Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!

I’d like to apologize: today’s gonna be a pretty basic article. It’ll have the usual details, but fewer opinions than usual – I’m a little drained for reasons that would take too long to go into.

One thing I will mention is that I’m trying to work on an opinion piece for this website, one that covers some of the things you have all been discussing in the comments. Reading some of those messages hasn’t been the healthiest experience for me, lately – being a bisexual person and moderating a comic discussion thread after the news about Jon Kent’s Superman dropped has, for example, been a little rough. That said, I’m hoping to put that into something productive, and would love any suggestions about other editorials you guys would like.

Now, here’s what we have for this week:

Upcoming Comics

Batman: The Long Halloween Special #1

Twenty-five years ago, you thought you knew the whole story of Batman: The Long Halloween. Now, legendary creators Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale return to Gotham City to reveal that no secret remains buried forever! Join us for the return of the Batman Halloween specials and a mystery that could destroy Batman, Commissioner Gordon, Two-Face, and…well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

Written by Jeph Loeb
Pencils and Inks by Tim Sale
Colored by Brennan Wagner
Cover by Tim Sale and Brennan Wagner

My Thoughts: Jeph Loeb’s writing talents have wavered throughout the years, and I’m not entirely comfortable glossing over the fact that he’s been accused of discrimination during his work on Daredevil. That said, I’m a fan of how he and Sale work together – they have a wonderful synergy, and it’s what makes The Long Halloween so great. I’m curious to see if they can keep that spark going!

DC vs. Vampires #1

The Justice League has long protected Earth from all manner of foreign and alien invaders over the years, always keeping a vigilant eye to the skies for the next threat. But what if the threat was already walking the Earth…hiding in plain sight…watching…waiting for their moment to strike… In the tradition of DCeased comes a terrifying new series from the twisted minds of James Tynion IV (Nice House on the Lake; Something is Killing the Children), Matthew Rosenberg (The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox; 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank; Hawkeye), and Otto Schmidt that will tear the Justice League apart in their war with the undead!

Written by Matthew Rosenberg and James Tynion IV
Pencils and Inks by Otto Schmidt
Colored by Otto Schmidt
Cover by Otto Schmidt

My Thoughts: My coworkers and I watched The Batman vs. Dracula on my birthday, and it was a really fun time. If this book is anything like that (or, ideally, better), then this has my attention!

Detective Comics #1044

When the terrorist organization known as THE RED CROWN took control of Mayor Nakano’s personal security detail, only the Batman could protect Gotham’s highest-ranking city official from certain death! But when the pair is thrust into the sewers below, a much more sinister threat lurks in the darkness. Better look sharp, Batman, because a hundred thousand eggs with a hundred thousand little monsters inside are about to hatch…and they look HUNGRY… Back-up: Arkham Asylum may have been decimated during A-DAY, but its legacy lives on. Now, Mayor Nakano has given the green light for a brand-new ARKHAM TOWER to be erected in the heart of Gotham City, and some strange and horrific things are going down at the construction site. Don’t miss this epic kick-off to a story arc that will shape the Batman universe for years to come!

Written by Stephanie Phillips and Mariko Tamaki
Pencils and Inks by David Lapham and Dan Mora
Colored by Jordie Bellaire and Trish Mulvihill
Cover by Dan Mora

Robin #7

It was the smooch heard ‘round the world…and it’s the one thing Damian Wayne DIDN’T see coming his way in the Lazarus Tournament! As Robin battles for the secrets of eternal life against the deadliest killers on the planet, can he-will he-DARE HE-survive…a girlfriend?

Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils and Inks by Max Dunbar and Gleb Melnikov
Colored by Luis Guerrero and Gleb Melnikov
Cover by Simone Di Meo

Matina’s Thoughts: The story feels like it’s ramping up now that the tournament has started properly, and I’m really interested to see how things continue to play out as characters lose their second life and the field is narrowed further. 

