Batman Incorporated #5 $2.99
Art by YANICK PAQUETTE & MICHEL LACOMBE
Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
1:25 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE & MICHAEL LACOMBE
Batman's Argentinean adventure concludes as The Dark Knight and Gaucho fight to the death to save the lives of countless innocents. Meanwhile, England's other Batman, The Hood, stumbles across a monstrous conspiracy – can Batman and his international allies stop a plot that threatens to transform the whole world?
OK, I'll eat a little crow and say, despite the dumbest concept ever (and it still is), this is a tight Batman series. The international flavor allows Morrison to indulge his more Bond-like version of Bruce Wayne, and they've paraded a number of international heroes around without hitting the "Batmen all around the world" crap hard or often. It works, but I do wish they'd kept Catwoman around as a foil after the initial Japanese arc. that was a great version of Selina Kyle.
Brightest Day #24 $4.99
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI
Art by IVAN REIS, PAT GLEASON,ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and JOE PRADO
Cover by DAVID FINCH
1:10 Variant Covers by IVAN REIS
In the extra-sized issue #24, a new age for the DC Universe begins! A long shadow is cast across the world in a finale that will have everyone talking! Twelve heroes and villains were resurrected, but that doesn't mean it will remain that way as the new champion of Earth is chosen!
FIVE FRIGGIN' DOLLARS!?!?!
Wasn't the $78 (give or take) you were going to make off this title at $2.99 enough? The book hasn't even been that good!
Detective Comics #876 $2.99
Art and cover by JOCK
"Hungry City," part 2 of 2! When the carcass of a killer whale is discovered in the middle of Gotham City's financial sector, Batman is thrown into a mystery the likes of which he's never experienced – a mystery which soon brings the Dark Knight face-to-face with the terrifying new symbol of organized crime in Gotham!
Man, the covers for this run rock. I am also not a big Scott Snyder fan right now. This is likely the best Batman book on the racks right now. Best for me, anyway, as I am much more of a fan of the gritty vigilante, rather than the globe-trotting super-spy, er, hero.
The Flash #11 $2.99
Art and Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:10 Variant Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
The road to FLASHPOINT is paved with good intentions, but the Flash is about to learn the truth behind those good intentions — and the secret of Hot Pursuit!
So, this series ends with the next issue...
Man, I am pissed, and I get more pissed every time I think about it. The Flash is a top-shelf character, and DC just keeps jerking him, and his fans, around. Yeah, yeah...Flashpoint.
I think I'll check back in when you re-start this baby. If you bring Wally West back as The Flash, so much the better.
Captain America #617 $3.99
Penciled by BUTCH GUICE
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Your monthly dose of Cap is now bigger than ever, as a new era begins! Now also starring STEVE ROGERS, SUPER-SOLDIER in a story that intertwines with, and complements, the main story, both written by Cap mastermind Ed Brubaker. Bucky's life takes a turn no one ever expected, but that's all top secret. Meanwhile, Steve Rogers faces a world without a Captain America.
We all know where this is headed, and Brubaker's done such a great job with this title, I'm OK with allowing him to work up to it. Steve Rogers will wield the shield again, just in time for your movie, and the corporate synergy mandated by said event.
And, OK, Marvel, I know you decided to keep up with the back-up features, and the $3.99 price point. I get it (doesn't excuse the Ultimate titles remaining that high with no added features, but....). Still, there is a reason I do not buy many Marvel titles, and it's because the SECOND you have a "hot" title, you raise the price. I can't afford a pull list full of $3.99 titles, I just can't.
Think about it.