Demon ninjas, a charitable Penguin, brainwashed cults, and an outside of New 52 continuity Joker who still has a face, these are the things on this week’s Bat-agenda.

Here’s a list of all the Batman comics coming out this week, November 7th, 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!

November 7th

DETECTIVE COMICS #14

Written by JOHN LAYMAN

Art and cover by JASON FABOK

Backup story art by JOCK

1:25 B&W Variant cover by JASON FABOK

40 pg, $3.99 US

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Anticipation Level:   Bring it.

Last issue kicked things off wonderfully. It wasn’t the best bat-title of the month but it was easily the best issue of Detective Comics that I’ve read in over a year. If you want to see more of Penguin being a complete bastard, a Batman who smiles occasionally, and ninja assassins that aren’t undead and owl-themed then you might want to give this book a chance.

 

BATWING #14

Written by JUDD WINICK

Art by MARCUS TO and RYAN WINN

Cover by MARCUS TO

32 pg, $2.99 US

Anticipation Level:   None.

With the addition of Legends of the Dark Knight and another Arkham City related comic heading to print soon I might have to drop a bat-title to fit my schedule and Batwing is the one I’m most likely to give up on. In fact, I’ve been thinking about dropping this to do reviews of Batwoman again– that #0 issue was amazing. The only thing holding me back is the fact that this series is getting an entirely new creative team starting next month with Fabian Nicieza. I’m not that excited for this week’s comic because, according to the solicits which have a knack for being wrong, is part 2 of a Father Lost saga that Judd Winick isn’t even going to wrap up himself. The buck will be passed on to Nicieza. So it doesn’t feel like a lot of passion went into the story if the writer who made it up doesn’t even see it through to the end. Also, the last issue was mediocre at best. Expect to see Batwing and a woman with lightsabers fighting a cult lead by a psychic.

 

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #2

Written by B. CLAY MOORE

Art and cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH

40 pg, $3.99 US

Anticipation Level:   TAKE MY MONEY

A collection of digital first comics that take place outside of the New 52 continuity. Each issue is totally different from the last because the stories within are handled by entirely new creative teams. So there’s really no reason not to give this book a chance from month to month if you love Batman. If you didn’t like the last issue, you still stand a good chance of enjoying the next. I gave last month’s issue a 10/10 and I expect to see great things from this book yet again.

Graphic Novel Watch!

  • Batman: The Black Mirror (softcover edition) (postponed until January 2013)
  • JLA: Earth II (new printing, softcover)
  • Red Hood & The Outlaws, Vol. 1: Redemption