It’s going to be a light week for us this week, with only five titles to review! Next week will be exciting though! We’ll finally get the conclusion to Batman: Endgame, the start to Justice League: The Darkseid War, and wrap up Multiversity. So I’m willing to bet most of you really just want next week to hurry up and get here!
On a side note, I expect DC to release July solicitations this week, so I’ll pull those together once they’re released. DC usually slips a couple of solicitations out here and there ahead of the official announcement, but they haven’t done that yet, so we might have to wait another week. They did announce that the variant cover theme for July would be Teen Titans Go!, so I will include a poll for those. I’ll also announce the winners of the Best Cover of Q-1 poll that will move on to compete for the best cover at the end of the year!
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. After that, you’ll find a poll for this week’s best cover! Should you have trouble picking one cover, no worries! The poll is open so you can select as many covers as you’d like. Then, as always, you’ll find graphic novels scheduled for release this week, along with their cover as well thanks to some requests (note: graphic novel covers will not be included in the poll for best cover). And of course, I (we) want to hear from you in the comments section! 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…
Death comes calling as an injured Telos takes out his rage on the people of Kandor, while the Earth-2 team endures another brutal casualty. And major plans are set in motion as Green Lantern and the others follow Deimos into the lost city of Skartaris to find Rip Hunter and the missing Time Masters, who could be their only hope of escape from this apocalypse for Infinite Earths!
Written by Jeff King
Pencils by Stephen Segovia
Inks by Jason Paz
Random Blurb of Excitement: I really enjoyed last week’s issue, and even though they breezed right through would could’ve been an amazing moment, I still thought it was solid. And if we’re going to judge a book by it’s cover, then I’m stoked to read this week’s issue.
Batman News Critic: Brandon
Batman: Arkham Knight #3
Shipping twice in April! The Arkham Knight’s shadow spreads across the city as Batman digs deeper into the murders of villains – and it will soon put him on a collision course with the most dangerous enemy he’s ever faced! All this and more as the stunning prelude to the highly anticipated video game continues!
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils by Viktor Bogdanovic and Ig Guara
Cover by Dan Panosian
Random Blurb of Excitement: I was a little disappointed with the previous issue, but it wasn’t bad. I’m hoping this issue gets back to the current plot. As much as I love the Joker, I’d rather focus on the Arkham Knight character.
Batman News Critic: Jay
Convergence: New Teen Titans #1
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Titans Together! The greatest Titans team of them all takes on the might of the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol!
Written by Marv Wolfman
Pencils by Nicola Scott
Inks by Marc Deering
Colored by Jeromy Cox
Cover by Annette Kwok and Nicola Scott
Random Blurb of Excitement: Disco Dick! The thing that really excites me about this book is that they’ve brought Marv Wolfman back for this title! There’s a lot of good that could potentially take place here, and I’m hoping for the best!
Batman News Critic: Terry
Batman ’66 #22
It’s fowl play in Gotham with that feathery fiend the Penguin on the loose! Can the dynamic duo clip his wings, or will the dastardly delinquent stay one step ahead of our heroes?
Written by Mike W. Barr
Pencils by Michael Avon Oeming
Colored by Tony Avina
Cover by Laura Allred and Mike Allred
Random Blurb of Excitement: DC didn’t’ have the right solicitation for this issue, so I had to reach out to Jay for it! At this moment, I’m not sure if he came up with it himself, or if it was from his digital issue. Regardless, its good.
Batman News Critic: Jay
Convergence: Batman & the Outsiders #1
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! After a year under the dome, the Outsiders have gone their separate ways, but when OMAC attacks, Batman must find out if they have what it takes to still be a team.
Written by Marc Andreyko
Pencils and Inks by Carlos D’Anda
Colored by Gabe Eltaeb
Cover by Brad Anderson and Andy Kubert
Random Blurb of Excitement: I love the Outsiders… but nothing can save the fact that Marc Andreyko is writing this issue…
Batman News Critic: Sean
Graphic Novel Watch:
Batman ’66 Vol. 2 (Softcover) – In this volume of tales pulled from issues #6-10 of the digital-first series, King Tut returns to challenge the Dynamic Duo with his most far-reaching plan yet to rule the modern Thebes known as Gotham City! Plus, Batman and Robin meet the Bookworm, face off with False Face and more!
Batman ’66 Vol. 3 (Hardcover) – In this third BATMAN ‘66 collection, The Dynamic Duo face The Joker, The Penguin, the Queen of Diamonds and a Bat-Robot of their own making…that may put Batman and Robin out of a job! Collects issues #11-16.
Justice League 3000 Vol. 2: The Camelot War (Softcover) – In these stories from issues #8-13, the JLA3K battle the fury of The Five, face the coming of the frost queen called Ice, and put up with the return of the team of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold.
Cover of the Week:
Now, with all of this week’s releases listed above, it’s time for you to sound off! What’s the best cover that is being released this week? If you’re like me, and can’t decide on just one, then you can select multiple if you would like. Vote using the poll below, and we’ll announce the winner next week. Last week’s winner can be found in the spoiler tag!
Best Cover of April 15, 2015: Convergence: Batman Shadow of the Bat by Ellery Santos and Philip Tan with 33% of the votes.
- Convergence #2 by Joe Prado and Ivan Reis (30%)
3. Convergence: Catwoman #1 by Claire Wendling (17%)
4. Convergence: Suicide Squad #1 by John Paul Leon (13%)
5. Teen Titans Go! #9 by Dan Hipp (4%)
6. Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #10 by Mico Suayan (4%)