With 2012 being a distant memory we sit back and reflect on some of the more notable villains of last year. The rankings were based purely on how much of a “wow” factor they were able to generate when introduced last year and keep in mind many still have story their lines running well into 2013.
Courtesy of USA Today we get our first interior preview to Batman #13, which will kick off the crossover event bringing back the Joker, Death of the Family. And while it’s just one page, it’s enough to make anyone’s hair stand up.
Not by any fault of the author – but our Young Justice reviews have been tardy as of late so to play catchup and get ramped up for this weekend’s episode we’ve got two reviews back-to-back, Alpha Male and Revelations. Both were GREAT episodes.
Seriously, if your not watching this show, you are-a missing out!
I have, on occasion of late, complained about the games the comics companies are playing with the titles of the issues. It seems to be more and more of a trend to save the title for the last page as some big dramatic reveal. In Gotham City Sirens this week, they got cute in a different way, and I’m really not sure if the title of this issue is “Friends” or “X Friends.”
Peter Calloway continues his Harley-centric story in Gotham City Sirens 21, “Hell Hath No Fury.” Harley has been infiltrating Arkham, using carefully selected items that are a major part of the various psychological flaws of the inmates and staff. When we last saw her, Harley was confronting the head of security, with a rusty nail as her piece for him. Calloway did a great job in this arc of remembering that Harley started off as a psychiatrist, and was a very good one, as well as being former staff here.
Our Where To Start Reading Batman guide lists several books, each in the character’s fictional chronological order despite it’s publication date – so the first book is at the beginning of Batman’s career and we go from there. Each book was specifically picked as a good individual starting point; so feel free to start at the beginning, in the middle, or towards the end if you want to get caught up quickly. And if you have any more suggestions or questions just leave a comment.
A master of combat, traveling the world, seeing fantasy wonders and mixing it up with the likes of wizards, monsters, and of course constantly surrounded around beautiful women…he’s the ancient version of a rock star. And since Dark Horse Comics began their take on him in 2003 they have been knocking it out of the park (Kurt Busiek’s run being my favorite). This cover in particular is a great example of how well the publisher and artist understand the character. Everything you need to know about Conan is right there; staring boldly into the face of some terrifying monster, the odds of coming out alive surely impossible, the scantily clad clothed beautiful woman protected and holding on for dear life (and the angle just happens to give us a full shot of her), skulls scattered on the floor ocean floor with an amazing attention to detail on the creature and ocean giving the image it’s final touch, it’s as great as you would expect of a Conan cover – harkening back to the classics before it.
Conan’s presence in comics goes back far enough that he can get lost in everything else coming out but this week the cover to Conan: Road of Kings #3 stuck out, reminding me again of what a great character he is. And I’m not sure it was done intentionally or not but this cover reminded me of another one I had to hunt down, The Savage Sword of Conan #26 by none other than Jim Starlin.
Other Honorable Mentions (click title to see cover):
There is still no sign of Paul Dini returning as Peter Calloway continues writing Gotham City Sirens. “Hell Hath No Fury,” Part One, is a Harley solo tale, with her off to finally try and kill the Joker. Now, we know going in this is not going to happen, so it’s up to the writer to handle the “why not” well.