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BATGIRL #2

Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by ADAM HUGHES
On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The nightmare-inducing brute known as Mirror is destroying the lives of Gotham City citizens seemingly at random, and an explosive confrontation between Batgirl and Mirror leads Babs to question wearing the cape and cowl at all!
The riveting adventures of Batgirl continue in stunning fashion, with script by fan-favorite Gail Simone and stellar art by superstar Ardian Syaf!

It's a good cover, though as someone previous said Barbara looks like twelve years old facially, and I have to say I am interested in this Mirror guy. Gail Simone does make and write very good villains.

NIGHTWING #2

Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
When a mysterious assassin targets Dick Grayson, Nightwing must work fast to uncover the killer’s plot before he strikes again. But as Haley’s Circus continues to perform in Gotham City, Dick finds himself torn between two lives: His old one as a circus performer and his new one as a Super Hero. And they may be more connected than he ever realized!

Huh, why is Dick being attacked by someone wearing the X-Men's First Class outfit?

BIRDS OF PREY #2

Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
An explosion in a secure Gotham City airport terminal hurls Black Canary and Starling headlong into a nightmare involving stolen pharmaceuticals, terrorists for hire and killers in stealth suits who can appear – and disappear – at will. When Canary calls in backup, Starling’s not so sure a vengeful samurai who talks to her dead husband in a sword is the best choice.

Rather have Katana helping me out than you, woman who I don't know who you are.

CATWOMAN #2

Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
She’s a thief who lives to steal just for the thrill of breaking the law. He’s The Dark Knight, obsessively driven to battle evil with every ounce of his strength. They should keep each other at arm’s length, but...they just can’t seem to help themselves! Don’t miss this issue – things are gonna get messy!

Another interesting cover, BUT this doesn't really say anything about what's going on in the issue, beyond the standard "Selina and Bruce are sorta dating, but they shouldn't, 'cause they're on different sides of the law and stuff" cliche. She is robbing someone? Does Bruce suspect her of a crime? What's going on?

PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE #1

Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and cover by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
On sale OCTOBER 5 • 1 of 5, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
In this exciting new miniseries from novelist Gregg Hurwitz (You’re Next) and rising star artist Szymon Kudranksi (Spawn), the painful and dark past of one of Batman’s most devious foes is examined. How did young Oswald Cobblepot go from being the apple of his mother’s eye to the leader of underworld gangs and adversary of The Caped Crusader? Find out in PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE!

Oh, Boy! The Penguin! Surely this will be a story for the ages! Admittedly his past isn't as examined as the Joker's, Two-Face's, Scarecrow's or even the Riddler's so it COULD be interesting, but... I just don't really see that interesting a villain in his own right.

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #2

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT and BLOND
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Red Hood is already globe-trotting in an effort to find the ancient assassins behind the slaughter of those who taught him some of his darkest skills... and if Roy and Kori are going to be of any help, well, they’ll just have to tag along – whether Jason wants them to or not!

I love how utterly disinterested Kori looks in this cover. Her seemingly disintegrating some guy's face... not so much. Especially as they seem to be trying to juxtapose the flesh being burned from a man's face with her cleavage. Smooth, DC. Though in regards to the actual storyline, I thought that Jason pretty much murdered all of his mentors during that miniseries he had a while ago? Ah well.

And finally, a series I've been waiting for for YEARS...

THE SHADE #1

Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by CULLY HAMNER
Cover by TONY HARRIS
1:10 Variant cover by CULLY HAMNER
On sale OCTOBER 12 * 1 of 12, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. See the Previews order form for more information.
James Robinson returns to the world of his acclaimed STARMAN series with a new 12-issue series starring the antihero known as The Shade! An attack at the Starman museum kicks off a globe-hopping, centuries spanning quest that will irrevocably change The Shade's life, and ultimately shed light on his true origin! Artist extraordinaire Cully Hamner (RED) kicks off the series, and upcoming issues will feature art by such luminaries as Darwyn Cooke, Javier Pulido, Jill Thompson, Frazer Irving and Gene Ha!

YAY! The character! The artists! YAAAAAAAY! *dances about happily* Dear God, I've been waiting for this comic for literally YEARS.

The Shade is a Golden Age Flash supervillain who has control over shadow, manipulating them like a be-tophatted negative Green Lantern. He was given an extensive revision by James Robinson during his excellent Starman series, in which the Shade went from being a kind flat, old fashioned supercriminal to being an ally and friend of the lead character, Jack Knight, and eventually becoming the main hero in their town, Opal City.

He's appeared a couple of times since, in Green Arrow and in the woeful Cry for Justice series, for example, but him being written by the guy who brought him to the fore without the distractions of other people's stories getting in the way is really something I've been looking forward to.

Can't wait.

...

Also, is it me, or is the Shade giving off Robert Downey Junior as Sherlock Holmes vibes there?

Date: 2011-07-12 06:08 pm (UTC)
mommy: Arshtat; Suikoden V (The same thing we do every night.)
From: [personal profile] mommy
I prefer Starfire's older uniform. She's had it (or variations of it) since the eighties. It's just part of her look.

Is Nightwing's uniform blue and red? The black bits there look awfully blue, especially when compared to the black bits on the costume of the guy he's fighting.

Date: 2011-07-12 06:34 pm (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
I want to see her in the miniskirt/gogo boots combo she had in Teen Titans Anime(ted).
And since when are her firebolts lavender?

Date: 2011-07-12 06:58 pm (UTC)
mommy: Arshtat; Suikoden V (The same thing we do every night.)
From: [personal profile] mommy
I could see her wearing something like that if she ever went back to being a fashion model.

I always thought her firebolts were supposed to be the same color as her hair? I could be misremembering this.

Date: 2011-07-12 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
"I want to see her in the miniskirt/gogo boots combo she had in Teen Titans Anime(ted)."

I disagree--it worked for the cartoon, where she had to be watered down, but the Starfire in the comics is a very free, sexual individual without a single shred of modesty.

Date: 2011-07-12 07:55 pm (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
I can't really see it working with this art style either, but I like it a lot more as a cotume than a few pads and purple tape, modesty or no modesty.

Date: 2011-07-12 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
Regarding Nightwing, a colourist will often use blue (very dark) to pick out highlights on a black costume. Presumably something to do with the material the costume is meant to be made of, otherwise I'd imagine they'd use gray.

Date: 2011-07-12 07:02 pm (UTC)
mommy: Arshtat; Suikoden V (The same thing we do every night.)
From: [personal profile] mommy
That's a very bright blue showing up everywhere if that's the case, but then the Bat people have had oddly colorful highlights on their costumes for years. I could buy that explanation a bit more if the other guy didn't have grey highlights for the black portions of his costume, though.

Date: 2011-07-12 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
It is a little odd. Either Dick's new suit is blue and red or they're following my old fine art lecturer's notion that there's more than one shade of black.

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