they shouldn't be covering up anything important, but still... Sort of would like some space for the art to breath on some pages.

Random note over, this book is still fun as hell.

(Source: CBR)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Stack Rundown, 07/12/2015

Doom doom d-doom doom doom! Doom doom doom doom doom d-doom doom doom. Doomy doomy. Doom doom doom doom doom d-doom doom doom d-doom d-doom DOOM!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Robin War Crosses Over in December

News of Robin War and Batman and Robin Eternal came in hot and fast this morning, with details being spread throughout various tweets and second hand reports. Good news is that DC has a press release clearing everything up.

So here's how Robin War works, it's not starting with Batman and Robin Eternal, instead, it's a five week event that launches in December between Robin: Son of Batman, We Are Robin and Gotham Academy. Like other DC events, the story will be book-ended by special one shots written by Tom King, Lee Bermejo and Pat Gleason, with art from Khary Randolph and more.

And that's Robin War for you. Not sure how Gotham Academy comes into play, but whatever, I'm game.

(Source: DC Comics)

Cassandra Cain returns in Batman and Robin Eternal

More details are coming out about the Batman and Robin Eternal announcement, and like Batman Eternal before it, a fan favorite returns, this time it's Cassandra Cain.

Other details include the shortened length of the series (26 issues) which will be launching in October, as well as Tony Daniel serving as the "main" artist. What that means for Deathstroke, who knows. Tim Seeley and Tom King (Tom King will be part of Robin War instead) will be helping on writing duties, but will be joined by Ed Brisson, Jackson Lanzing, "and more."

EDIT: James Tynion just confirmed Genevieve Valentine, Steve Orlando, and Collin Kelly would be writing as well.

EDIT 2: Paul Pelletier and Scot Eaton will contribute to art.

Speaking of Lanzing, he wrote Hacktivist, which was illustrated by Marcus To, who is a studiomate of Francis Manapul, who said a friend of his would be taking over Detective... Lanzing on Detective? Just spit-balling here. Add Collin Kelly to that potential list after the edit above. Or maybe Ed Brisson is writing Detective. Let's just cover all the bases here.


Here Comes Batman and Robin Eternal

Well, as I was typing up that last story, here comes confirmation of what I was theorizing. Batman Eternal year two is going to be called Batman and Robin Eternal.

Looks to have Scott Snyder, James Tynion, Tim Seeley, Tom King and Lee Bermejo all involved. I'm assuming Pat Gleason will be involved too (at least with Robin War) seeing that his retweet is what tipped me off first.


Robin War Coming Soon

Image via @Victor_Lucas

First bit of Bat news (in continuity, that is) from SDCC, and it's a story called "Robin Wars" which will apparently feature all the Robins you can think of, including the kids from We Are Robin. Apparently Damian Wayne isn't exactly happy about them?

Anyways, details are scarce, I'm just finding out about this via some retweets, but it lines up with the whispers that the second year of Batman Eternal would be heavy on the Robin characters... Hell, this might just be the second year of Eternal, just under a different name. I'm sure more info is soon to come.

(Source: Victor Lucas Twitter)

Marc Silvestri Batman Book Probably Coming Soon

Remember a while ago there were rumors that Top Cow boss man Marc Silvestri would be doing a Batman project for DC Comics? Well, I wouldn't be surprised if it is announced this weekend. I was recently reminded of the rumor via some twitter conversations, then was pointed towards the image above that Silvestri just posted. I don't know about you, but that's some Gotham-ass looking skyline right there.

So yeah, just wanted to get that out there... Probably/Maybe announced soon. There was something else I wanted to just get out there as a random prediction, missed the Poison Ivy boat, as I left a general "people have asked enough about her" bullet point in that prediction post. Oh well, if I think of it, I'll post it somewhere.

(Source: Marc Silvestri Twitter)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Looking Forward: July 15th, 2015


Or not, I don't know when SDCC actually starts. It's somewhere in this general area, right? I mean, I'm writing this on the 4th, because hey, I made the graphic, I'm going to schedule the post dammit.
  • Robin: Son of Batman #2: The first issue was pretty god damn good, I hope this issue is equally as god damn good.
  • Black Canary #2: So, the band is being chased by aliens... monsters... demons? Something? They make for shitty groupies.
  • Harley Quinn #18: Harley vs. Popeye Guy who TOTALLY isn't Popeye.
Maaaaaybe solicitations come out next week? Since SDCC is going on and I'm sure those October announcements were made, it'd make sense.... Probably not, probably sticking to that third Tuesday deal they've had recently.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SPOILERS: Batman #42

When Bruce Bats inevitably comes back and all his friends and allies ask him where he's been, he'll legitimately be able to say "I was doing some fingerprinting."

