Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!
Not much to say this week, other than to please watch Better Call Saul. We’re on the final two episodes now, and the show’s better than ever – and it was already some top-tier television! Just as good as Breaking Bad, if not better – and CERTAINLY better shot. Check it out, and talk about it with me in the comments!
Now, here’s what we have for this week:
Batman: Urban Legends #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 Brandon Thomas, Henry Barajas, Chris Burnham, Blake Howard, Tini Howard and Greg Hahn
Pencils and Inks by Chris Burnham, Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, Serg Acuña, Max Raynor and Mike Norton
Colours by Dave McCaig, Nathan Fairbairn, John Kalisz, Marissa Louise and Hi-Fi
Cover Art by Liam Sharp
Thoughts: Harley’s almost 30? Wait, am I almost 30? No? Phew, thank god. I got scared for a moment there.
Batman News Critic: Cam
After what happened with Seer, there’s no time to waste for the Batgirls as they go Batgirling back into detective mode! And this new murder hits even closer to home-literally! As Steph, Cass, and Babs are racing to put the clues together about who might be the Hill Ripper, they get an unexpected visit. Who doesn’t love a killer fight scene? Yet with all this murder going on, Steph still manages to get her flirt on!
Written by Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad
Pencils and Inks by Neil Googe
Cover Art by Jorge Corona and Sarah Stern
Thoughts: Okay, “Bat Girl Summer” made me laugh.
Batman News Critic: Matina
I Am Batman #12
DC’s most inscrutable hero arrives in New York City to task Jace Fox’s Batman with helping them solve a mystery of the past. At the same time, Tiffany Fox continues on her path to see who could be New York-and DC’s-hero of the future.
Written by John Ridley
Pencils and Inks by Christian Duce
Colours by Rex Lokus
Thoughts: The relief I feel from not having to cover this anymore is indescribable. Jeremy is killing it, loved his review of #11!
Batman News Critic: Jeremy
Harley Quinn #19
Clown’s log, star date 2022. Our mission is going perfectly, as long as you ignore that missile that the U.S. military launched at our spacecraft; the mysterious, unknown creature running wild on the J.L.A. moon base; and Solomon Grundy losing his lunch all over Bronze Tiger. So, other than all that…things are great! So, hey, this Harley Quinn event sure is rocketing forward! Space puns, dead ahead!
Written by Stephanie Phillips
Pencils and Inks by Georges Duarte
Colours by Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Jonboy Meyers and Sabine Rich
Batman News Critic: Theresa
Future State: Gotham #16
Batmen at War part four! Jason Todd and Hunter Panic must help Jace, the Next Batman, against the original Batman and…his son Batman 666?! And while all hell breaks loose in Gotham the rest of the Bat-Family have an intervention with Nightwing about his addiction and claiming the mantle of Batman for his own! And if Damian is with his father, then who is the Batman with Talia?!
Written by Dennis Culver
Pencils and Inks by Geoffo
Cover Art by Simone Di Meo
Batman News Critic: Jackson
DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #1
What began as a battle for Earth has become a war for the galaxy as the epic final chapter in the massive DCeased franchise is here! The emergence of a reborn, undead Darkseid in DCeased: Dead Planet sets the stage for the most devastating conflict yet for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman! As the Anti-Life Equation spreads into the cosmos, the survivors of Earth prepare for the coming apocalypse and realize their only hope could lie in the most powerful surviving hero from the first DCeased series… The bestselling creative team of Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine return for their third and final installment in War of the Undead Gods!
Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils by Trevor Hairsine
Inks by Andy Lanning
Colours by Rain Beredo
Thoughts: DCeased has been an incredibly popular series – and fortunately, it’s not just because of the zombie craze. It’s generally been quite well-written, too!
Batman News Critic: Aaron
The Jurassic League #4
The trinity of Batsaur, Wonderdon, and Supersaur welcomes a few new monstrous members in the form of Aquanyx, Flashraptor, and Green Torch! But can even a fully staffed Jurassic League stand a chance against Darkseid and his army of corrupted carnivores?
Written by Daniel Warren Johnson Juan Gedeon
Pencils and Inks by Juan Gedeon and Jon Mikel
Colours by Mike Spicer
Cover Art by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer
Thoughts: It’s nice when books like this are able to be creative and interesting without only relying on the crutch of something like dinosaurs. Give me more!
Batman News Critic: Cam
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.
Will try and add ratings later, or I may potentially hold them for this week. Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
Author’s Twitter: @ObnoxiousFinch