Writing thirty-five issues of a series is a considerable undertaking for anyone, but when they’re thirty-five of the most critically acclaimed, character-defining issues in modern super hero comics, that’s something worthy of celebration and maybe a little awe. So it is with Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman, which wraps up this week after over three years of phenomenal, intelligent storytelling with WONDER WOMAN #35.
It isn’t exactly a news flash around here to say that we love Barbara Gordon. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t missed Stephanie Brown. If you’re like us—and we know that there are many, many of you out there who are—you’re not going to want to miss Batman Eternal this week. In fact, if you’ve fallen behind in our weekly Bat-series, you may want to spend this afternoon getting caught up. Why?
Tomorrow may only be a day away, but when you hit your local comic shop on Wednesday, you’ll be transported five years into the future for the second week of our September event—Futures End.
Want to know what’s going on in your favorite comics this week?
ALL-STAR WESTERN #34 ends a 100+ issue run of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray penning the scarred western hero, SUPERMAN #34 introduces a new threat (or two!) to the Man of Steel, BODIES #2 continues Vertigo’s genre-bending time-travelling dead body thriller, the Masked Superman is unmasked in THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #17, and BATMAN/SUPERMAN #13 starts a new chapter in Greg Pak and Jae Lee’s run on the world’s finest superteam.
Usually finding yourself doomed twice in the same week would be a cause for serious concern rather than celebration. But then again, none of us are Superman. (No, not even that guy who keeps emailing us asking for an ongoing Beppo, the Super Monkey series and signing his emails Clark “Superman” Kent. Sorry to disappoint you, dude.)
San Diego Comic-Con is now behind us, and DC Comics certainly had a successful show. No matter where you looked in the convention center and beyond, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, the Flash and hundreds of other heroes and villains from the DC Universe were proudly on display. From morning to night, you could find them on comic covers, in movie and TV stills, in videogames, on toys, collectibles and clothing, and wandering around the aisles of the show floor and the streets of the Gaslamp District from morning to night.
Why should the adults have all the fun? While here at DCComics.com, we tend to think of characters like Kal-El, Bruce Wayne, Diana of Themyscira and Hal Jordan as ageless, they’re clearly well over the legal drinking age. And that’s fine. It allows us to believably present Bruce Wayne as a brilliant entrepreneur and philanthropist overseeing a multi-billion dollar company when he’s not fighting crime, or Hal Jordan as a former test pilot who would be a logical candidate for a Green Lantern ring. There’s a level of drama that’s only possible when our characters are adults.
If you were fearing that it’s all downhill for Superman comics after last week’s SUPERMAN #32, you may be living in the Bizarro world. That’s about the only explanation that makes sense when you look at some of the phenomenal books featuring the Man of Steel hitting the stands this week.