This week in comics has been one I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time now, it saw the release of Batman Issue #46, as well as DC Nation #0, which served as sort of a preview of what’s to come in Batman, Superman, and Justice League.
Tom King and Tony S. Daniel.
So two weeks ago, we saw Booster Gold cause a mini-flashpoint contained just to the main Batman book, when he saved Thomas and Martha Wayne as a wedding present for Bruce, only to inadvertently mess everything up, creating a world in which Bruce never became Batman, rather Dick Grayson did.
This week’s issue picks up a year after the conclusion of the last issue, with Booster breaking Catwoman out of Arkham, hoping that bringing her to Bruce would remind him of who he is, and help Booster fix the timeline, though being comics this obviously doesn’t work, as when reunited with Bruce, Catwoman promptly attacks Alfred, only for Batman to intervene, which leads to the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne, as well as Batman, who is killed by not-batman Bruce, ending the issue on a shot of Bruce kneeling above his dead parents, presumably leading him to make some sort of decision next issue, as the story wraps up.
So this is a great issue in a great run of Batman, I’ve been in love with everything Tom King’s done since he picked up writing the book, but this arc has been an interesting change, it’s nice to see a Batman story in which Booster Gold is the protagonist, and honestly, I just like Booster in general, and I think Tom King write him really well. I like how King approaches the world without Batman, or at least, a very different Batman to the one we know. It’s nice to see a Bruce who is happy and content with his life. As always, Tony Daniel Kills it on art, I’ve been in love with his stuff since Batman RIP with Grant Morrison, and it’s nice to see him back on Batman.
I love Batman Returns, it was nice to see a little homage to that in this Catwoman’s costume
As always, King and Daniel have crafted a beautiful story, and this is very much another piece of evidence as to why King is so big right now.
I’d like to have seen more of Dick-Batman. He’s by no means the star of the story, mostly just a plot device, and that’s fine, but I’d like to find out how Grayson went to become Batman without Bruce
Anyone else interested to see Tom King pen a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle book? Between his work on Booster here, and the way he’s been handling Mister Miracle as a book in general, I think it’d be right up his alley.
DC Nation #0
At long last, DC Nation #0. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since it was announced, mostly for the preview of No Justice, but come the release, I enjoyed the other two stories just as much. So DC Nation #0 previewed 3 stories- an upcoming arc in Batman, in which Joker learns of Batman and Catwoman’s wedding by Tom King and Clay Mann, No Justice, a book that promises to reshape the Justice League side of the DCU by Scott Snyder, James Tynion, Josh Williamson, and Jorge Jimenez, and a preview into Bendis’ Man of Steel, by Brian Michael Bendis and José Luis García-López.
Of the three stories, I was expecting to enjoy the No Justice preview most, it features the 4 new Justice Leagues, having been recruited by Brainiac fighting through the forces of Colu, in order to save it from 4 new cosmic beings who seek to consume it, and don’t get me wrong, the story and art were fantastic, however I found myself most enjoying the Batman preview. As I said above, I think Tom King is one of the best writers in comics, and I love his Batman, but it was really a delight to watch him tackle the Joker like this, and based on this preview alone, I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. As for the Superman story, I liked it, and I like Superman- I think Bendis cops a lot of crap from angry comic nerds online, but I think he’s a great writer, and I’m interested in what he’s going to bring to Superman, however, I won’t be reading his Man of Steel, between the other books I’m reading at the moment, and the fact that I’ve not read a Superman book in about 4 years (nothing against it, again, I dropped it to pick up other books).
I like these kinds of comics, plus for only 25 cents (US), you really can’t go wrong with that.
The stories themselves were all great, and set up some very interesting things for the future of the DCU, that I’m very much looking forward to.
Honestly, I can’t think of anything to complain about, the book promised previews, and that’s what we got, it’s probably unfair to judge an entire story based on 8 pages.
DC is Releasing DC Nation as a monthly, free magazine, containing interviews with creators, info about comics, art, and other cool stuff like that, which I think is very much worth picking up when.
So that’s what I thought about last week’s Batman #46, and DC Nation #0. Starting after this week, I’ll be reviewing every issue of Batman, and No Justice which starts next week, as well as the Justice League books that spin off out of that, Mister Miracle, and Catwoman which is scheduled to start in July, so stay tuned for that.