Did everyone have a happy 4th of July? Hopefully none of you lost a finger, eye, or foot from fireworks. That would be…. Well, it would be funny, but I would feel bad for you. (I’m kidding… I would just feel bad for you… maybe…). I got to spend the day with my family – including my brothers and their kids! There’s something about family and young kids running around, popping fireworks, swimming, etc that makes the holiday feel more special! And then when that wears off after an hour, you can always get drunk and blow stuff up… Or shoot Roman Candles at one another while using trash can lids as shields… Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything! Nope. No experience doing that at all… *cough*

Alright, on to business! For a collection of our opinions pertaining to last week’s releases, make sure you check out This Week In Comics: Batman Tells a Bedtime Story. 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, a random comment (or rant), and the Batman News team member that will be reviewing each book. After I’ve overshared my opinions, you’ll find notes pertaining to other DC Comics titles/ delayed releases, as well as our Graphic Novel Watch. And finally, we want to hear from you! What titles are you picking up? What do you hope to see? Etc. So, without further ado…

 

July 12th

Suicide Squad #21
“KILL YOUR DARLINGS” part one! Devastated by Rustam and his Burning World, the international conspiracy known as the People reveal themselves to Amanda Waller in a desperate move to secure their mysterious endgame for Planet Earth! Meanwhile, the walls tighten for Boomerang as Harley Quinn gets closer to discovering the traitorous murderer within Task Force X…

Art by Gus Vazquez
Cover by Eber Ferreira and Eddy Barrows
Variant cover by Whilce Portacio
Written by Rob Williams

Josh’s Stance: “What? You’re not reading Suicide Squad? Why? WHY?” – This is what I’m going to say to everyone at my local comic book shop that doesn’t pick up Suicide Squad on Wednesday. You can refer to me as “that guy.” But seriously, Williams is doing great work with this title, and you should be reading it!

Batman-News Critic: Josh

 

 

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #11
“The Ballad of Olive Silverlock” part three! A terrible revelation sends Maps on a quest for answers at Wayne Manor! With Two-Face hot on their trail, Maps and Damian Wayne must work together to stop Olive’s rampage of destruction across Gotham City.

Art by Adam Archer, Sandra Hope, and MSASSYK
Cover by Karl Kerschl
Written by Karl Kerschl, Becky Cloonan, and Brenden Fletcher

Josh’s Stance: Have I told you that I’m sad to see Gotham Academy go? Because I’m seriously sad to see Gotham Academy go! (Also, super excited that Damian is back!)

Batman-News Critic: Brandon

 

 

Titans #13
“JUDAS AMONG US”! As Omen begins her investigation into the identity of the team’s traitor, the Titans launch a full assault on H.I.V.E., who they believe hold the key to restoring Bumblebee’s broken mind. Meanwhile, tensions rise when Roy discovers Wally and Donna’s blossoming romance—which threatens to tear the Titans apart!

Art by Norm Rapmund and V Ken Marion
Cover by Kenneth Rocafort
Variant cover by Dan Mora
Written by Dan Abnett

Josh’s Stance: After last month’s issue, I’m down! Titans and the team members comprising the team are at a crossroads, and it’s delicious, soapy goodness! (Hopefully they let the Nightwing helping Deathstroke thing go… I can’t get behind the team being upset that Dick agreed to try and make someone better…).

Batman-News Critic: Josh

 

 

Detective Comics #960
“INTELLIGENCE” part three! With Zatanna joining the ranks of Batman’s allies, there shouldn’t be any foe the team can’t take on…but does that include their teammate Azrael himself, who just might be cracking up?

Art by Raúl Fernández and Alvaro Martinez
Cover by Yasmine Putri
Variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Written by James T Tynion IV

Josh’s Stance: Zatanna added a much-needed boost of energy to this book, and I appreciate that. This arc still feels a bit like filler for the title itself, but I’m certain things will come out of this story that carry forward. Also… Does this team have an official (or unofficial) name? I keep referring to them as “the Detective team.”

