Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!
Over the next few weeks, you’re going to start seeing more and more new reviewers pop up – some of you might have spotted some new names already. If you see them, be sure to give them a very warm welcome, as it’s always great to have new people on the Batman News team! Formal introductions will happen next week.
Now, here’s what we’ve got for this week:
Batman and Robin are finally reunited! Together they will hunt for the truth behind the death of Ra’s al Ghul! But then who is left to defend the Secret Society against the League of Shadows? Deathstroke’s fight against the Demon’s Shadow ends with a shocking cliffhanger! Plus, what happens when you get Deathstroke infected with Joker toxin? Find out in the epic backup story!
Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils and Inks by Howard Porter and Trevor Hairsine
Colours by Tomeu Morey and Rain Beredo
Cover Art by Howard Porter and Tomeu Morey
Thoughts: Ah, Prometheus. Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time.
Batman News Critic: Casper
Batman: Killing Time #3
A shocking heist has the mysterious and deadly figure called the Help cutting his way through Gotham City in search of Catwoman and the Riddler and their stolen artifact. Only the Dark Knight stands between this strange new villain and his prey…but can even Batman stop his bloody rampage? Tick-tock…the clock is drawing nearer to the Killing Time!
Written by Tom King
Pencils and Inks by David Marquez
Colours by Alejandro Sanchez
Thoughts: Caught up on this recently – the Batman News team is mixed on this, but I personally had a lot of fun with the first few issues. Side note: why does Riddler have such full, rosey lips?
Batman News Critic: Matina and Casper
Flashpoint Beyond #1
Batman’s hunt for the Clockwork Killer brings him to Europe and face to face with the mad king, Aquaman. On the eve of Aquaman’s sinking of London, Batman infiltrates his stronghold and goes on the warpath for answers. Nothing matters to Batman, whose world is already dead, but if he can track down the Clockwork Killer, Thomas can save his son’s world and put everything back together again.
Written by Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams and Tim Sheridan
Pecils and Inks by Xermanico and Mikel Janin
Colours by Romulo Fajardo and Jordie Bellaire
Cover Art by Mitch Gerads
Thoughts: I’d say at least Johns is playing to his strengths, but there are three writers in this issue. Who knows how this pans out.
Batman News Critic: Myself
Task Force Z #7
Solomon Grundy. Victor Zsasz. Madame Crow. Copperhead. No, these are not this year’s nominees for sexiest maniac alive…they are the new recruits for Task Force Z! What does this mean for Red Hood and Bane? Will Mr. Bloom’s Lazarus Resin heist spell certain doom for the Resurrection Twins? How many rhetorical questions can I possibly squeeze into one paragraph’s worth of copy? 1) A lot. 2) Yes. 3) Three.
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Pencils and Inks by Jack Herbert
Colours by Adriano Lucas
Cover Art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas
Thoughts: I feel almost as if Matthew Rosenberg has been a dark horse of recent Batman books, in the best possible way.
Batman News Critic: Casper
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #2
Neo-Gotham and its Sword have made their opening assault on Batman Beyond. With limited resources and no Bruce Wayne to come to his aid, Terry McGinnis will need to find more allies. But…all he finds is a brand-new triumvirate of villains collectively known as Gestalt. It’s three brains against one, with Batman Beyond looking worse for wear than he ever has. Will he make it to the end of Neo-Year?
Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
Pencils and Inks by Max Dunbar
Colours by Sebastian Cheng
Batman News Critic: Jackson
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.
Most Excited: Batman: Killing Time #3. Not everyone loves it, but I certainly like it!
Least Excited: Batman #123. Yeah, I remember Prometheus… from Hush Returns.
Wild Card: Flashpoint Beyond #1. Now that I’ve made my objections on this series clear, I’m at least willing to see where it goes.
Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
Author’s Twitter: @ObnoxiousFinch