Look, I know all people really want to talk about is the potential outcomes of Batman Endgame. I’m a little late with this post again, so I’ll just keep this short and let you get to it! We also posted the July 2015 Solicitations so if you haven’t checked that out, then be sure to do so!
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…
The finale of “Endgame” is here! Batman risks everything against The Joker! Who will laugh last?
Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils by Greg Capullo
Inks by Danny Miki
Colored by Dave McCaig
Cover by Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and Francisco Perez
Random Blurb of Excitement: I’m excited! I’m nervous! I’m on the verge of peeing my pants! Don’t disappoint me Scott Snyder! I know where you live! (No I don’t… And even if I did, I’d just ask for his autograph).
Batman News Critic: Brandon
Justice League #40
The prologue to this summer’s upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE event – “THE DARKSEID WAR”! It’s been building since JUSTICE LEAGUE #1. Now, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and the rest of the DC Universe will come face to face with the two most powerful and dangerous entities in existence when both come for Earth. But why? To what lengths with the League have to go to survive? And what secrets about the League will be revealed?
Written by Geoff Johns
Pencils by Jason Fabok, Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins, and Kevin Maguire
Inks by Jason Fabok, Scott Kolins, Kevin Maguire, Jaime Mendoza, and Jerry Ordway
Colored by Moose Baumann
Cover by Joe Phillips and Jasen Rodriguez
Random Blurb of Excitement: I’m expecting this to be freaking amazing, so it better be! I am a little upset that we’re going to get this issue, then wait more than a month to get the next issue though. If you haven’t figured this out by now, I’m not the most patient person…
Batman News Critic: Terry
Convergence: Detective Comics #1
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson fight side by side in memory of Bruce Wayne as they decide who will become the next Batman.
Written by Len Wein
Pencils by Denys Cowan
Inks by Bill Sienkiewicz
Colored by Felix Serrano
Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
Random Blurb of Excitement: If I’m being completely honest, I can’t tell you why I’m so excited for this title, but I am… Just accept it.
Batman News Critic: Sean
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three Annual #1
The Year of Magic is over, and the stalemate between Superman’s regime and Batman’s resistance continues. But some mysteries remain to be explained, like the true start of John Constantine’s involvement. What secret role did Dr. Occult play? And what have the Titans been up to all this time?
Written by Brian Buccellato and Ray Fawkes
Pencils by Xermanico and Sergio Fernandez Davila
Inks by Xermanico and Juan Albarran
Colored by Rex Lokus and Alejandro Sanchez
Cover by Neil Googe by Rex Lokus
Random Blurb of Excitement: Year Three fell short of Year One and Two, but in the end, it was still pretty solid. This is the final chapter before we jump into Year Four, and I’m really hoping it ends on a high note!
Batman News Critic: Elena
The Multiversity #2
Every event in the history of the DC Universe has been leading to this! The final chapter of the greatest adventure of all time is here!
Written by Grant Morrison
Pencils by Ivan Reis
Inks by Eber Ferreira and Joe Prado
Colored by Dan Brown
Cover by Dan Brown, Joe Prado, and Ivan Reis
Random Blurb of Excitement: Look, I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the Multiversity issues, but I’m kind of glad it’s coming to an end. While they were quality work, I prefer stories that build into larger, arcing stories, and this clearly doesn’t do that. Are all of the issues connected? Yes, but I want a little more than that. I never really get excited for these issues.
Batman News Critic: Josh
Inside Skartaris, the heroes of Earth-2 must face the only man who can stop them from finding the missing Time Travelers – but why would Travis Morgan, aka The Warlord, want to kill them?
Written by Jeff King
Pencils by Stephen Segovia
Random Blurb of Excitement: Convergence has been better than I expected, so I’m going to go ahead and consider that a win. The issues appear to be dropping in quality though, so I hope it turns itself around.
Batman News Critic: Brandon
Convergence: Crime Syndicate #1
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! The Crime Syndicate’s absolute control over their city of a bygone era comes crashing down when Superwoman is on death row while the rest of the team fights the One Million Universe’s Batman and Superman!
Written by Brian Buccellato
Pencils and Inks by Phil Winslade
Colored by Lovern Kindzierski
Cover by Brian Buccellato and Phil Winslade
Random Blurb of Excitement: Most of the Convergence tie-ins have been pretty solid so far, and I hope it continues with this book. Following the Crime Syndicate’s take on this event could be an amazingly interesting direction.
Batman News Critic: Terry
The spotlight shines on John Romita, Jr. as he goes solo to tell the story of the testing of Superman’s new power against the Justice League! But the appearance of an unexpected enemy could end the Man of Steel’s life!
We didn’t plan on covering this, but it looks like the Justice League is involved, so if you want a review, let me know and I’ll cover it for you. Just to be clear though, I don’t read Superman, and I have no idea what’s going on in this book.
Graphic Novel Watch:
Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year – Dark City (Softcover) – Before the Batcave and Robin, The Joker and the Batmobile, there was ZERO YEAR. The Riddler has plunged Gotham City into darkness. How will a young Dark Knight bring his beloved hometown from the brink of chaos and madness back into the light? This final ZERO YEAR volume collects BATMAN #25-27 and 29-33.
Batman Vol. 6 – The Graveyard Shift (Hardcover) – In these tales from BATMAN #0, 18-20, 28, 34 and BATMAN ANNUAL #2, look back to the early days of the Dark Knight, then see the impact of the wake of the death of his son Damian! Plus, has Batman’s worst foe become…Bruce Wayne? This title also includes three pivotal chapters from the epic ZERO YEAR storyline, and a chapter that ties in to BATMAN ETERNAL!
Gotham City Sirens Book Two (Softcover) – In these tales from issues #14-26, Catwoman deals with the aftermath of battling her sister, setting her against Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy! Then, The Joker is back in Arkham Asylum, so Harley Quinn breaks back in with him – but will she stand by him or destroy him? Either way, Poison Ivy and Catwoman must put aside their differences to help their wayward friend.
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 22, 2015: Convergence #3 by Joe Prado & Ivan Reiss with 31% of the votes.
- Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 by Annette Kwok and Nicola Scott (28%)
3. Batman: Arkham Knight #3 by Dan Panosian (19%)
4. Batman ’66 #22 by Laura Allred and Mike Allred (14%)
5. Convergence: Batman & the Outsiders #1 by Brad Anderson and Andy Kubert (8%)