Light Week? Try Batman: Odyssey Vol. 2 #1, Xenoholics #1, and DC Comics Presents: Superman – Secret Identity #1

It’s a little known fact that Robert Johnson, before his untimely death, recorded a song called “The Light Week Blues.” Of course, it wasn’t about comics; it was about having sex with a married woman.


Ron says try…

Batman: Odyssey Vol. 2 #1

By Neal Adams

When we last left off our hero, the caped crusader, he had decided to take a nap on the floor of the Bat-Cave, while Robin, Alfred and the Joker looked on in astonishment.  I’ve been waiting MONTHS to see Batman wake up from that nap in the insanity that is Neal Adams’ Batman: Odyssey.  We were worried that with DC Comics relaunch that this bizarre project, that makes one wonder how and why a project gets greenlit at DC, would get scrapped. But fear not! It’s back and with a new #1 issue! SIGN ME UP!


Josh says try…

Xenoholics #1

By Josh Williamson, Seth Damoose, & Dan Duncan

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. Partially, because I read it, and because it’s a fun concept, and the cartooning on the interiors looks pretty good. We need more fun books, and Image has been upping their game lately. Chew opened up the possibilities ever so slightly for stuff to come out that isn’t so self serious. So this is a great place to get in on the ground floor of something new. I can also tell you that Josh Williamson is very excited about this new title, and he’s putting his all into it.


Conor says try…

DC Comics Presents: Superman – Secret Identity #1

By Kurt Busiek & Stuart Immonen

People are always asking, “Where are the good Superman stories?” Look no further, friend! Superman: Secret Identity is one of the best Superman stories that I’ve ever read and finally–FINALLY–DC is reprinting it. Sure, it’s not in trade form like it should be, but these two deluxe editions will do nicely. Writer Kurt Busiek is at the top of his game in this fantastic Elseworlds story that posits a Superman in the “real world.” And artist Stuart Immonen is wonderful, utilizing the more photorealistic style that he displayed for much of the 2000s, before he came over to Marvel Comics. I cannot recommend this one enough.


  1. Super excited about Secret Identity. I remember reading the first issue of Batman: Odyssey (vol. 1). I was totally confused. I’m a little curious now – but I’ll probably wait for the trade…

  2. Secret Identity is a wonder book. I recommend it whenever I get the chance.

  3. Superman: Secret Identity is one of my all time favourite comics and I am incredibly glad that more people will get a chance to read it but, really, where is the oversized HC edition that it so obviously deserves?

    • I agree that it deserves the treatment, but printing it this way may indicate that DC has no plans to reprint it in a collected edition.

  4. I’m not so sure I want to see more of Batman Odyssey. I was getting tired of Neal Adams’s Mad Magazine style artwork. Maybe he should just go work for Mad, his current art style fits perfectly with it.

  5. I admit I don’t read as many books as the “average” reader, but I thought Secret Identity wasn’t just a good Superman book, but one of my all time favorite books (but I thought Grant Morrison’s Aztek was a brilliant book, even more so than his run on JLA). As a “causal” reader, I’m curious as to know how well it was received by the fans when it was first released?

  6. Batman: Odessey Vol. 1 was so insanely bad, I couldn’t wait for each issue. I have been wondering what, if anything, they were going to do with it and I CAN’T WAIT for this one. I have read and re-read the original a few times now and each time I find something new and unbelievably hilarious.

    I do have to agree that after reading the first seven issues of the original, I was also wondering how something at DC gets the green light. It has to be more than just a name that gets a project printed, doesn’t it? After reading it though, I am not so sure. I mean, I almost can see the offices:

    “Hey, someone wants to do another Batman book,” Says some nameless intern.

    “Now,” an Editor chimes in, “We don’t just let anyone do new Batman books, I mean he is one of our flagship characters. We would need ideas to be fleshed out, and it must pass through our rigorous screening process…”

    “OK, I will tell Neil Adams he has to run some ideas by us,” the intern responded.


    Ahh, the creative process, I guess I just don’t understand.

    Later, from a random hallway, the same editor’s voice could be heard saying, “the new 52, BRILLIANT!!!”

    But seriously, I do recommend this, because if it is anything like the first run, it will be insanely delicious.

  7. Everyone should buy that Secret Identity book. I overpaid for the actual issues years back, but it was totally worth it. It’s a great, heartwarming Superman story, and Immomen is bonkers good on it.

  8. The Xenoholics preview looks awesome, and I’ve read some cool interviews about it. Been looking forward to this one ever since I first heard about it (which was, you know… like a month ago).

  9. I have a feeling that even if I bought the previous volume of issues for Batman: Odyssey I would still not be able to figure out what is going on.

    So with that mindset I am all for buying this recent issue.

  10. I’d heard of Secret Identity before but for some reason I didn’t realise that it was the same one until I read this. Good Superman books are as good as it gets for me when it comes to superheroes, for some reason it just floats my boat. Thanks for mentioning it. I’ll be a little miffed though if I get the issues and then they release a collected edition.

  11. If I actually had a light week, I would get Secret Identity — been curious to read it for awhile — but, alas, it is not a light week. And even if was, there’s still those two massive piles of books I bought at the convention this past weekend . . .

    Hmmm, Batman: Odyssey sounds like Batman Bonkers, which sounds promsing, only, well, see above comment . . .

  12. I own the trade of Secret Identity, but I’ve carried it around so much that the corners are a little worse for wear.
    I’m double dipping on this for sure. Superman is my favorite, and yet this is one of the only superman stories I actually like. I’ve recommended it countless times. Please, do yourself a favor and read this if you haven’t already.

  13. Originally, Frank Miller was supposed to dialogue Batman: Odyssey. It would still have been goddamn crazy.