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No important news today, so I wanted to take a moment to reminisce about Neal Adams and George Pérez. I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say about them – there are plenty of editorials and comments already that put their storied lives and beautiful works into some level of perspective. My fond experiences with them were more recent, from poring through the pages of The Judas Contract for the first time to dissecting the quirks of Batman vs Ra’s al Ghul for my first ever Batman News Review.
Indeed, to me Adams and Pérez were pillars: support beams that I didn’t even realise did so much for the comics I read today. Those of you who have read my reviews know I have not always been kind to Adams’ latest works, but I want to take a moment to express deep and utter respect for him. Both Adams and Pérez are true and kind professionals, whose art redefined entire genres. The comics we know and love would not look how they do if it weren’t for them, and they will be missed dearly. If anyone wishes, I would love to hear your experiences with the two creative giants in the comments.
Now, here’s what we have for this week:
Shadow War Zone #1
A special issue that showcases the spread and impact of the Shadow War on the DCU! Talia al Ghul has put out a hit on anyone who has ever worked with Deathstroke-and that includes Black Canary! Where has Luke Fox been? Talia is sick of watching from the sidelines and joins the battle herself! Also featuring the new villain Angel Breaker! What is her connection to Ghost-Maker?
Written by Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips, Joshua Williamson and Nadia Shammas
Pencils by Michael Bowden, Ann Maulina, Sweeney Boo and Otto Schmidt
Inks by Mark Morales, Ann Maulina, Sweeney Boo and Otto Schmidt
Colours by Antonio Fabela, Ann Maulina, Sweeney Boo and Otto Schmidt
Cover Art by Jonboy Meyers
Thoughts: Oh boy, an expensive anthology issue for an event I don’t care about!
Batman News Critic: Aaron
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3
Great Scott! It’s a twisted time-travel tale of titanic tenure! In an attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery of the “demon,” Robin the Boy Wonder and the Supergirl of Krypton venture back in time to China circa 1600 B.C.-running headfirst into the ancient superheroes known as the House of Ji! Meanwhile, Superman and Batman are losing a race against time to save their fellow superheroes from the schemes of a new villain…one simply known as the Devil Nezha.
Written by Mark Waid
Pencils and Inks by Dan Mora
Colours by Tamra Bonvillain
Thoughts: It’s cool to see the two greatest heroes of all time adventuring to such a variety of places from the world of DC!
Batman News Critic: Casper
Batman: The Knight #5
Young Bruce Wayne’s global journey to become the Dark Knight continues as he finds himself deep in the heart of Moscow searching for Avery Oblonsky, the world’s foremost expert in disguise and espionage! Finding this phantom will prove more difficult than expected, but is Bruce willing to die trying?
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Pencils and Inks by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colours by Ivan Plascencia
Batman News Critic: Jackson
Blüdhaven mayor Melinda Zucco is in trouble-pretending to work for Blockbuster while secretly trying to take him and his gang of criminals down, while also working alongside Dick Grayson to uplift the city. But as his half sister sharing the last name of the man who killed his parents, it’s…a lot to juggle, and enough for one to accidentally let slip a secret or two in the wrong company if she’s not careful…Meanwhile, Nightwing and Oracle cuddle up and decide to finally define their relationship.
Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils and Inks by Bruno Redondo
Colours by Adriano Lucas
Thoughts: Generally, Redondo’s covers have been fantastic. This one I’m not enthusiastic about – it reminds me of the “floating heads” posters every movie seems to have lately.
Batman News Critic: Michael
VROOM VROOM! We all have that friend we call when we want a wild girls’ night out-and for Catwoman, that friend is Harley Quinn. It’s a night of hip whips and hot laps at the roller derby, complete with a little road-trip crime. It might even be the type of girls’ night that gets sealed with a kiss, if Catwoman’s allies back in Gotham can hold down the fort while the Cat’s away…
Written by Tini Howard
Pencils and Inks by Bengal
Colours by Jordie Bellaire
Cover Art by Jeff Dekal
Thoughts: Catwoman covers are sure getting provocative lately. Not that that’s anything new, but I suppose I didn’t expect such a quick change after V’s run was over.
Batman News Critic: Michael
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: The Knight #5. I love seeing Batman characters delve into the realm of spies!
Least Excited: Shadow War Zone #1. I am so, so, so sick of overly expensive comics with a bunch of short stories in them. It was nice a couple of times, before DC realized how much they could milk it.
Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
Author’s Twitter: @ObnoxiousFinch