How would we describe this week? Groovy, man, groovy. This week Batman’s past and present collide in the best way possible with the release of BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET #1, the first print issue of the smash retro-era mashup brought to you by the remarkable creative team of Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman, Ty Templeton and Alex Ross.
Yes, it’s been a wicked ride, but Forever Evil, the seven-issue miniseries by Geoff Johns and David Finch, is finally coming to a close with an extra-sized finale that will shake The New 52 down to its very core. In fact, it’s so huge that the finale isn’t just limited to the pages of FOREVER EVIL #7, but JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #14 as well. Before Wednesday is done, we’ll know the fate of the Crime Syndicate as well as Lex Luthor’s “Injustice League.” But first, maybe we should recap…
Sometimes when the stakes are this huge and the scale this massive, twenty pages just isn’t enough. It’s fortunate, then, that we have our extra-sized Annuals. This week sees the release of four of them, some kicking off exciting new storylines, others offering explosive finales.
We spent the weekend surrounded by thousands of amazing people who love comics, we just posted the latest episode of our webseries devoted entirely to the world of comics, and now we’re looking ahead to tomorrow where we’ll be treated to a big stack of brand new, hot-off-the-presses…COMICS!
People say that it’s not good to live in the past, but we respectfully disagree. At least when it comes to Batman. After last week’s spoilerrific flash-forward issue, this week marks the return of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Zero Year” in BATMAN #29. When last we left our young hero, he was literally drowning in trouble, and this week’s cover should make it pretty clear which of his adversaries is behind it. But how will he escape? For the answer to that riddle, you’ll need to pick up the issue, which serves as the conclusion to the second chapter of “Zero Year,” which we’ve been calling “Dark City.”
With a title like Forever Evil, you know you’re in for some devastating, far reaching results. But for Batman, it seems like those results may hit painfully close to home. From the very first issue, things haven’t looked good for Nightwing. The one hero to be held captive by the Crime Syndicate, the series began with his identity being revealed to the world, and since then Dick Grayson has remained under lock and key. But eventually, you knew the series would return to his story, and with this week’s issue #6, it has.
No matter the news, if it’s big and it’s breaking, you know that Lois Lane will have the scoop. But what about when Lois is the news? That’s certainly the case this week, as everyone’s favorite investigative reporter gets a special standalone comic devoted entirely to her. Written by the red hot Marguerite Bennett, it’s a story about family…and freaky, otherworldly alien alligators (and other beasts, but we kind of like the alligators).
In the world of DC Comics, you don’t need super powers to look into your future. You just need Scott Snyder and Dustin Nguyen. In this week’s eagerly awaited BATMAN #28, we take a break from the ongoing “Zero Year,” and jump from the past deep into the future with a special standalone “spoiler” issue that looks at what lies in store for Batman in the months ahead.
This is a big year for our favorite Dark Knight, with a new animated movie on its way, DLC for the latest Arkham game just around the corner and an ambitious weekly comic all set to make its debut. Yes, there’s much to look forward to this year if you’re a Batman fan. Like tomorrow.
Who would’ve thought starting a new year with some serious Injustice would be a good thing?