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I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve felt an incredible pang of nostalgia for the Arkham games of old. Well, “old” is relative, of course – but we’re 6 years past Arkham VR, with no sign of a successor to the games in sight. I think it’s safe to say that, apart from the in-continuity sequel Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the Arkham world is mostly behind us. But god, what a legacy it left.
What was your favourite game? There’s an argument for each of them: Asylum has a tone that the series never quite captures again, City is one of the most well-rounded video game experiences you’ll ever have, and the gameplay of Knight is so clean that it feels like riding a bicycle every time I pick it up. I’d also like to give a shoutout to Arkham VR, which is an immersive experience in the way that even the creepiest moments of the main games never quite capture. Check it out if you have a PSVR, or a Quest that connects to a computer!
Now, let’s see what we have for this week:
Batman: Dear Detective
A story told through a stunning collection of Lee Bermejo Batman covers. Lee Bermejo has collected some of his most stunning Batman covers and woven them together to tell a story that strikes right at the heart of the Dark Knight’s never-ending crusade.
By Lee Bermejo
Thoughts: You know, I can’t say EVERY artist is one of the defining Batman artists, but surely Lee Bermejo is up there. His covers are so striking that it’s hard to look away, and he’s certainly been one of the most distinctive Batman artists of the 2010’s. Piecing together his covers seems ambitious, but I’m here for it!
Batman News Critic: Cam
With brutal efficiency, Failsafe hunts the Dark Knight, leaving a trail of injured heroes! Batman retreats to the manor as he prepares for a final assault…will the last few surprises he has in store be enough? And in the backup, Catwoman reaches a shocking conclusion in her search!
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Pencils and Inks by Jorge Jimenez and Belén Ortega
Colours by Tomeu Morey and Luis Guerrero
Cover Art by Tomeu Morey and Jorge Jimenez
Thoughts: A few surprises have been presented in this series – enough for me to be curious as to where this goes! Let’s hope these surprises are substantial for the story, and aren’t just there for shock and cameo value.
Batman News Critic: Casper
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4
WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE NEW DC MULTIVERSE! Spinning out of the pages of The Flash, the heroes have learned the secret of Pariah’s new worlds—but at what cost does this knowledge come, and what can they even do with this information—or even worse, perhaps Pariah and the Great Darkness want them to know…? On Earth-Zero, Deathstroke continues to move forward with his plans to erase legacy heroics once and for all, while Jon Kent, Nightwing, and the ragtag group of youngsters rally to step up to the increasing number of challenges. The event of the year rages on! Dark Crisis is in many ways the direct sequel to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. In this issue Pariah’s attempt to restore the infinite Multiverse reaches a breaking point!
Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencils by Daniel Sampere
Inks by Daniel Sampere and Daniel Henriques
Colours by Alejandro Sanchez
Cover Art by Daniel Sampere and Alejandro Sanchez
Thoughts: Feels like more stuff should have happened by now. We’re approaching the halfway point. But hey, I guess we’re about to get a million billion bajillion earths back, like that means anything.
Batman News Critic: Myself
Flashpoint Beyond #5
The Clockwork Killer’s identity is finally revealed as the dust settles after the showdown at Arkham Asylum. But as we learn the truth behind how the Clockwork Killer came to be, Thomas is faced with a reality-altering choice!
Written by Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan and Jeremy Adams
Pencils and Inks by Xermanico and Mikel Janin
Colours by Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Mitch Gerads
Thoughts: Solid series with some hiccups that make me hesitant to scream this book’s praises to the sky, so let’s see if they can start sticking the landing. Did not like the reveal last issue.
Batman News Critic: Myself
Poison Ivy #4
Workplace harassment complaints, health code violations, and inhuman work hours. All just a few of the things that your everyday human resources representative has to deal with. Lucky for you, Poison Ivy isn’t your average HR rep. She’s much more flexible and her punishments are far worse, too! So be on your best behavior because Dr. Isley is watching.
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Pencils and Inks by Marcio Takara
Colours by Arif Prianto
Cover Art by Jessica Fong
Thoughts: Imagine an office sitcom with Ivy and Harley working in HR together. Well, I suppose they could do that in the Harley Quinn show.
Batman News Critic: Theresa
Sword of Azrael #2
VENGEANCE OF THE POOR FELLOW! Vengeance has arrived to capture Brielle, the young woman who has come to Azrael for help, but Azrael won’t let this stand. He will fight back against Vengeance and her forces…but will he be able to keep the murderous programming of the System at bay? And is Brielle all she seems, or is she hiding secrets that could shatter Jean-Paul Valley forever? All this as Azrael’s foe the Poor Fellow pulls the strings…
Written by Dan Watters
Pencils and Inks by Nikola Cizmesija
Colours by Marissa Louise
Cover Art by Nikola Cizmesija and Romulo Fajardo
Batman News Critic: William
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #6
THE END OF TOMORROW! The Neo-Year is drawing toward its epic conclusion: Terry McGinnis has spent the last year waging his war on the artificial intelligence that conquered Neo-Gotham. In this issue he’ll have to put together everything he’s learned, refine his own myth as Batman, and bring down Donovan Lumos, Neo-Gotham’s A.I., and the Sword of Gotham. Terry McGinnis flies the night sky in a new Batman Beyond suit. Everything about the Batman Beyond mythos changes here.
Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
Pencils and Inks by Max Dunbar
Colours by Sebastian Cheng and Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Max Dunbar and Sebastian Cheng
Thoughts: Okay, is it just me or does “everything about the Batman Beyond mythos changes here” mean next to nothing? I barely ever know which of its 50 continuities we’re supposed to follow!
Batman News Critic: Jackson
Dark Knights of Steel: Tales from the Three Kingdoms #1
The El Kingdom has been ruled with integrity and honesty for generations, by familes from the Waynes to the Els. The future of the kingdom lies with its three heirs and the challenges they will face…but what really prepared them for their tumultuous future? What stories defined Bruce, Zala, and Kal-El? Learn these tales and more from international bestselling writers Tom Taylor, Jay Kristoff, and C.S. Pacat!
Written by Tom Taylor, Jay Kristoff and C.S. Pacat
Pencils and Inks by Caspar Wijngaard, Michele Bandini and Sean Izaakse
Colours by Antonio Fabela, Caspar Wijngaard and Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Neil Googe and Antonio Fabela
Thoughts: Love little anthology stories that set the stage for the drama ahead!
Batman News Critic: Aaron
Multiversity: Teen Justice #4
An action-packed issue finds Kid Quick and their allies on Earth-11 face-to-face with a worlds-shaking threat! At last…why Raven refuses to join the team! Will the revelation prevent a tragedy…or somehow make it worse? Plus: an unexpected ally helps Troy escape the Church of Blood, the reunion the team’s been hoping for finally takes place, and the villainy of the Core comes to light! On a scale of 1 to 10 for surprises and all-around awesomeness, this one’s a solid (Earth-) 11!
Written by Ivan Cohen and Danny Lore
Pencils and Inks by Marco Failla
Colours by Enrica Eren Angiolini
Cover Art by Robbi Rodriguez
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.
Most Excited: Batman: Dear Detective. When Damned faltered, you could still buy it ten times over for this guy’s art alone. Well, that and for Batman’s penis, if you got your hands on a first print of Issue #1 (which I foolishly passed on at a store).
Least Excited: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4. Good god, even the characters themselves barely seem to care.
Wild Card: Batman #127. Too early for us to tell where this is all going, but Zdarsky is a good enough writer to keep me excited as to what curveball he might throw next.
Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
Author’s Twitter: @ObnoxiousFinch