Batman Eternal #1, Invincible #110, Shutter #1
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the
DC Cash Cow Caped Crusader– created by Bill Finger (and that other guy whose name is usually more synonymous with Batman’s creation). To “celebrate”, DC Comics is “giving” you a great gift to mark the occasion: They are lovingly allowing you to pay them roughly $156 of your hard-earned money over the next year– for the privilege of reading their new weekly comic Batman Eternal in its entirety.
This gimmick was all well and cute years ago, when DC gave us its first weekly comic 52. That series was kinda cool, kinda different– and did a decent enough job of entertaining fans. Plus it gave us the current Batwoman character, which was a very good thing. I know Batfans are going to eat this Eternal series up– even if it turns out to be a scam and/or a huge steaming pile. And hey, it’s their right to do so… As much as it is DC’s right to print it.
For the curious, here’s my 2 main reasons I don’t think this comic will be “all that”: DC’s 52 follow-up weekly series, Countdown, was all sorts of WTF?! awful… And Scott Snyder is (I am assuming) the one writer, of the many the book will have, who will be creatively driving this new Bat-story.
The man most certainly did write some incredible issues of Detective Comics when he first hit the mainstream scene… And they still hold up as my favorite Batman stories ever written. But then came his New 52 Batman. That comic got boring real quick and I dropped it after Issue #5. Snyder’s American Vampire? Same thing… It all felt so redundant. And don’t even get me started on the torture-porn-lite Severed mini-series he co-wrote at Image. That comic was largely responsible for turning me off his current work.
Seriously… Of all the writers working on Eternal, John Layman is the only one listed who can give the series any credibility in my mind. In fact, his is the singular credit that stands out in a group of shoulder-shrug inducing creators. I guess we’ll see how it all turns out this week. I’ll read it… But since Layman isn’t the head writer for this issue, I’ll borrow it from one of my Bat-loving friends. To be clear, I’ll gladly shell out cash for the issues he is in charge of– mainly because I really did enjoy Layman’s recent Detective run… And have always loudly loved his sublime Chew series.
Other than Eternal #1, I’ll also pick up the best superhero comic in the universe (Invincible) and Shutter #1– the new Image series by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca.