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So, this is a huge week for Bat-books. I’m tempted to jump right into it, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about one of the biggest moves DC has made to connect with new audiences in recent history: its Webtoon partnership.
If you’re on Twitter – or any online space, really – then I’m sure you’ve heard of The Wayne Family Adventures, a new Batman slice-of-life webcomic that’s blown up to nearly 500-thousand subscribers in less than a week. And you know what? It’s pretty good!
This has been an excellent move on DC’s part. Places like Webtoon are where new audiences are found, and low-stakes comics like these are perfect and accessible ways to introduce your readers to the cast of characters that surrounds Batman. We really want to cover this, so we’ll be looking to find ways about doing that. What do you guys think?
Now, here’s what we’ve got for this week:
Titans United #1
The Titans face their greatest challenge-their own powers! Nightwing, Donna Troy, Superboy, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Red Hood kick off a thrilling new case that will lead one of their own to question not only their place on the team, but their very existence.
Written by Cavan Scott
Pencils by José Luís
Inks by Jonas Trindade
Colored by Rex Lokus
Cover by Jamal Campbell
Cam’s Thoughts: I’m genuinely excited to read this! I’m a massive fan of the Titans and it’s great to see them back in action.
My Thoughts: I’m often mixed on synergy with movies and TV, but the team on the Titans TV show is a strong one – so it’ll be cool to see them all together here.
The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #6
The untold eerie mystery that brought about the first historic meeting between…a young Batman and a pup named Scooby-Doo!
Written by Sholly Fisch
Pencils and Inks by Scott Jeralds
Colored by Carrie Strachan
Cover by Scott Jeralds and Carrie Strachan
Cam’s Thoughts: This series is killing it. Not much else to say.
More MI6 adventures for the star of TV’s Pennyworth! While investigating the possibility of nuclear weapons in a Soviet military base near the arctic circle on behalf of MI6, Alfred and Shirley find the real danger is something they never expected: a human science experiment gone terrifyingly wrong! Meanwhile, in the present, Alfred tries to figure out just who of his many enemies has it out for him this time…
Written by Scott Bryan Wilson
Pencils and Inks by Juan Gedeon
Colored by John Rauch
Cover by Jorge Fornés
My Thoughts: Yeah, you guys are gonna want to read this one. I caught up on season two of Pennyworth between issues, and I’ll save my thoughts on that for the review… but believe me when I say you do not have to watch the show to read this comic (it might be better that way, in fact).
Justice League #67
It’s the Justice League versus the United Order as the truth that gives power to this new cosmic super team crosses a line that the Justice League cannot allow. Will there even be a United Planets after this thunderous clash of intergalactic superpowers? Also, Green Arrow must come to terms with his responsibilities to both Checkmate and the League. Ollie may have to pick which path to follow, but what does it mean for the future of the League if the guy paying the bills has to bail? The Silent School used their magic for years to protect Atlantis from all kinds of invaders, but nothing prepared them for the most powerful sorcerer ever…Merlin! Luckily, the Justice League Dark arrives to turn the tide of the battle. However, they’re not fighting at full strength. Zatanna is harboring a dark secret, and if she unleashes her magic, it could drown everyone!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Ram V
Pencils by Phil Hester and Sumit Kumar
Inks by Eric Gapstur and Sumit Kumar
Colored by Hi-Fi, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Nick Filardi
Cover by David Marquez Alejandro Sanchez
My Thoughts: Okay, so a miscommunication meant that I thought this book and The Adventures Continue were coming out last week instead of this one. Sorry about that! A little strange that it’s taken this long for the arc to conclude, though if they’re back to a montly release now then I wouldn’t mind it.
The Joker #7
Très bien-the Joker visits Paris! Gordon must get to Joker ahead of the Sampsons, but has the Clown Prince set an ambush for his pursuers? Plus, Barbara fights for her life after her introduction to the new Talon! Punchline backup: The search for Kelly Ness-Punchline’s former friend who is also in Blackgate Penitentiary-begins.
Written by Sam Johns and James Tynion IV
Pencils and Inks by Sweeney Boo and Guillem March
Colored by Sweeney Boo and Arif Prianto
Cover by Guillem March, Ivan Plascencia and Arif Prianto
Corbin’s Thoughts: Still pretty lukewarm on The Joker. It’s still possible to do something with the solid premise, but at this point it feels like all they’re going to do is jerk us around some more.
Batman: Urban Legends #7
The legend of Batman only begins with Bruce Wayne! For centuries to come different people will take up the mantle of Batman and defend the times they’re living in from all forms of villainy. See four of the finest Bats the future may offer! • In Neo-Gotham, Bruce Wayne lies murdered in the Batcave. Terry McGinnis-Bruce Wayne’s final protégé-will travel into the dark heart of Neo-Gotham to find who killed the greatest hero the city ever knew. • In Future State, Cassandra Cain just wants a moment to enjoy a hot meal but the Magistrate’s pursuit of her is relentless! • In a blasted future, the Dark Knight stands alone against a murderous gang threatening his ruined city…and their mysterious leader will be a shocker!
Written by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Kenny Porter and Guillaume Singelin
Pencils and Inks by Max Dunbar, Juan E. Ferreyra, Baldemar Rivas and Guillaume Singelin
Colored by Sebastian Cheng, Juan E. Ferreyra, Alejandro Sanchez and Guillaume Singelin
Cover by Francesco Mattina
Jay’s Thoughts: It’s almost redundant to say I’ve yet to really warm to this series, but it’s true. For a number of reasons, Urban Legends hasn’t grabbed me like it should, and that’s largely because the anthology format isn’t fully realized. Too many stories have been preludes to future events, or multi-part arcs that overstay their welcome, and this month it looks like we get neither. Instead, it’s four shorts that take place in Gotham’s future, which… isn’t what I would have necessarily wanted, but hey. Maybe I’ll be surprised.