Task Force Z #1

In life, they’ve terrorized the people of Gotham. Now, they are Gotham’s last hope. Task Force X saw villains working their way to freedom. Task Force Z will see dead villains working for a new chance at life! On A-DAY, the attack on Arkham Asylum left hundreds of Gotham’s most cunning and deranged criminals dead…now, a mysterious benefactor has activated the government’s TASK FORCE clause to bring them back as the ultimate army of the night! To lead this team of the undead, only a person who knows exactly what it feels like to be brutally murdered and brought back to life can handle the job…enter: RED HOOD. But when Jason Todd unravels the mystery surrounding Task Force Z’s creation, will he try to destroy it…or embrace it? BANE. MAN-BAT. THE ARKHAM KNIGHT. SUNDOWNER. MR. BLOOM. RED HOOD. THEY ARE TASK FORCE Z, AND DEATH WAS JUST THE BEGINNING…!

Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Pencils by Eddy Barrows
Inks Eber Ferreira
Colored by Adriano Lucas
Cover by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas

My Thoughts: Matthew Rosenberg has shown some serious talet on what work we’ve seen from him at DC – I’m curious to see how, or if, he can keep that positive momentum going.

Checkmate #5

THE DAEMON ROSE IDENTITY…REVEALED! Ripped from the pages of Justice League! As Checkmate digs deeper, it’s obvious that what Leviathan is selling is a dirty lie that cannot sustain itself…so Checkmate has to…INFILTRATE LEVIATHAN. But with Checkmate being so outside of the system, once any of them go undercover, they are officially…not on our side.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils and Inks by Alex Maleev
Colored by Dave Stewart
Cover by Alex Maleev

My Thoughts: I feel like Alex Maleev is wasted here.

Harley Quinn #8

Sorry, Harley’s not here right now, but this is her trusted sidekick Kevin, and I’m happy to be keeping watch over the streets of Gotham. The city’s gone a little crazy with the Magistrate’s forces cracking down. I just hope that Harley’s mission to Alley Town with Catwoman and the Gardener is successful in finding the missing piece of Poison Ivy that could be the very key to saving Gotham. In the meantime, I’ll help put fires out around Gotham…literally…and I might get some unexpected help in the process! Fear State part two continues here!

Written by Stephanie Phillips
Pencils and Inks by Riley Rossmo
Colored by Ivan Plascencia
Cover by Riley Rossmo

RWBY/Justice League #7

The tide has shifted around Remnant, and Team RWBY is on their heels. They’re surrounded on all sides with nowhere left to turn. If Team RWBY and their new powerful friends can’t stand against this final wave, then it’s the end of Remnant, permanently!

Written by Marguerite Bennett
Art by Meghan Hetrick
Cover by Mirka Andolfo

Matina’s Thoughts: Not going to lie, I’m happy this series is ending. Where I started out really excited by the prospect of this crossover every issue has further eroded that excitement. All I can hope for here is a wrap up that feels like it was earned.

Batman/Fortnite: Foundation #1

Directly from the bestselling, groundbreaking Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point miniseries, comes an oversized one-shot that brings the action from the island to Gotham City. If you thought the Batman/Fortnite saga was over, think again…it only gets bigger from here!

Written by Christos N. Gage, Donald Mustard and Scott Snyder
Pencils and Inks by Joshua Hixson
Colored by Roman Stevens
Cover by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and Matt Hollingsworth

My Thoughts: It’s absolutely crazy that this is such a big thing.

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.

Ratings

Most Excited: Robin #7 – easily my favourite DC series that I’m currently reading. Though I have some thoughts on the advertising for this issue…

Least Excited: Checkmate #5. I get enough of this from Justice League already, thank you.

Wild Card: Batman: The Long Halloween Special #1. I really can’t say which way this is gonna go, though I’m sure you’ll know how I feel in my review! Let’s find out together, shall we?

Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!

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