An army of Jokerz, the reveal of Aquagirl’s origin, a Black Mask beat down, and a much publicized super smooch are all on the agenda.
Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, August 29th, 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!
DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #1
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR and SANDU FLOREA
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL and SANDU FLOREA
Anticipation Level: None.
Yeah, you read that right. It’s five bucks. Do I think this is gonna be worth five bucks? Absolutely not. It’s being described as “The grudge match you’ve been waiting for: BATMAN vs. THE BLACK MASK!” but the last time Tony Daniel wrote the Black Mask he gave the guy mind control powers so….yeah, I’m definitely not excited about this issue. What I am excited about is how in October the series will have a new writer. I enjoy Tony Daniel’s art and thankfully I’ll still get to enjoy his work when he moves over to Justice League, but I think that his writing style is best suited elsewhere. I feel that he emphasizes action, gore, and the supernatural and that’s simply not to my liking. I want to read an issue of Detective Comics that is what a detective story should be (or at least what I believe a detective story should be): a puzzle and the logical unraveling of that puzzle.
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #7
Written by ADAM BEECHEN, J.T. KRUL, DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN, DEREK FRIDOLFS, HOWARD PORTER and NORM BREYFOGLE
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
I thoroughly enjoyed last month’s issue and when Batman Beyond Unlimited is on its game, it’s definitely a must buy. With two to three stories in every issue, it’s a book that has the potential to give you plenty of bang for your buck. It’s suitable for fans of all ages so you can share it with an enthusiastic youngster, it’s great for fans of the Timmverse, and it’s a refreshing break from the New 52 continuity. The first few issues had the problem of one story bringing the overall quality way, way down but last month’s book was a fun read through and through so I’m hopeful! This week, look for the war for Apokolips to begin, Aquagirl’s origin to be expalined, the Jokerz army to amass, and more Superman Beyond action.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #12
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by JIM LEE & SCOTT WILLIAMS
Backup Art by GARY FRANK
Anticipation Level: Bring it.
You might want to tell the comic shop to reserve a copy of this one because people are in a tizzy about this thing. Seriously, you might find your local comic shop a bit busier than usual this Wednesday. Why? Because it has cover featuring Superman and Wonder Woman kissing! Entertainment Weekly broke the story, and now a lot of folks believe that Justice League #12 is a brilliant investment opportunity. Are they right? Let’s put it this way: go Google how many millionaires owe their success to the prudent purchase of Superman Dies comics. I’ll wait. Anyway, maybe some of those people will actually read it, like it, and BANG we have some new comic readers hungry for more great books. That’s the best case scenario. But back to the actual content, it’s part four of The Villain’s Journey. The previous installment was good, had a shocking ending of its own, and I’m anxious to see it all play out here. A milestone? Not really. A good book? Potentially. A better read as a TPB? Most likely.
Graphic Novel Watch!
You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been doing reviews for a lot more graphic novels lately. Well, that’s not slowing down anytime soon. Be on the lookout for the following reviews coming soon:
No Man’s Land Vol. 1 (but that’s totally not the cover you get when you buy it…weird)
And if I have time… Swamp Thing Vol.1 : Raise Them Bones and Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench. That’s right, folks. Batman-News is going to try a new segment called “A Break from Batman” where I review some non-Batman graphic novels and suggest a few non-Batman books that are so good they might just be worth taking a break from Batman! This will only be a trial run though. If it doesn’t get enough support we won’t be making it a regular article. Stay tuned.