With most of the globe on lockdown, and with Diamond announcing they’ll suspend new shipments, it’s left us wondering, “What are we going to do?” Well, the first thing I recommend is to support your local comic shop if you’re able to. They need it! Since they won’t be receiving any newness, go buy some graphic novels from them. Stock up! Get a statue. There’s a good chance that many shops won’t make it out of this, so show them care. If you can’t purchase something – for whatever reason – then tell them you care! Tell them what the shop means to you. It will mean the world to them!
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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.
TAKE MY MONEY
Suicide Squad #4
With the chaos of Task Force X’s first mission behind her, Dr. Harleen Quinzel launches a psychological investigation into the current residents of Belle Reve-and when the infamous Harley Quinn is worried about someone else’s mental health, you know there’s a problem! What does Deadshot know about the machinations of their deadly new teammates, the Revolutionaries? Who are the Revolutionaries, where did they come from, and why do they hate superheroes so much? Careful, Harley-sometimes when you dig too deep, the monsters come crawling out…
Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils by Daniel Sampere
Inks by Juan Albarran
Colored by Adriano Lucas
Cover by Adriano Lucas and Bruno Redondo
Josh’s Stance: There are two in-continuity books right now that are absolutely killing it… Batman & the Outsiders and Suicide Squad. If you’re not reading either of these books, then you should! So far, Suicide Squad has been an absolute blast, and I can’t wait to see what else the creative team has lined up for us.
Batman News Critic: Josh
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #8
Witness the final battle of the two Bats in this conclusion to the second installment of the White Knight saga! After learning the truth about his name and fortune, Bruce Wayne has made a shocking public announcement in pursuit of redemption-but before he can secure Gotham’s future and prosperity once and for all, he must protect the city in one last brutal showdown with Azrael. With Batman devastated by his shattered identity and with little left to lose, there may be nothing left to stop him from abandoning his code and resorting to one unthinkable desperate measure.
Written by Sean Murphy
Pencils and Inks by Sean Murphy
Colored by Matt Hollingsworth
Cover by Matt Hollingsworth and Sean Murphy
Josh’s Stance: With Sean Murphy getting to start his own imprint, I’m really curious to see if he delivers a solid close to this story, or chooses to leave it open/ end with a cliffhanger. Either way, it’s been a solid run, and I’m looking forward to reading this book.
Batman News Critic: Brian
Detective Comics #1021
“Ugly Heart” part two! Two-Face has returned, and his Church of the Two has grown into one of the most dangerous and destructive cults Gotham City has ever seen. So why is the only person trying to kill Two-Face his own alter ego, Harvey Dent? Batman at last has found hope of a permanent cure for his friend’s evil split personality-but if there’s hope of ridding the world of the dreaded Two-Face for good, Bruce and Harvey must team up to beat back the bad.
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils by Brad Walker
Inks by Andrew Hennessy
Colored by Brad Anderson
Cover by Brad Anderson, Nathan Fairbairn, Andrew Hennessy, and Brad Walker
Josh’s Stance: I really enjoyed the debut of “Ugly Heart,” so I’m excited to pick up this issue! I’m also a big fan of Tomasi and Walker in general, so that doesn’t hurt either… Just saying.
Batman News Critic: Casper
Batman/ Superman #8
General Zod is on a mission to resurrect the Bottle City of Kandor, and he’s ready to obliterate anyone in his path! Deep within the ruins of an ancient temple, Ra’s al Ghul’s bid to save his Lazarus Pits from Kryptonian chaos has brought the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel into a brawl neither expected-or was prepared for! What can Batman and Superman possibly do to stop an army of Kandorian zombies? Find out in the conclusion of the epic “Kandor Compromise”!
Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils and Inks by Nick Derington
Colored by Dave McCaig
Cover by Nick Derington
Josh’s Stance: Batman/ Superman continues to be my favorite thing that Joshua Williamson has ever done, and with so many people unhappy with Superman and Action Comics at the moment, this might be the best place to get your Superman fix. This is part of a two-issue story, but the first half was quite good. Also, Nick Derington’s art is always a joy!
Batman News Critic: Casper
“YOU DON’T HAVE TO THANK US”
Red Hood & the Outlaws #44
When tracking down an ancient evil that can hide in anyone, Red Hood and his Outlaws have to surreptitiously sniff out their enemy by similarly hiding in plain sight…Are you ready for the Outlaws to go undercover? The Untitled are unlike any foe they’ve ever faced, so if the Outlaws are going to win, they’re going to need to improvise!
