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Review: Batman #107

Batman #107

I’ve been down on the latest run of Batman. The first few arcs just felt like slivers of a story whose entire purpose was to just set something else up down the road. Neither really felt like a contained experience. Then came “Future State” with its vision of a neon fascist future Gotham. Batman has taken that depressing future and ran with it, giving us the seeds of what might come. Batman #107 really picks things up as Scarecrow’s new wave of terror begins and Batman must figure out what’s going on with the Unsanity Collective.

Written by James Tynion IV, Batman #107 balances a bunch of different plot points moving things along with Scarecrow’s plan as well as seeding what’s to come. Scarecrow, Jonathan Crane, we know plays a major role in the future to come. From villain to working with the Magistrate, it’s a switch we’re waiting to see fully explored. We get some of that here with Scarecrow and the founder of the Magistrate in cahoots. It’s an interesting concept that dances around the idea of corporate America manipulating the people for their own enrichment.

But, there’s also the Unsanity Collective, an organization imploring the people of Gotham to not fall into the fear. It too is an interesting plot. It feels a bit like those in denial of COVID-19 and proclaim that those who wear masks or stay home “live in fear”. There’s a nugget to what’s being claimed but the majority is also void of the reality as to where things stand. There is a danger and by ignoring it, the body count will surely rise.

We also know a major plotline involving Poison Ivy is coming. Harley Quinn gets a bit of time in the comic as hints are dropped and danced around as to what might come. There’s talk about the ground and a jungle, clearly hints towards whatever is coming with Ivy. The fact that Harley is the center of that makes it all a bit clearer and obvious.

The art by Jorge Jimenez is fantastic. Jimenez and colorist Tomeu Morey deliver steps towards the neon future that’s coming. The style is an incremental step towards the look of future Gotham as opposed to the Gotham of the past. The big difference is in the colors. Gone are dark and brooding colors and instead we get hints of bright colors and neon with bright pinks, blues, reds, and yellow. Clayton Cowles‘ lettering is also top-notch. There are pages that are very dialogue-heavy but it flows and most importantly, doesn’t overwhelm the art at all.

And there’s more. Ghost-Maker gets the spotlight in his own back-up story that’s also written by Tynion but with art by Ricardo Lopez. We get to learn more about the character such as his sexuality (it’s not hetero) and more about the myth around him. It’s an interesting story where we get to learn more about the character and see hints of his ability and style. Lopez is joined by Morey on colors and Cowles handles the lettering. The art style reminds me of Tradd Moore a bit. It works and works well. When the action really gets going it should be really great visuals. As a first chapter, the opening feels a bit like the 15 minutes before the credits roll of an action film.

Batman #107 is a solid comic that really feels like it moves the series forward. It balances the current story while setting up what’s to come. It doesn’t feel like it’s just focused on the future. More impressively, it takes the concepts that we know are coming and teases them out. It dances around what’s to come hinting at the future and doing so in a way that makes it all the more exciting.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lopez
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman #107

Batman #107

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Ricardo López Ortiz, Jorge Jimenez

Tensions are sky-high in Gotham City following the events at Arkham Asylum, and public opinion and unrest are starting to boil over. The Dark Knight has his hands full juggling the investigation of the reappearance of an old enemy and the rise of a new gang in Gotham called the Unsanity Collective…Gotham City is getting more dangerous by the minute!

Plus, in part one of “Legend of the Ghost-Maker,” James Tynion IV and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz tell the most insane tale of action and adventure featuring Batman’s frenemy Ghost-Maker! This one is not to be missed!

Batman #107

Get a Look at Batman #107 with Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and the Gardner!?

DC has released a preview of Batman #107 out on April 6.

Tensions are sky-high in Gotham City following the attack on Arkham Asylum, and public opinion and unrest are starting to boil over. The Dark Knight has his hands full juggling the investigation of the reappearance of an old enemy and the rise of a new gang in Gotham called the Unsanity Collective…Gotham City is getting more dangerous by the minute! And, who is The mysterious Gardner, and how does she figure into all of this?

The comic also features the first part of “Legend of the Ghost-Maker” by James Tynion IV and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz telling a tale of action featuring Ghost-Maker.

Batman #107 is by James Tynion IV, art by Jorge Jimenez, with a cover by Jorge Jimenez and variants by Francesco Mattina and Riccardo Federici.

Preview: Infinite Frontier #0

Infinite Frontier #0

Written by: Michael Conrad, Brian Michael Bendis, Joshua Williamson, Scott Snyder, Tim Sheridan, Joëlle Jones, Becky Cloonan
Art by: Jamal Igle, Rafa Sandoval, Stephen Byrne, Joëlle Jones, Alitha Martinez, Jorge Jimenez, David Marquez, John Timms

The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe. In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe-it’s the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns! This oversized, all-star issue kicks off the next great era of storytelling and excitement as top writers and artists reveal what’s next for the World’s Greatest Heroes and opens the door to some of the greatest stories of 2021.

