In case you missed it, we received some big news last week! Tom King will be leaving Batman. I’m certain the reaction to this will be mixed – many of you feeling crushed, while a number of others rejoice. Personally, I’m ok to see him leave the main title. As you all know, I haven’t been a fan of King’s Batman run – despite being a huge fan of him – and I think the title desperately needs a new direction. But, for the fans of King’s Batman, it’s not all bad news. After he leaves the title, he’ll launch Batman/ Catwoman! Now, despite my dislike for his main Bat-run, I’m actually looking forward to this. If there was anything I enjoyed about King’s run, it was the relationship between Bruce and Selina leading up to the wedding. The real question will be whether or not King can redeem himself…

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.

May 29th

TAKE MY MONEY

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1
Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane.

And…he was never Batman.

So begins this sprawling tale of the Dark Knight as he embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape featuring a massive cast of familiar faces from the DC Universe. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it…

From the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the team that reinvented Batman from the emotional depths of “Court of Owls” to the bombastic power of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, DC Black Label is proud to present the bimonthly, three-issue miniseries BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH, published at DC’s standard comic trim size.

par This could be the last Batman story ever told…

Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils by Greg Capullo
Inks by Jonathan Glapion
Colored by FCO Plascencia
Cover by Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia

Josh’s Stance: I’m pretty excited for this! Scott likes to big, bold, and crazy with his stories, and this is the perfect book for him to do that with! I typically prefer my Batman books to be grounded when they’re in continuity, but since this is an else-world story… I say go for it! Give me all of your crazy, over-the-top, bombastic, Snyder goodness!

Batman News Critic: Casper

 

Detective Comics Annual #2
After years on the shelf, Batman returns to the Black Casebook! Throughout his career, Batman has compiled his most disturbing cases into one volume, its every page filled with bizarre horror and crimes he never quite managed to solve. Now a case from the past has re-opened itself in the here and now…and Batman will find himself face-to-face again with one of the deadliest villains he fought in his early years: the Reaper!

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils and Inks by Travis Moore and Max Raynor
Colored by Tamra Bonvillain and Nick Filardi
Cover by Guillem March and Arif Prianto

Josh’s Stance: This is another title I’m super excited for! I’ve gushed over Tomasi’s work so much that this shouldn’t be a surprise, but the fact that he’s bringing in the Reaper! Yo… I’m down! Interestingly enough, Batman: Year Two isn’t one of my favorite stories, but it has a number of great elements within it. To see the Tomasi is going to pull from that has me extremely giddy. In addition to that, I’m also curious to see if/how Tomasi chooses to change the Reaper! Yeah, I’m ready for this one!

Batman News Critic: Jay

 

Doomsday Clock #10
This stunning issue of the critically acclaimed hit maxiseries reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.

Written by Geoff Johns
Pencils and Inks by Gary Frank
Colored by Brad Anderson
Cover by Brad Anderson and Gary Frank

Josh’s Stance: All I’ll say is this… Doomsday Clock has been an incredible book so far. I know many of you are trade-waiting due to all of the delays – and I get that – just make sure you read it at some point. Regardless of the connection this title may or may not have on the greater DC Universe, this is a quality book that deserves your attention.

Batman News Critic: Jay

 

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO THANK US”

Heroes in Crisis #9
The most-talked-about miniseries of the year reaches its stunning finale! The mystery behind the murders at Sanctuary is solved, but the mind behind it is one the heroes never expected. With their deepest secrets exposed, the Trinity has to consider how to carry on. Should the tragedy cause them to redouble their efforts to help their hurting comrades, or will they need to close up shop? The answers will be found in the ashes of this final showdown, and the fates of Booster Gold, Harley Quinn and the rest hang in the balance.

Written by Tom King
Pencils and Inks by Clay Mann
Colored by Tomeu Morey
Cover by Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey

Josh’s Stance: This is it, folks. The final issue… Anyone actually excited for this? Personally, I’m not. For me, there’s no way King can manage to redeem the story or Wally. And considering the overall reaction this book received from fans, DC seems to be doing everything they can to just move past this. In fact, I’m willing to bet HiC won’t have much impact on the greater universe when all is said and done… Unless that Wally West/ Suicide Squad book that’s been rumored really does happen. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Batman News Critic: Josh

 

NOTES:

  • Titles we will cover in This Week in Comics: Catwoman Annual #1, Dog Days of Summer #1, Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1, as well as the titles listed above.
  • Additional releases from DC Comics: The Wild Storm #23

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL WATCH:

Batman: Hush (DC Essential Edition) – In this classic tale, Batman sets out to learn the identity of the mysterious villain known as Hush. But Batman ends up facing the most intense case of his life as secrets from his past flood into the present! Guest-starring the Dark Knight’s greatest allies and enemies, this collection presents BATMAN #608-619, a six-page story from Wizard #0 and a two-page origin story that originally appeared at dccomics.com in a new paperback edition with a new cover by superstar artist Jim Lee!

 

Legends of the Dark Knight: Michael Golden – Fans first got to know the spectacular art style of Michael Golden in the 1970s, when his interpretation of Batman and other Gotham City heroes first hit comics. Now DC collects his stories from the pages of Batman Family #15-20, Batman #295 #303, DC Special Series #15, Detective Comics #482, Batman Special #1 and Batman: Gotham Knights #22, plus numerous covers.