Welcome back to Upcoming Comics, everyone!
I really appreciate everyone’s comments from the last article – I got a lot of great feedback, both positive and constructive, and I really think it’s gonna help turn Upcoming Comics into something fun and engaging.
This time, we’re adding a new section to the article, which I’m gonna call The Ratings. This is where I’ll be highlighting and discussing specific issues of comics, as well as my varying interest in them. I might not talk about every comic that’s coming out this week (I don’t read all of DC’s Batman offerings), but I think it could be a concise way to spark discussion on specific, relevant issues each writeup!
In addition, while we wait to figure out the poll option on the site proper, I’ll be holding interactive polls on my Twitter, asking you all which comic you’re most excited about for that week. This will be the first step towards more interactive content on this page; I’d love to see people participate, so we can grow this community even more.
We’re still working out some kinks – we’re currently looking for the poll option and WordPress refuses to allow us to see visible captions in the gallery – but I feel this could be a good stepping stone for further content. As always, feel free to comment with any feedback you like! Without further ado, here’s the gallery for this week.
This week features the return of Jon Kent and Damian Wayne as the Super Sons – possibly their last in-continuity story with Jonathan at his younger age. On the one hand, fans have been pretty universally against the aging up of Jonathan – I honestly can’t think of anyone who was for it – but on the other hand, Adventures of the Super Sons didn’t recieve the same critical acclaim as the duo’s first outings. Is this because the creators are now limited with what they can do? Will this change for Challenge? What do you think DC should do with these two going forward?
Meanwhile, Batman: Urban Legends #2 is out this week, which continues our discussion of DC’s pricing from the previous week. Did you guys like the first issue of Urban Legends, and how are you liking Chip Zdarsky’s recent forays into the DCU? Personally, I haven’t found anything of his that has struck gold for me yet – compared to what you’d find in Spider-Man: Life Story or Marvel Two-In-One, for example. The guy’s work can be great, but I wonder if he’s being given the space to actually shine – maybe we’ll see that happen in his upcoming Justice League. Do you guys have a favourite Chip Zdarsky story?
Most Excited: Batman: The Detective #1. Tom Taylor is absolutely one of the most reliable writers at DC right now, so it’s good to see him being given bigger stories within this world – especially with the company’s most popular characters. The basic premise of the story reminds me of Batman: Europa, but it seems there’ll be a different core mystery in play here! I’m not really big on Andy Kubert’s art anymore, but I think this is definitely worth checking out.
Least Excited: The Joker #2. After Three Jokers, I could have gone at least a year without this guy – but he’s already got his own solo, from a writer who I don’t think captures him very well. The book does have a few things going for it: Tynion is quite good at horror, as we’ve seen in his recent indie books, and I loved his previous teamup with Guillem March in Talon. To that end, I may still check it out… but the Punchline backup really does this book no favours for me. Hate that character.
Wild Card: The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1. I like Scooby-Doo. I don’t need to explain myself further. 😤
Mr. Gorbachev, Open This Poll
The WordPress Poll is still under construction, but here is the link to the Twitter Poll on my profile!
Thanks again for all your feedback from last week’s article, guys. I’m really looking forward to the next round of comments, so please be sure to let me know what you think of these changes and additions.
See you in the reviews!