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Tom King’s Batman Run Moves to a 12 Issue Miniseries, Batman/Catwoman

The last 24 hours have been swirling over Tom King‘s future on Batman and we now have an answer as to what’s going on.

DC has revealed some of their strategy for 2020 and that focus is a tighter intertwined narrative across DC’s comic lineup. The first change is to Batman which currently Tom King is writing and his run was to go to at least issue #100.

Beginning in January 2020, Batman will return to a monthly shipping schedule from the current twice-monthly. The focus of the title will be to incorporate it more int o the DC Universe and continuity. Currently it, and other Bat-titles, have been doing their own thing with a loose connection to the rest of the DC Universe. A new 12-issue series, Batman/Catwoman by Tom King with art by Clay Mann will launch. Detective Comics, Catwoman, Nightwing, Batgirl, and other related titles will continue in 2020 with no immediate changes to their shipping schedules (read into that as you want).

Tom King’s run on Batman will begin to wrap up with Batman #75 which begins the “City of Bane” storyline. Tony S. Daniel is on art and that comes out July 17, 2019.

After three years being broken down by Bane, Bruce Wayne falls to his lowest point. Bane’s minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist…and Batman is nowhere to be found.

That storyline brings together King’s past 74 issues. It runs for 11 issues featuring artwokg by Daniel, Mikel Janin, and Man and concludes in Batman #85 which is out December 2019. Add in the announced new series and King’s storyline will reach almost its intended length. King has indicated that the follow up to “City of Bane” would again focus on the relationship between Batman and Catwoman.

Batman and Catwoman is a chance to do what Morrison and Quietly did in Batman and Robin: launch an ambitious, accessible, beautiful, thrilling new series that concludes years of stories and defines what Batman is, can, and will be. This will be a comic about what the best Batman comics are always been about, how our greatest hero turns fear into bravery, pain into hope, trauma into love. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and I’m telling it with the man I consider to be the greatest artist in comics, my brother Clay Mann

It’s a gift and a joy to be on that book. But I’m leaving it to work on the biggest, most ambitious projects of my career, comics I get to make with the best collaborators in comics. And that’s a gift and a joy too.

– Tom King

The above quote would indicate to expect more from the DC exclusive King as he references “projects.”

While speculation and rumors have run out of control as to why King is no longer on Batman, the answer sounds like DC is re-evaluating their entire line for 2020 with a greater focus on the DC Universe and continuity. Expect more shake-ups and changes (and hyperbole from other sites) over the next few months going in to San Diego Comic-Con.

promo artwork for BATMAN/CATWOMAN by Clay Mann and Hi-Fi

Review: The Flash #71

The Flash #71

The Flash #71 continues the so far fantastic “Year One” story arc that began in the last issue. I’ll admit, when I first head that The Flash was doing a “Year One” story, I was a bit skeptical. While DC has a good record of them, is it something we really need? With two issues in, the answer is yes when the story is this good.

Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter have crafted a hell of a story no matter when it’s set in Barry’s life. What stands out is Williamson’s focus on the scientific side of Barry.

The Flash #71 takes us through the trope of the hero continuing to discover the use of his powers. But, it’s how Barry does it that stands out. In this issue, and the previous, he uses his scientific mind to go through and figure things out. There’s a smarts about it. But, this issue really stands out as it’s not just a “Year One” but also some time in the future.

A large portion of the issue is Barry dealing with his future self and a time when The Turtle isn’t as much of a joke. It’s a different take on this type of story and one that’s very welcome.

Williamson also makes sure to focus on Barry’s early life and how that impacted him. While not as much of that is here, there’s still much about his personality that is in the issue, including a shyness and lack of confidence that makes him stand out.

The art by Porter with color by Hi-Fi is as fantastic as expected. There’s such an energy about it all and the designs are amazing. The Turtle and Barry’s early costume just pop in both look and color. The Flash is all about speed and there’s an energy about the art that feels so appropriate for the character.