Preview: Batman #106

Batman #106

Written by: Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV
Art by: Gleb Melnikov, Jorge Jimenez

Following the tragic events of Infinite Frontier #1, Batman and his new ally, Ghost-Maker, must reckon with a new gang operating in Gotham City—but are they connected to the reemergence of the Scarecrow? Meanwhile, shadowy billionaire Simon Saint pitches an advanced law-enforcement system to the new mayor! The creative team behind the epic “The Joker War” returns with a thrill-packed, dangerous new storyline called “The Cowardly Lot.”

Plus, the backup story “Demon or Detective” begins as Damian Wayne is on the run! After everything Damian has gone through, can he escape Gotham and find his way back to where his journey started—to his mother, Talia al Ghul? This two-part tale concludes this month in Detective Comics #1034!

Batman #106

Meet Miracle Molly, Debuting in Batman #108

The Batman team of writer James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez blew the roof off of Gotham City in 2020, with a combination of spellbinding storytelling and unforgettable art. This collaboration resulted in instant classics like Batman: Their Dark Designs and Batman: The Joker War. The pair also introduced new and unforgettable characters to the Bat-mythos, such as The Designer, Punchline, Clownhunter and Ghost-Maker.

On May 4, Tynion and Jimenez are at it again, introducing a brand new villain, Miracle Molly, in the pages of Batman #108.

Going undercover to learn more about the sudden appearance of the transhumanist Unsanity Collective, Batman meets Miracle Molly, the Collective’s second-in-command and a full-blown engineering genius that can repair any kind of tech. But her appearance and the plans of the Unsanity Collective are only one of the mysteries that the Dark Knight will need to solve before he’s done:

  • After the events of Arkham Day, what does The Scarecrow have planned for Gotham City?
  • What plans does Simon Saint have for A-Day survivor Sean Mahoney, and how do they connect to Mayor Christopher Nakano and The Magistrate?

And if that’s not enough, Tynion and artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz continue the high-octane action and adventure of Batman’s frenemy Ghost-Maker in part two of “Legend of the Ghost-Maker.” In this fast-paced chapter, can Ghost-Maker stand up to the horror that is… Kid Kawaii?

This 40-page, $4.99 thrill ride features a main cover by Jimenez, with a stunning portrait-style variant cover by fan-favorite artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, plus a 1:25 variant card stock cover by Riccardo Federici for $5.99.

Infinite Frontier Reveals the Next Phase of the DC Universe

The DC Universe enters its next phase this March with the release of Infinite Frontier #0, a 64-page one-shot that sets the table for new tales, talent, and characters for 2021 and beyond.

As Dark Nights: Death Metal exposes our heroes to the Multiverse’s darkest threats and DC’s Future State event provides a glimpse into possible futures of the DC Universe, this blockbuster one-shot propels our heroes into the current day and a world full of endless possibilities.

Featuring a dynamic primary cover by Dan Jurgens and Mikel Janín and an equally breathtaking card stock variant cover by John Timms, these stories will be delivered by some of the best talent in comics, including (among others):

  • Joshua Williamson, Scott Snyder, and James Tynion IV with John Timms
  • Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez
  • Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad with Alitha Martinez
  • Geoff Johns and Todd Nauck
  • Joshua Williamson and Alex Maleev
  • James Tynion IV and Jorge Jiménez
  • Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Jamal Igle

Infinite Frontier #0 will also serves as a primer and introduction for new can’t-miss series and story lines continuing throughout 2021:

  • An unthinkable, unexpected attack by the Joker makes him the target of a worldwide dragnet with ex-cop Jim Gordon in hot pursuit in the ongoing series The Joker by James Tynion IV and Guillem March
  • Spinning out of her breakout appearances in Future State: Wonder Woman and Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman, a young Yara Flor begins the search for her destiny and connection to the Amazons
  • It’s orientation day at Titans Tower as Tim Sheridan and Rafa Sandoval introduce a new group of teen heroes (including the future Red X) to the original New Teen Titans, setting the table for the duo’s Teen Titans Academy series in March
  • The adventures of the Justice League continue (beginning with Justice League #59), now written by Brian Michael Bendis with artist David Marquez, with new JL members, including Black Adam, Hippolyta, and Naomi
  • Wonder Woman ventures into the “godsphere,” creating an exciting new storyline by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad and Travis Moore, continuing in March’s Wonder Woman #770
  • Award-winning writer Geoff Johns and Todd Nauck tell an all-new Stargirl story

For fans wanting a gateway into the next great era of storytelling, this 64-page oversize one-shot is a guaranteed must-have for March pull lists. Priced at $5.99 for the main cover version and $6.99 for the card stock variant, this book will be available at all comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

ComiXology Has 5 New Releases including Challenge of the Super Sons #1!

