And we’re on to week 2 of Future State. What title are you looking forward to reading this week? Or… Will you be opting to dive into some back issues instead?

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.

JANUARY 5th

INTRIGUED

Future State: Dark Detective #1
The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down…but even the Dark Knight couldn’t predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and rising star artist Dan Mora, it’s the story of a Batman pushed to the brink-with nothing left to lose.

Also in this issue, Grifter is back! Cole Cash is having a bad day, and that’s not going to improve when the detectives of the GCPD show up! Will a chance meeting with Luke Fox change his luck? Or is his day about to get a lot worse?

Written by Matthew Rosenberg and Mariko Tamaki
Pencils and Inks by Carmine Di Giandomenico and Dan Mora
Colored by Jordie Bellaire and Antonio Fabela
Cover by Dan Mora

Josh’s Stance: I know many people aren’t excited for Mariko Tamaki taking over Detective Comics, but I’m open to seeing what she can bring to the table. Also, Dan Mora? I’ll never turn down some good Dan Mora art!

Batman News Critic: Casper

 

MIXED

Future State: Justice League #1
Witness the start of a new era for the Justice League starring Jonathan Kent as Superman,

Yara Flor as Wonder Woman, Jo Mullein as Green Lantern, Andy Curry as Aquawoman, a new Flash from the Multiverse, and [REDACTED] as Batman! Together, they protect the future, yet apart, their identities are secret even from one another-but why? When their greatest adversaries wind up murdered in an abandoned Hall of Justice, all clues point to…the Justice League! The new team’s adventures begin here!

And in a new tale of the Justice League Dark, a witch hunt across the DC Universe begins as magic users are harvested and executed-and the team is on the run! Zatanna and Detective Chimp (now possessed by Etrigan) must round up new and old teammates, including John Constantine, Ragman, and Madame Xanadu. Their mission? To battle the power-mad Crow King, Merlin, before his plans for magical domination destroy the fabric of reality. But where is Dr. Fate? And what led the team to disband in the first place? Discover the truth here!

Written by Ram V and Joshua Williamson
Pencils by Robson Rocha and Marcio Takara
Inks by Daniel Henriques and Marcio Takara
Colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Marcelo Maiolo
Cover by Dan Mora

Josh’s Stance: More than anything, I’m hoping for a quick, fun, action-packed issue. That’s all I can really say… Or hope for really. If I’m being honest though, I’m more excited for Ram V’s story than Williamson’s main story.

Batman News Critic: Nick

 

Future State: Teen Titans #1
When the original New Teen Titans formed a school to mentor and train young heroes, they wanted to help save the world. Years later, Titans Tower is a monument to a graveyard of pupils lost in a terrible battle. Returning to the site of their greatest failure, Nightwing, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Cyborg join Raven to plot a course to face off against the evil that destroyed their team and school. Loyalties are questioned and motives are suspect as the former teen heroes must turn to the mysterious Red X-a former student-for help. Don’t miss the first comics appearance of this Red X, previously seen only in the hit animated TV series Teen Titans Go!

Written by Tim Sheridan
Pencils  by Rafa Sandoval
Inks by Jordi Tarragona
Colored by Alejandro Sanchez
Cover by Alejandro Sanchez and Rafa Sandoval

Josh’s Stance: Red X’s inclusion will undoubtedly excite a lot of people, but this whole Nightwing is Deathstroke bit on the cover has me a little worried. It’s almost as if DC Comics is completely unaware of what fans repeatedly vocalize they don’t want, and then end up doing it.

Batman News Critic: Matina

 

Future State: Robin Eternal #1
Lazarus Resin is on its way to Gotham City, and the Magistrate intends to use this regenerative super drug to make its forces immortal! That is, unless Tim Drake has anything to say about it! Join the ultimate heist at 20,000 feet as Robin and Spoiler hijack the sky convoy that could mean the end of freedom in Gotham forever-if the emotional baggage between Tim and Stephanie doesn’t do them in first! It’s the fist-flying, sky-diving, robot smashing, fascist-punching adventure that you cannot miss-from rising star writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural) and top artist Eddy Barrows (Detective Comics)!

Written by Meghan Fitzmartin
Pencils by Eddy Barrows
Inks by Eber Ferreira
Colored by Adriano Lucas
Cover by Emanuela Lupacchino and Irvin Rodriguez

Josh’s Stance: I love Tim Drake, but nothing about this story excites me.

Batman News Critic: Matina

 

GRAPHIC NOVEL WATCH

*These titles were incorrectly listed as releasing last week according to DCComics.com.

Batman: The Chalice – This new title collects the fully painted Batman graphic novel and more! It all starts with a mysterious delivery to Bruce Wayne that brings an array of villains to his doorstep, including Ra’s al Ghul, Catwoman, the Penguin, and an army of mercenaries. Their objective: to steal the ancient, seemingly unremarkable bowl now in the Dark Knight’s hands. Could this prize be the legendary Holy Grail? Plus, in Batman: The Ankh, when some of Gotham’s wealthiest citizens start vanishing without a trace along with some Egyptian artifacts, Batman traces the crimes to an immortal woman with a haunting past and a deadly agenda! This title collects the original graphic novel Batman: The Chalice and Batman: The Ankh #1 and 2.

 

Birds of Prey: Hero Hunters – After being paralyzed by the Joker, former Batgirl Barbara Gordon became Oracle and formed a crime-fighting team with other female heroes including the martial artist with a devastating sonic scream, Black Canary, the vigilante known as the Huntress and the mysterious Lady Blackhawk! In this collection, the team is shaken up as members depart and new teammates are added to the roster. Who will be asked to join Oracle in her all-new Birds of Prey? Who will refuse, and who will fly the coop for good? Collects BIRDS OF PREY #96-103.