My Thoughts: God damn, Guillaume Singelin firing on all cylinders, apparently!
Justice League: Last Ride #5
APOKOLIPS-NOT AS SAFE A PLACE TO HIDE A WAR CRIMINAL AS YOU’D THINK! The Justice League has been tasked with bringing the master of war crimes, your one and only Lobo, to trial in order to account for a life of treachery. But while the League thought Apokolips would be the safest place to store a wanted murderer, there are others out on the hunt for Lobo…
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Pencils and Inks by Miguel Mendonca
Colored by Enrica Eren Angiolini
Cover by Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez
Future State: Gotham #5
Peacekeeper Red vs. the Next Batman-to the death! Captured and surrounded by psychopaths, Red Hood and the Next Batman must battle each other…to the death! It’s a throwdown for the ages! And they’re only too happy to do it! Plus, the origins of the newest Bat-villain, Warmonger, are revealed!
Written by Dennis Culver and Joshua Williamson
Pencils and Inks by Rafael Grampa and Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover by Simone Di Meo
Cam’s Thoughts: I’m not excited after last issue, to say the very least.
I Am Batman #1
In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed rebellion in the citizens of Gotham?! Can one man inspire a city?
Written by John Ridley
Pencils and Inks by Olivier Coipel
Colored by Alex Sinclair
Cover by Olivier Coipel and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
My Thoughts: I’m keen on this book, but I’m not particularly keen on the fact that we onle have Olivier Coipel for one issue – I’d like Ridley’s bat-books to start having consistent art sooner or later. I think there’s potential here, and it’s just shy of being actually realized.
Batman ’89 #2
Written by Sam Hamm
Pencils by Joe Quinones
Colored by Leonardo Ito
Cover by Joe Quinones
Jay’s Thoughts: With some lovey art and heaping doses of nostalgia, the first issue of Batman ‘89 set the stage for what I hope to be a worthy continuation of the Burton Batman films. Even though I did enjoy it, there’s still room to improve and grow, so here’s hoping that the sophomore effort finds some sturdy footing to take us out of the first act of this highly anticipated series.
Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #1
Picking up directly from the cliffhanger ending of Harley Quinn: The Animated Series, Harley and Ivy are on the run after narrowly escaping Ivy’s ill-fated wedding to Kite Man. But who is chasing them, and where will this Thelma-and-Louise journey end? It all starts here!
Written by Tee Franklin
Pencils Max Sarin
Colored by Marissa Louise
Cover by Max Sarin
My Thoughts: I absolutely love this show. We might not cover this book immediately, but rest assured, we are going to cover it.
Challenge of the Super Sons #6
The Super Sons were trapped in the past by Felix Faust and Vandal Savage so they could unlock the secrets of the future. A young sorceress named Rora has teamed up with Superboy and Robin to get them back to their own time—if they can overcome their über-magical captors!
Writer Peter J. Tomasi Artist Evan Stanley Cover Artist Simone Di Meo
Matina’s Thoughts: We are nearing the end of this series, and while I’ve had a lot of fun with it I’m definitely ready to see some of the threads come together and see how this all starts to wrap up.
My Thoughts: Dunno why it’s so hard to find a cover of this with the logo on it.
Batman: The World
DC takes Batman’s war on crime worldwide in a new anthology, Batman: The World. This 160-page book will feature Batman stories by creative teams from across the globe, taking place in their home countries. This original Batman project launches worldwide on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 and the complete anthology will be localized to the following international territories: North America, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, China, Korea, and Japan. This global collaboration is the first of its kind for DC, so join us for this phenomenon, proving that Batman is a true pop culture icon-and that the call for justice knows no borders.
Oh my god… the Comixology credits for this book just says “Various”. However, DC released the creative teams for each country this book reaches, so we’ll list them as follows:
USA – Brian Azzarello (writer), Lee Bermejo (artist)
France – Mathieu Gabella (writer), Thierry Martin (artist)
Spain – Paco Roca (writer/artist)
Italy – Alessandro Bilotta (writer), Nicola Mari (artist)
Germany – Benjamin von Eckartsberg (writer), Thomas von Kummant (artist)
Czech Republic – Stepan Kopriva (writer), Michal Suchánek (artist)
Poland – Tomasz Kolodziejczak (writer), Piotr Kowalski and Brad Simpson (artists)
Turkey – Ertan Ergil (writer), Ethem Onur Bilgiç (artist)
Mexico – Alberto Chimal (writer), Rulo Valdés (artist)
Brazil – Carlos Estefan (writer), Pedro Mauro (artist)
Korea – Inpyo Jeon (writer), Jae-kwang Park and Kim Jung Gi (artists)
China – Xu Xiaodong, Lu Xiaotong (writers), Qiu Kun and Yi Nan (artists)
Russia – Kirill Kutuzov, Egor Prutov (writers) and Natalia Zaidova (artist)
Japan – Okadaya Yuichi (writer/artist)
Matina’s Thoughts: I’m excited to dive into this collection and see just what types of adventures across the globe these creative teams have in store for Batman!
Beyond the Bat
Welcome to Beyond the Bat! Here you can see everything else that DC is releasing this week, beyond the scope of the books we cover on the website.
As you can see, we… don’t exactly have many non-Bat books this week. All of them worth checking out, though!
Most Excited: Batman: The World. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen such a diverse creative pool in a Batman publication, and there could be some really cool things to dive into here.
Least Excited: Justice League #67. Eh.
Wild Card: I Am Batman #1. How is this book going to connect with the rest of the Batman universe? Coherently? Sloppily? We’ll see!
As always, leave a comment if you have a suggestion for the column. Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
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