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Weekly Pull List: 4.9.14

This week, I'm highlighting 2.5 bats & a zombie. Specifically, Batgirl, Batman Eternal, last week's Detective Comics (I'm only counting it as half since it's a week late) and Walking Dead.

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Detective Comics #30 The series that launched the Batman is returning ever so slightly to its pre-New 52 noir feel.  It's the first time in a long time that the book has felt like it's own entity instead of a panel-tested what's what of the Batman universe. Batman_Eternal_Vol_1-1_Cover-1_Teaser Batman Eternal #1 This weekly - yes, weekly - series is an attempt to jump ahead into the future of Gotham and tell grittier stories that don't mesh well with the current continuity. It is actually a pretty promising premise, and it's attracting a who's who of creators to give Gotham a punch to the guts on a more frequent basis. Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 12.00.43 PM Batgirl #30 This one is an in-betweener. Written by Marguerite Bennett - the same writer who filled in for the Zero Year issue of Batgirl - this issue seems to set up another future supernatural threat to Gotham all while memorializing Richard Grayson. Now, this is pure speculation, but my guess is that the Editorial Board brought her in to write this issue to further fuel speculation that Dick actually died at that hands of Lex Luthor in Forever Evil #6, but I'm still not convinced that they're going to write Dick out that easily. Especially so soon after Damian's death. It's possible, but I think highly unlikely. wd-cover-125-clr-med Walking Dead #125 I gotta say, after the mindfuck that Robert gave us at the end of issue #124, I'm happy to report that I predicted Rick's workaround. I don't want to spoil anything, because it is really good serial storytelling, but I do feel a bit smug after reading through the response letters to issue #124. People were freaking out, but I'm still cool as a cucumber. Oh, and this is a very satisfying issue. Check it out.

Weekly Pull List – 3.12.14

It was just a month ago that I was writing about Batgirl & Batman & Walking Dead in a single post, and I'm at it again. I did pick up a few more books today during my outing, but these are the stories that have really kept me captivated lately.

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Batgirl #29 This issue wraps up Barbara's tangle with the villain known as Silver. I mean, I know he doesn't see himself as a villain, but rather as some righteous crusader against creatures of the night, but let's be real, he's a psychotic villain. Batgirl has been having some pretty awesome story lines lately and not just in her self-titled book. The Gail Simone-created Movement saw a two issue appearance of the crime fighter, Birds Of Prey has been pretty interesting as of late (and luckily its involvement in Gothtopia was minimal) and coming up in issue #30, Babs will be going up against a New 52-revised member of Secret Six, Simone's fan-favorite book from years past. The ending to this one is particularly good. It's the perfect combination of shock & awe + a wee bit of Gail having fun.   BM_Cv29_52a9e7f9e0a739.79784476 Batman #29 - Zero Year Conclusion Well, Zero Year (and the actual year it took to tell the story) has come to a close. Initially set to wrap up in issue #28, as I mentioned last week, #28 became a preview for a new weekly series launching next month. Now we're back on target. Revisiting & reinventing scenes from Bruce's past for the New 52 universe has been a way for Scott Snyder to fully invest himself & artist Greg Caparullo into the character of Bruce Wayne. I can only guess that the DC Editorial board plans to keep Scott on the book for the foreseeable future, because this entire year truly has been an exercise in "creating" a Bruce Wayne with a very specific narrative. At this point, it would just be cruel and unusual to take him off the book (like they oh-so-unceremoniously did with Gail Simone & Batgirl just shy of the 20th issue -- before listening to fans and reinstating her.) By the end, we discover what the major disaster was that essentially set Batman, Gordon and the whole Bat-family-in-waiting on course to be the heroes Gotham needs.   TWD-cover-123-dressed Walking Dead #123 The war with Negan is not relenting in the least. There have already been casualties, displacement, hostage situations, walkers-as-weapons attacks and more since Rick decided to stand up to the latest dictator in the post-apocalyptic world. Clearly Rick & his team are the underdog here, but since he's the hero it seems like things are looking up for a victory for his side... but this is Robert Kirkman writing the narrative. Things could just veer to a hard left and you'd never have seen it coming. Even right up to the last page of this one, you have no idea what's going to happen next. And that last panel of the book... oh boy it's a doozy. Issue #124 is going to be CRAY.