Batman-News Critic: Brandon

 

 

Red Hood & the Outlaws #12
“THE LIFE OF BIZARRO” part one! Bizarro’s final days are upon us! As Red Hood and the Outlaws rush home to Gotham City in an effort to save Bizarro’s life, a new threat is unleashed in the form of Solomon Grundy! Can the Outlaws stop Grundy’s rampage without their most powerful member? Who unleashed the monster in the first place? And can Grundy defeated in time to save Bizarro from certain death? Find out in the start of a brand new adventure!

Art by Dexter Soy
Cover by Clay Mann
Variant cover by Guillem March
Written by Scott Lobdell

Josh’s Stance: The last arc didn’t end as well as I had hoped, but I’m still looking forward to this arc. I’ve said it from the beginning, but what I thought would be the weakest element of Red Hood and the Outlaws (Bizarro), has actually been the best! Lobdell has created some incredibly moving moments with Bizarro, and I hope to get more in this arc!

Batman-News Critic: Brian

 

 

Days: The Casting #1
The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

Art by Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr.
Cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
Variant cover by John Romita, Jr., and Andy Kubert
Written by James T Tynion IV and Scott Snyder

Josh’s Stance: I… Don’t know how I feel about this. I liked Dark Days: The Forge well enough, but the whole bit about the Joker being held captive… I don’t know. I often say I like Snyder’s work when he’s edited down, and I’m getting the feeling that he was given free reign with this… It makes me nervous. Also, I’m over the blatant push to make Duke into… Whatever it is that they’re trying to do with him. This is the same thing that destroyed Harper… Snyder is pushing his creations too hard too fast, and at the expense of other established characters.

Batman-News Critic: Elena

 

 

Justice League of America #10
“CURSE OF THE KINGBUTCHER” part one! The Ray never thought he would go back to Vanity, but the citizens of America’s most depressing city have found themselves caught in the middle of a mystic feud between order and chaos. The mysterious force known as the Might Beyond The Mirror has been granting Vanity’s greatest wishes; disabilities are healed, romances are restored and hope is rekindled. But it’s not meant to be, as a ruthless Lord of Order will stop at nothing to destroy the city’s dreams.

Art by Andrew T MacDonald
Cover by Ivan Reis
Variant cover by Doug Mahnke
Written by Steve Orlando

Josh’s Stance: I mean… If I have too… The last few issues have been better. They’re still bad, but at least they’ve gotten (a little) better.

Batman-News Critic: Josh

 

 

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey #12
“SOURCE CODE” part two! Oracle crossed half the criminal underworld in his early years—and now, he’s caused a black cat to cross the Birds of Prey’s path! Catwoman’s been waiting for a chance to get her claws on this guy for a while…but at this point, do the Birds even want to stand in her way?

Art by Roge Antonio
Cover by Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by Kamome Shirahama
Written by Shawna Benson and Julie Benson

Josh’s Stance: This is me as I write Upcoming Comics and realize I’m reviewing JLA this week, then the additional realization that I also have to cover Batgirl & the Birds of Prey this week:

Batman-News Critic: Josh

 

Notes:

  • Additional DC Releases slated for this week: Bug! The Adventures of Forager #3, Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps #24, Superwoman #12, The Flash #26, and Wonder Woman #26. 
  • All Star Batman #12 has been pushed back to July 26, 2017.
  • Justice League vs Power Rangers #5 has been pushed back to May 31, 2017 August 9, 2017.
  • Justice League vs Power Rangers #6 has been pushed back to September 6, 2017.

 

Graphic Novel Watch:

Batman Noir: Dark Victory – In this new edition of the sequel to BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, Gotham City is overrun by freaks like Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze and The Joker. To save his city, the Dark Knight investigates the seeming return of the serial killer called Holiday—and must learn who is committing crimes in his name! Issues #0-13 of the hit series are collected for the first time in striking, high-contrast black and white!

