The week “Batman: The Dark Knight” gets a new writer and a new story that focuses on The Scarecrow, the Justice League learn more about their new enemy, and Grant Morrison tells the origin of Talia Al Ghul.
Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, June 27th, 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!
BATMAN, INCORPORATED #2
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Variant cover by CAMERON STEWART
1:100 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Anticipation Level: TAKE MY MONEY
Is Damian really dead? Probably not. But to the world, Damian was gunned down by the assassin Goatboy and Bruce and Batman Inc are reeling as a result. It was a shocking ending to a great first issue and this chapter promises to dive deeper into the story of Damian’s mom, Talia Al Ghul. Chris Burnham’s pencils are consistently amazing (Just look at that cover! It’s like a classic Bond movie poster, I love it) and even if the story here is only half as good as last month’s debut issue, it will likely still be a must-buy.
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #10
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
Thank the heavens! This series finally gets a new writer this month and hopefully he can salvage what has been the absolute worst bat-title in the New 52. Greg Hurwitz’s first foray into Gotham was in “Penguin: Pain & Prejudice” which was a wonderful mini-series that dealt with the origin of Penguin. It was atmospheric, most of the characters were richly detailed, and he even showed that he can create big action scenes. Although a book about Penguin didn’t sell all too well, it was critically acclaimed and it proved to everyone that Hurwitz understands Batman’s world. Now that he’s been given an ongoing title to tinker with, Hurwitz’s first order of business is to give The Scarecrow his first solid arc (he’s just had cameos and a brief one-shot so far) in the New 52. I’m pretty optimistic about this. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that Hurwitz delivers.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #10
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Backup Art by GARY FRANK
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
First of all, wicked cover! Second, I’m really hoping this is good. Last month’s issue, the first chapter of “The Villain’s Journey”, was an excellent setup to a new arc that’ll hopefully have far more depth than the rampaging Darkseid storyline we got the first 6 or 7 issues. Not only does this new villain seem interesting and formidable, but he seems to have a more complex plan for combating The League. Add that with the Shazaam back-up story (these have been better than the Justice League’s story, honestly) and it should be a solid read.