“Over the great bridge, with the sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money. The comic books seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the comic books seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”


Ron says try…

Youngblood #71

By John McLaughlin, Jon Malin & Rob Liefeld

It’s the comic that started it all! The first book in the Image revolution in the early 1990s, Youngblood! The last book in the Extreme relaunch of 2012 and one of the more curious ones as Liefeld’s flagship team book gets a new writer in John McLaughlin, as in the guy who wrote the movie Black Swan. Yes, the Natalie Portman ballet movie.  It’s just so crazy, it just might work. I for one, cannot wait.


Josh says try…

The Comic Book History of Comics TP

By Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey

The great thing about comics is the the amazing history and legacy of the fascinating and talented creators who built the foundations of the industry. There are plenty of prose books out there that tell the story, but Van Lente and Dunlavey went the extra mile and told these stories in the proper format, as indicated in the title. This collection contains all six issues of the wonderful Comic Book Comics, and I very honestly can’t recommend it enough.

Conor says try…

Batman: The Dark Knight #9

By Judd Winick & David Finch

I haven’t picked up this book since The New 52 launched last year but I’m coming back for this one because I’m enjoying the heck out of “The Night of The Owls”, and because Judd Winick is one of the most underrated Batwriters of recent years, and because it’ll be interesting to see how Tim Drake fits into all of this. Let’s face it, Tim Drake is the superfluous Batkid right now and I’m kind of hoping that he bites the bullet, baby, because these Talons sure could use a win right now.


  1. Tim kind of has a giraffe thing going on there.

  2. ElGuaco (@AlexMiyagi) says:

    I’ve stayed away from The Dark Knight series after I didn’t enjoy the first issue. Judd Winick, however, could totally sway me to check this out.

  3. @conor – Do you feel it would be realistic to have Tim lose to a Talon after the Birds, Robin and Catwoman dispatched theirs?

  4. Conor, if it weren’t for the fact that the New 52 Tim Drake is nothing like our lil’ buddy from the old DCU (or as I like to call it, “the DCU that didn’t disappoint me every other month”), I’d call you a Bat-Heretic. As it is, I’d only want to see this Tim stick around in the hopes that one day, some writer will be able to slip a GOOD characterization of him past Bob Harris and Jim Lee, and we could all care about Red Robin again.

    • I like Tim as a character but he’s been pretty much superfluous since they introduced Damian in 2006. After that, and up until the reboot, he was, to me, the most uninteresting son. The son with no real role to play in the Batfamily.

      Since the reboot Damian has become totally boring so I’d be fine with them jettisoning him and bring Tim back into the fold.

      But that’s not going to happen so we’re stuck with a boring Damian and a non-factor Tim. It’s a good thing that Dick is still an awesome character.

    • Wow, I’m completely opposite. I think that Damian is an awesome character and that Tim is boring. Batman and Robin has been a pretty good series and I think that Damian really fits as Robin. Right now Tim is pretty boring to me because we have a mediocre Teen Titans series going on.

    • @sweettoaster: Well, that’s not exactly opposite because I think they’re both boring right now.

    • Why do you think Damian is boring?

    • Personally i think Batman and Robin is a better book than Nightwing since the relaunch… but ya Tim Drakes character hasnt been written well since Chuck DICK son left the book… and I know cause i tryed a few dozen issues of Tim books post Dick son.

    • @sweettoaster: I think that Pater J. Tomasi has the capacity to be a great writer but the one character that he’s never had a handle on is Damian. That wonderfully scared little boy hiding behind a veneer of aristocracy and violence that Morrison (and a few others) wrote gets sanded down to an arrogant little brat under Tomasi. All of his layers tend to be missing these days.

    • He does seem to missing some layers Conor compared to the Morrison Damian.. however I think Tomasi has been writing a plot driven story rather than a character developing story.. It would be even more boring for me to have the story focus on further developing Damian (for the moment) .. I like how these early Tomasi issues focused on a threat from Bruce’s distant past. I had no expectations and was pleasantly surprised.

    • @conor: I could understand that. Personally, I think Tomasi is doing great stuff on the Batman and Robin title, aside from the flashbacks with Ducard. I like learning about the relationship between Bruce and Damian more than, say, an introspective look at Damian as a “scared little boy.” Different strokes I guess.

    • Couldn’t agree more with Conor about Damian. He’s been pretty terrible in the New 52. ESPECIALLY that last issue where he was given military orders to an army of solidiers. The book itself has been “ok”, but the characterization of Damian just boooooooooo.

    • The first year of Red Robin was brilliant.

  5. The Comic Book History of Comics is phenomenal. I simply could not put it down while reading them as issues, so much edu-tainment. Really hope people who haven’t read it will give it a try. I know I’m double-dipping on this trade.

  6. Light week everybody? Try Transformers More than meets the eye. Good stuff!

  7. Wow..Ron, i checked out the Youngblood preview and that book looks like trash. It looks horrible. Nostalgia and curiosity can only take one so far.


  9. Thanks for pointing out that Winick is writing Dark Knight. I have been ignoring the hell out of the title due to it being terrible. I’ll give it a shot.

  10. The obvious choice for a light week is MIND MGMT by Matt Kindt.