Upcoming Comics: August 23, 2022

Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!

I have to say, I am not impressed with WB Discovery right now. In a sea of cancellations and content removal, it becomes hard to continue writing content that supports them, if only because my reviews often recommend their products. As this is not an article about that subject matter, I won’t talk about it much here – but I’d suggest you look up information about the negative effects of mergers, and to look into what unions you should be signed up with. Stuff like this happening is exactly why workers’ rights are paramount.

Now, here’s what we have for this week:

Upcoming Comics

Detective Comics #1063

Old friends Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent share a moment together asking: At what point does Gotham not need a Batman anymore? As Batman’s investigation around Gotham leads him to encounter more and more demonic beings, the one thing they all have in common is…they’re all people he fights to keep off the streets and behind bars. But when Two-Face appears asking Batman for help, is he friend or foe? And is whatever’s going on with Batman already too late to do anything about? …Is he the Detective or the devil?

Written by Ram V and Simon Spurrier
Pencils and Inks by Rafael Albuquerque and Dani
Colous by Dave Stewart 
Cover Art by Evan Cagle

Thoughts: Beautiful stuff so far, with a striking design for Harvey Dent!

Batman News Critic: Matina

 

Robin #17

Heartbreak! Lord Death Man reveals the truth about Flatline! Can Robin forgive her?! Since leaving Gotham, Damian has grown and trained to be a hero, but now that story comes to an end as he’s pulled into a shocking new story line that will test his role as Robin and his place in the DCU!

Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils by Roger Cruz
Inks by Norm Rapmund
Colours by Luis Guerrero

Thoughts: To my understanding, this is the last issue of the book… and that feels like such a waste. This was the one book of Williamson’s that I wasn’t criticising lately! Why does DC seem so keen on pushing this “Batman fights Robin” idea? We know how that story ends. 

Batman News Critic: Matina

Batman: Fortress #4

With the fate of Earth on the line, desperate times call for desperate measures…and the team-up of Batman and Lex Luthor is the definition of desperate! With the world hanging in the balance, can this bizarre dynamic duo locate the Fortress of Solitude before the alien invaders do?!

Written by Gary Whitta
Pencils and Inks by Darick Robertson
Colours by Diego Rodriguez 

Batman News Critic: William

Harley Quinn #21

Nuke it from orbit…is what we shoulda done to this whole entire moon. Who needs a moon anyway? I blame Luke Fox for sending a team of villains into space to fight a horrific alien monster in the first place. Obviously, that was just never going to work out well. Has Luke ever seen a sci-fi movie? And now you’re expectin’ me to save Earth with just my super-awesome-mallet-of-alien-skull-crashing-madness™? Okay, you asked for it…

Written by Stephanie Phillips
Pencils and Inks by Simone Buonfantino
Colours by Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Jonboy Meyers

Batman News Critic: Theresa

Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes #5

With the reveal of who is behind the great darkness that is tearing the galaxy apart, the Justice League and the Legion of Super-Heroes are at odds over how to handle the incomprehensible evil that has brought them together. This time-spanning epic stars all your favorite superheroes from two different time periods! Batman! Saturn Girl! Superman! Brainiac 5! Naomi!…and dozens more race into battle to save the galaxy from being pulled apart! But at what cost? Will everyone survive this?

Written by Brian Michael Bendis 
Pencils and Inks by Scott Godlewski
Colours by Ryan Cody 

Thoughts: Wild still seeing Bendis in DC and making an impact. I’d say I miss reviewing his comics, but…

Batman News Critic: William

Task Force Z #11

The truth about Powers! Red Hood and Task Force Z have taken their fight to Powers International to find out why they created the Lazarus Resin and to learn what other evils they’ve brought to Gotham City and the DCU at large. Red Hood has one ambition: to shut them down for good. But he’s going to find out the hard way that Powers International has more assets and weapons at their disposal than he could ever handle.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Pencils by Eddy Barrows
Inks by Eber Ferreira
Colours by Adriano Lucas

Thoughts: The fact that this is a shockingly plot-relevant series for the Batman Universe is part of what makes it so cool.

Batman News Critic: Casper

DC Mech #2

Wonder Woman’s war machine! Wonder Woman and the Green Lanterns have arrived to help Batman and the Flash stop the invader from the stars known as Superman. The last time mechs from space arrived, they tried to destroy Earth-these heroes won’t let that happen again, despite Superman’s protests that he’s on their side. Hawkwoman, the war mother of Earth, will intervene to prove to Earth’s heroes Superman is on their side as Darkseid and Lex Luthor prepare their next moves in response to Superman’s arrival…

Written by Kenny Porter 
Pencils and Inks by Baldemar Rivas
Colours by Mike Spicer 

Batman News Critic: Aaron

Batman: White Knight Presents: Red Hood #2

Red Hood & Robin?! After being reluctantly recruited to bring justice to the East Backport neighborhood of Gotham, Jason Todd is back in the hero business! With an all-too-eager sidekick, Gan, by his side, he’s on the road to becoming one of the good guys again. And after all the damage Bruce Wayne did to his childhood, he’s hell-bent on creating the ultimate Robin, no matter the cost. But when the new dynamic duo’s first challenger comes calling, will they be up to the task? Shriek and his sound-suit are ready to turn up the stereo and blow our heroes away! Can Jason keep Gan safe in her first mission and save the day? Could this be the young Robin’s swan song already? Find out in the action-packed finale of this miniseries exploring the world of Batman: White Knight!

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

Batman News Critic: William

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. I gotta say, that Olympus one-shot has me kind of intrigued. What a cover!

Ratings

Most Excited: Detective Comics #1063. My interview with V gave me high expectations for this book, and I’m excited for it to gain more momentum!

Least Excited: Robin #17. It’s not allowed to be the final issue yet. >:(

Wild Card: DC Mech #2. Do I have to explain this decision?

Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!

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