Upcoming Comics: June 7, 2022

Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!

Okay, so big month coming up – both personally and in the world of comics. I have a fair few reviews coming up this week, but I’m feeling quite fatigued – hopefully I have the energy to tackle all of them! Not to mention I’ll be finishing a script, transcribing and writing an interview piece, moving states and clearing out a house full of stuff that isn’t my own… oh, and quitting my job. June’s gonna be big, no matter how you slice it. Let’s see what it holds!

Now, here’s what we’ve got for this week:

Upcoming Comics

DC Pride 2022 #1

DC’s 2022 celebration kicks off with more stories, more characters, and more pride than ever before! This anthology features 13 all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan-favorites new and old including Superman (Jon Kent), Nubia, Tim Drake, Kid Quick, Aquaman (Jackson Hyde), Green Lantern (Jo Mullein), Alysia Yeoh, the Ray, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batwoman, and more! This special also includes: • A Multiversity: Teen Justice kickoff story spotlighting Kid Quick and written by the miniseries team, Danny Lore and Ivan Cohen! • An introduction by activist, actress, and real-life superhero Nicole Maines that will include a teaser for her upcoming Dreamer project! • Pinups by P. Craig Russell, J.J. Kirby, and more!

Written by Devin Grayson, Ivan Cohen, Tini Howard, Greg Lockard, Alyssa Wong, Stephanie Phillips, Danny Lore, Stephanie Williams, Jadzia Axelrod, Dani Fernandez, Kevin Conroy, Travis Moore, Ted Brandt, Ro Stein and Nicole Maines 
Art by Travis Moore, Ted Brandt, Ro Stein,Lovern Kindzierski, W. Scott Forbes, J. Bone, P. Craig Russell, Lynne Yoshii, J.J. Kirby, Meghan Hetrick, Nick Robles, Brittney L. Williams, Jess Taylor, Evan Cagle, Zoe Thorogood, Samantha Dodge, Giulio Macaione, Rye Hickman
Colours by Tamra Bonvillain, Marissa Louise, Jeremy Lawson, Triona Farrell and Enrica Eren Angiolini
Cover Art by Phil Jimenez and Arif Prianto

Thoughts: Amazon can go to hell for removing the Comixology website. Organizing that list was a nightmare. Reserving actual thoughts for the review.

Batman News Critic: Myself

Dark Crisis #1

Crisis on Infinite Earths. Infinite Crisis. Final Crisis. And now…Dark Crisis! The epic event years in the making is finally here! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League are dead. The remaining heroes are left to protect the world from an onslaught of violent attacks by DC’s greatest villains! Can the legacy heroes step out of the shadows of the classic heroes to form a new Justice League? And will that be enough to stop a darkness greater than anything they’ve ever faced from destroying everything? Don’t miss out on the first issue of the blockbuster event of the summer!

Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils and Inks by Daniel Sampere
Colours by Alejandro Sanchez
Cover Art by Daniel Sampere, Chris Burnham, Alejandro Sanchez and Todd Nauck

Thoughts: I need to give this a chance before I completely discount it. I have… not been the kindest to Dark Crisis so far.

Batman News Critic: Myself

Batman #124

In the aftermath of the Shadow War, Batman has returned to Gotham! But when he hears word of strange developments in Badhnisia, he’s forced to question…has Abyss returned? Or has a new hero been born in the dark? And in the backup, Poison Ivy uncovers the troubling ramifications of the Gardener and Harley Quinn’s actions during Fear State in this prologue to Poison Ivy drawn by Dani and written by Poison Ivy series writer G. Willow Wilson.

Written by Joshua Williamson and G. Willow Wilson
Pencils and Inks by Howard Porter, Jorge Fornés and Dani
Colours by Trish Mulvihill
Cover Art by Tomeu Morey and Jorge Molina

Thoughts: The last issue of Williamson’s Batman run already! Depending on how you feel about Shadow War, I think you could confidently call this a “short and sweet” run. He knew what he wanted to do, did it, then passed the torch.

Batman News Critic: Casper

Batman: Killing Time #4

The bodies are beginning to pile up as the hunt for Catwoman and the Riddler intensifies…and they finally meet face to face with their shocking buyer! Batman and the mysterious Help join forces in what will go down as one of the more memorable team-ups!

Written by Tom King
Pencils and Inks by David Marquez
Colours by Alejandro Sanchez

Thoughts: “The more memorable team-ups”? What does that even mean? Imagine promoting Avengers Endgame and saying it will go down as one of the more exciting movies. Then again, I do consider this “one of the more exciting comics”, so what does that tell you.

