The title’s All-Star Western, not necessarily All-Star Old Western.
It’s tough being the new kid on the block. That’s true whether it’s your first day at a new job, your first time pitching for the local baseball team, or your first time meeting your new neighbors—when you’re literally the new kid on the block. No one likes being the rookie, the freshman, the cub. You feel like you have much to prove, and it seems like everyone’s scrutinizing your every move.
It’s been a little while since Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained landed a pair of Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (for Christoph Waltz’s sublime performance as Dr. Schultz), and we still have another week until the movie hits Blu-Ray and DVD. And you know what we’ve realized?
Batman’s looking pretty darn sprightly for 900. Of course, we’re not talking years, but issues. If you didn’t already know, this week’s DETECTIVE COMICS #19 is actually the 900th issue of the series, and we’re celebrating with an 80-page issue filled with insightful stories written by series writer John Layman (along with a Bane-centered one scripted by Talon writer James Tynion IV) and set in all corners of Gotham. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a comic book extravaganza without some…er, extravganzing artists.
If you’re a Batman fan, many of you comic book conversations this past month have likely revolved around the death of Damian Wayne. While we’ve been given glimpses of how the bat family is dealing with the death of the current Robin (or not dealing with it), we haven’t yet heard anything further from the writer or title responsible for the shocking turn of events. Not until now, at least. This Wednesday sees the release of BATMAN, INCORPORATED #9, the first issue of Batman, Incorporated since Damian’s death.
This week, we say farewell to one old friend while saying hello to another. Since the launch of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 in 2011, Grant Morrison has redefined the early days of the Man of Steel in the pages of Action Comics with a series of stories that have been both intelligent and action-heavy.
Many fans have been taking the death of young Damian Wayne hard, and for good reason. Since his introduction, Damian struggled against his violent and dangerous tendencies to become a force for good in the war against crime in Gotham. Even more important, he had embraced his role within the Wayne family, building relationships not just with his father, but other extended members such as Alfred, Dick, Barbara and Tim.
People are still talking about the aftermath of last week’s BATMAN, INCORPORATED #8, and we can certainly understand why. But if you were expecting an emotional breather after that shocking turn of events, think again. Last month marked the conclusion of the crossover storyline, “Rotworld,” but that doesn’t mean the story’s over. In this week’s ANIMAL MAN #18 and SWAMP THING #18 (which also serves as Scott Snyder’s final issue as series writer), we discover the heartbreaking fallout from Anton Arcane’s attack on the living world.
It’s shaping up to be one rough week for members of the Bat-family. After their absolutely brutal run-in with the Joker in “Death of the Family,” they now have to contend with, well, a death in the family. If you’ve read yesterday’s New York Post article, you know what we’re referring to. If you don’t, and you want to find out, the link to the article and this week’s preview of BATMAN, INCORPORATED #8 is right down below.
A quick look below will show you that this is a massive week for DC Comics, but you know who’s also having a historical week? Geoff Johns.