Weekly Wednesday Pull List – 3/5

This week I'm taking shining the #nerdjizz spotlight on two DC books and one from Image. detectivecomics29cvr Detective Comics - #29 The Gothtopia Finale is here. Finally. Now, listen, I understand the necessity of a filler storyline like 'Gothtopia', but I do wish it had been executed with a bit more finesse. The name itself is a bit uninspired, but considering they needed a story arc to placate a few of the peripheral Bat-Family books while Forever Evil is going on in the DC Universe-at-large, I am in fact willing to forgive even the name. One of the highlights of the series for me was the opportunity to see a bright color scheme applied to the Bat-family. The names were only slightly off-putting. Batgirl became 'Bluebelle', Batwoman became 'Brightbat', Black Canary became 'Warbler' and so forth and so on. Catwoman had my least favorite alternate codename: Catbird. Sounds like a rejected mid-Nineties nickelodeon cartoon, but I guess there are only so many variations of animal names to use and stay true to the theme. ANYWAY. This issue wraps up the mini foray into a utopian Gotham, and while I didn't love it to pieces, a part of me is sort of glad it happened. Clearly we're never going to get to see the gang in happy circumstances ever again, so it was neat while it lasted. forever-evil-6-nightwing Forever Evil - 6 of 7 The primary arc taking place in the central DC universe is almost coming to a close. The editors at DC's top have been all about unifying many of the primary books into a central story ever since The New 52 took hold. I'm a little mixed on it. On one hand, it makes sense on paper to have a unifying narrative. On the other hand, the creative freedom for the writers to explore their own story lines is stifled, and ergo, the overall storytelling suffers. Early last year we saw all three Justice League Books – Justice League, Justice League of America & Justice League Dark – converge for the Trinity War. Trinity War was in fact a precursor to Forever Evil. The Crime Syndicate - the über-evil version of the Justice League from Earth 3 - has invaded and nearly incapacitated the whole roster of heroes. There have been ...a lot... of characters thrust into the story, and really, every single page feels a little too crowded. Not to mention the fact that every 7 pages there seems to be a new solution to the Crime Syndicate problem, only to be thwarted/replaced/retooled or revamped. It's a classic case of trying to do way too much in far too little time & space. TheSaviors03 Saviors - #3 Now here's an original story to refresh the ol' mind palette. Illustrated by an artist I admire very much, j.bone, Saviors is the tale of a sleepy New Mexico town where nothing actually is as it appears and an invasion is taking place right under everyone's noses! It's a sendup to classic alien-vs-human comic book capers of the 50's & 60's but set with a very modern vibe. The protagonist is an unwitting party to the whole shebang, and longs for the days when he was blissfully ignorant of the conspiracy that lurks in every shadow and around every corner. Could you blame him? God knows I'd wanna just smoke a doobie and zone out the world if something that major happened to me. Self-preservation manifests itself differently in everyone. It's definitely a book to keep up with for as long as it runs. The art truly is great. If you're not familiar with j.bone, you might very well recognize this paper doll version of Colby Keller he drew a few years back: ColbyKeller_fashionDollClick the image to go to his personal sketch blog. He takes periodic breaks whenever work hits, as it's doing now, but he'll update again soon. If you feel so inclined, pick up the comics above at your local comic shop or via Comixology on the iOS App Store.

Batman: Arkham Knight Teaser Trailer Released!

Holy titillation, Batman! Along with a brand new trailer (below), we now know three tidbits confirmed for Arkham Knight: first, we are now getting a DRIVABLE FRICKIN' BATMOBILE! Second, Kevin Conroy is coming back as the voice of the Dark Knight! Hee! And last but not least, the game has been given back to Rocksteady, the folks who brought us the first two Arkham games! If you're like me, you thought WB Montreal's Arkham Origins -- though decent -- was a major disappointment and needed to die a slow, painful, icy death. I've only played through the story mode once, haven't touched it since. Meanwhile, I've lost track how many times I've gone back to the first two to play again and again. Even after Origins. Gripes aside, I can't wait to get my hands on this!

