New week. New releases. We’ve got a decent, albeit light, slate this week, but the debut of DCeased: Unkillables and Joker: Killer Smile has me pretty hyped. We also get to delve deeper into Tynion’s Batman and Venditti’s Justice League. It should be a quality week, but you never know these days.

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.

FEBRUARY 19th

TAKE MY MONEY

DCeased: The Unkillables #1
The blockbuster DC series returns to answer this question: What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended?

Spinning out of the dramatic events of 2019’s smash hit, writer Tom Taylor returns to this dark world with a street-level tale of death, heroism and redemption. Led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, DC’s hardest villains and antiheroes fight with no mercy to save the only commodity left on a dying planet of the undead-life!

Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils by Karl Quitely Mostert
Inks by Livesay, Neil Edwards, and Trevor Scott
Colored by Rex Lokus
Cover by Tomeu Morey and Howard Porter

Josh’s Stance: Hell yeah! I loved DCeased, so I’m definitely looking forward to this release! My only concern is that this appears to have been rushed into production, and I get why DC would want to jump on a good thing, but I honestly would’ve waited until October for a follow-up. That being said, Mostert stepping in on art is a welcomed change! If you don’t recognize the name, he did the Calendar Man story from New Year’s Evil. I thought the weakest aspect of DCeased was Hairsine’s contribution, and while Mostert’s art isn’t as gritty, there is a creepy aspect that he does really well. So, yeah… As I said, I’m definitely excited!

Batman News Critic: Casper

 

Joker: Killer Smile #3
Everything Dr. Ben Arnell knew is wrong. Who can he turn to? The Joker waits with open arms…and all he needs from Ben is open cell doors! The unbelievable psychological thriller from the creators of Gideon Falls hits a fever pitch and crashes to its decisive finale…or does it?

Written by Jeff Lemire
Pencils and Inks by Andrea Sorrentino
Colored by Jordie Bellaire and Andrea Sorrentino
Cover by Andrea Sorrentino

Josh’s Stance: I’ve absolutely loved this book so far, and I think Lemire and Sorrentino complement each other incredibly well. I’m excited to see what the two have lined up for us here.

Batman News Critic: Casper

 

INTRIGUED

Batman #89
Batman must stop Deathstroke from killing the mayor of Gotham City! But to do so he has to figure out who ordered the hit in the first place. If his four main suspects aren’t ’fessing up to the crime, then is there someone even more sinister lurking in the shadows waiting to deliver the coup de grâce? Whoever it is, one victim will fall under their attack!

Written by James Tynion IV
Pencils by Guillem March and Carlo Pagulayan
Inks by Guillem March and Danny Miki
Colored by Tomeu Morey
Cover by Tony Salvador Daniel, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey

Josh’s Stance: I’m still waiting before I start forming a definitive opinion of Tynion’s Batman, but right now I fee that it’s just “fine.” It’s not great, but it isn’t terrible either. If anything, I think Tynion is trying to do too many things at once, and he isn’t really doing any of them to the best of his ability. Also, my biggest issue with this book is the rotating artists. It just comes across as if DC themselves don’t take the book seriously. And with so many artists sharing their aggravation for not being recognized as main contributors, I believe that starts with the publisher. Just put a consistent artist on a book for a full arc. I don’t think that’s asking too much. Consistency is key.

Batman News Critic: Josh

 

Justice League #41
Invasion of the Supermen! Eradicator and his strike team sweep across Earth with devastating consequences. The Justice League finds itself battered and overwhelmed by an enemy more powerful than even Superman. Batman and Green Lantern plan a counter assault, but it can’t work without the Flash, whose connection to the Speed Force has become unpredictable-and possibly fatal. With the team at half-strength, will it be enough to hold their enemies at bay?

Written by Robert Venditti
Pencils by Aaron Lopresti
Inks by Matt Ryan
Colored by David Baron
Cover by Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair, and Jeremiah Skipper

Josh’s Stance: Speaking of rotating artists. Following in the footsteps of Batman, Justice League also has an artist change with the second issue. I mean… Come on… A little effort and planning would be appreciated.

Batman News Critic: Nick

 

MIXED

Nightwing #69
Following the events of October’s Nightwing Annual #2, Ric Grayson is getting closer to the truth about what happened to him. Talon has been vanquished, but his interference has put Ric on the trail of other members of the Court of Owls. Have they been taking advantage of his injured state from the beginning? And what does that mean for the life he thought he lost?

Written by Dan Jurgens
Pencils and Inks by Ronan Cliquet
Colored by Nick Filardi
Cover by Nick Filardi, Travis Moore, Pete Pantazis, and Bruno Redondo

Josh’s Stance: Nightwing has been much better lately than it’s been in a while, but if there were ever a blinding reminder that DC needs to just hurry up and bring Dick Grayson back, it was last week’s (awful) Pennyworth RIP. Enough of this already. Give the people the character they love. If you want to play with him being a Talon instead of Nightwing, that’s fine, but use Dick… In fact, that’d probably be more interesting.

Batman News Critic: Michael

 

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO THANK US”

Teen Titans #39
The “Djinn War” has begun! Adam Glass is joined by new co-writer Robbie Thompson (Spider-Man/Deadpool, Spidey, Meet the Skrulls) and new artist Eduardo Pansica (Supergirl) for the Teen Titans’ next thrilling adventure! Trapped in her ring with no escape, Djinn finds herself on the inside looking out as the Teen Titans go hunting for Djinn’s older brother Elias, the only one capable of saving her. But Elias’s dark side is the stuff of legends…and the Teen Titans know he can’t be trusted. With Deathstroke, Lobo, and the Other in their rearview mirror…this team is about to go on their most dangerous mission yet.

Written by Adam Glass and Robbie Thompson
Pencils by Eduardo Pansica
Inks by Julio Ferreira
Colored by Marcelo Maiolo
Cover by Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo

Josh’s Stance: You know, I wouldn’t classify Teen Titans as bad, but I do feel as though it’s failed to live up to expectations from the word go. There’s a chance I could eventually look back on the title and feel differently, but, for now, I just can’t get excited for it. I am curious to see if Robbie Thompson brings anything unique to the table though.

Batman News Critic: Matina

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL WATCH:

There are no Bat-themed graphic novels releasing this week.