Hello everyone! Welcome to Upcoming Comics! I hope you’ve all had an excellent week. Mine has been a little on the wilder side, between moving and some serious staffing changes at work I feel like I’ve been too busy to really keep up with much. That said, I’m going to dive straight into our upcoming books for the week, because we have quite a few!
Detective Comics #1073
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And for Bruce, that will is Batman…because myths don’t bleed, right? Well, Batman, with the last ounce of strength he has, will have to test that theory out with the Orghams as he fights through Prince Arzen’s three powerful protectors to find out. Hope is not all lost, though, as Jim Gordon and Sorrow rush their way through Gotham to help Batman before it’s too late and an Azmer demon is placed inside him…
- Written By: Ram V, Dan Watters, Simon Spurrier
- Penciled By: Ivan Reis, Goran Sudzuka, Stefano Raffaele
- Inks By: Goran Sudzuka, Stefano Raffaele, Danny Miki
- Colors By: Brad Anderson
- Cover By: Evan Cagle
Thoughts: After last month, I’ve found myself excited to see just where Detective Comics takes the story next, I hope it keeps up the momentum built in the last issue and pushes forward with it.
Batman News Critic: Matina
The Riddler: Year One #5
The penultimate issue of this hit miniseries features an unusual break in format, as we will see Edward Nashton constructing his master plan for taking down the corrupt officials and criminals of Gotham City in the pages of his journal. As his mind spirals deeper and deeper, so too does his writing become more unhinged. How can he continue to labor at his accounting job by day while also become more enraged by what he’s uncovered? As shown in The Batman movie, Edward fills thousands of pages with his rantings. Here we get a glimpse into something that was never meant to be seen and a mind equally brilliant and unhinged. By the end, a turning point will be reached and Gotham’s greatest menace will come one step closer to being unleashed. Actor Paul Dano (The Batman) and artist Stevan Subic continue the origin of the Riddler, leading up to his appearance in Matt Reeves’s epic film.
- Written By: Paul Dano
- Pencils, Inks, & Colors By: Stevan Subic
- Cover By: Bill Sienkiewicz
Batman News Critic: Nick
Tim Drake: Robin #10
Robin and Batwoman are trapped in the lair of the Chaos Monsters! Will they be able to escape with their sanity intact?
- Written By: Meghan Fitzmartin
- Pencils & Inks By: Nikola Cizmesija
- Colors By: Lee Loughridge
- Cover By: Nikola Cizmesija
Thoughts: With this being the final issue for the series, I was expecting a little more from the final solicit, but hopefully the contents of the book do a good job wrapping up Tim’s latest Robin adventure.
Batman News Critic: Jeremy
Batman The Brave and the Bold #2
Tick, tick, tick goes the clock as Gotham City prepares for another shocking murder at the hands of The Joker! The brutal and terrifying tale of The Joker and Batman’s first meeting continues as Tom King and Mitch Gerads once again deliver a shocking, bloody blockbuster tale! Stormwatch race to find an ancient sword that has long been buried in the darkest depths of the ocean. A sword of unspeakable horrors, capable of wiping out entire civilizations. But they may already be too late: a group of exiled Xebels have found the blade and are hell-bent on bringing humanity to its knees. For one member of Stormwatch, this may be the end. All-star creator Joëlle Jones (Catwoman, Wonder Girl) gives readers a Batman Black & White tale exploring Batman’s scars, both literal and psychological, revisiting the Dark Knight’s toughest fights and deepest wounds. In part two of “Order of the Black Lamp” from writer Christopher Cantwell (Briar, Iron Man) and artist Javier Rodriguez (Defenders, Daredevil), Superman uses a mysterious decoder ring to uncover a location with a shocking tie to his past!
- Written By: Tom King, Ed Brisson, Christopher Cantwell, Joelle Jones
- Penciled By: Joelle Jones, Mitch Gerads, Jeff Spokes, Javier Rodriguez
- Inks By: Joelle Jones, Mitch Gerads, Jeff Spokes, Javier Rodriguez
- Colors By: Mitch Gerads, Jeff Spokes, Javier Rodriguez
- Cover By: Simone Di Meo
Thoughts: The last issue of this new anthology got a lot of people talking, and I’m interested to see what’s in store in this second one!
Batman News Critic: Jackson
Harley Quinn #31
Well, here I am trying to convince this talking rabbit not to kill…wait. What?! Ivy’s home?! Aw crap-I gotta clean up the apartment and hide all the plants I ruined. Maybe I should hire a bunch of sexy apartment cleaners? Eh, Ivy would probably want to be here for that…Okay, it’s up to you, Bud and Lou! Eat all the trash! Go, go, go, go, my babies! Plus, it’s the anime event of the century as I dream about my life as the protagonist of a mecha story! Time ta get in the freakin’ robot!
- Written By: Tini Howard, Heather Anne Campbell
- Penciled By: Sweeney Boo, Filya Bratukhin
- Inks By: Sweeney Boo, Filya Bratukhin
- Colors By: Sweeney Boo, Lee Loughridge
- Cover By: Sweeney Boo
Batman News Critic: Trade Wait
Batman The Adventures Continue: Season 3 #6
Crime is at an all-time low in Gotham City with all the major super-villains behind bars. With the city finally quiet, Batman’s mission might finally be at an end. But when Ra’s al Ghul and his daughter, Talia, show up with a proposition, Bruce is forced to determine what the future of Batman will be!
- Written By: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
- Pencils & Inks By: Ty Templeton, Jordan Gibson
- Colors By: Monica Kubina
- Cover By: Evan Shaner
Thoughts: It’s not exactly a new idea to present Batman with a big choice when faced with a Gotham he’s not quite expecting, like one with a really low crime rate, but I am interested to see how Adventures Continue’s decides to tackle it.
Batman News Critic: Jackson
Beyond the Bat
Hello and welcome back to Beyond the Bat! Here we’ll take a look at titles outside the Batman spotlight and see what else DC is releasing this week. The second issue of City Boy is dropping, while DC/RWBY continues on its way. After the last RWBY crossover book I found myself a little unexcited for this one and haven’t dipped my toe in to see if it’s something I’d enjoy. When I got into RWBY I fell into it pretty hard, but haven’t found myself going back for the latest season. Sometimes books, and shows, catch you for a moment and then fade. Though, sometimes it just takes time for interest to bloom again. Let me know if you’ve been reading the crossover book, or if you’re keeping up with the series!
Most Excited: Batman The Brave and the Bold #2- After all of last month’s buzz about the book, and just about every one of my friends telling me about their favorite stories in it, this one jumped to the top of my list for this week.
Least Excited: Tim Drake: Robin #10- If even the solicit doesn’t seem interested in the ending of this book, I’m a bit worried about how the whole series will wrap up, especially after such a rough run.
Wild Card: Detective Comics #1073- I’ve been excited for momentum in this run before, and let down by that excitement so I find myself interested and eager, but with this run the story really could go either way.
And that’s all this week for Upcoming Comics! Let us know what you’re picking up, skipping, and looking forward to coming out! Until Tuesday, see you all in the comments!