I was skeptical, I’ll admit it. Two issues, and that skepticism is gone. The Flash has been a consistently entertaining comic and this new story arc is exactly that. Joshua Williamson’s run on The Flash has been amazing so far and this latest arc is an example of what he’s been bringing to the character.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Howard Porter Color: Hi-Fi
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Young Justice #3

Young Justice #3

Continuity has been thrown out the window (Oops.), and Conner Kent aka Superboy is back in the pages of DC Comics as a farmer in Gemworld, who recently invaded Earth. Writer Brian Michael Bendis, artists Patrick Gleason and Viktor Bogdanovic with inker Jonathan Glapion, and colorists Alejandro Sanchez, Chris Sotomayor, and Hi-Fi give him plenty of time to reintroduce himself and banter with Impulse while the rest of the Young Justice “team” languishes in a prison. And what results in Young Justice #3 is a classic case of good characterization, disjointed plotting, and okay art. It’s definitely a middle chapter.

But, first, the good. I haven’t read any of the old Young Justice or other pre-New 52 comics in which Conner Kent and Bart Allen appeared in, but Bendis, Gleason, and Bogdanovic immediately show their friendship complete with hugs, jokes, and a little trash talk of Gemworld goons. (Comparing a bad guy to an Intergang member is always a sick DCU burn.) Gleason’s expressive art and Bendis’ overcaffeinated dialogue for Impulse has been my favorite part of Young Justice, and there’s a lot of it in this issue as he fights back against the Gemworld fighters and also comes to grips with seeing his old friend having changed so much. It’s a little difficult to process seeing your BFF transform from a black Superman t-shirt wearing teen rebel to a bearded farmer with a wife and baby.

Another decent part of this comic is when Bendis, Gleason, and Bogdanovic tell the story of how Conner Kent came to be in Gemworld. Bendis channels Ultimate Spider-Man a little bit by having the teacher’s lecture about rules and society in what I assume is a class on Lord of the Flies connect to Conner’s arc in the issue. He can fly and has super strength so what is he doing sitting in class when he could investigate some STAR Labs sketchiness.

Conner was created in a lab from Lex Luthor and Superman’s DNA so he’s not a fan of those kind of places. Gleason, Bogdanovic, and Glapion are trying to show his extreme rage and recklessness in wrecking the lab, but the facial expressions don’t match his action in these scenes. Also, Glapion tries to make his pencillers’ work look too much like Greg Capullo so switching from flashbacks to present day is a little jarring. Chris Sotomayor’s colors do highlight the otherworldly mystique of Gemworld as Conner is transported there from a mysterious room in STAR Labs. It’s a quick, simple way to discuss his whereabouts without getting caught in a continuity jam.

So, if the Superboy and Impulse parts of Young Justice #3 are entertaining, slightly mysterious, and character driven albeit with some awkward art transitions, the scenes with the rest of the team are extremely boring. Except for a splash page of Wonder Girl, Tim Drake, and the rest of Young Justice battling the Gemworld warriors, it’s mostly them just complaining while being trapped in dungeons and remarking on how weird reality is. There’s nothing much to look at, and thankfully, there is just a few pages.

With the entire team captive, Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason, and Viktor Bogdanovic do have the team in quite a pickle though, and I’m interested to see some of the flashbacks that show Conner’s life as a family man in Gemworld. And as long as it’s a good story, continuity doesn’t matter. Young Justice #3 is compelling as a Superboy solo issue, but sometimes the art doesn’t mesh and the check-in with the rest of Young Justice is either rushed or unnecessary.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Patrick Gleason and Viktor Bogdanovic
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Colors: Alejandro Sanchez, Chris Sotomayor, and Hi-Fi
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual and Josh Reed
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Man and Superman 100-Page Super Spectacular

Man and Superman prints for the first time a Marv Wolfman Superman story that has sat in the vaults for over a decade. Taking on Clark’s first few days in Metropolis the fantastic comic features the art of Claudio Castellini, colors by Hi-Fi, and lettering by Tom Orzechowski.

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Review: Female Furies #1

Head to Jack Kirby’s Fourth World as Granny Goodness, Big Barda, Aurelie, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bernadeth, and Stompa look for respect from Darkseid and his Elite.

Female Furies #1 is by Cecil Castellucci, Adriana Melo, Hi-Fi, and Carlos M. Mangual.

