Thanks to the holiday, I picked up my new comic books on New Comic Book Day for a change. I considered doing a special, one-off Weigh In Wednesday, but I already gave advance notice of which book(s) I’ll be writing about on Sunday a while back, so I decided against it. If – and that’s a HUGE if – you’ve been paying attention, you already know which of these will be featured in the Spotlight, which is kind of a shame, as there some things I’d rather write about, but my course is set, but let’s take a look at what I got anyway.
BATMAN #50 – It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.
Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.
CATWOMAN #1 – The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, don’t miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives. Don’t miss the start of an all-new monthly series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominee Joëlle Jones!
THE MAN OF STEEL #6 – The fate of Lois Lane and Jon Kent is revealed! Metropolis’ survival hangs in the balance! And Superman must somehow put an end to Rogol Zaar’s rampage! It’s do-or-die time for the Man of Steel in the final chapter of this explosive miniseries!
RED SONJA/TARZAN #3 – The adventure continues and the mystery deepens as Sonja and Tarzan must save the Greystoke family from extreme peril and try to rectify the disturbances in time caused by the evil Elon Duul!
That does it for this week’s somewhat anticlimactic Showcase. Be sure to check back next week when there will be a little more in the way of mystery about which comic will show up in the Spotlight.
And, of course, come back tomorrow for the not-very-mysterious Spotlight Sunday.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention yesterday’s news of the passing of the legendary Steve Ditko.
Few people have had as much impact on this medium that I love as Ditko, and, as with his contemporary, Jack Kirby, what he contributed to the world of comics goes beyond his own direct contributions. He made a huge splash on his own, of course, but the ripples that have extended out in the form of his influence on those who followed him continue to spread and will likely do so for as long as comics exist.
His ideals weren’t mine, but by all accounts he held true to those ideals, and that’s something to be respected.
As Jim Lee put it on Twitter, Ditko provided the – necessary – counterpoint to Jack Kirby in the visual language that developed in the early days of Marvel.
He will be missed, but he left behind a tremendous body of work, and his influence will live on.
There is also no mystery involved in the question of whether or not I would like you to support OpenDoor Comics on Patreon. (In case there is some mystery, somehow, let me be clear: I would very much like for you to do that.)