 

Justice League: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition – Book 1 – Comics superstars Bryan Hitch and Tony S. Daniel join a league of talented artists in JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE! Exploding from the pages of the blockbuster DC Universe Rebirth event, this deluxe edition collects the first eleven issues of the acclaimed series and the Rebirth special that started it, all together in one hardcover volume for the first time!

Superman. Batman. Wonder Woman. The Flash. Cyborg. Green Lantern. They’re more than just a team of superheroes. They’re the Justice League…and they’re about to enter a whole new era!

The Superman these incredible heroes once knew is dead, leaving an older, wiser Man of Steel from a vanished universe to take up the fight against evil. Hal Jordan, the greatest of the Green Lanterns, has taken to the stars, entrusting his place in the League to his powerful but untested young protégés, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. Now the Justice League must get used to these new faces and learn to work as a team once more.

But they’d better do it fast. They’re about to confront the biggest threats they’ve ever faced, from godlike machines capable of converting all life on Earth into a weapon, to a humble hacker who’s ready to hit them where it hurts most…

Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE (Rebirth) #1-11.

 

Justice League Vol. 3: Timeless – The Rebirth of the Justice League continues in a thrilling, action-packed story that could only come from comics superstar team Bryan Hitch (THE AUTHORITY, The Ultimates) and artists Fernando Pasarin (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) and Matt Ryan (WONDER WOMAN).

An army of aliens known as the Timeless has attacked Earth, sending a wave of destruction through history. Only Earth’s first line of defense, the Justice League, is powerful enough to stop them.

But the League has been split up, scattered through time to key moments of power…and if the Timeless succeed in destroying these moments, superheroes will never have existed. From Wonder Woman at the birth of the Olympian gods to Cyborg in the distant 31st Centurycentury, each Justice League member is fighting alone against overwhelming odds.

All except Batman and Superman, who have traveled together to the ends of the time wave to confront its source. With the very existence of Superman’s wife and son at risk, can the world’s greatest heroes save Earth’s entire history? Or will the Justice League finally run out of time?

Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #14-19.

 

Nightwing Vol. 6: To Serve & Protect – The legendary NIGHTWING creative team of Chuck Dixon, Greg Land and Drew Geraci presents the latest collection of the classic Nightwing stories in NIGHTWING VOLUME 6: TO SERVE AND PROTECT.
Nightwing protects the city of Blüdhaven from a deadly array of super-villains
by night, but by day he patrols the streets as rookie police officer Dick Grayson. But if he thought becoming a cop would help him defeat Blockbuster, the meta-powered crime kingpin of Blüdhaven, he was dead wrong.

Now Dick Grayson must split his time fighting super-powered assassins, like the deadly Sylph, as Nightwing during the evening, and then as Officer Grayson he must deal with former police inspector Dudley Soames, who is now a crazed gun-toting maniac.

Plus, Catwoman tries to seduce Nightwing, the secret origin of Tad is revealed, the deadly new threat known only as Hella is introduced, and Dick comforts Oracle (a.k.a. Barbara Gordon) after her father, Commissioner Gordon, is shot in the line of duty.

Collecting NIGHTWING #47-53 and NIGHTWING 80-PAGE GIANT #1!

 

Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway – From legendary comics writer Gerry Conway with illustrattions by fan-favorite artists including Jim Aparo, Carmine Infantino, José Luis García-López and Don Newton, and featuring guest appearances by Superman, Green Lantern,  and the whole Bat-family, these classic tales showcase one of the greatest talents ever to write for the Caped Crusader in TALES OF THE BATMAN: GERRY CONWAY.

From the time his first story was published in 1969, GERRY CONWAY became one of the most prolific and highly regarded comics writers of the era. He wrote for nearly every character being published at the time, and his original creations—including Firestorm, Steel and Vixen—changed comics history forever. Conway’s work had a profound affect on the legacy of Batman, with his creations Killer Croc and Jason Todd becoming mainstays in the legend of the Dark Knight.

Collects DETECTIVE COMICS 463, 464, 497-499, 501-504, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD 158, 161, 171-174, BATMAN 295, 305, 306, BATMAN FAMILY 17, MAN-BAT 1 and, WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 250, 269.