Alright, I know I’ve been apologizing a lot lately due to my tardiness, but this really should be the last late post from me. After  an unexpected weekend full of work, I’ve wrapped my work project, and my life will now get back to normal (after I sleep for the next three days). I appreciate your patience during this time, and look forward to being timely again! Also be on the lookout for August Solicitations later tonight!

Other than that… Woo hoo! We’ve finally reached the end of Convergence! I’m so ready to move past this event and get back to normal! To be honest, I still haven’t even read last week’s issues because I’m just not that motivated to read them. That being said, I am curious to see how they transition this whole event… I’m hoping I’ll be able to walk away saying, “At least it was enjoyable.”

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…

 

May 27th

 

Injustice Year Four 2
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 4 #2
Angered by the losses in the ongoing conflict against Superman, former GCPD Detective Renée Montoya has had enough. Taking an extra dose of the Super Soldier pills, she goes up against The Man of Steel alone. Can her allies save her in time? Meanwhile, Billy Batson gets a surprise visitor at school: Harley Quinn!

Written by Brian Buccellato
Pencils by Mike S. Miller
Inks Mike S. Miller
Colored by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover by Art Thibert

Random Blurb of Excitement: This is my shining light for this week! Is anyone really surprised? I mean, really?

Batman News Critic: Elena

 

Convergence 8
Convergence #8
All the heroes of the DC Universe unite to face a crisis of infinite proportions – but when all is done, there can be only one reality. But will even that survive the battle?

Written by Jeff King and Scott Lobdell
Pencils by Carlo Pagulayan, Stephen Segovia, and Ethan Van Sciver
Inks by Ethan Van Sciver
Colored by Peter Steigerwald
Cover by Brad Anderson, Andy Kubert, and Peter Steigerwald

Random Blurb of Excitement: I’m going to be honest, my excitement for this is more of a curiosity… I wouldn’t say I’m excited to see how everything closes out, but I’m incredibly curious.

Batman News Critic: Brandon

 

Convergence Shazam
Convergence: Shazam! #1 & 2
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! The shining city of Fawcett takes on the murky gaslit world of Gotham City as Captain Marvel finds the Victorian-era Batman prepared to take on the mightiest of mortals!

Written by Jeff Parker
Pencils and Inks by Evan Shaner
Colored by Jordan Bellaire
Cover by Jordan Bellaire and Evan Shaner

Random Blurb of Excitement: Due to Batman’s involvement, we’ll be covering both issues of Convergence: Shazam. I haven’t read the first issue, but I heard some positive feedback around it last month. This might be worth picking up!

Batman News Critic: Terry

 

Batman 66 23
Batman ’66 #23
Two villains from Batman’s classic Rogues Gallery get the ’66 treatment in two separate stories! First, Hilda, aunt of Marsha Queen of Diamonds, messes with forces beyond her control and brings forth Solomon Grundy. Then, when False Face goes looking for a shape-shifting formula, he ends up creating Clayface!

Art by Giancarlo Caracuzz and, Brent Schoonover
Cover by Mike Allred
Written by Jeff Parker

Random Blurb of Excitement: It’s Clayface in the ’66 verse… Enough said! Actually, one more thing, I can’t wait to read Robin’s one-liners about Clayface… Ok, now I really am done.

Batman News Critic: Jay

 

Convergence Detective Comics
Convergence: Detective Comics #2
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson attempt to keep Bruce Wayne’s memory alive as they come to blows with the powerful Superman Red Son characters!

Written by Len Wein
Pencils by Denys Cowan
Inks by Bill Sienkiewicz
Colored by Felix Serrano
Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Random Blurb of Excitement: I wasn’t a huge fan of this first installment of this… so I’m probably going to skip the second half. I might have just been tired, so there’s a chance I will circle back to this title once I’m past the Convergence fatigue, but I’m not promising anything.

Batman News Critic: Sean

 

Convergence Crime Syndicate 2
Convergence: Crime Syndicate #2
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! The Crime Syndicate from the past and the heroes from the farthest future of DC One Million clash on the Convergence battlefields!

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: The only reason this book is so low on my list is because I didn’t read the first installment. Like Convergence: Detective Comics, this will most likely be something I circle back to. I’ll definitely keep a close eye on Terry’s score since he was so favorable of last month’s issue though.

Batman News Critic: Terry

 

Multiversity 1 DC
The Multiversity Director’s Cut #1
The first monumental issue of THE MULTIVERSITY is back in this new Director’s Cut Edition, presenting Ivan Reis’s pencil artwork! This special comes polybagged with a 26.5” x 30.5” version of the sensational Map of the Multiverse poster, designed by Rian Hughes from Grant Morrison’s notes! Also included are preliminary character designs by Morrison and Reis, and more!

Art by Ivan Reis
Cover by Ivan Reis
Written by Grant Morrison

Random Blurb of Excitement: The first issue of Multiversity was easily my least favorite issue… that being said, one of my biggest complaints was that it was just too much. Now that we’re getting the director’s cut, that could easily change. The automatic downside though it the price. At $10.99, this is a hefty price for roughly 20 additional pages. I’ll base my review as a comparison for which is the better deal: the regular issue, or this one.

Batman News Critic: Josh

 

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.

Spoiler

Best Cover of May 20, 2015: Convergence: Wonder Woman #2 by Joshua Middleton with 47% of the votes.

Wonder Woman Convergence

  1. Convergence: New Teen Titans #2 by Annette Kwok and Nicola Scott (17%)
  2. Convergence #7 by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Peter Steigerwald (13%)
  3. Convergence: Swamp Thing #2 Kelley Jones and Michelle Madsen (10%)
  4. Convergence: Batman & the Outsiders #2 by Carlos D’Anda (10%)
  5. Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #11 (2%)