This Wednesday Batgirl gets a new foe, there’s an all-Robin smack-down, Joker and Penguin’s Arkham City rivalry is explained, and Batman shows a few owls just how plucked they really are.
Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, June 13th, graded on a scale of my own anticipation.
None. – I’ll get to it…eventually – Eh…meh. – Bring it. – TAKE MY MONEY
Scroll to the bottom of the page and post in the comments section what books you’re most looking forward to this week!
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Alitha Martinez and Vicente Cifuentes
Cover by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
Anticipation Level: I’ll get to it…eventually
Batgirl gets a brand new villain named Knightfall, who is being hyped as “a villain destined to become Barbara’s greatest and most dangerous foe!” but I’m not going to get my hopes up just yet. This series has already had two original villains: 1) Mirror, a guy wearing a cape lined with mirrors (not the best costume ever) who was obsessed with killing people saved miraculously from death 2) Gretel, a man-hater who gained mind control powers after being shot in the head (that was also the catalyst for her man-hate). She wore different colored wigs, a white catsuit, and surprisingly none of her gimmick had anything to do with the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” except for a line she delivered when threatening the city that may be one of the worst lines of any villain in a comic I’ve ever read, “Every bad thing that’s happened in this city lies at your feet. It feeds you like the diseased soil that bears poison fruit. Come into my house of candy and delight and burn forever!” …I have no idea what that means, it might have made more sense had she been running around as the witch from the fairy tale and not borrowed the name of the little girl…but whatever. What I am interested in seeing is the return of James Jr. from “Black Mirror”.
Written by Scott Snyder
Backup story by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion
Backup story art by Rafael Albuquerque
Cover by Greg Capullo
Variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
1:100 B&W Variant cover by Greg Capullo
Anticipation Level: TAKE MY MONEY
BATMAN goes on the offensive and takes the fight to The Court of Owls in this issue. Get ready to find out who the mastermind is behind the Court. It’s a must-read, really.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #10
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
This one sounds pretty cool. The solicits describe it has a gathering of all Robins past and present (including Jason Todd). Also, many of Batman’s villains are supposed to team-up to bring Batman down. I hope it can live up to the hype because this sounds like an ambitious issue and the start of a new and exciting saga. And hopefully it will give Tim Drake something to do. As it stands right now, it’s like Tim Drake doesn’t even exist.
BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED #3
Written by Derek Fridolfs
Art by Simon Coleby, Bruno Redondo, Santi Casas, and Cliff Rathburn
Cover by Dave Wilkins
Anticipation Level: I already read it and I didn’t like it.
I reviewed these already when they were released as single $1 installments online and I have to say that this issue can probably be skipped. The video game did a far better job of alluding to how Joker and Penguin’s rivalry began and when you actually see it play out here it does not reach expectations and is a pretty forgettable book with an absolutely horribly drawn Penguin.