Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!
Apologies, but not a very thorough lead-in for the discussion this week. I’ll engage with the comments, of course! Just not sure my brain is capable of saying anything interesting right now. There’s an interesting conversation topic, though: how do you guys deal with being stuck in a rut?
Now, here’s what we have for this week:
Batman – One Bad Day #1: The Riddler
The Dark Knight’s greatest villains get their greatest stories yet! The Riddler, Two-Face, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Bane, Clayface, and Ra’s al Ghul-Batman’s most iconic villains all given 64-page prestige format specials that show why they are the greatest villains in all of comics, spearheaded by today’s top talent. We begin with Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler! Tom King and Mitch Gerads, the Eisner Award-winning duo behind Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Baghdad, and Strange Adventures reunite to dive deep into the mind of Batman’s most intellectual foe…the Riddler. The Riddler has killed a man in broad daylight for seemingly no reason, but…there’s always a reason. The Riddler is always playing a game, there are always rules. Batman will reach his wit’s end trying to figure out the Riddler’s true motivation in this epic psychological thriller; this is not to be missed!
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerads
Thoughts: King writes an oddly brutal Riddler, and I don’t really know how I feel about it. I appreciate the concept, but don’t know if I always like it.
Batman News Critic: Cam
Batman: The Knight #8
Bruce Wayne’s journey to become the Dark Knight has taken him around the globe several times but his training is nearly complete. His trials, however, haven’t gone unnoticed: someone has been watching him…hunting him! The final test of the Batman begins!
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Pencils and Inks by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colours by Ivan Plascencia
Thoughts: Egads! The face under that hood could only be one nefarious villain: King Tut!
Batman News Critic: Jackson
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #6
THE FLYING GRAYSON FLIES THROUGH TIME! The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel might have been victorious in their battle against the dreaded Devil Nezha (but were they, though? More on that to come, kids…) but there’s one thing they forgot in all the madness…Dick! Robin the Boy Wonder is lost in time like some kind of chrono-Home Alone…and to find him, Batman and Superman will need to get creative!
Written by Mark Waid
Pencils and Inks by Travis Moore
Colours by Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Art by Dan Mora
Thoughts: Good god, absolutely adoring these covers. The pure joy in this image!
Batman News Critic: Casper
Heartless has an extra-giant jar that has Blockbuster’s name on it, but as a man of refined taste, Heartless doesn’t just collect any type of heart…he waits for someone to experience a specific emotion in particular before taking it all away from them and adding it into his collection. Does Nightwing have what it takes to save the life of the very man who’s been trying to take everything away from Dick Grayson, including his life?
Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils and Inks by Bruno Redondo
Colours by Adriano Lucas
Thoughts: Now that I think about it, DC has been putting out some really strong covers in general lately. I especially like these ones, where you don’t need additional text slapped atop it.
Batman News Critic: Michael
Lines are blurred as Eiko Hasigawa and Catwoman start playing too nice with one another and each lets their guard down-and in a ruthless city like Gotham, you can’t trust anyone but yourself to watch your back. And Catwoman should know better than to let an old flame get into her head again…that’s her job.
Written by Tini Howard
Pencils by Sami Basri
Inks by Sami Basri and Vicente Cifuentes
Colours by Jordie Bellaire
Cover Art by Jeff Dekal
Thoughts: Nice to see DC remember Catwoman is bisexual!
Batman News Critic: Michael
Harley Quinn #20
I went to the moon to eat cheese and fight aliens…and I’m all outta cheese. Actually, there wasn’t any cheese. I think that’s a myth…but aliens, hooo boy, do we have aliens! Horace Reginald Giger would be proud! What? No…I’m positive that’s what “H.R.” stands for. Anyway, this alien-monster-thing might not get a chance to devour Task Force XX, because we’re probably gonna kill each other first. What’d you expect, sendin’ a buncha angry villains to space without any cheese? I warned ya! The Harley Quinn and Task Force XX space event you’ve always needed continues here. Cheese not included.
Written by Stephanie Phillips
Pencils and Inks by Georges Duarte and Simone Buonfantino
Colours by Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Jonboy Meyers
Batman News Critic: Theresa
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3
Sins of the old! In response to their lack of gratitude, the world holding Superboy, Impulse, and Tim Drake captive has brought back the three villains who have caused them the most pain to keep them in their place: Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang, and Lex Luthor. Old wounds will open. Wonder Girl and her search team will have to hurry up before there’s no Young Justice left to save!
Written by Meghan Fitzmartin
Pencils and Inks by Laura Braga
Colours by Luis Guerrero
Cover Art by Max Dunbar and Luis Guerrero
Thoughts: What a silly collection of villains for a dramatic comic book cover.
Batman News Critic: William
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #2
The survivors of a horrifying vampire attack, led by Deathstroke, take shelter with Talia al Ghul. With intel from a hero recently saved from vampirism, John Constantine prepares them for a (suicide) mission, while Midnighter goes through every scenario in his head and finds out the dark truth. Meanwhile the mysterious vampire Lord Cinder has become aware of their plans and prepares a surprise…
Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Alex Paknadel and Emma Vieceli
Pencils and Inks by Pasquale Qualano and Haining
Colours by Nicola Righi
Cover Art by Alan Quah
Batman News Critic: Aaron
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.
Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
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