Like Tag Team, we are back again with another Weird Thoughts on the DC Comics Sneak Peek Previews tucked all nice and snug in the back of those Convergence tie-ins I know you are all reading. If you somehow haven't gotten your hands on them, you can go HERE and get them for free. Yes, I said free!!! Wait that's not all. After you download them and read them, you can come back here and tell us what you thought as well. Truth be told, I care more about what you guys think than anything Eric has to say. I talk to that guy all the time and between hearing about horror movies and watching him adjust his headband, I kind of tune him out.
This week feels a bit different than the first two because it is dominated by returning books instead of new ones. Granted, they are some of my favorites (Gotham Academy, Grayson and Catwoman), but I really enjoy seeing the new stuff. Enough chat, let's get to it...
Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo
Eric will be reviewing this book and I'm glad. It's not that I don't think it looks good, because it does, it's just not the Batman Beyond book I want. It's kind of odd to me that in DC's grab for younger readers, they didn't go with the animated series BB, but after Futures End, this makes sense. In fact, it appears that the whole Futures End series was setting this up. Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo bring their unique style to the book and Dan Jurgens is setting up a story that should be a hit with all those post apocalyptic survival fiction fans out there. I'm remaining optimistically cautious on this one.
I'm really, really confused by what's going on in this book. The events of Futures End shouldn't have happened and this strange, strange future isn't anything like we know Batman Beyond to be....... or even what we thought Thirty Five Years From Now would be. One positive that I can say is that this title has the ability to be anything it wants to be at this point and I hope that Dan Jurgens takes it to it's full potential......... Well, two positives I guess because I actually really dug the art in this book.
Okay...I loved this preview for so many reasons, but one thing is still driving me crazy. Why the hell would Jim Gordon/Batman be attacking Superman?!? I guess we will find out in June, but it just didn't feel right. What did feel right was Ardian Syaf's art which I have loved since he jumped on this book. I hope he stays a long, long time. I also liked Superman using the scraps of cape he had left from the Action Comics preview as hand wraps and seeing him riding a motorcycle looked so damn cool. Seriously, I hope he likes it enough to keep doing it after his power of flight returns. Then there is the ending with Lex. This doesn't feel like the Justice League Lex and I'm okay with that because like Supes on a cycle, Lex looked so badass! I can't wait for this book.
I guess I'm just a Negative Nancy here because I seem to be one of the few people that isn't digging this new approach to Catwoman and not only that, I'm not really enjoying the art that goes with it either. It all comes off very boring to me and this preview just served as a reminder why, with it's "Let's catch you up" approach to the mob drama. I'll sit back and wait for Selina to leave the families behind and get back to taking it to the streets, Doobie Brothers style.
I adore Gotham Academy, but after reading this preview I realize that the spell is starting to fade. Sure, I love a book that references Dungeons and Dragons and Dio, but this sneak peek doesn't have the charm that the first couple of issues of the series had. I can't fully explain it, but Chen's computer generated art is a big reason. Karl Kershl gave the book a classic animated look that made me smile...this art didn't make me smile. The preview itself was a cute little poem by Maps that "hasn't happened yet" and I'll be there when it does and hopefully by then, the smile will return.
I was really getting into this series after the last two issues, but after reading this preview, the series is going to have to win me back again. I have no idea who this preview was meant for, but I can't see people reading it and saying "Damn, I gotta go check out this Gotham Academy"........ Maybe I'm just pissed because I expected to see Damian Wayne somewhere in it...... You know since it said he would be. I'm not as critical about this new art as Jim is, but I'm not at all impressed by what we were given to get pumped up for June.
Written by: Tom King and Tim Seeley
Art by: Mikel Janin and Jeromy Cox
Everything changes as Helena takes over SPYRAL! Plus: Grayson gets a new partner!
If you want to know why Grayson is my favorite book right now, read this sneak peek. Dick Grayson is so kick ass and the crazy excitement in these eight pages is just a little taste of the awesomeness you get each month. Seriously, Dick delivered a baby during a helicopter crash a couple of issues back. If you are smart enough to have already been reading, then you'll love seeing Agent #1 as his partner and while we don't get a real glimpse of what Helena will be like as a boss, she is pretty damn cool flying through the sky (with the greatest of ease). Mikel Janin's art is the icing on this scrumptious cake that I can't wait to take a big old bite out of. I'm not kidding, I want some cake.
This series is such a surprise hit for me because after DC killed off the Nightwing persona, I figured people would be rioting in the streets and way too pissed to be buying this book. Luckily I was wrong and we have this title each month because it's just awesome. Too bad that this sneak peek wasn't the greatest. It's all over the place and expects us to suspend our disbelief a little too much. Yeah, the preview wasn't great but if the title continues to be as good as it's been, that's all we need to know, sneak peek be damned.
I was a bit wary at the idea of a Martian Manhunter book because I'm one of those assholes who believes that J'onn can't hold his own series.......... and hell, that might still be the case but after reading this sneak peek, I'm all like "bring it on". This looks like one hell of an interesting book and I can't wait to see Martian Manhunter face a White Martian threat. All that and I even loved the art.
This just felt like a missed opportunity. Where is that awesome, newly announced Team? Why are we still getting Harley, Boomerang and Black Manta? This sneak peek was a golden opportunity to introduce the new team and get everyone, including myself, pumped for June. Oh well, I'll still be reading in June...just 75% less pumped.
This sneak peek was not for me. The problem is, I don't know who it was for. This book has been delayed so many times that it feels like one of the new books and I guess that current readers will enjoy seeing this little caper, but those checking it out for the first time have to be confused. I did like seeing Dale Eaglesham's art and hope he stays on the book for a long time...especially since the book comes out every 4 months. I kid because I care.
This is a weird sneak peek because I don't know where we left this team off because it's been so long since the last issue came out. It has some nice moments and showcases a few of the characters and gives everyone at least a speaking role....... well, except for Strix........she has some problems. Really, the highlight for me was seeing the new direction in art because man was the book suffering because of that before.
Here at Weird Science Central, Patrick Gleason is tops. His art on Batman and Robin was so good so it was great to hear he was doing the art on this book. That it looked great is no shock, but Gleason also wrote a kick ass story as well. Really, all I need is seeing Damian kick multiple asses while a mysterious villain pulls strings from the shadows. Guess what? That's what it looks like we'll be getting. I can't wait for June.