SPOILERS: Catwoman #42

Spoiler becomes Catwoman's apprentice... No, not that Catwoman, the Catwoman you care about... The other one... Sigh.

SPOILERS: Gotham Academy #8

There's been a DEATH... IN... Olive's FAMILY... Get it!? Because it's a Gotham related book and Death in the Family is a really popular story, so I used the words to make reference to it even though I'm not really talking about it. I'm god damn clever!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Batman #42 Preview

That new Batmobile seems a bit excessive...

(Source: Nerdist)

Gotham Academy #8 Preview

And now the big mystery is how did Olive's mom die... or did she die at all!? Because, you know, Gotham is spooky like that! Or something along those lines.

(Source: AV Club)

Poison Ivy gets a New Mini Series in Early 2016


Along with about a billion other "lesser known" characters, ranging from Metamorpho to Swamp Thing (who uh... just had a really critically acclaimed series, but you know, whatever, "lesser known") Poison Ivy is getting her own six issue mini series early next year.

Coming from writer Amy Chu, the series will be called Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death, and that's about all that's known about the book so far, other than Chu wanting to bring a fresh new take that allows readers to really get to know Ivy. No artist is attached, but looking into Chu's background, it seems that she's a writer/artist, so I wouldn't be surprised if she's handling the entire process. Or not, might have read some false info, might have not, hard to say. Regardless, no artist is attached. That cover image is by Guillem March, though.

(Source: USA Today)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Stack Rundown, 07/05/2015

These are getting later and later, huh? It's almost like I don't want to spend my free time writing about every comic that I read. Weird! But I've got nothing better to do, so might as well? I guess...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Looking Forward: July 8th, 2015

Scheduling this post on Sunday, so I don't know if I skipped Detective Comics this week or not! Maybe I did! Maybe I had a real easy week! Either way, comics for sure happen next week.
  • Batman #42: Last issue was sort of a primer for GorBat, so let's see how this story really starts to play out. Maybe we meet Mr. Bloom?
  • Catwoman #42: Hey look, Spoiler! DC is actually using her, for real. No, seriously. She exists.
  • Gotham Academy #8: Olive is back, and clearly someone has died. Uh oh.
And that's next week, I hope DC starts making pre SDCC announcements next week too... Anyways, banners, click, buy, support, blah blah blah.

Batgirl Annual #3 Apparently Features Everybody

We knew that Dick Grayson and Spyral were to be a part of the Batgirl Annual coming later this month, along with Gotham Academy, whose story will be illustrated by Mingle Helen Chen, but that's not all.

On top of that, there will also be a Spoiler section of the story illustrated by David LaFuente... and then a Batwoman section illustrated by Ming Doyle. Why? Who knows! Neither of these characters have been elements of the book prior to this, maybe it's a sign of things to come?

(Source: Brenden Fletcher Twitter)

Catwoman #42 Preview

No Spoiler in this preview, but hey, look, it's those two cops... that nobody cares about. Seriously. Most pointless element of this book, everything else is great, except those two, they're just waste of pages.

(Source: MTV News)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Step Aside Magneto, New Detective Team Confirmed

Ahhh, now see, this is why I made this graphic far in advance, because I'm a god damn wizard, and the need for it was 100% inevitable.

If you've been following the site, I've been predicting for about a month or so that the current Detective Comics team would be leaving the title after writer/artist Francis Manapul posted an Instagram of some cover process with the phrase "curtain call" attached.

Today, teasing a new project for October, Manapul confirmed that he and co-writer Brian Buccellato would indeed be exiting the title via couple of tweets, leaving the title open for a new creative team in October (probably). Nothing is known about who is taking over, but Manapul said the next arc would be written by a friend of his… so excuse me, while I go through every single person he's following on Twitter to figure this one out.

Not really.

But maybe.

The "next arc" wording is curious though. Wondering if it's a temp thing, or similar to Genevive Valentine on Catwoman, as apparently she was a initially brought in for an "arc," then was given the job full-time somewhere after that. Regardless of who takes over, I just want something new and interesting... preferably not Harvey Bullock focused.

So is this the part where I say my eulogy for the team? I guess? Look, it's no secret I'm not the biggest fan of the current run. Sometimes I do sound a bit harsh, I'll admit it, but I often do get hung up on the negatives a bit too much if it's something I'm generally not enjoying. There were definite high points such as Manapul's art, no idiot on the internet like myself can take that away. So that said, while the new creative team, whomever they may be, could potentially bring a new and interesting status quo to the table, it'll be hard to match the visuals this book was producing on a monthly basis.

(Source: Francis Manapul Twitter)

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #42

I'll admit when I think an issue is better than I thought it would be, but that still doesn't change the fact that I'd like to see a more interesting take on this title.