An annual (Batman/Superman’s annual was delayed), Court of Owls secrets, a history of Damian Wayne that never was and never should be, and the Batman’s escape from Penguin’s clutches. Here are the review comics coming out this week, January 29th, graded on a scale of my own anticipation:

The All-New Anticipation Scale

NOcenti  –  A comic I downright dread reading and if I wasn’t a reviewer, I would never buy it. (I capitalized the word “NO” on purpose, it seemed clever)

“You Don’t Have to Thank Me”   –  The idea of reviewing it doesn’t make me ill or angry, but it definitely sounds like it’s going to be a chore. Still, I’m reading it for you. I’m putting it at the bottom of the pile, but I’m reading it for you.

Mixed  –  A middle of the pile comic. It’s probably got the same chance of being dreadful as it does of being stupendous. I’m neither looking forward to it or avoiding it, whatever happens… happens.

Intrigued   I think this comic has potential to be a fantastic read. There’s some slight hesitation there, but it’s definitely going to be at the top of the pile.

TAKE MY MONEY  Everything about this issue has me excited. If I don’t get to read this book on Wednesday, I will be furious. I would pay extra just to have it in my hands right now! That’s how much I’m looking forward to it!

And just in case you’re wondering, the regular review scale is still the same as always. 5 is mediocre/average and the more toward “10″ we go the more awesome/worth buying it is and the more toward “1″ we go the more awful/not worth buying it is. That’s how I rate things. It’s not like a video game review score where everything under 8 is crap and it’s not like a school report card where everything under a 7 is failing or close-to-failing. Think of it as if it were a 4-star or 5-star scale. But Andrew, why don’t you just switch to a star system yourself?Because we’re pot committed to this 10-point scale, that’s why!

Scroll to the bottom of the page and post in the comments section what books you’re most looking forward to this week!

January 29th

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DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN #4

Written by ANDY KUBERT
Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:25 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:100 B&W Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   NOcenti 

I couldn’t be happier that this mini-series is only a brief 4 issues long. No part of me thinks that Andy Kubert is going to pull this story out of its nosedive. Things have gotten too weird.

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BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #27

Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI
Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T

Anticipation Level:   “You don’t have to thank me.”

I’ll admit that I barely remember what happened in last month’s mostly-silent issue. I recall it having something to do with immigrants being exploited by the Penguin and it ended with Batman being attacked and captured with ease by a group of henchmen that he should’ve seen coming.

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BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #2

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE
Cover by MIKE McKONE
On sale JANUARY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   TAKE MY MONEY

Last year’s Annual issue was AMAZING and Peter J. Tomasi has been doing very well on this series lately with the current Batman and Two-Face arc so those two reasons alone should be enough to draw you in. But what’s more exciting is that for the first time in a long time, Batman And Robin is actually going to have a Robin in it! Annual #2 promises to be a Year One adventure featuring Dick Grayson!

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TALON #15

Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by JORGE LUCAS
Cover by EMANUEL SIMEONI
On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   Mixed

The series creator wrapped things up nicely in the last issue and then abandoned ship so… what are we still doing here? Surprisingly, Talon still has 3 issues left and to make some use out of these unnecessary chapters, yet another one of Scott Snyder’s former students is stepping in for a done-in-one issue that flashes back to the 1920’s where we will learn more about The Court of Owls.

Semi-Batman Related Books/Fringe Bat-Titles That I Won’t Be Reviewing:

Earth 2 Annual #2

Worlds’ Finest Annual #1

Catwoman #27

Teen Titans #27

Beware the Batman #4

Graphic Novel Watch!

There aren’t any Batman-related graphic novels this week.