We’ve got a rather light week ahead of us, but if we get some quality books – and it looks as though that will be the case – then I’ll take quality over quantity any day! Also, our open call for those of you that are interested in joining the Batman News comic book review team is still open! If you’re thinking about submitting, but haven’t… What’s holding you back? Find out how to join our team here.

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.

 

JUNE 26th

TAKE MY MONEY

Detective Comics #1006
Detective Jim Corrigan has been shot on the streets of Gotham City—and the Spectre must reach out to Batman to help him find the secret assassin!

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils and Inks by Kyle Hotz
Colored by David Baron
Cover by Dan Brown and Kyle Hotz

Josh’s Stance: Tomasi… Writing Batman… Encountering the Spectre… Enough said! I’m soooooo down for this!

Batman News Critic: Jay

 

 

INTRIGUED

Batman: Damned #3
The stunning conclusion to the groundbreaking miniseries by the critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo is here! Batman’s most baffling case brings him face to face with his worst nightmare in this highly anticipated finale!

Written by Brian Azzarello
Pencils and Inks by Lee Bermejo
Colored by Lee Bermejo
Cover by Lee Bermejo

Josh’s Stance: I’m not going to lie, I’m a little less interested in this following the whole Bat-wang controversy and the delays. One has to beg the question, “What is the point of Black Label now?” if all it really is, is a DC Comic that has uncensored cuss words. But, I digress… I’m curious to see what this team has done, and I’m always excited to experience Lee Bermejo’s art. The verdict is still out on the story itself.

Batman News Critic: Casper

 

NOTES:

  • Titles we’ll cover in This Week in Comics: Batman Beyond #33, Justice League Dark #12, and The Silencer #18.
  • Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo releases this week.
  • Additional releases from DC Comics: Action Comics #1012, Books of Magic #9, Dial H for Hero #4, The Flash #73, High Level #5, Martian Manhunter #6, The Terrifics #17, Wonder Woman #73.

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL WATCH:

Batman: The Long Halloween (The Modern Classics Edition) – From the early days of Batman’s crime-fighting career, this new edition of the classic mystery involves a killer who strikes only on holidays. Working with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Jim Gordon, Batman races to discover who Holiday is! Collected from the original 13-issue series, for the first time in DC’s new Modern Classic slipcased format.