So… Tsujihara is out at Warner Bros. How will this affect the future of DC films? New leadership often involves people bringing in their own respective team members, so could we potentially see major changes within the next year? Only time will tell. The appointment of Tsujihara’s replacement could be very telling, so as more unfolds, I’ll definitely be sharing some thoughts and opinions.

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.

MARCH 13th

TAKE MY MONEY

Justice League #20
“The Sixth Dimension” part two! The Leaguers come face to face with their future selves in the Sixth Dimension and explore the path that lies before them. Meanwhile, Superman is trapped on a world with no light and hundreds of dead Supermen! Can the Man of Steel escape before his powers completely disappear? To do that, he’ll need to learn who captured him!

Written by Jorge Jimenez and Scott Snyder
Pencils and Inks by Jorge Jimenez
Colored by Alejandro Sanchez
Cover by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez

Josh’s Stance: Yes, please!

Batman-News Critic: Brian

 

MIXED

Batman #67
The “Knightmares” continue as Batman chases a new foe in an impossible race. Over rooftops, across alleyways, up and down the streets of Gotham City, this lightning-fast crook outsmarts the Dark Knight at every turn. Is that because the man under the mask is someone more familiar than he knows? Artist Lee Weeks returns to BATMAN for an all-out action issue unlike any you’ve seen before.

Written by Tom King
Pencils and Inks by Jorge Fornes and Lee Weeks
Colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser and Lovern Kindzierski
Cover by Elizabeth Breitweiser and Lee Weeks

Josh’s Stance: I wonder what “Knightmare” we’ll get this time? Each issue hints at where the story is going without actually taking it anywhere. I expect more of the same…

Batman-News Critic: Elena

 

NO!

Nightwing #58
The Joker’s Daughter is back! Or is she? While she wasn’t shot in the head like Nightwing, Duela Dent might be facing an identity crisis even more traumatic than Ric Grayson’s. Fortunately the new Nightwings are doing their best to protect Blüdhaven-learning as they go-allowing Ric to try to help steer Duela away from the life of a homicidal zealot of the crazy Clown Prince of Crime!

Written by Zack Kaplan and Scott Lobdell
Pencils and Inks by Travis Moore
Colored by Nick Filardi
Cover by Nick Filardi and Christopher Mooneyham

Josh’s Stance: Ummm…. At least Travis Moore is on art?

Batman-News Critic: Josh

 

NOTES:

  • Books we’ll cover in This Week in Comics: Teen Titans #28 and Teen Titans Go! #33, as well as the titles listed above.
  • Additional releases from DC Comics: Aquaman #46, Damage #15, Electric Warriors #5, High Level #2, Lucifer #6, Naomi #3, Pearl #7, and The Wild Storm #21.

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL WATCH:

Batman Vol. 9: The Tyrant Wing – The Dark Knight waddles into a turf war with the Penguin! Still reeling from the attacks on his Bat-Family and reputation, the Caped Crusader looks to track down the mysterious operator lurking behind the scenes in Gotham City—the Penguin! But the Penguin is on Batman’s side for once, and the crime boss sees dangerous things on the horizon. How can he convince the Caped Crusader he’s on the level? Plus, appearances by Professor Pyg, John Constantine and the boy who wanted to be Bruce Wayne! Collects Batman #58-63.

 

Batman: Arkham: Ra’s al Ghul – DC collects the greatest tales of Ra’s al Ghul, the Demon’s Head, leader of the League of Assassins and the only person in the world capable of going toe-to-toe with Batman. Collects Batman #232, 243 and 244, DC Special Series #15, The Brave AND the Bold #159, Detective Comics #750, Batman Annual #26, Nightwing #152, Batman and Robin #23.3 and more.