This Jae Lee cover is amazing and I want a Catwoman/Lois Lane book now. NOW. NOW!
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by JAE LEE
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
A new arc begins following the events of “FIRST CONTACT.” The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.
My regular picks of the week will be going up later today but I am highlighting this issue separately.
I was given the opportunity to read Batman #28 earlier this week and if you read the blog you just have to read this issue. First, it’s Dustin Nguyen on art so you know it looks great.
And? Well, this issue jumps into the 6 months into the future into the world the new comic Batman Eternal will be set in.
Snyder has described this issue as a “spoiler” issue because it shows so much about what is coming in the series. I was surprised at how much is revealed.
This is not the same Gotham. Yes, we find out what is actually going on with Harper Row. As you know, she’ll be wearing a costume. You want to read this issue to find out her role. But she’s not the only character taking on a new role. Meow.
And the biggest reason you need to read this.
The last page reveal shows what is behind the door on the cover.
Someone knows what is going on in Gotham.
You’ll squee. I’m sure some site will post it - but the whole issue is worth reading.
That is all. Go buy and then let’s all chat about it later!
Even more new images from Batman #28 show Harper Row seemingly donning the guise of Nightwing.
Since late last year when DC Comics began teasing the new weekly Batman series, Batman Eternal, there has been one character that has generated interest - Nightwing.
When the first artwork for the title was released it included just about every character in the Bat-verse - except for Dick Grayson/Nightwing. Hmm.
Than we saw the Thanksgiving teaser which showed the cast of Batman Eternal and no recognizable Dick Grayson. But did show Harper Row.
Add to that the ongoing tidbits that suggest that Dick Grayson and Nightwing wasn’t long for this world which culminated in the cancellation of the Nightwing book in April - concurrent with the arrival of Batman Eternal.
Meanwhile the book’s showrunner Scott Snyder had tweeted out the art from Batman #28 showing a female Nightwing.
And now we have the first look at Harper Row in Batman #28 - also drawn by Dustin Nguyen.
Today at the Batman panel t was announced that Stephanie Brown will return to DC Comics in the upcoming Batman Eternal series. The series, announced yesterday, will be a weekly focusing on Gotham. Brown will appear as Spoiler. She will appear in issue 3 of the series.
James Tynion, according to attendees, made the announcement during the panel.
Now on to Cass Cain!
Turns out that glass ceiling on writing and drawing Batman is going to take a few more batarangs to totally shatter. Last year Becky Cloonan became the first woman to ever draw the Batman book. This year we saw Marguerite Bennett write the Batman Annual #2. Nicola Scott also worked on Batman Black and White and her version of Batman was turned into a statue.
That’s why I was very dissappointed to read the article in USA Today this morning about Eternal, a new weekly Batman series coming in 2014 and Detective #27 which will celebrate the 75th annivesary of 1939’s Detective 27 which introduced the world to Batman.
Why? Because with the Eternal series, headed up by Scott Snyder,will, according to the article have.
a revolving crew of Bat-writers including James Tynion IV (Talon), John Layman (Detective Comics), Ray Fawkes (Justice League Dark) and Tim Seeley (Revival).
Lady free, in other words.
And Detective #27? The issue:
showcases an all-star lineup including writers Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz and Peter Tomasi and illustrators Neal Adams, Dustin Nguyen and Francesco Francavilla.
Plus, Adams, Jim Lee, Batman series artist Greg Capullo, Chris Burnham, Kelley Jones, Patrick Gleason and Mike Allred are among those drawing covers for the issue.
Again, female free.
Well, Gail Simone and Dynamite have managed to find a female artists to draw multiple covers and variants for four issues of Red Sonja, so I’d start there for artists.
Again, given the strides we saw over the last two years, I’m really disappointed. Sadly, however, not surprised.
As some of you may know, my entrance into comics was through the Batman TV show and led to my life long love of one character - Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.
Tomorrow Batman 66,the comic set in the television world, debuts their Batgirl and, bonus, the artwork is by Colleen Coover.
Here’s a look.
Remember, Yvonne Craig was a brunette as Barbara Gordon.
Batgirla and Eartha Kitt Catwoman? This could definitely be one of my favorite comics of this year.
This is my pick from yesterday solicits. I’d be looking forward to this even if this had another cover.
BATMAN ‘66: THE TV STORIES TP Written by BILL FINGER, GARDNER FOX, JOHN BROOME and others Art by BOB KANE, DICK SPRANG, SHELDON MOLDOFF, CARMINE INFANTINO and others Cover by AMANDA CONNER On sale JANUARY 8 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US For the first time, DC Comics collects Batman stories originally published between 1948 and 1966 that were adapted into specific episodes of the classic Batman TV series! Starring The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler and Mr. Freeze (here called “Mr. Zero”), and featuring the debut of Batgirl, these stories have never been collected together before. Collected from BATMAN #53, 73, 121, 140, 169 and 171, and DETECTIVE COMICS #230, 346 and 359.
The next round of McDonald’s Happy Meals have toys from the CW’s “Beware the Batman”. Will the toys bypass a female character? Does a bat fly?
Take a look after the jump.
Unlike Marvel who targets both girls and boys with it’s superhero meal offerings with it’s kids meals (I still have my “Black Widow Bracelet” from Iron Man #2), McDonald’s has been, these past few years, firmly in the "cooties" camp not only offering their superhero toys with a concurrent “girls” toy (this time its The Wizard of Oz) but making sure there are no female characters.
But my hope that there my be a Katana figure has been dashed.
To be fair, there isn’t a Alfred either. Or a Professor Pyg. Just Bats and his toys all in his solo glory. Batman, Forever Alone!
The new 52 has eradicated the popular Batman arc “Hush” by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee from continuity but that doesn’t mean that DC will ignore it. This month the company solicted a new statue based on a memorable kiss between Batman and Catwoman from the series.
Here’s the moment in comics
Hush is a divisive series - there are those who absolutely hate and those that adore it. It remains one of the most popular Batman arcs ever due to both Lee’s art and the all-star cast. I have mixed feelings on Hush but given the appearances of both Oracle and Helena Bertinelli (albeit wit the first appearance of the belly window) I’m increasingly happy to have it around. (You can order a copy here.)
And there is not question that that Bat/Cat kiss is hot.
Let’s be glad they don’t have a statue celebrating that last page of Catwoman #1.
Superhero themed weddings are my favorite kind of wedding for obvious reasons. A few months ago there was an awesome wedding where Batgirl married Nightwing.
And now there is the wedding of Batman and Mr. Freeze in a ceremony conducted by Superman.
The grooms, Kevin and Christopher, are both comic fans and the entire wedding reflected it including the wedding party photos where two, despite their marriage, faced off as Batman and Victor would. You can see more photos on the wedding here.
The LA Times has reported with the THR confirming that at SDCC today Warner Bros. will reveal that their next movie will be Batman & Superman starring Henry Cavill and an actor to be named later as Batman. The movie slated for 2015 will also feature the creative team from Man of Steel director Zach Snyder and writer David Goyer.
The story also states that will be followed by a Flash movie in 2016 and a Justice League movie in 2017. There was no information on any release date for a Wonder Woman movie despite the assertion by Diane Nelson that the character, who she referred to as “tricky”, was a top priority for the studio.
Alfred fans (and who among us isn’t?) have two great comic choices today. The newest Batman 66 chapter has fun Alfred (and Catwoman - go download it now!) And Batman #22? Not so fun Alfred. Here’s 5 reasons you don’t cross him.