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Creative team: Story by Grant Morrison; Art by Andy Kubert, Tony Daniel and Frank Quitely
Villain to Watch: TBA
They say: Grant Morrison returns to Batman with this oversized special! And he's brought an all-star roster of artists along with him including Andy Kubert, Tony Daniel and Frank Quitely to celebrate this milestone 700th issue featuring stories spotlighting each of the Batmen from different eras - Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne. You won't want to miss this blockbuster story that paves the way for the return of Bruce Wayne and sports mind-boggling covers by superstars David Finch and Mike Mignola!
I say: Listen, I've pretty much been giving the Bat-books a pass. I 'm not going to be comfortable with them bringing back Bruce Wayne until I figure out how he died. As best I can tell it had something to do with the Black Glove, Darkseid, the Omega Sanction and Nekron. But I'll be darned if I can connect the dots. Nonetheless, it's issue number 700, and that's a pretty significant achievement in comics. Unless you're Deadpool. You're going to want to pick this one up just to have it in your hands.
701... you're on your own.
Secret Six #22
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Creative team: Story by Gail Simone; Art by Jim Califiore
Villain to Watch: Those mooks what stole Catman's baby boy.
They say: It's the bloody (and we mean bloody) conclusion to the 'Cat in the Cradle' arc! Catman rages against those that have been trying to destroy his life. Will tensions within the Six force them to leave Catman to fend for himself? And is someone leaving the team? Let's hope not!
I say: Gail Simone delivers her standard, taut narrative in this arc -- punctuated by liberal splashes of comic moments -- that keeps me spinning from one moment to the next. In this issue, we're promised a deeper revelation to Catman's character, and (with any luck) a daring rescue of Catman's infant son. Also, several candidates for membership into the Six were teased last issue, and if one of them is going to be initiated, my money's on Giganta.
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Creative team: Story by Eric Wallace; Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino
Villain to Watch: Lex Luthor
They say: The Titans ongoing series returns with a new direction that ties into Brightest Day! We saw what Deathstroke and his team of mercenaries did in the Titans: Villains for Hire Special #1, and it was a dark day for the Justice League of America. Hopefully their next target fares better. Good luck, Lex Luthor!
I say: I have no idea why I'm putting this on my Pull List. I really didn't care for the Titans: Villains for Hire Special. And many of the characters on the roster of Deathstroke's "Terror Titans" leave me uninspired. However, the idea of them attempting to take out an A-lister like Lex (rather than a D-Lister like the fill-in Atom, Ryan Choi) is making my Spider-sense tingle. Maybe it's because I can't think of a better roster of black-capes to get their butts handed to them by one of their own.
Avengers Academy #1 , Batgirl #11 , X-Babies: Stars Reborn , Herald #2 , Heroic Age Prince of Power #2 , Justice League Generation Lost #3
...And One To Pass
Marvels Greatest Comics: Deadpool #1
Creative team: Story by Daniel Way; Art by Paco Medina
Villain to Watch: Skrulls
They say: A Secret Invasion tie-in! The Merc with a Mouth is back, even deadlier and more deranged than before! The planet has been invaded by Skrulls, everything's gone topsy-turvy...but, in Deadpool's world, that just means it's Monday! Crazy times call for crazy men, but c'mon, this guy's insane! Like it or not, Deadpool may be the only person on the planet who can save us...but who's to say he wants to? Be here for the explosive debut of the new ongoing series by writer Daniel Way and fan-favorite artist Paco Medina! Deadpool: His madness is his method! You won't want to miss it!
I say: That's it. I'm done. There are officially more weekly Deadpool titles than there are weeks in the month -- meaning Marvel is starting to offer more than one Deadpool title a week. And that's simply waaaay too much of a good thing. There's Deadpool, Deadpool Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool Team-up, Deadpool Corps, Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War and now Marvel's Greatest Comics: Deadpool?! And, am I reading the solicit right? It's a Secret Invasion tie-in? What, was Secret Wars booked? Please. Marvel. You have other characters. Use them.
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