It’s one of those magical 5th Wednesday’s that we get from time to time, so it’s a light load in new releases! There is some smelltastic goodness we can look forward too though. And with three weekly titles, you can always count on them!
This week’s releases are listed 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! What 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…
Harley Quinn Annual #1
We have to warn you, readers: This issue stinks! Seriously! Like, unpleasant odors are literally in the story! In this first-ever HQ ANNUAL, take a trip to Harley’s home of Coney Island in a groundbreaking “scent-ticular” issue, featuring actual, honest-to-gosh smells. This issue comes polybagged to contain the stench.
Art by: John Timms
Cover by: Amanda Conner
Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Random Blurb of Excitement: I’m mainly excited because I can’t wait for people to say how bad this book smells! If you pick up this issue, make sure you comment in Elena’s review with the five worst smells you smelled in this book!
Batman News Critic: Elena
Batman Eternal #30
The last time Deacon Blackfire took control of Gotham City, Batman nearly died…How will the city fare now that he wields unspeakable power?
Art by: Fernando Pasarin
Cover by: Clay Mann
Written by: Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Random Blurb of Excitement: Typically, if Eternal has a less than stellar issue, they come back with a great one. I really hope that’s the case. There’s so much that they could do with Deacon Blackfire, and they’re really dropping the ball here. And can someone just kill the Joker’s Daughter already?
Batman News Critic: Brandon
Earth 2: World’s End #4
Aquawoman returns to Atlantis – too late!
Art by: Paulo Siqueira, Jorge Jimenez, Ed Benes, Tyler Kirkham, Eddy Barrows
Cover by: Ardian Syaf
Written by: Mike Johnson, Marguerite Bennett, Daniel H. Wilson
Random Blurb of Excitement: I feel bad that this is second to last on my list, because I really am excited to read it. Is World’s End starting off as strong as I had hoped? No. Does that mean it’s bad? Not at all!
Batman News Critic: Sean
Futures End #26
BATMAN of five years later appears for the first time in Futures End as he reveals a truth that will unravel Firestorm’s world.
Art by: Drew Geraci, Scott Eaton
Cover by: Ryan Sook
Written by: Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello
Random Blurb of Excitement: So… I’m on vacation this week… and I’m moving, so I’ll be busy, but I’m probably going to take this time to catch back up with this book… I’m reaching that, “Why in the hell am I not reading this book?” phase, because it looks like it’s about to get GOOD!
Batman News Critic: Jesse
Graphic Novel Watch:
DC Comics: Zero Year (Hardcover) – Six years ago, Gotham City weathered its greatest test as The Riddler shut down all power days before a terrifying superstorm! But the Dark Knight isn’t the only hero to surface during this moment in time known as the ZERO YEAR! Journey back to the Zero Year to see the early tales of heroes and heroines such as Nightwing, Green Arrow, Batgirl, Superman, Birds of Prey, Catwoman and more!