Upcoming Comics: July 23rd, 2014

San Diego Comic Con is this weekend!!! I’m not even going, but I’m still really freaking excited because I know there’s going to be more news coming out!!! Ahhhh! Are any of you going? Is there something you’re hoping to hear about this weekend?

As a reminder, the Anticipation Scale is gone, but I will list the books in order of what I’m most excited to read, to what I’m least excited to read. For each title, I’ll include the official solicitation, the talent credits, more of my randomness, and the Batman News team member that will be covering each book. And of course, I (we) want to hear from you! Which titles are you picking up? What do you hope to see? And what are your thoughts about the order of my list? So without further ado…

July 23rd

Batman Eternal 16

Batman Eternal #16
Red Robin is out to solve the mystery of the nanovirus spreading among Gotham City’s poorest, but Harper Row isn’t going to let him do it alone! Can Batwing escape the clutches of The Joker’s Daughter?

Art by: Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen
Cover by: Dustin Nguyen
Written by: Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder

Random Blurb of Excitement: Unless something goes drastically wrong, you should expect to see this book at the top of my list each week. Last week I was unsure because of the mystical aspect of the issue, but it turns out that I loved it! Hi

Batman News Critic: Brandon Mulholand

Batman 33

Batman #33
It’s been one hell of a year in Gotham City, and it all comes down to this: Batman vs. The Riddler! Gotham City and the Dark Knight will never be the same! Don’t miss this special, extra-sized finale of “Zero Year!”

Art by: Danny Miki, Greg Capullo
Cover by: Danny Miki, Greg Capullo
Variant cover by: Paolo Rivera
Written by: Scott Snyder

Random Blurb of Excitement: The final issue of “Zero Year” is here! There was definitely a little fatigue with this arc, but since this is the last issue, I feel like that fatigue is gone now. I can’t wait to see how Snyder and Capullo wrap things up with this extended issue.

Batman News Critic: Brandon Mulholand

Injustice 8

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two #8
Time jumps ahead and while Superman’s new rule over Earth becomes more entrenched, the Birds of Prey celebrate the arrival of a new child. Any hope for a new beginning is short lived though when Guy Gardner makes contact. He warns them that the Guardians are building to their final assault. The entire Green Lantern Corps is about to invade Earth.

Art by: Various, Bruno Redondo
Cover by: Jheremy Raapack
Written by: Tom Taylor

Random Blurb of Excitement: Bring it on! The only reason this title isn’t higher on my list is because its not part of continuity. If it were, this would easily be my number one book! It’s always a great read that never lasts long enough.

Batman News Critic: Elena Carrillo

Batman and Robin 33

Batman & Robin #33
“ROBIN RISES”! Picking up right where this month’s ROBIN RISES #1 left off, it’s Batman vs. the Justice League as the Dark Knight decides to follow the Chaos Shard back to its source: Apokolips!

Art by: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Cover by: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi

Random Blurb of Excitement: Just so we’re clear, I thought Robin Rises was pretty fantastic. Some of you might wonder why it’s not higher on my list, and that’s simply because I feel like we’re still in the hunt for Robin. But don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited about this issue and can’t wait to see what else unfolds.

Batman News Critic: Jesse Kennedy

Batman Beyond 12

Batman Beyond Universe #12
As Lord Superman stands on the edge of triumph against a physically and emotionally exhausted Justice League, Terry McGinnis returns from the Justice Lords’ world armed with a secret weapon! Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of “Justice Lords Beyond.”

Art by: Dexter Soy, Thony Silas
Cover by: Khary Randolph
Written by: Kyle Higgins, Christos Gage

Random Blurb of Excitement: You guys told me I should be reading this book, so I did, and it moved up my list! Could it move up even further? Potentially, but it has some tough competition.

Batman News Critic: Jay Yaws

Batman 66 13

Batman ’66 #13A new hit TV show based on Batman’s crime fighting exploits is on the air, but it hardly meets with the Caped Crusader’s approval. And the show’s producer has more in mind than just high ratings! A set visit from Batman and Robin reveals the producer’s true agenda and puts all of the action behind the cameras in this story by guest writer Gabriel Soria.

Art by: Dean Haspiel
Cover by: Mike Allred
Written by: Gabe Soria

Random Blurb of Excitement: It’s another issue of campy, fun goodness! Every time I read this, I think back to when I was a kid and Batman and Wonder Woman were on syndication on Sunday.

Batman News Critic: Jay Yaws

Secret Origins #4

Secret Origins #4
The latest explosive origins from DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 include Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Stephane Roux; Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz, and Damian, Son of Batman, by Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram!

Art by: Ian Bertram, Bill Sienkiewicz, Denys Cowan, Stephane Roux
Cover by: Lee Bermejo
Written by: Jeff Lemire, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Peter J. Tomasi

Random Blurb of Excitement: In this issue, we’re treated with the origin story of Harley Quinn and Damian Wayne. I’m curious to see if they change Harley’s origin due to her increased popularity. I’m also curious to see if they add a little something extra to Damian’s origin considering everything that going on with him at the moment.

Batman News Critic: Elena Carrillo

Futures End 12

New 52: Futures End #12
With Grifter still missing, his partner turns to the only person on Earth who may need more help than Cole! And 35 years from now, Brother Eye has conquered all of humanity – but what does it have planned?

Art by: Dan Green, Jesús Merino
Cover by: Ryan Sook
Written by: Dan Jurgens, Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen

Random Blurb of Excitement: I’ve decided to drop this book. While the concept is pretty brilliant, the execution has been poor at best. I feel like more attention and detail was put into the year that Terry is from, but there’s no clear definition of the time (year) that the story is currently taking place in. Also, while there has been progress, I don’t feel like this book is actually going to go anywhere. I’m going to keep an eye on Jesse’s reviews. If things change, I’ll consider getting back into it. What’s bad (for DC), is that this book definitely has to be putting a stigma on all of their September issues.

Batman News Critic: Jesse Kennedy

Catwoman 33

Catwoman #33
“Race of Thieves” speeds to the finish line in this final chapter! Selina is tested as she tries to compete in the race while she works for the GCPD!

Art by: Patrick Olliffe
Cover by: Rachel Dodson
Written by: Ann Nocenti

Random Blurb of Excitement: After this issues, Ann Nocenti only has two more issues in which she can inflict damage on Catwoman. I’m really curious to see if sales jump for this title in October (I’m sure they will), and by how much. But for now, I can read through this mess knowing that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Batman News Critic: Josh McDonald

Graphic Novel Watch:

Batman Black & White Vol. 4 (Hardcover) – The legendary, Eisner Award-winning series BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE returns in a brand-new volume featuring tales of The Dark Knight by some of comics’ greatest writers and artists!