It’s the Monday after Comic-Con, and much of the DC Comics office is working furiously to respond to all the emails that came in over the weekend (we’ll see which arrives first—the bottom of their inbox or Labor Day). However, that’s not about to stop us from bringing you our weekly collection of new comic previews. Not on a week like this. A week that brings with it the third chapter of “Trinity War” (in Justice League Dark #22), the second issue of Batman/Superman, and an icy new issue of Aquaman.
It’s Comic-Con week, and we’re heading down to San Diego. But if you thought that meant you’d be missing out on our weekly roundup of new comic book previews, think again. With a new installment of Trinity War on the stands and a startling confrontation between Bruce and Selina in BATMAN AND CATWOMAN #22, that’s just not something we can do.
When last we left Green Lantern (as written and drawn by Robert Venditti and Billy Tan), Hal Jordan and his new recruits were under attack by Larfleeze and an army of his intelligent constructs. Not much of a threat for the Green Lantern Corps, you say? Well, we mentioned these recruits were new, right? That’s new as in untested, right off the proverbial bus, will-be-lucky-if-they-survive-their-first-morning. Yes, these new Lanterns are in for a baptism by fire. They’ll either quickly rise as Green Lanterns or fall into Agent Orange’s clutches.
It’s one of the most famous, most celebrated and most important friendships in all of comics. Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. Superman and Batman. The Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. But how did these two very different super heroes become such good friends? We’ve seen this explored in the past, but not in DC COMICS – THE NEW 52. Not until now, that is.
Between Man of Steel, Superman Unchained and “Zero Year,” it’s not surprising that Superman and Batman have been stealing much of the DC Comics spotlight. But if DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 has taught us anything, it’s that our spotlight is large and easy to share (and it also makes a nifty batsignal, if you turn it upside down and paint a giant bat on it).
It seems to be the eternal question among DC Comics fans. Do you prefer Batman or Superman?
The Beatles once memorably sang, “I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.” We doubt very much they were singing about Green Lantern—though we kinda wish they were, just for the sheer awesome factor—but we can’t help thinking of that line when looking at this week’s GREEN LANTERN #21. Yes, many of us are still saying goodbye to Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke and savoring the pages of their final issue.
Okay, before we get into this week’s Roundup, we have just one question. Is this not the creepiest Batgirl cover you’ve ever seen, or what?
Yowza! Stuff of nightmares, that.
Now that you’ve enjoyed the free comics you’ve snagged this weekend, you’re probably excited for what’s next. Well, friends and fans, you’re in the right place. The Tuesday Roundup is all about what happens next in the pages of your favorite DC comic books.