Welcome back to Upcoming Comics! It looks like the weeks-long heat wave is finally starting to die down (at least where I live) and hot weather Summer is coming to an end. Soon it will actually start feeling like Fall and all that entails. That means changing leaves, brisk evenings, and of course, Halloween. It’s the perfect time to wear a big sweater and curl up with a good comic book. You know what would be fitting for such a spooky, autumnal time like this? Some sort of horror-themed massive event based on all the characters’ nightmares. We could even pause everything else while it’s going on. Could you imagine if we did something like that in the middle of Summer? How ridiculous.
Batman and Robin #1
Father and son. Bruce and Damian. Batman and Robin. From Batman vs. Robin to Knight Terrors, a lot has happened to the Dynamic Duo, but now they are back together and ready to fight crime in Gotham-just in time for Batman’s most monstrous rogues to team up to turn the city into an urban jungle! A new villain watches from the shadows, intent on revenge, with a plot to turn one of Batman’s greatest assets against him! Can Damian help his father solve the case before it’s too late? A brand-new fun and exciting father-and-son adventure begins, from DC Comics architect Joshua Williamson and superstar artist Simone Di Meo!
- Written By: Joshua Williamson
- Penciled By: Simone Di Meo
- Inks By: Simone Di Meo
- Colors By: Simone Di Meo
- Cover By: Simone Di Meo
Thoughts: This comic has definitely had a ton of build up to it, and I’m very curious how it will turn out. Bruce and Damian’s relationship is a dynamic that often goes in circles, so hopefully Williamson will be able to take them in interesting new directions.
Batman News Critic: William
World’s Finest: Teen Titans #3
TITANSCON! As the Titans fandom converges on Metropolis by the thousands, the team crashes the con as a surprise-knowing it will leave the Titans (and their secrets) exposed. While Kid Flash and Speedy show off for the crowds, a new teenage villain, the obsessive Toyboy, shows up to wreak havoc and “claim” Wonder Girl for his own!
- Written By: Mark Waid
- Penciled By: Emanuela Lupacchino
- Inks By: Emanuela Lupacchino
- Colors By: Jordie Bellaire
- Cover By: Chris Samnee, Mat Lopes
Thoughts: Waid has been absolutely hitting it out of the park with both World’s Finest series, and a “Titanscon” is exactly the kind of hectic premise that will let the characters shine
Batman News Critic: Cam
Batman Incorporated #12
Batman Incorporated no more? As the Joker Incorporated storyline comes to its bloody conclusion, Batman Incorporated is left divided. They’ve crossed lines they swore they never would in the name of protecting the innocent. Now they’re left to cope with the fallout. They may have won the battle, but did Joker win the war?
- Written By: Ed Brisson
- Penciled By: John Timms
- Inks By: John Timms
- Colors By: Rex Lokus
- Cover By: John Timms
Thoughts: DC seems to have quietly cancelled this series. Usually there would be some sort of “FINAL ISSUE” in the solicit, but it seems low sales has led them to just shutter it and move on with little fanfare. You wouldn’t even know it if you didn’t look at future solicitations.
Batman News Critic: Aaron
Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1
“When you chase your own shadow…it leads you into the abyss.” In a Gotham City where every day feels darker and more irredeemable than the last, Batman makes a definitive choice-to kill off the Bruce Wayne identity for good and embrace the cowl full-time. But though he knows the streets of Gotham, Batman will soon come to find that he hardly knows himself. A serial killer is on the loose, and while the murder victims seem random at first, every clue draws Batman closer to the terrifying truth-that they are all connected, not just to each other…but to him… When an all-new rogues gallery of utterly depraved villains begins to emerge from the depths of the city, Batman will have to contend with the very nature of evil-including that which lurks inside in the darkest corners of his own heart-to face what’s coming for his city. Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham brings Rafael Grampá’s twisted vision of both the Dark Knight and the city of Gotham to life in a DC writing debut that will reach its icy black tendrils into the deepest and darkest corners of human nature and leave you gasping for breath-and for more!
- Written By: Rafael Grampa
- Penciled By: Rafael Grampa
- Inks By: Rafael Grampa
- Colors By: Steve Buccellato, Mat Lopes
- Cover By: Rafael Grampa
Thoughts: Comics where you’ve got one creator on both writing and art can lead to some really creative results, and while I’ve never read Mesmo Delivery, (I believe his only prior writing credit) Grampa’s artwork is always impressive
Batman News Critic: Aaron
The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #12
Mystery Inc. gets a call from the most haunted hotel in the world. Birds are attacking! Plants are attacking! Creatures, monsters, and ghouls are attacking! Can they hold steady against so many different foes till the Bat-Family can make the trip all the way from Gotham?
- Written By: Sholly Fisch
- Penciled By: Dario Brizuela
- Inks By: Dario Brizuela
- Colors By: Franco Riesco
- Cover By: Franco Riesco, Dario Brizuela
Thoughts: And so Batman and Scooby’s series comes to a close. It’s something that I know Will has always had a lot of passion for, and I’ve looked forward to his reviews
Batman News Critic: William
Beyond the Bat
Welcome to Beyond the Bat, where we take a quick look at the rest of DC’s comics coming out this week. There’s not many this week, (it is Detective Comics Comics after all) but Superman: Lost has been a series I’ve been keeping an eye on.
Graphic Novel Watch
Sometimes you need more than floppies. Sometimes you want something that can sit nicely on your shelf that proudly displays your favorite stories. That’s when you turn to graphic novels. Let’s see what bat collections are coming out this week:
Most Excited: World’s Finest: Teen Titans #3– This series has been consistently great and I don’t have any reason to think that will stop any time soon. Anyone who hasn’t been reading this or Batman/Superman: World’s Finest should correct that ASAP.
Least Excited: Batman Incorporated #12– This series is ending and I can’t find much reason to miss it. As the nominal successor to Grant Morrison’s incredible series from a decade ago, it failed to live up to any sort of expectations, except maybe for people who were just clamoring for more Ghost-Maker.
Wild Card: Batman and Robin #1– Any #1 is going to have an element of wild card to it, but for Williamson I think it’s especially true. How much I end up liking his comics can vary wildly, so I really hope this is closer to his Superman than his Dark Crisis.
Well that’s it for this week! Let us know in the comments what comics you’re looking forward to.