Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!
Great news, guys: I’ll be at New York Comic Con!!! Me, Cam and Casper will be the Batman News team presence at the convention. If you want to meet us and talk shop about comics, send us a comment here or on our socials! I’m excited to write some articles about the event, and to meet people as enthusiastic about this stuff as I am. First time in America too, so let’s hope it goes well!
Now, here’s what we’ve got for this week:
DC’s Saved by the Belle Reve #1
School’s back in session, and we just know you’re waiting for the BELLE to give you some REVElief…all right, you can’t say we didn’t try! Saved by the Belle Reve’s halls are packed with eight tales of schooltime fun from around the DC Universe! The Suicide Squad is sent to an international prep school to protect a dignitary’s son! John Paul Valley returns to the school that made him into Azrael! Plus, a return to Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar and Franco, and a new school year starts at Gotham Academy! So grab your pencils and notebooks and get educated!
Written by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Peter J. Tomasi and Dan Watters
Pencils by Karl Kerschl, Max Raynor, Juan E. Ferreyra and Scott Kolins
Inks by Karl Kerschl, Max Raynor, Juan E. Ferreyra, Scott Kolins, Nelson Dániel, Art Baltazar, Mike Norton and Craig Cermak
Colours by Juan E. Ferreyra, Juan E. Ferreyra, Art Baltazar, John Kalisz, Allen Passalaqua, Dee Cunniffe, MSASSYK, Adriano Lucas and Hi-Fi
Cover Art by Juni Ba
Thoughts: I always enjoy reading cute little fun comics like this – and I am very happy to see Gotham Academy again! Personally, though, I’m more excited for the review – on account of who’s reviewing it.
Batman News Critic: It’s a team event! Several of our critics are collaborating on this one, and you’ll have to read the article to see who pitched in.
Harley Quinn 2022 Annual #1
Do you know what ol’ Grandma Quinzel used to say? “Live long and fight alien monsters to save Earth!” She was full of wisdom like that. And only Task Force XX can save our little blue marble from suffering a full-scale alien takeover! Not all of us are going to survive, but at least we’ll look really good dying thanks to Luke Fox providin’ some new gear. Tune in for the final installment of Harley Quinn’s Task Force XX Space Extravaganza, plus the start of a new status quo for Harley Quinn!
Written by Stephanie Phillips
Pencils and Inks by Georges Duarte, David Baldeon and Simone Buonfantino
Colours by Antonio Fabela and Romulo Fajardo
Cover Art by Darko Lafuente
Batman News Critic: Theresa
Harley Quinn: The Animated Series – The Real Sidekicks of New Gotham Special #1
What happens when writers from Harley Quinn the TV show and Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour the comic book get together and swap stories from New Gotham? Absolute mayhem, that’s what! Follow what happened to some of your favorite Gotham sidekicks on Tawny Young’s new trash-tastic daytime talk show and watch the chairs fly as they spill the tea! Guest-starring Clayface, Batgirl, Frank the Plant, and Harley Quinn’s worst sidekick…The Joker!
Written by Tee Franklin, Alexis Quasarano, Conner Shin, Jimmy Mosqueda and Jamiesen Borak
Pencils by Max Sarin, ONeillJones, Erica Henderson and Logan Faerber
Inks by Max Sarin, ONeillJones, Erica Henderson, Logan Faerber, PJ Holden and Jon Mikel
Colours by Erica Henderson, Logan Faerber, Dee Cunniffe, Nick Filardi, Jordie Bellaire and Marissa Louise
Cover Art by Max Sarin
Thoughts: I adore this art. It’s similar enough to the show to be identifiable, but unique enough to retain its own individual artstyle. Obviously these TV shows always overrule the comics, but check this out if you want more of what you like from the show!
Batman News Critic: Jackson
Beyond the Bat
Welcome to Beyond the Bat! Here you can see everything else that DC is releasing this week, beyond the scope of the books we cover on the website.
Too few comics to give ratings for this week, but I’d throw in a strong recommendation for Superman’s Warworld conclusion. Best wishes, and see you in the reviews!
Author’s Twitter: @ObnoxiousFinch