Upcoming Comics: August 2, 2022

Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!

Can’t spend too long talking this week – a lot to cover and not a lot of time to do it, as I’ve been called in to work for the next… God, five days. Why the heck is DC putting all their major releases in the first week of the month now? I find that so odd, though I suppose there must be a logic to it.

Now! Let’s see what we have for this week:

Upcoming Comics

Batman #126

Batman has battled all manner of criminals, monsters, and super-villains, but nothing could have prepared him for what’s coming with Failsafe, an unstoppable foe that can outfight and outthink the Dark Knight-but could a dark connection to Batman’s past be the answer? In the backup, Catwoman is piecing together the lineage of one of Gotham’s most notorious criminal families…and it’s not for the faint of heart!

Written by Chip Zdarsky
Pencils and Inks by Jorge Jimenez and Belén Ortega
Colours by Tomeu Morey and  Luis Guerrero
Cover Art by Jorge Jimenez and Tomeu Morey 

Thoughts: Love Zdarsky’s work, but I wasn’t blown away by this opening chapter. Felt like the next chapter in Tynion’s run, rather than a wholly original story. Something to be said about the continuity in that, though.

Batman News Critic: Casper

Batman: Killing Time #6

All hell breaks lose as a gang war in Gotham erupts over the mysterious artifact stolen by Catwoman and the Riddler! Blood will be shed, lives be lost, and a shocking ending will leave your head spinning!

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

Thoughts: Honestly, minis such as these have been where Batman shines brightest as of late. Is it because writers are allowed to get a little crazier?

Batman News Critic: Casper and Matina

Dark Crisis (on Infinite Earths) #3

The battle of the Emerald Army has begun! Hal Jordan has launched all-out war on Pariah and the Dark Army to avenge his fallen Justice League heroes-but how can one man stand in the way of the Great Darkness? Meanwhile back on Earth, Titans Tower has burned and Deathstroke’s army has continued its scorched-earth march across the planet. To stop Slade Wilson, the young heroes of the DCU might have no other choice than to turn to the brutal tactics of Black Adam…

Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils by Daniel Sampere
Inks by Daniel Sampere, Daniel Henriques, Danny Miki and Jaime Mendoza
Colours by Alejandro Sanchez
Cover Art by Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez and Chris Burnham

Thoughts: I’m not sure I’ve seen a book with only one penciller and four inkers before. Cool! That’s about all I have to say about this book, and now I have to write a thousand-word review on it. At least Green Lanterns are cool!

Batman News Critic: Myself

Flashpoint Beyond #4

Thomas Wayne is quickly closing in on the Clockwork Killer, but his investigation might be impeded by young Dexter Dent and his own vigilante agenda: breaking his mother out of Arkham!

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

Thoughts: This book has a lot of cooks in the broth, yet it manages to be consistently surprising in all the best possible ways. This is a good and worthy follow-up to Rebirth and Doomsday Clock – you do not need to default to a larger scale to make a story more interesting.

Batman News Critic: Myself

Harley Quinn #18

One small step for the Gotham villains, one giant leap for clown-kind! That’s right…this fashionably vocal clown is headed to space. Turns out there’s some old experiment left in the J.L.A. moon base, and Luke Fox has put together a team of former villains to help clean up the mess. Sendin’ a buncha villains to the moon…? What could go right?! Join me, Killer Frost, Bronze Tiger, Solomon Grundy, and more as we learn to moonwalk and put the X in Task Force XX! The countdown to Harley’s 30th Anniversary BEGINS!

Written by Stephanie Phillips
Pencils and Inks by Georges Duarte
Colours by Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Jonboy Meyers

Batman News Critic: Theresa

Poison Ivy #3

Fixing the world isn’t easy work, and Ivy’s all hot and sweaty because of it! Getting her hands dirty was never an issue, but when plant assassins come after her, Ivy must be willing to play dirty as well. Featuring variants from some of comic’s most prestigious creators, Artgerm, Josh Middleton, and Justine Frany!

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

Thoughts: If there’s one thing I can rely on this series for, it’s consistently great cover art!

Batman News Critic: Theresa

Sword of Azrael #1

The warrior angel of St. Dumas returns! Jean-Paul Valley does not want to be Azrael ever again. All it has brought him is pain, violence, and misery. He has sequestered himself away at a monastery in Europe to find peace. But when a young woman who claims to have the same System programming that made Jean-Paul into Azrael arrives at the monastery, he won’t have a choice but to don his violent mantle of Azrael once more to protect her from the deadly assassins who wish her harm. From the rising star creative team of Dan Watters (Arkham City: Order of the World, Lucifer) and Nikola Čižmešija (Batman Urban Legends, Future State Gotham) this miniseries will redefine one of the Batman world’s most iconic and fierce characters.

