It’s definitely a different kind of Bat-week. We have a comic based on the 1966 TV series, a comic based on the Batman Beyond animated series, and a New 52 book that’s going to feature Batman and Aquaman teaming up and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it to play out a little like an episode of Batman: The Brave & The Bold. Outrageous!

Here’s the full list of review comics out this week, March 19th, graded on a scale of my own anticipation:

The 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 a 10 point system. 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 most video game review scores 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!

March 19th

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BATMAN AND AQUAMAN #29

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
1:25 Robot Chicken Variant cover
On sale MARCH 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   TAKE MY MONEY

Don’t let the unorthodox choice of partner fool you, this comic sounds like it’s going to be kind of heavy. In the latest issue of “Batman & (anyone who isn’t Robin, because he’s dead)” we are finally addressing the events of Batman Incorporated’s finale in a more proactive way. Rather than wallow in misery, Batman is finally going to hunt down Ra’s al Ghul and find out what he did with the body of both Damian and Talia. This all sounds great. Really organic storytelling regarding a subject that frankly should’ve been tackled a hell of a lot sooner and I’m excited to see how it all plays out. But what really gets me is this: what the heck is Aquaman doing here?

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BATMAN ’66 #9

Written by JEFF PARKER
Art by CRAIG ROUSSEAU and RUBEN PROCOPIO
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MARCH 19 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

Anticipation Level:   Intrigued

I might have to eat my words on this one. I said in last month’s issue that Shame wasn’t a fun enough villain to give us a great comic like some of the other baddies have in other issues and now that’s really going to be put to the test as Shame takes center stage. Also be on the lookout for another little-known villain named Zelda the Great (who was part of a trivia question I had on Twitter a few weeks ago when I gave away The Dark Knight trilogy on Ultraviolet).

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BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #8

Written by KYLE HIGGINS and CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by IBAN COELLO, THONY SILAS and ERIC WIGHT
Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
On sale MARCH 19 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

Anticipation Level:   TAKE MY MONEY

I’m pumped to see the conclusion of the Man-Bat saga in Batman Beyond and the tremendous amount of action in Justice League Beyond has been quite a bit of fun as well. This won’t be a new-reader friendly issue by a long shot but I imagine it’ll be very rewarding for those of us who have followed these tales from the start. Look for Brainiac to attack Paradise island and revelations about the relationship between Dick and Barbara!

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

  • Suicide Squad #29
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: Crisis of Imagination #3
  • Red Hood and The Outlaws #29
  • Harley Quinn #4
  • Birds of Prey #29
  • Batwoman #29

Graphic Novel Watch!

Batman by Doug Moench & Kelley Jones, Vol. 1  — Collects BATMAN #515-525, 527-532 and 535-536.

Justice League Beyond, Vol. 2: In Gods We Trust — Collects Justice League Beyond #10-17