I’ve just decided to switch our Friday schedule to Monday, which means that the test we take each Friday on what we learned during the light week of comics will now take place on Monday before we’ve learned it. But since today is Tuesday, it doesn’t matter in the slightest. Pencils ready!

Josh Flanagan says try…

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Captain Midnight #0

By Joshua Williamson and Victor Ibáñez

Revived from the golden age, Captain Midnight is a WWII fighter pilot turned costumed adventurer, and this is the issue to get you up to speed before #1 hits. This collects the three stories from Dark Horse Presents, and Williamson has been doing fun things with Masks and Mobsters, so this is worth a look.


Conor Kilpatrick says try…

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Indestructible Hulk #9

By Mark Waid & Matteo Scalera

This issue has several things going for it. First, it’s the start of a new story arc so it’s perfect for new readers to jump on and try. Second, it guest stars Matt Murdock so it’s like an extra issue of Daredevil! Third, the solicitation says “Hulk–on the witness stand” which has the potential for awesome comedy. DAREDEVIL WANT TRUTH? DAREDEVIL CAN’T HANDLE TRUTH!


Paul Montgomery says try…

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Batgirl / Robin: Year One TP

 By Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Marcos Martín, Alvaro Lopez, Javier Pulido, & Robert Campanella

Timeless and fanciful. Chronicling the first formative years of Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson’s careers as crime fighters, these tales showcase Batman’s plucky associates at their best. I especially adore Batgirl: Year One, the book that solidified my love for Babs and Jim Gordon, the Veronica and Keith Mars of the DC Universe. It also introduced me to the lithe and charming line of Marcos Martin. Gotham has rarely been so lively. A sure bet for just about any reader.


  1. Pre-ordered the Year One book months ago. Can’t wait!

    Indestructible Hulk seems like a good place to make Drunk Hulk canon.

  2. I passed on preordering the Batgirl / Robin book. I’ve accidentally already bought that Robin story twice and didn’t want to buy it for a third time, but now I’m wondering if I shouldn’t have gotten it anyway since I don’t own Batgirl: Year One.

  3. i’m in for Captain Midnight. Love that cover and this re-emergence of all these old school pulp characters is great.

  4. In regards to Hulk Matteo Scalera is pretty amazing as well.

  5. Hmmmmm I might check out Captain Midnight, I love me some pulp-action heroes! 🙂 Love the cover, too! Thanks Josh, I might have never noticed this on the stands hehe!

  6. I would offer up “Wild Blue Yonder” #1 as well. Looks like really cool art, writing – & sky pirates. Lengthy preview here:

    Took a chance on “Six-Gun Gorilla” #1 last week & really loved it; hoping this one will do the same. (I mean, they got the plane from TaleSpin…!)

  7. You can’t go wrong with Paul’s recommendation!

    Robin Year One is really good. But Batgirl Year One is outstanding. Seeing as it was out of print, It took me forever to find the TPB of Batgirl for a reasonable price. The Marcos Martin art is SOOOOO GOOOOOD.

  8. I really loved Marcos Martin on Daredevil and have been meaning to read other books he has done art for. Hopefully my LCS has a copy of the Robin/Batgirl year one trade since I didn’t order it.

  9. That Captain Midnight cover….that’s the good stuff baby.

  10. Why is DC spending all this money to create these Year One stories and not making them the canon origins for the characters in the New 52?

    • I’m not sure I understand the question. They spent money on all the other comic book stories that came out before The New 52 too.

      These two stories are from 2001 and 2003.

    • Oh, my bad, I didn’t realize these comics were so old. I heard Grant Morrison was writing a Wonder Woman Year One, so I just assumed all of the Year Ones were relatively new. 🙁

      I was just noticing that DC seems to be pushing the whole Year One line lately. It seems like a wasted opportunity to not make a series of trade paperback that delve into the histories and origins of the New 52 characters, considering how much interest there is in the early years of this new universe. 🙂

    • Morrison’s not doing Wonder Woman: YEAR One, he’s doing Wonder Woman: EARTH One. It’s part of the Earth One line of OGNs.

    • I totally mixed up Earth One and Year One, my bad. Thanks for straightening me out Connor. 😀

  11. I’ve never read Batgirl or Robin Year One. What a handy way to get both!

  12. Ive read and loved robin year one, a lot more than i did batman year one, it was my main impedes for buying nightwing in the new 52 (something i regret), i also have batgirl year one in my read list and was planning on reading it this weekend, be it on your head if i dont like it

  13. Can anyone tell me what sort of paper stock is used on the Batgirl Robin year one TPB? I’m not much into double dipping but I’d be willing to trade up from the newspaper quality printing to a glossy finish.