Well, it’s back to another light week for me. This is bittersweet because there are 3 (!) Batman books out this week, and yet I’m not excited about any of them.
- BATMAN #691 – Hey look, it’s Judd Winick not showing you it’s Black Mask!
- BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #3 (OF 3) – Why am I doing this to myself? I think I just want to see a conclusion to a Blackest Night story.
- DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #11 – Last week’s Batman annual didn’t pass the flip test, even with the introduction of a new Azrael. Maybe this one will.
Congratulations to IDW for putting out a downright beautiful Bloom County collection last week! I haven’t picked it up yet, but it’s 3 years of strips on heavy paper, nicely bound and annotated. I don’t know why I love annotated comic strip collections so much, but I really enjoy the “director’s commentary”. It started with a Dilbert collection years ago, and I’ve really enjoyed the ones also put out for Pearls Before Swine and Boondocks.
I also finally got a chance to read Blackest Night #2, but for the life of me, I don’t think anything happened in it. Last week’s Batman and Robin was a very strong showing. They’re starting to make Jason Todd his own character and I *LOVE* the Silver Age-inspired Red Hood costume, with the cape and skull logo.
And that’s about it for me. I’m going to consider the past 9 days a successful experiment and a lesson learned.