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Unfortunately, I have to make this entry rather quickly. I’ve been working a ton of shifts lately, and I’m getting ready to go on my England trip. Fortunately, this is a shockingly small week! Let’s dive right in.
Batman: The Knight #2
Bruce Wayne’s journey toward becoming the Dark Knight has begun, and he has many hard lessons to learn before his education is complete. His adventure begins in the City of Lights, Paris, where he’ll train with a world-renowned cat burglar and come into contact with a horrifying serial killer stalking the city’s wealthy elite…
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Pencils and Inks by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colored by Ivan Plascencia
Cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Thoughts: Ah, so that’s who was in Paris!
Batman News Critic: Cam
Detective Comics #1053
War in the streets! As Dr. Wear desperately tries to keep his plans for Arkham Tower from crumbling, a major drug deal gone bad puts the nervous doc in the sights of both the Party Crashers and the Penguin! The list of people very badly wanting to kill Dr. Wear grows, and Nightwing is on the precipice of cracking the whole scheme wide open! But with the maniacal Party Crashers waging war against the Bat-Family across Gotham, Dick must choose between helping a tower full of villains and helping his family! Then, it’s Knightfall in Gotham during part seven of “House of Gotham,” as the Boy (growing into a man before our eyes) runs afoul of an uber-violent, unhinged Azrael Batman! This latest conflict pushes Gotham’s most vulnerable into madness, and one man’s rogues gallery reveals itself as another man’s salvation.
Written by Matthew Rosenberg and Mariko Tamaki
Pencils and Inks by Fernando Blanco and Max Raynor
Colored by Jordie Bellaire and Luis Guerrero
Cover by Irvin Rodriguez
Thoughts: I really don’t understand why this book can’t have shorter descriptions. It lost me in like, the second sentence.
Batman News Critic: Casper
Superman/Nightwing crossover! Years ago,when Robin took his first uncertain steps away from Batman as his own hero, Superman stepped in and offered Dick Grayson crucial advice, support, and a name: Nightwing. Now it’s time for Nightwing to return the favor.
Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils by Bruno Redondo
Inks by Bruno Redondo and Jordi Tarragona
Colored by Adriano Lucas
Cover by Bruno Redondo
Thoughts: I’ve spoken enough about how much I dislike the age-up, but the premise for this issue is pretty cool!
Batman News Critic: Michael
The Robins are splintered after the events in the graveyard. On their own and on the hunt for the distributor of the SKP Tech, the former sidekicks are on the warpath, tearing through Gotham and Blüdhaven following any and all leads. But while the Robins descend on the criminal underworld, where has Tim Drake disappeared to?
Written by Tim Seeley
Pencils and Inks by Baldemar Rivas
Colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover by Baldemar Rivas
Thoughts: Gotta say, I expected more positive reception for this book.
Batman News Critic: Cam
Justice League #72
The Royal Flush Gang has hatched one of the most elaborate plans in the history of the DC Universe, and now we know that all of it was a prelude to the crime of this and maybe even the next century. What in the Multiverse could the Royal Flush Gang be after? How does it connect to Black Adam’s trial? Find out here!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils by Szymon Kudranski and Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks by Szymon Kudranski and Wade von Grawbadger
Colored by Hi-Fi and Szymon Kudranski
Cover by Nathan Fairbairn, David Marquez, Yanick Paquette and Ivan Plascencia
Thoughts: Apologies for listing this as coming out last week! I often work off the previews DC sends me, which isn’t always accurate.
Batman News Critic: Myself
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.
Damn, more non-Batman books than Batman books this week! Hasn’t been like this for a while. I’d suggest checking out the conclusion to Supergirl, personally.
Honestly, I’m not sure there’s enough to give you much in the ratings category this week. Other than The Knight, I bear no particular enthusiasm for these books… barring the dread of writing another Justice League review. Only a few more to go…
Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
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