I’ve been in a very special hell… jury duty. Ugh. This is my first time being summoned and it’s the absolute worst. No offense to our judicial system, but man… It’s a pain. Where’s Batman when you need him? Just scare the be-Jesus into criminals so they stop their crime!  Anyway, this set me back a little, so I wanted to apologize for that. Last week’s Cover Talk will post tonight, and then we’ll return to our standard posting schedule.

Alright, on to business! This week’s releases are listed according to our anticipation scale, with titles listed in alphabetical order within each sub-header. 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. Following that, you’ll find notes pertaining to other DC Comics titles, as well as our Graphic Novel Watch. And finally, we want to hear from you! What titles are you picking up? Why are you excited? What do you hope will happen in the book? Etc. So, without further ado, review our Anticipation Scale, and comment away!

The Anticipation Scale

NO! – A comic I downright dread reading and if I wasn’t a reviewer, I would never buy it.

“You Don’t Have to Thank Us” – The idea of reviewing it doesn’t make me ill or angry, but it definitely sounds like it’s going to be a chore. Still, I’m reading it for you. I’m putting it at the bottom of the pile, but I’m reading it for you.

Mixed – A middle of the pile comic. It’s probably got the same chance of being dreadful as it does of being stupendous. I’m neither looking forward to it or avoiding it, whatever happens… happens.

Intrigued – I think this comic has potential to be a fantastic read. There’s some slight hesitation there, but it’s definitely going to be at the top of the pile.

TAKE MY MONEY – Everything about this issue has me excited. If I don’t get to read this book on Wednesday, I will be furious. I would pay extra just to have it in my hands right now! That’s how much I’m looking forward to it!

And as a reminder, our review scale is based on a 10-point system. A rating of “5” means the book is mediocre/average, and the more toward “10″ we go, the more awesome/worth buying it is. The more toward “1″ we go the more awful/not worth buying it is. That’s how we rate things. It’s not like most video game review scores where everything under 8 is crap, and it’s not like a school report card where everything under a 7 is failing or close-to-failing. Please keep this in mind when reading our reviews.

 

JANUARY 16th

TAKE MY MONEY

The Batman Who Laughs #2
After the shocking ending of issue #1, a ticking clock sets Batman on a trail throughout the different realities of the Multiverse. He starts to see all the iterations of his life, and what could have been…but more importantly, Bruce Wayne begins to deduce that his current life is somehow wrong, and that all the mistakes he’s made are somehow connected. Meanwhile, the Batman Who Laughs raises the curtain on his second act, pulling out the big guns to break into Arkham Asylum…enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight!

Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils and Inks by Jock
Colored by David Baron
Cover by Jock

Josh’s Stance: The debut of The Batman Who Laughs came out guns a blazing – pun intended – so I’m pretty excited for this issue. I like seeing the various paths Bruce Wayne could have taken, and I’m curious to find out if there will be other Bruce’s pop up.

Batman-News Critic: Casper

 

Detective Comics #996
In the catacombs under Paris, Henri Ducard is not going to sit and wait for the death that’s coming for everyone who helped to train Batman…he’s going to wrestle it to the ground and put a bullet between its eyes! Good plan—but what if it just gets right back up? Can even Batman save him then?

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils by Doug Mahnke
Inks by Jaime Mendoza
Colored by David Baron
Cover by David Baron, Doug Mahnke, and Jaime Mendoza

Josh’s Stance: After the wild and shocking ride of the previous issue, you better believe I’m ready! There’s a nice mystery being built, and I can’t wait for everything to unravel!

Batman-News Critic: Elena

 

 

MIXED

Red Hood: Outlaw #30
Will the Red Hood’s latest campaign be his last? Jason’s hot on the heels of the drugs he and Arsenal recently tracked to Beijing, but instead of finally encountering the mysterious Solitary, he finds himself face to face with a figure from his past. Plus, who’s the new Wingman, and why’s he tracking the Red Hood? And how can he and Jason be in the same place at the same time? Find out in “Outlaw” part five!

Written by Scott Lobdell
Pencils and Inks by Pete Woods
Colored by Rex Lokus and Pete Woods
Cover by Pete Woods

Josh’s Stance: Red Hood has been a mixed bag the last few months, so that has made me slightly cautious going into this issue. I still don’t feel like DC has fully committed to the edge that they were teasing when his costume was redesigned, but we’ll see.

Batman-News Critic: Brian

 

 

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO THANK US”

Suicide Squad #50
The infection in Temho Me4ta prison spreads, and cannot be allowed to reach the surface. The Suicide Squad is all that stands in the way of a global pandemic. It’s line-in-the-sand time: Will the Squad be forced to live up to its name? Don’t miss this extra-sized anniversary issue!

Written by Rob Williams
Pencils by Will Conrad, Diogenes Neves, German Peralta, and Brent Schoonover
Inks by Will Conrad, Scott Hanna, German Peralta, and Brent Schoonover
Colored by Gabe Eltaeb
Cover by Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair, and Scott Williams

Josh’s Stance: Mmmm… When does this end again?

Batman-News Critic: Casper

 

NOTES:

  • Titles we’ll cover in This Week in Comics: Catwoman #7, Justice League Dark #7, Titans #33, as well as the titles listed above.
  • Additional releases from DC Comics: A Very DC Valentines Day #1, Electric Warriors #3, The Flash #62, Goddess Mode #2, Hawkman #8, House of Whispers #5, Scooby Apocalypse #33, Supergirl #26, Superman #7, and Wonder Woman #62.

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL WATCH:

Batwoman Vol. 3: Fall of the House of Kane – Batwoman continues her triumphant return with her own series in Batwoman Vol. 3, as a part of DC Universe Rebirth!

After her deadly trip around the world hunting the infamous Many Arms of Death, Batwoman returns to Brussels, the site of her most brutal losses and memories. As the clock begins to tick on a new cycle of violence, Kate must overcome her haunted past to ensure her terrorist foes don’t begin the New Year with a bang!

Written by Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics Bombshells) this stunning conclusion to the series ends this chapter of Batwoman’s history! Batwoman Vol. 3 collects issues #12-18.