ComiXology delivers five new digital releases from DC, Yen Press, Harlequin, and Magnetic Press. You can get shopping and get them here or check out the individual issues below.

Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #1

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils Max Raynor
Inks Max Raynor
Colored by Luis Guerrero
Cover by Jorge Jimenez

The boys are back! Picking up where the sensational ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS left off, the son of Batman and the son of Superman are back in the spotlight and ready to give evil a good spanking. But are Robin and Superboy in over their heads this time?! A mysterious woman from beyond time has appeared to the DCU’s favorite sons, and her arrival heralds certain DOOM (the’s a hint, everyone) of things to come!

Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #1

Final Fantasy Lost Stranger #32

Written by Hazuki Minase
Art by Itsuki Kameya

While Alus, Shogo, and Rei struggle against Byblos in his book world, Sharu and Duston are stuck on the outside looking in. But when a familiar face reappears before them, a chance to save their friends presents itself…if they have the info to trade for it, that is! Read the next chapter of Final Fantasy Lost Stranger at the same time as Japan!

Final Fantasy Lost Stranger #32

Streamliner #8: All-in Day

Written by Fane
Art by Fane

This is it — the race has come down to just a precious few survivors left standing: Cristal and Calamity, duking it out in the dangerous cavern run. But who’s that coming up from behind…? Is that Billy Joe…? THE HIGH-SPEED SERIES FINALE!

Streamliner #8: All-in Day

The Adoption Vol. 2

Written by Zidrou
Art by Arno Monin
Cover by Arno Monin

Gabriel travels to Peru to visit young Qinaya who has been reunited with her true grandparents. The trip turns into a journey of self-discovery as he meets another father in search of his own daughter missing since the earthquake. Together, they reflect on the highs and lows of parenting, and the reality that you never grow out of the role, even when the kids are all grown up. The touching conclusion to this powerful, award-winning diptych.

The Adoption Vol. 2

To Claim His Heir By Christmas

Written by Victoria Parker
Art by Shiyori Matsuo

Luciana hid her identity as the princess of Arunthia to travel to Zurich, where she fell in love with a beautiful man. Knowing that it was going to be her first and last romance, Luciana gave her virginity to the man of her dreams. However, she realized later that he was actually Thane Guerrero, the infamous prince of enemy country Galancia, and fled from his bed. Five years later, Luciana tries to fulfill her promise with her father to marry a chosen partner. It’s the only way to protect her beloved son, whom she became pregnant with during her passionate night of romance with the dark prince!

To Claim His Heir By Christmas

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DC’s Future Post Future State Becomes Clearer as Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Swamp Thing, Teen Titans Academy, Green Lantern, Wonder Girl, and Justice League Dark Announced

Wonder Woman #770

After January and February’s Future State mini-event for DC Comics, March and beyond will see a mix of new and returning series as expected. Many of the series will feature their Future State creative teams continuing on to the series.

Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad will take over Wonder Woman with issue #770 in March. The two will be joined by interior and cover artist Travis Moore. The series will pick up after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal which has put Wonder Woman at the center of events leading the heroes in their resistance.

Orbiting Wonder Woman will be Wonder Girl from writer and artist Joëlle Jones. That series will star Yara Flor who is getting a major push by DC as Flor will possibly be getting a television series at The CW.

A new Green Lantern series will launch written by Geoffrey Thorne with art by Tom Raney. They’re the creative team behind “The Last Lanterns” story in the Future State: Green Lantern comic.

Justice League Dark will return in March written by Ram V. who was also writing the series before its break due to the “Endless Winter” event. It will feature art by Xermanico.

Wonder Woman #770 variant

Tim Sheridan and Rafa Sandoval will launch Teen Titans Academy. The series will focus on the launch of a Teen Titans Academy by members of the New Teen Titans. That series spins directly out of Future State: Teen Titans which tells a future tale of the academy.

With a film on its way, it’s not surprising that the Suicide Squad returns. Robbie Thompson, who will take on their story during Future State, will write the ongoing series with art by Eduardo Pansica. We can also see the DC live-action and comics aligning a bit more as Peacemaker (played by John Cena in the film) takes center stage. The character will not only be in The Suicide Squad film but is also getting his own series on HBO Max.

Swamp Thing is back courtesy of writer Ram V. and artist Mike Perkins. That duo is also the team behind the Swamp Thing Future State comic.

James Tynion IV with artist Jorge Jimenez will return to Batman and Tynion has another Batman series in the works with artist Guillem March.

Preview: Detective Comics #1031

Detective Comics #1031

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Jorge Jimenez, Bilquis Evely

Damian Wayne has made his move against a familiar threat from Bruce Wayne’s past—so why has the former Boy Wonder targeted none other than Tommy Elliot, a.k.a. Hush? It may have something to do with the Black Casebook that Bruce liberated from the Joker’s territory in the monumental Detective Comics #1027…but how far will Damian go to avenge this grudge from his father’s past?

Detective Comics #1031
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