Written by Dan Watters
Pencils and Inks by Nikola Cizmesija
Colours by Marissa Louise
Cover Art by Nikola Cizmesija and Romulo Fajardo

Thoughts: Cool to see a follow-up to Azrael from the Arkham City book!

Batman News Critic: William

Sword of Azrael: Dark Knight of the Soul #1

The Angel of St. Dumas’s faith is challenged! This issue collects the critically acclaimed three-part story that ran in the pages of Batman: Urban Legends ahead of the August debut of the new Sword of Azrael miniseries. Azrael has returned to Gotham City after a long time away, unsure of his purpose and having his faith constantly challenged by demonic developments in the city. The arrival of the new antagonist the Poor Fellow will change Azrael’s future forever. Reprints the Azrael stories from Batman: Urban Legends #8-10 that lead into Sword of Azrael #1!

Written by Dan Watters
Pencils by Nikola Cizmesija
Cover Art by Nikola Cizmesija and Romulo Fajardo

Thoughts: And a second one? Oh, I see, it’s a recap issue. Should we expect these a lot from Urban Legends stories? God, I hate that book.

Batman News Critic: Also William!

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #5

You can never go home again! Neo-Gotham and its Sword have compromised and gravely injured officer Beam Boonma. To save her life, Terry McGinnis will bring her to what remains of the Batcave, begging one of his newest foes, Gestalt, to help him. Terry has one last chance to save Neo-Gotham from itself. He’ll have to take everything he’s learned in this year without Bruce and redefine the legend of Batman once and for all.

Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly
Pencils and Inks by Max Dunbar
Colours by Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Max Dunbar and Sebastian Cheng

Thoughts: Have you noticed how much work Romulo Fajardo is handling? I mean, this week alone!

Batman News Critic: Jackson

Batman: White Knight Presents: Red Hood #1

The world of Batman: White Knight continues to expand in this exciting new miniseries! With things heating up in Neo-Gotham, Jason Todd revisits his post-Robin past to find the one ally he believes will help him turn the tide in the battle against Derek Powers. “Bruce Wayne is Batman.” Four words that saved Jason’s life and destroyed his future forever. Banished by his mentor and damaged by The Joker, the former Robin is left to become something different, something stronger, a relentless force for justice in the city…Red Hood! With nobody to answer to, he walks the dangerous line between hero and villain. That is until he meets Gan, a local girl from East Backport who needs his help to save her neighborhood from a super-criminal terrorizing its citizens. And she’s willing to fight alongside him, whatever it takes!

Written by Sean Gordon Murphy and Clay McCormack
Pencils and Inks by Simone Di Meo
Colours by Simone Di Meo and Dave Stewart
Cover Art by Sean Gordon Murphy and Dave Stewart

Thoughts: I really don’t see the appeal.

Batman News Critic: William

DC vs. Vampires #8

The battle for Earth continues in this bloodthirsty series! The surviving heroes put their various plans in motion in their last attempt to save humanity! The Birds of Prey are out for blood and head back into the heart of the vampire kingdom: Gotham City! Supergirl must cross a vampire-infested ocean and Green Arrow’s mission is…just too horrifying to mention!

Written by James Tynion and Matthew Rosenberg
Pencils and Inks by Otto Schmidt and Daniele Di Nicuolo
Colours by Pierluigi Casolino 
Cover Art by Otto Schmidt and Guillem March

Batman News Critic: Aaron

Multiversity: Teen Justice #3

The miniseries that goes to 11 (Earth-11, that is) gets even wilder, as the mysteries of a gender-flipped universe become clearer…and more shocking! From the depths of space to Superwoman’s island fortress to the heart of the Church of Blood, Kid Quick and the rest of Teen Justice discover the threat they face is even greater than they imagined! What secret does a stranded Aquagirl learn from Green Lantern Hal Ferris? Why has Raven lost so much of his power? And what does Sister Blood have planned for Troy?

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

Thoughts: Whenever I see “Multiversity” I think, “is DC still too cowardly to release a sequel to The Just?”

Batman News Critic: Jeremy

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. We wish we were covering Aquaman: Andromeda though.

Ratings

Most Excited: Flashpoint Beyond #4. At this point, it’s more than earned my trust and excitement, despite everything!

Least Excited: Tough call, but let’s go with Dark Crisis #3 for having the most to lose.

Wild Card: Batman #126. Too early to call where this book lands just yet.

Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!

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