Hello Iggles! I’ve missed you! I’ve been MIA because life has a funny habit of throwing way too many obstacles at you at one time (one of those obstacles included a hard drive crash too). But I’m back and I promise to be back sharing my love of DC (and other) comics on my regularly scheduled first Friday of each month in May. Since I’ve been gone (not the Kelly Clarkson song), there’s been so many good releases and big news that’s come out. But, I won’t bore you with a mile long post, especially since everyone always seems to be getting busier and busier. So let’s focus on a couple key topics (like Batman’s 75th, Batman Eternal, American Vampire, and The Wake), shall we?
Batman’s 75th Anniversary
Last year we celebrated Superman’s 75th, this year it’s time to celebrate the caped crusader. DC has lots of events planned to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary this year. With WonderCon next week (who else is going?), DC has released some of their plans to celebrate Batman at that convention. Plans include an All-Star Batman 75th Anniversary Panel with Jim Lee, Kevin Smith, Kevin Conroy, Bruce Timm, Ralph Garman, and Peter Girardithe, which will debut an all new animated short from Darwyn Cooke, inspired by the Batman Beyond series. I’ll be in attendance and tweeting/instgramming stuff from the convention so be sure to follow me if you want up to the minute information.
By the way, have you watched the Bruce Timm produced short that was just released? If not, you need to! It’s a pretty amazing 1930s noir-style piece.
Also, as per the usual, there will be exclusive variants available at WonderCon. Including one of the new weekly book Batman: Eternal #1. Have you checked out Batman: Eternal? The first issue was released on April 9th with cover and art by Jason Fabok. While Scott Snyder is billed on the first issue he has stated that “the lion’s share of credit goes to James Tynion IV, Jason Fabok along with Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Kyle Higgins -they’re responsible!”
This first book starts with a new recruit to the Gotham police force, bad guys with pig faces, and ultimately Commisioner Gordon being arrested after a massive subway train collision. Now if that’s not a bang to kick things off, I don’t know what is. This story has all the makings of a great Bat Tale with corrupt cops and more. There is so much going on I had to read it a few times at length to see all the amazing details in the panels. Yet another new Batman book, and a weekly one at that, is kind of a gamble. Comic fans’ dollars are already stretched tight, but this one has the makings to be worthwhile. I’m going to keep reading it.
And speaking of Scott Snyder, have you been reading the latest in American Vampire? In March, American Vampire Second Cycle #1 (created by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, colors by Dave McCaig, letters by Steve Wands) was released which is meant to be a fresh entry point into the series for those who are not familiar with it and a wonderful return where all things come to a head for those who are familiar with it. It begins in the Mexican territory of Arizona in 1811 with a headless horse running through summer snows and a talking dismembered head. Then we jump forward to Kansas in 1965 where Pearl Jones is introduced (or re-introduced). I’ve never read American Vampire, but I can say this issue certainly made me want to go back and read the first cycle to learn more about the mythology and the blood lines that are so clearly going to come into play in this storyline. It’s got a clean, crisp story characteristic of Snyder and the art complements the tone perfectly. I’m looking forward to the next entry.
I previously posted about The Wake and my love of this new series. After a long (too long) break, it returned in February to begin the concluding chapters of the 10-book series. At the end of issue #5, Scott Snyder included a letter about the second half of the series. This is an excerpt:
He was not kidding around. The Wake #6 finally gives us a hint of that character and the dolphin we were introduced to in The Wake #1. We see the world as it is now, after the destruction and encroachment caused by the ‘mer people’.
In The Wake #7, we finally see some of those ‘outlier’ pirates who are quite clever. I loved this book from the beginning and I continue to love it. It just hits home with so many things I’ve been fascinated with for as long as I can remember (the deep ocean and its possibilities and the fate of world among other things). I can’t wait to see how this story plays out in its remaining four issues! I know I’ll definitely be picking up a trade copy as soon as it’s made available of this fantastic story.
Wow. Clearly I need to not miss my monthly posts otherwise there is just too much to talk about. What have you all been reading?
I’ll be back on May 2 to talk a bit about WonderCon (who’s going?) and of course about more comics (Sandman Overture #3 is released on April 30th!). See ya next month!