Upcoming Comics: April 9th, 2014

Batman Eternal is finally here. That’s pretty much all you need to know.

Here’s the full list of review comics out this week, April 9th, 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!

April 9th



Cover by CLAY MANN
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   Mixed

My original info for this was incorrect (Big thanks to Nightwing65 & Lauro Antonio Salvo who pointed it out in the comments). DC has bumped Gail Simone’s Ragman story to May and this week’s issue will be a one-shot by Scott Snyder’s former student Marguerite Bennett. It features Batgirl going toe-to-toe with a supernatural legend called Midnight Man. However, while the teaser for this issue may have changed, my anticipation level has not. I haven’t been impressed by Marguerite Bennett yet and I’m not interested in another supernatural story, but at the same time I like a good done-in-one tale and I’m interested to read a Batgirl story by a different writer. I have found Simone’s run to be mediocre.



Art and cover by JASON FABOK
1:50 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale APRIL 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Anticipation Level:   TAKE MY MONEY

With Zero Year taking, well, a year and no other Bat-titles stepping up to lead us ahead in the present day, DC has launched “Batman Eternal,” a weekly series with a heck of a lot of hype around it. Have you seen Batman #28 or the preview that shows a flash forward to the end of the year? It looks like this is truly THE Batman title to read for the foreseeable future. Every. Single. Wednesday.

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

  • Justice League 3000 #5

Graphic Novel Watch!