We’re continuing our slow crawl to a regular release schedule come June. BUT, as I’ve been saying this entire time, if new comics are hitting shelves, then that’s a good thing! Also, if I’m not mistaken, Diamond will also start releasing new comics again, so if your local comic shop opted not to utilize the alternative distributors, then you should see all of the recently new comics this week!

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 19th

TAKE MY MONEY

DCeased Unkillables #3
It’s the epic finale of the next chapter in the DCeased saga as heroes and villains collide with one epic purpose: to escape the coming of the infected population of Gotham City and a monstrous Wonder Woman! It’s time to ride the fury road one final time…to survival!

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

Josh’s Stance: Whenever your have Tom Taylor writing a book that isn’t canon, then you know you’re in for a wild, crazy, fun ride! I’m SO looking forward to this!

Batman News Critic: Casper

 

Red Hood: Outlaw #45
Red Hood, Artemis, and Bizarro have battled many threats together…but they’ve never faced a veritable army of the damned! Which is what is happening during the protests on the streets of Qurac as the Untitled prepare to strike at the heart of humanity! At the same time Artemis has to go sword-to-word with Essence. As the enemy gathers its forces, it is clear the Dark Trinity needs to expand its roster-and fast!

Written by Scott Lobdell
Pencils and Inks by Paolo Pantalena
Colored by Arif Prianto
Cover by Sunny Gho and Paolo Pantalena

Josh’s Stance: I mean, Red Hood has definitely been on a down-trend for a while now, but I do think Essence is a character with a lot of potential, so I’m open to see where things go.

Batman News Critic: Matina

  • Additional releases from DC Comics: Dollhouse Family #6, Plunge #3, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, and Wonder Woman #755

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL WATCH:

Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy – During the catastrophic events of Heroes in Crisis, Poison Ivy was killed, and Harley Quinn holds herself responsible. But  when Poison Ivy is resurrected, Harley decides to take care of her best friend, who has evolved into a creature as much flora as fauna. What, then, is Harley to do when Poison Ivy reveals she’s had enough of the humans who not only killed her, but are destroying the environment day by day? Can Poison Ivy entice Harley to join her in the plant world, or will Harley have to prove herself by stopping whatever plot Ivy is cooking up? Collects Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #1-6.

 

Nightwing: The Gray Son Legacy – A riot erupts in the streets of Bludhaven! While the new Nightwings do their best to contain the situation, Ric faces off against Talon-but the battle is one not just of brawn, as Ric’s psyche is pushed to the limit when he learns about his family history all over again! Accepting his destiny as the Gray Son, Ric Grayson joins his great-grandfather as the newest Talon! Collects Nightwing #63-69 and Nightwing Annual #2.

  • Additional graphic novels from DC Comics: The Flash by Mark Waid Book Seven and Stargirl by Geoff Johns.