Batman News Critic: Casper/Matina

Poison Ivy #1

Pamela Isley has been a lot of things in her life. A living god, a super-villain, an activist, a scientist, and dead. In a new body that she didn’t ask for and with a renewed sense of purpose, Ivy leaves Gotham and sets out to complete her greatest work-a gift to the world that will heal the damage dealt to it…by ending humanity. Spinning out of the pages of Batman, DC is proud to present the unbelievable next chapter in Poison Ivy’s life by the incredible creative team of G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara. Featuring a stunning cast of variant cover artists, including Warren Louw, Frank Cho, Dan Mora, Nick Robles…and introducing main cover artist Jessica Fong!

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Pencils and Inks by Marcio Takara
Colours by Arif Prianto 
Cover Art by Warren Louw and Jessica Fong

Thoughts: This I am REALLY excited for!!! I’d want to review it if I could – hopefully, it’ll make up for the underwhelming portrayal of Ivy in the Harley and Ivy series I reviewed a while back. This comic is in good hands with Wilson and Takara, and just as good hands being reviewed by Theresa!

Batman News Critic: Theresa

Flashpoint Beyond #2

The DC event of 2022 continues! As Thomas Wayne investigates the continuing mystery of the Clockwork Killer, another mystery erupts when a strange inmate within Arkham claims that Bruce Wayne is the only Batman that should exist. And Thomas’s world is again turned upside down when a new, twisted version of an iconic Batman villain is born.

Written by Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan and Jeremy Adams
Pencils and Inks by Xermanico and Mikel Janin
Colours by Jordie Bellaire and Romulo Fajardo 
Cover Art by Mitch Gerads 

Thoughts: I’m not super excited for this. I think it’s good so far – but I also worry it’s a little reduntant. I doubt I’ll have issues reviewing it, and hope it at least continues to interest me, which it has done successfully so far.

Batman News Critic: Myself

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #3

The last party in Gotham City is here! Commissioner Barbara Gordon is stepping down from the GCPD, and Wayne-Powers CEO Dominic Lumos is throwing her a retirement party. Batman doesn’t trust Lumos one bit, so he’s going undercover to get information on his new enemy-but runs afoul of the GCPD’s new top cop Beam Boonma!

Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
Pencils and Inks by Max Dunbar
Colours by Sebastian Cheng

Thoughts: I gotta admit, “the last party in Gotham” is an eye-grabbing phrase!

Batman News Critic: Jackson

Dark Knights of Steel #7

With three kingdoms on the brink of war, Batman is in hiding, recovering from an attack and a shocking betrayal. But Batman finds he’s not the only unfortunate soul to be taken in by his surprise rescuers-strange, magical youngsters have been given sanctuary alongside the bastard prince, Bruce Wayne. Will these teen outcasts change everything Batman believes in? Or will they perish at the hands of a demon?

Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils and Inks by Nathan Gooden
Colours by Arif Prianto 
Cover Art by Dan Mora

Thoughts: This continues to be one of the more unique stories DC has been publishing lately, and I’m all for it. We need more things like this and Jurassic League!

Batman News Critic: Aaron

Multiversity: Teen Justice #1

Kid Quick-the Future State Flash-and their fellow heroes Supergirl, Robin, Aquagirl, Klarienne the Witch Girl, and Troy take center stage in a miniseries that rocks Earth-11 to its core! Co-writers Ivan Cohen (The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries) and Danny Lore (DC Pride, Champions) join rising-star artist Marco Failla (DCeased: Hope at World’s End) for the incredible debut issue, which begins with an attack by the H.I.V.E. and ends in the Church of Blood! What is Sister Blood’s true mission among the lost souls of New York City? Can Teen Justice get through their growing pains fast enough to learn the answer in time to stop it? And what role will the mysterious Raven-the brooding hero who has refused to join the team in the past-play in the ultimate battle? The secrets of Earth-11’s newest heroes and villains unfold in DC’s most exciting new team title!

Written by Ivan Cohen and Danny Lore
Pencils and Inks by Marco Failla
Colours by Enrica Eren Angiolini
Cover Art by Robbi Rodriguez

Thoughts: I got no issues with this, but it’s not so much my thing right now. Let me know when they make a sequel to Multiversity: The Just. 

Batman News Critic: Jeremy

Justice League #75: Special Edition

I don’t really NEED to list this, since we’ve already reviewed it – but I just wanted to take a moment to remind you all that this comic was a 2/10.

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.

This week, I HAVE to recommend Aquaman: Andromeda. It’s always a treat when we get a Black Label book that isn’t Batman, and with such a talented writer-artist duo at the helm, we’re in for some phenomenal stuff! Check out some of the preview pages if you’re not convinced.

Ratings

Most Excited: Poison Ivy #1. Something about this really grabs me – maybe it’s Ivy eating meat on the cover, which makes SO much more sense to me than her being a vegetarian.

Least Excited: Dark Crisis #1. I never want to hear the word “crisis” again.

Wild Card: DC Pride 2022 #1. I loved last year’s Pride issue, and I hope this one’s just as good! But huge anthology issues like this can be hard to gague, so let’s see what it holds.

God, writing this was draining – I may have to call in sick to work tomorrow. Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!

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