Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stack Highlights, 04/30/2017

Hey, hi. It's me. I'm here to talk about comics. I've been binging on Persona 5 lately and just finished it, so figure I might as well do something else now that my life is so empty. Got three books I've been reading that I should probably take note of, and surprise... they're all Bat related.

It's interesting, I haven't picked up and stuck with a new Image book in a long time. Pretty much sticking to the mainstays like Saga, Deadly Class, Black Science, etc. The creator owned space is really over saturated right now and it's hard to really stick out and with all the changes DC has made lately, the needle has definitely gone back over there in terms of my reading priorities. Ups and downs, I guess.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nightwing #20 Preview

Metal, Metal, Metal. Also, at this point, I kind of want Shawn to be pregnant. First of all, I'd just like to avoid all the typical "whoops, never mind" or "oh I'm dead or some bad shit happened and now I had a miscarriage" typical comic drama I'm tired of... hell, even Saga is guilty of that. But mostly, I'm curious to see some sort of permanence in Dick's life. As a character, he jumps from one romance to the next and as a property, DC keeps putting him in different situations that overwrite the last. So if there's anyone in the DC roster I'd feel like it would be interesting to see tackle parenthood, I think Dick Grayson could work... that is if the story is told well and we don't go all Cry for Justice on it.

(Source: 13th Dimension)

Looking Forward: May 3rd, 2017

May has happened already, and that's a weird thing. Binging Persona 5 has really warped my view of time this month. Injustice 2 coming up next.
  • Batman #22: Back to Flashpoint! But like, pre-Flashpoint Flashpoint? People seem alive.
  • Nightwing #20: Speaking of universe altering shit, Metal stuff. 
Might have a Stack Highlight post this weekend, been reading some stuff that may be worth highlighting. We'll see. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Looking Forward: April 26th, 2017

Hey look, a book I don't usually cover.
  • The Flash #21: The Button, Part 2. Barry was late, and everything died!
  • Detective Comics #955: I'm pretty sure this is just going to be an issue where Cassandra messes fools up.
I'm going to skip over Mother Panic, because I kind of don't caaaaare.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

SPOILERS: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8

Okay, so this issue easily made up for the slow start I felt this volume had... unfortunately, with this issue comes news of the series finale coming in August.

Looking Forward: April 19th, 2017

Oh boy, here we go making Alan Moore all sorts of mad again.
  • Batman #21: Possibly the most Rebirth-ass Rebirth story yet. Or at least, that's what I hope.
  • Nightwing #19: Dr. Hurt, son!
  • All-Star Batman #9: Who likes more Ra's al Ghul?
  • Batwoman #2: Batwoman doing more spy-like stuff.
I wrote this up just now remembering that I've got other books to write up. Whoops. I'm real bad at this. I blame Persona... and a lack of interest to write stuff! Ah well. Figure I'll just do Gotham Academy. Red Hood wasn't too Gotham-y this month.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Detective Comics #954 Preview

I know Scott Snyder was trying to keep the villain in All-Star Batman #9 a secret, but if at this point you haven't seen Chris Burnham's variant for that issue, well this preview has a surprise for you I guess.

(Source: Newsarama)

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 Preview

Apparently Catwoman is part of the next arc, but is also part of the next Batgirl arc as well... but they're not related? Which is weird timing. I don't know, whatever.

(Source: The GWW)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8 Preview

I don't... what is coming out of Maps' backpack?

(Source: Comic Vine)

Red Hood and the Outlaws #9 Preview

Artemis punching stuff, WOO!

(Source: Comicverse)

Looking Forward: April 12th, 2017

Persona 5 is out, and I'd rather be playing that right now, so let's get it over with!
  • Detective Comics #954: Ra's al Ghul has shown up and maybe he'll shed some light as to what the League of Shadows actually wants?
  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9: Black Canary in a fight club, right?
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #9: Heavy Artemis arc... questing if I should cover it.
  • Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8: Batman vs. a Teenage Girl!
Next Wednesday is going to be pretty busy for me personally, so who knows if I'll even get to this! Yaaay, mystery!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SPOILERS: Batman #20

Tom King gives Bruce Wayne what is probably the least controversial middle name you could ever give Bruce Wayne... Oh I guess Bruce and Bane are still fighting too.

SPOILERS: Nightwing #18

The character I've said multiple times, probably should never return, actually returns... and I'm kind of into it... Also, I'm pretty sure there's a big Metal tease in this issue.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

First Details on The War of Jokes and Riddles

Metal wasn't the only news today, as Tom King talked about the first details of the next arc of Batman, "The War of Jokes and Riddles."

Unfortunately there was no stream of Tom King's panel, so all I have to go off of is the tweets of DC's publicist, but here we go: "The War of Jokes and Riddles" is what I predicted it to be, a flashback arc that takes place around the time of Year One... obviously, Joker and Riddler have to be involved, and the beginning of "I Am Suicide" also hints at the Ventriloquists' involvement. Anyways, it'll start in issue #25 (June) and go all the way to issue #32 in October.

Also, Tom King gives Bruce Wayne a middle name in this week's issue. Controversial!

Dark Nights: Metal coming in August

In September I was told "Batman with battle axes" and I thought "yep, do that." Then went on to think "yeah, that's gonna get changed probably." Here I am, months later, looking at an image of Batman with two god damn battle axes and I'm pretty fucking happy about that.

Dark Days: The Forge and The Casting will lead to Dark Knights: Metal, a DCU spanning event that spawns from Batman finding a deep secret within Nth metal, that will lead to a major threat suitable for an event title. On the live stream announcement, Scott Snyder mentioned that this event spans all the way from the Source Wall to Gotham, and will show that there have been seeds from his run, Peter Tomasi work, and event Grant Morrison's work.

Some of the stuff I heard last year about this was just so god damn exciting sounding, it's been hard to contain my excitement this whole time. I'm real happy it's out of the bag, because I can't wait to learn even more about it.

And for good measure, here's the cover of Dark Days: The Casting.