Weekly Pull List – 2.12.14

The New 52, born out of The Flashpoint Event, hasn't exactly been loved by the masses, but I for one rather enjoy the current Bat-family. Sure, the practicality of it all isn't quite up to snuff – long story short, in this current generation, Bruce has only been Batman for about 5 years, and somehow he's still managed to cycle through all of the Robins? One Robin per year, I guess?  – but nonetheless, the storytelling until recently has been about the now, and not the past. The Zero Year arcs have attempted to bridge those gaps slightly, but it's still rough at best. Right now, the current major event that's happening across most books, Forever Evil, is apparently going to have even more repercussions for all of the DC heroes. Batman #28 3638215-img_1725 Originally, issue #28 was going to wrap up the Zero Year arc from the Batman book. A switcheroo was pulled though, and #28 became a preview book for a new weekly series that will be launching soon entitled Batman Eternal. Things are about to get even grittier, again. Scott Snyder tweeted this teaser on Twitter back in December: Pictured is Harper Row in her coming role as Bluebird.  The most recent Robin, Damian Wayne, was murdered at the command of his own mother, Talia al Ghul, and Bruce has been a little unhinged ever since and reluctant to replace him. Since the issue is a preview of what's to come though, it would appear he's ready to move and and Harper will be filling the Robin role. Oh, and all you Stephanie Brown fans? Read this issue. Batgirl #28 Batgirl_Vol_4-28_Cover-1_Teaser Babs has a new deranged villain on her tail in this issue, and to be honest, Gail Simone has created a pretty good one with Silver as he's called. He's a slight bit demented, literally viewing the Bat-family as "vampires" via hallucinations, and he sees himself as a righteous savior with his mission to destroy them. Barbara has to call in a favor from an old enemy in this issue, and she also kinda, sorta gets identified outside of her bat-suit. Simone is currently the writer on a growing handful of books, but her attention to her most successful book hasn't suffered as a result. Batgirl also makes a two-issue appearance on an unrelated matter in Simone's The Movement. Coming soon from Gail is the official Tomb Raider series that will lead into the new game. Walking Dead #121 the-walking-dead-121 Rick & Co. are in the middle of a war. If you're a fan of the show, you'll no doubt remember how the end of last season  lead up to the war between the prison & the Governor. This war is bigger & badder. Negan, the current antagonist of the series is a bad mofo, but he's a morally interesting person to read. Kirkman has done a pretty good job in creating an evil person who makes interesting unexpected choices. I mean, he's not a redeemable man by any stretch, but props to his unpredictability.

Batgirl Revealed in Injustice: Gods Among Us

It was revealed last week that one of the downloadable characters for DC Comic's recent fighting game "Injustice: Gods Among Us" would be none other than the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon herself. Today, gameplay footage was released of Babs in action. I have to admit, she's a bit more gimmicky than I expected. Nonetheless, she is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters, so I'm just happy to get a chance to control her avatar in a pretty decent game. She'll be available to players who purchased the "Injustice" DLC season pass soon.

Coming This Weekend: DC Animation on Netflix

This Saturday. The 30th. Look what's coming to your Netflix Instant Streaming-enabled device: Justice League, which later became Justice League Unlimited Justice League The Justice League Batman Beyond Batman Beyond Batman: The Brave and The Bold Batman: The Brave and The Bold This should help fill your still-hurting feelings since the cancelation of Young Justice.

The Dark Knight Legend Exhibit at LA Live

Ok guys, I think I've regained consciousness enough to post these pics! Over the weekend, we here at Casa de Roman found out about The Dark Knight Legend Exhibit at LA Live. Unfortunately, had we known in advance, we'd have gone sooner. The earliest we could go was today. The exhibit ends this Friday (12/14/2012) so there's still time to go! Admission is free and parking is literally right under the exhibit area (parking probably won't be more than $5)! There's a ton of great fan art, a life-size Catwoman made out of Legos, costumes from all three of the Nolan trilogy (MAN, Maggie Gyllenhaal is a stick of a thing! And I'm taller than Christian Bale and Tom Hardy - squee!), several Batmobiles, two tumblers and even the Bat-pod! A good chunk of these pictures are utter crap, I apologize for that, but I was just SO incredibly excited and armed only with my iPod Touch! I'm still all giddy! Check out my pics (and a video of the exhibit I found on YouTube) after the cut! Continue reading The Dark Knight Legend Exhibit at LA Live

TDKR Chant Makes Everything EPIC!

If you're like me and still haven't gotten tired of dorking out for Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, then, guess what? Here's a little nugget for you! No doubt you're familiar with the "He rises" Moroccan chant themed throughout the film. I know it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it! I'm not at all surprised that someone recognized the intensity of the chant and used it to prove it makes everything epic and intense! Need proof? Check out the video below! This person combined several funny videos and concludes with cats to prove that, yes, the "Deshay Basara" chant does indeed make everything epic!