Zero Month begins!
Every New 52 title gets its own #0 issue which will dive into that particular character’s origin. Expectations are high for this event because the original #1s and everything that’s followed hasn’t exactly satisfied many readers’ curiosity as to how their heroes began in this new timeline. This week, we’ll see a young Bruce Wayne learn the martial arts during his world travels and how and why Batwing was recruited for Batman Incorporated. This is a great week and a great month for new readers to start reading comics!
Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, September 5th, 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 #0
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art by TONY DANIEL and RICHARD FRIEND
Backup story written by JAMES TYNION IV
Backup art by HENRIK JONSSON
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL and RICHARD FRIEND
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL and RICHARD FRIEND
Anticipation Level: Bring it. (First time I’ve said that about Detective Comics in a long, long time)
“Discover how young Bruce Wayne learned to wield the martial arts, and how a major villain was introduced into his life.” Sounds good to me and the fact that tony Daniel is only drawing and not writing this issue sounds even better. Gregg Hurwitz, author of Penguin: Pain & Prejudice and the most recent issues of Batman: The Dark Knight wrote this look back to Bruce’s younger days. But don’t get too used to Hurwitz on the title. This is a one time only deal and he’ll go back to exclusively writing Batman: The Dark Knight while Chew author John Layman takes over this series starting next month. As for this issue’s backup story… I don’t know what the backup story will be about! But I do know it’s being written by James Tynion IV who did last month’s backup and that was the best thing about that issue. He’s also the writer of the upcoming Talon series (Yes, I’m going to review the first issue of that) and the co-writer of the Batman Annual and the recent backup stories in Batman that focused on Alfred’s father. The art for this particular backup tale will be done by Henrik Jonsson, who nobody really knows much about. He’s new. And that’s exciting. The more new creative people breaking into the business the better. It doesn’t happen enough. Here’s a link to his deviantart page.
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art by MARCUS TO and RYAN WINN
Cover by MARCUS TO
Anticipation Level: Eh…meh.
This could be the final issue of Batwing by Judd Winick. I don’t know. I know that he said it was his last in a Newsarama interview but DC still has him listed as the writer through issue #14. All I do know is that the premise for this particular issue doesn’t sound too terribly exciting because Batwing is one of the few characters in the New 52 whose origin has actually been given a considerable amount of attention. DC describes issue #0 as follows: “Batwing has been chosen as one of Batman’s main allies…but is he worthy?” (Me: Yes. We know this already) “Guest-starring Batman!” (No s%!t? Seriously, Batman doesn’t guest-star on Batwing, he’s in almost every single issue. He’s the most dependable member of the supporting cast)
Graphic Novel Watch
I finally found the time to do a review of No Man’s Land Vol. 1 and volumes 2 and 3 will be soon to follow.
Also, Knightfall Volume 3 comes out this week but don’t expect a review from me on that one just yet. Like volumes 1 and 2 (and the No Man’s Land books), this book is going to be another massive 600 page TPB and that takes a while for me to read and then write a review.
The New 52 Teen Titans Vol. 1: It’s Our Right to Fight comes out this week as well and I’ll try and snag a copy of that as well and get a review posted so those of us who haven’t been reading the series can get an idea of what Tim Drake has been up to. Remember him?
And don’t forget that Aquaman Vol.1: The Trench comes out this week as well. If you check out my “A Break From Batman” article you’ll find a full review on that hardcover graphic novel as well as a few other great books that are worth reading.
NFL Pick ’em & Eliminator Groups
Compete with your fellow Batman fans in the Pick ’em (You choose who you think will win that week’s football games) and/or Eliminator (You choose one team each week that you think will win) groups at ESPN.com. The name of each game’s group is “Batman News”. It’s free to play, takes less than 5 minutes to make your picks, and it’s great for casual and die-hard football fans alike.