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Preview: Teen Titans #45

Teen Titans #45

Written by: Robbie Thompson
Art by: Javier Fernandez

After the shocking events of last month’s Teen Titans Annual, Crush has been named the new leader of the Teen Titans. With Damian Wayne missing, can Crush hold the teen team together? And now that she’s in charge, which villains will Lobo’s daughter go after first? And will Red Arrow, Kid Flash, and Roundhouse follow their hotheaded new leader into battle?

Teen Titans #45

Preview: Teen Titans #44

Teen Titans #44

Written by: Robbie Thompson
Art by: Javier Fernandez

In this issue, Crush, Roundhouse, Kid Flash, and Red Arrow chase down Robin, who’s on the hunt for villains he thinks must pay the ultimate price for their crimes. With Batman also on the case, can the Teen Titans get to Damian Wayne before his father does?

Teen Titans #44

Review: Batman #93

Batman #93

Their Dark Designs” wraps up in Batman #93, the opening arc of writer James Tynion IV‘s run on the iconic character. While the issue is action-packed and full of excitement it’s also at times predictable, especially its ending.

The cover really says it all. Batman #93, and the arc as a whole, is just a “journey to Joker War,” the next big story. It’s a setup of what’s coming giving Tynion time to establish his take on Batman. It’s a transition arc of sorts introducing new characters while acting as a post-mortem for the previous run.

The issue has Batman squaring off with The Designer, the character who has been the focus of this arc. Like a magician revealing his tricks, we see everything that was planned and hinted at previously. The Designer’s various projects with Gotham’s villains is gone over one by one before the inevitable physical showdown. It’s also revealed why The Designer’s overall plan would have failed. There was an x-factor, an agent of chaos, whose goals didn’t align with the master planner. And that’s when we go down the rabbit hole learning who The Designer really is and where things go from there.

It’s an interesting moment in the comic as it becomes clear, this is all a setup for “Joker War.” Where the comic ends has been telegraphed for some time and isn’t surprising at all. Where Tynion takes it will be the interesting thing. There’s been some willingness to explore Bruce Wayne’s soft diplomacy. We were finally seeing that being wielded. Now, the question is, where does that go from here? What does this all mean for Bruce and Gotham?

The art by Guillem March and Javier Fernandez is fantastic. They’re joined by Tomeu Morey and David Baron on color and Clayton Cowles on lettering. The art has been a highlight of this run and this issue is no exception. There’s something that really pops with the art style and color choices. There’s also some fun with the eventual physical fight playing it off with a swashbuckling flair. I’s all very pleasing to the eye and overall there isn’t quite the use of splash pages you might expect. It also helps key moments as opposed to dramatic entrances, even if that key moment is told in a panel on a page with numerous other panels. Others may have dedicated a larger footprint for the moment or even an entire spread.

“Their Dark Designs” is an interesting arc. It’s an entertaining read but the landing doesn’t quite stick as it is revealed it directly ties into “Joker War” as opposed to being two stories running side by side. It takes what was an interesting new villain for Batman and turns him into a puppet, deflating the balloon. It’s not bad and does the job of transition from the last run to the current but by issue’s end, something felt a bit off. It no longer was the self-contained storyarc, it’s just the beginning of something much longer.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Guillem March, Javier Fernandez
Color: Tomeu Morey, David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read


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It’s Punchline vs. Harley Quinn, Round One in Batman #93

Batman #93 goes on sale June 23 but we’ve got an early look at the eagerly anticipated issue. The Designer finally crosses swords (literally) with Batman as he reveals his grand plan for Gotham’s worst criminals to finally take control of the city! And if that’s not enough, this must-have issue features the showdown that every comic book fan has been waiting for, as Punchline squares off against Harley Quinn!

Batman faces off with the Designer as “Their Dark Designs” nears its epic climax! In the last year, Batman has lost more than he could have imagined, and now he faces a cost so dear it will change the course of his life. And there is worse on the horizon. Amid all the horror, he can feel the drumbeat of battle. “The Joker War” is coming, and Gotham City will never be the same!

Batman #93, “Their Dark Designs,” Part 8, is by writer James Tynion IV, artists Guillem March and Javier Fernandez, and colors by Tomeu Morey and David Baron. It features a main cover by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey and a “Harley Quinn variant” by Francesco Mattina.

Check out these interior pages featuring awesome art by Guillem March and Javi Fernandez, and don’t miss this issue when it hits comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, June 23!

Batman #93

Preview: Batman Giant #4

Batman Giant #4

Story: Mark Russell, Steve Orlando, Scott Snyder, Greg Rucka, Tim Seeley
Art: Ryan Benjamin, Tom Lyle, Greg Capullo, JH Williams III, Javier Fernandez
Ink Richard Friend, Jonathan Glapion
Color: Alex Sinclair, Jeromy Cox, FCO, Dave Stewart, Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Troy Peteri, Jimmy Betancourt, Todd Klein, Carlos M. Mangual
On Sale Date: April 28, 2020

Classic stories from the world of The Dark Knight, plus an all-new chapter of the original story “Concrete Jungle,” by Mark Russell (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and Ryan Benjamin!

Batman Giant #4

It’s Harley Quinn vs. Punchline in this Batman #93 Preview

Momentum keeps building as Batman heads to “The Joker War,” and “Their Dark Designs” hits its penultimate chapter with April’s Batman #93, featuring major revelations on the Designer’s plan!

Batman #93, featuring the shocking end to the initial encounter between Punchline and Harley Quinn, is from the creative team of writer James Tynion IV and artists Guillem March, Javier Fernandez, Tomeu Morey, and David Baron. And that fight is truly shocking! DC has a first look at just how exacting Punchline can be with her blades.

