Batman/Superman may have been pushed back to the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of all new storylines to check out this week! Detective Comics is beginning a whole new story that appears to be a done-in-one comic, Batwing is very new-reader friendly since the new creative team is trying to convince fans to try Batwing 2.0, and Legends of the Dark Knight is always accessible!
Here are the review comics coming out this week, June 5th, graded on a scale of my own anticipation.
Hell no! – I’d rather not – Ambivalent – Interested – 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 #21
Written by JOHN LAYMAN
Art by SCOT EATON
Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE
Cover by JASON FABOK
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JASON FABOK
On sale JUNE 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Anticipation Level: Ambivalent
As excited as I am for a new story in a consistently good series, the idea of Batman teaming up with Harper Row to fight a 6-armed, magic woman seems a bit weird to me. This issue appears to be a stand-alone issue and will also harken back to Detective Comics #0 in some way. Series artist Jason Fabok, will be sitting this one out while Scot Eaton fills in.
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale JUNE 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Anticipation Level: Ambivalent
The new Batwing looks cooler, has closer ties to the Bat-family, and has a whole lot of energy, but our hero also feels extremely derivative of Terry McGinnis in both his suit and his relationship with Batman and the fight scenes are reminiscent of Nightwing. So basically, if the new direction Gray and Palmiotti came up with doesn’t work then nothing will because, while it doesn’t feel all that original it is a winning concoction. So what do I still find to complain about with DC’s version of Black Panther? He lacks a good villain in this first arc. We’re watching him fight a foe called Lion Mane, a baddie who, if I recall correctly, runs a diamond mine and also happens to be part man and part lion… but mostly lion. He’s a great big Lion Man.
LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #9
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE and RAY FAWKES
Art by JHEREMY RAAPACK and STEPHANE ROUX
Cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK
On sale JUNE 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Anticipation Level: Interested
Interested. Always interested. A collection of new stories that are written an illustrated and written by a new creative team each month is always worth checking out. This time we have Scarecrow hoping to use a new fear toxin on Batman (that doesn’t sound like a very new storyline, does it?) and another story featuring Batman and Catwoman having a run-in with a rather sophisticated security system.
Graphic Novel Watch!
Batman & Robin, Vol. 2: Pearl (collecting issues #0, #9-14) is coming and I already wrote the review for it. Seriously, I’m actually ahead of the game this time. Look for this to go up on Tuesday night.