Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Lee Garbett
Two issues of BATMAN in one month! Now that "Batman R.I.P." has concluded, the aftermath begins! If you thought mastermind writer Grant Morrison surprised you with "R.I.P.", just wait until you see what he has planned for this retrospective story. In his last hours, Alfred the Butler tells the life story of the Batman as you've never seen it before in this two-part adventure which bridges the gap between the events of "Batman R.I.P." and FINAL CRISIS. Learn the secrets of Batman's early years! Witness the nightmare of a Gotham City where Batman never existed!
Kirk Says: Enjoyed the ending of Batman RIP, for what it was worth, but I'm hoping this epilogue answers the numerous nagging questions I have left over.
However, the 'retrospective story' description implies, to me, that we won't be getting anything of the sort and this will be rather pointless and possibly filler to bridge the gap between RIP and the Gaiman / Davis stuff due out soon.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #21
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Dale Eaglesham and Nathan Massengill
The penultimate chapter of the epic "One World, Under Gog" explodes here as the Justice Society of America goes to war with one another. Torn between Gog's desire to help the world and the moral cost it comes with, it's old guard vs. the new as the line that was drawn is crossed. But Gog does not like war...
Kirk Says: Uh, after the events of The Kingdom one-shot, I didn't expect the JSA to still be fighting amongst themselves. Are the sheep following Gog just going to bow and worship him? Why would they fight along side him now? Hopefully this is just solicit talk and none of this even happens.
MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #1
Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Jay Anacleto
The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning publishing sensation that made Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross into stars begins here! News photographer Phil Sheldon's back, with the man-on-the-street's perspective on the big events of the Marvel
Universe, from the Avengers, the all-new X-Men and the Secret Wars to Dracula and the Werewolf By Night. But this time, Phil's world is going to be rocked not just by superheroes and super-villains -- but by something far more personal, as well.
Featuring the Marvel debut of artist Jay Anacleto, whose gorgeous, photorealistic pencil renderings give a new look at the Marvel Universe, and what it would be like to actually be there.
Kirk Says: Not sure what to think of this. Marvel 1985 already covered this time period and tugged on the nostolgia strings. Will Busiek, who hasn't been overly impressive of late (in comparison to his previous work), be able to capture the magic of the first series? I figure I'll give it at least one issue to prove itself.
NEW AVENGERS #47
Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Billy Tan
SECRET INVASION Tie-In!
Of the thousands and thousands of heroes and humans affected by the Skrull invasion, one man's horror and heartbreak rises above the rest. This is the story of Luke Cage!
Kirk Says: I like Luke Cage. Maybe I'll enjoy this. Doubt it will have anything to do with SI outside of minor plot details that have no real bearing on the plot.
SECRET INVASION #8
Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Leinil Francis yu
THIS IS IT!! The truly shocking conclusion to THE comic event hit of the year. And you are not prepared for what will happen in these pages. Heroes will rise, heroes will fall...and the Marvel Universe will, and we're not joking, NEVER be the same again!
Kirk Says: Maybe it's just me, but it feels like this event ended months ago. There's no hype, no excitement, no nothing. In Civil War, even after months of delays, I still couldn't wait to see how it turned out and there was still that anticipation factor. With SI, I'm just bored stiff and couldn't care less if it came out or not.
However, I'm a collector and reader at heart, so I'm going to finish it out and see how the story turns out, but my expectations couldn't be lower and the hype-o-meter is dipping into the negatives right now.
WOLVERINE: MANIFEST DESTINY #2
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Stephen Segovia
Wolverine is back in Chinatown, settling old scores. First up, his vengeful ex-girlfriend. Only problem, she now commands an army of gun-toting thugs, along with four mystical Kung Fu warriors, who together put a beatdown on Wolvie the likes of which hasn’t been seen in years. Now with Wolverine driven into hiding and the entire city out searching for him, who will dare come to his aid?
Kirk Says: The first issue was a good, 'safe' Wolverine story. Lots of action and standard Wolverine cliches with a few hints of the magic Aaron worked on the Get Mystique! storyline, but, overall, a fairly average outing. Will this move outside the safety zone of the standard Wolverine story or will it end up like the recent Logan mini-series and be merely good, but forgettable?