And it’s more than Punchline punching and Harley Quinn pounding back! Batman faces off with the Designer as “Their Dark Designs” reaches its epic climax! In the last year, Batman has lost more than he could have imagined, and now he faces a cost so dear it will change the course of his life. And there is worse on the horizon. In the midst of all the horror, he can feel the drumbeat of battle. “The Joker War” is coming, and Gotham City will never be the same.

Batman #93, on-sale April 15, has a main cover by Tony S. Daniel and an open-order variant cover by Francesco Mattina. DC has also added a Batman #93 variant cover spotlighting Jorge Jimenez‘s art of the Designer, the central antagonist of “Their Dark Designs.”

Batman #93

DC Reveals Its Punchline

DC is ready to introduce a brand-new villain set to play a major role in Batman‘s life. Who is Punchline? Writer James Tynion IV has teased her appearance in a few upcoming issues, but as of yet we don’t know much about the brand-new character! Here’s the breakdown of where you’ll be seeing her ahead of Batman #95’s “Joker War” storyline!

The mysterious new villain pops up on February 19 in a one-panel cameo in Batman #89; art by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey:

 Batman #89

One week later, Punchline makes her full-on debut as the Joker’s latest—and deadliest—henchwoman in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3; art by Steve Epting and Javier Fernandez with color by Nick Filardi:

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3

For a closer look, check out character designs by Jorge Jiménez! You’ll find his artwork in Batman #90 on March 4 ahead of the launch of “Joker War” in May!

Batman #90

Finally, a sneak peek at Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s variant cover for Batman #94, on shelves May 6!

Batman #94

Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall

DC takes you to the Dark Multiverse for twisted takes on some of its most iconic moments. Up first? Knightfall!

Story: Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins
Art: Javier Fernandez
Color: Alex Guimarães
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall

Since it’s announcement, I’ve been excited to dive into DC’s new anthology series Tale From the Dark Multiverse. I’m happy to say, despite high expectations, Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall does not disappoint.

Written by Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins, Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall is a mix of “What If” and a tease of DC’s next “Crisis” event. Tempus Fuginaut plays the role of the Watcher introducing the story and delivering an epilogue. Each issue takes on an iconic DC event set in a world in the Dark Multiverse, in this case “Knightfall” which saw Batman’s back broken by Bane and Jean-Paul Valley taking over as Batman.

Instead of Bruce regaining the mantle, in this version Valley continues to be Batman defeating Bruce and then turning Gotham into a religious fascist-like state. A champion must rise to defeat him and one does in the son of Bane.

It’s an interesting story and solid start to this new line of comics. The one issue is it’s too short. There’s concepts that are a bit too quick and not explored enough and as a whole the story is a bit compacted. It could have used an extra issue if not an oversized one. Still, it’s an entertaining one and done story.

What’s surprising is the brutality of the story. There’s some over the top action and concepts that are definitely not kid friendly. The twists towards the end put the “dark” into Dark Multiverse. Snyder and Higgins nail the twisted tone set when we were introduced to this perverted multiverse.

The art by Javier Fernandez is solid. The colors by Alex Guimarães are solid along with the lettering by Clayton Cowles. What particularly stands out is the subtle addition of a religious/church vibe to it all which we see in Valley’s Batcave. The changing of colors too evoke the fact this isn’t the main multiverse but something different. Finally, the design of certain characters (no spoilers here!) are really original and interesting. There’s just a dark ominous tone to the art which fits the story and setting so well.

While a bit too short, the comic is a solid start and beginning to build to something big. This isn’t just a series of one-shot comics, there’s something else there that’s coming down the road making these all the more interesting. This is a comic anyone can pick up and just enjoy and for those who have been reading DC’s master story, it’s one you probably won’t want to miss.

Story: Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins Art: Javier Fernandez
Colors: Alex Guimarães Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Tales From the Dark Multiverse Takes Classic Moments Down a Dark Twisted Path

DC has announced today plans to put a twisted and terrifying spin on some of the biggest, most game-changing events in its publishing history with a series of prestige format one-shots called Tales From the Dark Multiverse. Beginning in October, DC’s most talented artists and writers will take fan-favorite events from the DC Universe down a dark and twisted path.

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL #1

Co-written by Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL, JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS) and Kyle Higgins (DEATHSTROKE, BATMAN ETERNAL, NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER), with art by Javier Fernandez (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and a cover by Lee Weeks (BATMAN), this one-shot takes place in a Gotham City 30 years after a broken Bruce Wayne failed to take back the mantle of the Bat. In his place arose Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Saint Batman. Under his iron rule, Saint Batman has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams – killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear—all in the name of justice.

But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham rises: The Son of Bane.

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1

The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time, courtesy of writer Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty, DC’S NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL, DC’S MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE), with art by Brad Walker (DETECTIVE COMICS) and Andrew Hennessy (SINESTRO, THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH, TITANS), with a cover by Lee Weeks.

In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief over the Man of Steel’s death, becomes the Eradicator, taking revenge on those who let Superman die and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she’s going to end the “never-ending” battle by any means necessary, halting the Reign of the Supermen before it even begins.

These are the first of several titles in this new line; additional one-shots will focus on other events such as Infinite Crisis, Blackest Night, New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, and more. Each of these prestige format one-shots is 48 pages long at a price of $5.99.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1 will be available at comics shops and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, October 16. Tales From the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1 arrives at comic book shops and digital retailers two weeks later, Wednesday, October 30.

Timed to the release of each Tales From the Dark Multiverse title, fans can also purchase a one-dollar reprint of the original comic each story is based on, Batman #497 (October 16) and Superman #75 (October 30).

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