I’m counting down the days! We have this week and next week, and then we can FINALLY get back to normal! I don’t know what normal is anymore, but it’s not Convergence, and every book won’t be forced to follow the same formula that we’ve been reading for nearly two months now.
But seriously… I can’t wait until June! And with DC releasing all of these teasers, I’m just getting more antsy. Some of the returning/ new books look amazing… and then some of the teasers reminded me why I stopped reading a book to begin with (I’m looking DIRECTLY at you Red Hood). DC continues to announce new books as well, which is exciting in itself. They just announced a Bombshell digital mini-series, and some writers have announced that they have secret projects they’re working on that will start in October… Aside from that, August solicitations should come this week, so keep an eye out for that!
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…
Convergence: New Teen Titans #2
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Titans Together – no more, when they face the might of the Tangent Doom Patrol! Is this the end of what many consider the greatest Titans team in the history of the Multiverse?
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: Convergence: New Teen Titans is pretty much the last Convergence tie-in I have any interest in reading… so next week I’m probably not going to be that excited… But hey, at least we get Disco Dick again!
Batman News Critic: Terry
Convergence: Wonder Woman #1 & 2
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Diana Prince is in the grip of a Domesday cult when Steve Trevor leaps into the fray! But can he save Etta Candy from vampires of Red Rain?
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Diana Prince gets blood on her jumpsuit as she takes on vampire versions of The Joker and the rest of the Red Rain ghouls!
Written by Larry Hama
Pencils by Aaron Lopresti
Inks by Matt Banning
Colored by Richard Horie
Cover by Joshua Middleton
Random Blurb of Excitement: This cover makes me more excited than anything else! I’m hoping that what’s inside is just as good!
Batman News Critic: Elena
The largest battle in the history of the Multiverse is here! Who will win and who will lose when Deimos battles the combined might of the Earth 2 survivors, the heroes from Kingdom Come, the Titans and Parallax? All this and more, as the heroes of The New 52 join the fight!
Written by Scott Lobdell
Pencils by Aaron Lopresti
Inks by Mark Morales
Colored by Peter Steigerwald
Cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Peter Steigerwald
Random Blurb of Excitement: I’m starting to care less and less about this title, which is ironic because it’s at a point where I should be saying, “Oh my God!!! This is epic!!!” Unfortunately, what I’m really thinking is, “Yes, yes… Get it over with so we can get to June…”
Batman News Critic: Brandon
Convergence: Swamp Thing #1& 2
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! The dome has cut off all the heroes from their powers – but what happens when Swamp Thing is cut off from his life source in The Green?
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Swamp Thing finds his connection to the Green renewed…but is it enough to help him survive the onslaught of the Red Rain vampire Batman?
Written by Len Wein
Pencils and Inks by Kelley Jones
Colored by Michelle Madsen
Cover by Kelley Jones and Michelle Madsen
Random Blurb of Excitement: I don’t know much about Swamp thing. Most of my exposure to him is from Injustice Gods Among Us, so I have no idea what to expect here. I’m not even sure if I should be excited.
Batman News Critic: Elena
Convergence: Batman & the Outsiders #2
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Batman leads the Outsiders against a terror from the Great Disaster – Godmaker and OMAC!
Written by Marc Andreyko
Pencils and Inks by Carlos D’Anda
Colored by Gabe Eltaeb
Cover by Carlos D’Anda
Random Blurb of Excitement: It’s Andreyko… I’m sure you could find more fun things to do than read this comic… Actually, I’m pretty sure you could find more fun things to do with the comic itself than actually read it. Paper planes. Origami. Something.
Batman News Critic: Sean
Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #11
Batman and his team battle Nightmare Batman. Later, the Monitor arrives on the Gaslight world to investigate the Earth Engine. But in doing so, he accidentally unleashes a wave of madness that claims him too. And a mystery villain is revealed.
Art by Eduardo Francisco and Angel Hernandez
Cover by Mico Suayan
Written by Dan Abnett
Random Blurb of Excitement: Poor Sean… He’s really gotten the short end of the stick with his titles. Hey, at least this book is coming to a close soon!
Batman News Critic: Sean
Graphic Novel Watch:
Detective Comics Vol. 5: Gothtopia (Softcover) – Who – or what – created this twisted vision of the Dark Knight’s hometown? As far as anyone knows, Gotham City is and always has been a crime-free utopia, patrolled by the white-clad Batman and his sidekick Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catbird. Don’t miss the strange adventure from DETECTIVE COMICS #25-29, including the amazing DETECTIVE COMICS #27!
Detective Comics Vol. 6: Icarus (Hardcover) – It’s a bold new direction for DETECTIVE COMICS as THE FLASH creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City. Can the Dark Knight stop the threat before the entire town finds itself embroiled in a deadly gang war that could burn everything – and everyone – down to the ground? Collects issues #30-34 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3.
JLA Vol. 7 (Softcover) – The JLA must make a gut-wrenching decision: to maintain neutrality in a galactic conflict with their old foe Kanjar Ro or interfere in foreign politics by conducting a preemptive strike of its own. Plus, a standoff between federal authorities and a metahuman settlement leads to trouble! Collects JLA #77-93.
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.
Best Cover of May 13, 2015: Convergence: Catwoman #2 by Claire Wendling with 26% of the votes.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four #1 by Rex Lokus & Howard Porter (21%)
3. Batman: Arkham Knight #4 by John Paul Leon (19%)
4. Convergence: Batman Shadow of the Bat #2 by Ellery Santos and Philip Tan (16%)
5. Convergence: Suicide Squad #2 by John Paul Leon (13%)
6. Convergence #6 by Carlo Pagulayan and Peter Steigerwald (6%)