Written by Scott Lobdell
Pencils and Inks by Paolo Pantalena
Colored by Arif Prianto
Cover by Paolo Pantalena and Arif Prianto
Josh’s Stance: I’m still not feeling Red Hood. I feel like whatever greatness it once had is now lost as it continues to spiral into the same tropes that made the New 52 Red Hood & the Outlaws practically unreadable.
Batman News Critic: Matina
As Gotham City’s renovations begin, mysterious metal statues begin appearing all over town, which leads Batgirl to believe they may be more than meets the eye. What’s even creepier is whatever is terrorizing Alejo’s constituents. Jason Bard doesn’t want to admit it, but his body doesn’t feel quite right after leaving Unearth. Did something follow him out of the portal?
Written by Cecil Castellucci
Pencils and Inks by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Steve Buccellato, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Cam Smith
Josh’s Stance: Speaking of spiraling, Batgirl is quickly becoming “bottom of the barrel” reading. And honestly… I’ve dropped it from my rotation.
Batman News Critic: Matina
Batman Beyond #42
The battle against Blight rages on! Batwoman will need Batman’s help to take down his greatest foe and the man who killed his father. But with Batwoman’s identity revealed, it’s sending shock waves through Neo-Gotham. Everyone will have to get on board with her-or face Blight’s nuclear destruction.
Written by Dan Jurgens
Pencils by Sean Chen
Inks by Sean Parsons
Cover by Dustin Nguyen
Josh’s Stance: I have no clue what’s going on in Batman Beyond, but that cover looks decent! Also, Michael felt the book improved from issue 40 to 41, so will this chapter continue that trend? I genuinely hope so!
Batman News Critic: Michael
GRAPHIC NOVEL WATCH
Batman: Creature of the Night – Bruce Wainwright, a comic book-reading kid obssessed with the Caped Crusader, loses his parents in a violent crime…and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day.
BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT, written by Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY) and drawn by John Paul Leon (MOTHER PANIC) is a stand-alone story set outside of regular continuity in 1968 Boston, MA. The victim of the brutal murder of his family, young Bruce sees grief and rage build inside himself…until something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night! Something similar to the comics he’s been reading his whole life. As life begins to imitate art, will Bruce Wainwright be able to live up to his fictional namesake?
A deliberatel spiritual companion to the beloved SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY, BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT puts a new spin you’ve never seen before on the legend of Batman–and the dark emotions that drive him!
This volume collects issues #1-4 of the critically acclaimed miniseries.
Event Leviathan – With startling ease, a dangerous and aggressive secret organization called Leviathan has systematically wiped out all its competition. Now Leviathan is turning its sights to molding the world into its own radical vision of order. Can this new threat be stopped? Join Lois Lane as she leads Batman, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Manhunter, and the Question-along with a couple of surprise sleuths-in search of the man who sits behind the cloak of Leviathan. But will whoever finds him first capture him…or join him? Collects Event Leviathan #1-6 and Superman: Leviathan Rising #1.
Harley Quinn Vol. 4: The Final Trial – “Year of the Villain” arrives in Harley Quinn, even if Harley is doing her best to avoid it! Lex Luthor has an “offer” for Harley, and he won’t take no for an answer-so get ready for Harley-er Quinn! And Harley asks the inevitable question-who is DC’s “Villain of the Year”? It’s an award-show like no other, as DC’s best of the worst celebrate themselves in the Hall of Doom, with the winners picked by the fans! Collects Harley Quinn #64-69 and Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1, including alternate pages.
Justice League of America: The Nail: The Complete Collection – These tales from Justice League of America: The Nail #1-3 and Justice League of America: Another Nail #1-3 examine the repercussions of a simple event as the Kents’ flat tire prevents them from discovering a small rocket ship with an alien baby inside it! As a result, the world’s greatest hero never comes to be. Without Superman as a symbol of integrity who inspires greatness, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, the Atom, and Green Lantern must battle public and interpersonal distrust as they attempt to work together to protect a world that fears them.
Justice League: Origin: Deluxe Edition – Collecting the blockbuster DC: The New 52 series in a deluxe edition for the first time! In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the Earth. Faced with a threat beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust Superman, the Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman- but can they put aside their differences to save the world? Collects Justice League #1-12.