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Preview: Mysteries of Love in Space #1

Mysteries of Love in Space #1

(W) James Tynion IV, Saladin Ahmed, Cecil Castellucci, Kyle Higgins, Jeff Loveness, Others (A) Tom Grummett, Kyle Hotz, Elena Casagrande, Max Dunbar, Others (CA) Joelle Jones
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
SRP: $9.99

Sometimes love can make you feel like you’re from another planet…but what if you actually were? Join Superman, The New Gods, Green Lantern, Starro, Hawkgirl and even the Teen Titans’ new sensation Crush for eight tales of romance that will whisk you to the moon and back!

Mysteries of Love in Space #1

Review: Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1

Aquaman faces the truth behind Atlantis’ past and must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the floodwaters drown everything he has ever loved! With the world at stake and the Justice League on their last sea legs in their battle against the Ocean Lords, Arthur makes the ultimate sacrifice to return balance to land and sea!

I’ve generally enjoyed “Drowned Earth,” a “summer popcorn movie” in comic form. Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth wraps up the story with an all-out assault against the space gods. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work and generally winds up being rather thin.

Writer Scott Snyder delivers action, there’s a lot of it as Aquaman, Mera, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and the Flash, are all that stand to stop the end of the world. But, Snyder delivers an ending that is fairly predictable in outcome and moments.

There’s the back and forth between Aquaman and Mera where Aquaman swears there’s another way other than murder. There’s the betrayal. There’s sacrifice. It’s all things we’ve seen before time and time again. While it’s still satisfying in ways, the issue still delivers little that feels new. Even a battle against a giant space kraken is something we’ve seen. But, it does set potentially interesting things up for some of the characters by issue end which Snyder has a talent for. It’s enough that I want to see to see what’s next.

The comic is handled by a rather large art team for its oversized issue. Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, and Scott Godlweski on art, Manapul and Hi-Fi on color, and lettering by Tom Napolitano deliver art that at time is very cool but differing styles are noticeable and frustrating. Both this issue and the previous entry in the event had multiple artists and the switch in styles was noticeable and a negative. The art isn’t bad, there’s just a shift which kills the flow in storytelling. It’s different enough that it’s obvious and feels like you’ve just jammed on the breaks after cruising. You notice it and makes the ride a little less enjoyable. Hopefully this doesn’t become a regular thing but it hasn’t helped what otherwise has been a visually entertaining event.

There’s not much depth here, this is big action popcorn theater. The scenes are over the top and the moments are checked off in predictable ways. The event has been a fun one overall and worth checking out in trade but overall, we’ve seen so much better from everyone involved.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, Scott Godlweski
Color: Hi-Fi, Francis Manapul, Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Superman/Top Cat Special #1

It’s a fifth week and the heroes of the DC universe are teaming up with the characters of Hanna-Barbera. In Superman/Top Cat Special #1, Superman and Top Cat must take on alien kale! Plus, a bonus story of Secret Squirrel.

Superman/Top Cat Special #1 is by Dan DiDio, Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Dean White, J. Nanjan, Hi-Fi, Travis Lanham, J.M. DeMatteis, and Tom Mandrake.

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Review: Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special #1

It’s a fifth week and DC again is bringing together their characters with classic Hanna-Barbera. In this issue, Magilla Gorilla is framed for murder and Nightwing must help him solve the case. Plus, a bonus story featuring Secret Squirrel.

Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special #1 is by Heath Corson, Tom Grummett, Tom Derenick, Cam Smith, Andy Owens, Pete Pantazis, Carlos M. Mangual, J.M. DeMatteis, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham.

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Review: Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound Special #1

It’s a fifth week, so DC is teaming up their characters with some of the Hanna-Barbera classics! John Stewart is a Green Lantern who is tested by heading to Earth where he can’t use his ring and he meets Huckleberry Hound, a former tv star on the comedy circuit. Also included is a bonus story featuring Secret Squirrel.

Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound Special #1 is by Mark Russell, Rick Leonardi, Dan Green, Ande Parks, Steve Buccellato, Wes Abbott, J.M. DeMatteis, Tom Mandrake, Travis Lanham, and Hi-Fi.

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