Batman #608 Eight-Page Preview!
This month's Wizard magazine ("Read all the latest comic news several weeks after you read it online!") actually provided me with something useful and enjoyable. I know what you're thinking, so you don't need to say it. "What a guy, that Barry Allen! He enjoys all of the nine-hundred X-Men features that respected comic magazine Wizard publishes in each monthly issue!"¹
But this month, Wizard featured an eight-page preview to BATMAN #608. The preview was hardly what I'd call "full of spoilers" but just as you feel like you've gotten into the issue, it cuts off abruptly telling you to go buy the issue in October.
OCTOBER! That's a long way away to continue what promises to be the best Batman run in YEARS. Jeph Loeb. God, it's only been two months and already it feels like he's been off of SUPERMAN forever. (In part due to the fact that after OWAW, and even a little bit beforehand, the book was so boring that I denied to myself that Jeph Loeb was writing ) It was great seeing him write again, even for these measely 8 pages.
And there's only one word to describe Jim Lee's art: WOW! (Never saw that coming, did you? )
Go get this month's Wizard and read this for yourself. There's also a great write-up about Mark Waid, the Top Ten Greatest Comic Stories That Never Happened, and a write up on the various Marvel movies currently underway.
¹ I also enjoy doing my own dental work with rusty farm tools and taking long walks under the mood on flaming coals with a horse tied to my back who seems to have just finished a nice bean dinner, if you know what I mean.
Yeah. Honestly, people who complain about WIZARD only reporting Marvel news and insist they can get their news online don't really realize the cool stuff in here. But that's a whole 'nother thread.
The BATMAN #608 preview rocked. I had a hard time reading the actual words due to Lee's incredible artwork. The big letdown? It ain't gonna look nearly this good because DC doesn't use the glossy paper WIZARD uses. It'll still rock...just not nearly as much.
I don't like the glossy paper, in all honesty. I can't wait to see this on "comic book paper." Non-glossy paper makes the coloring look deeper somehow.
No, I have no idea how to describe what I'm talking about.
But I prefer non-glossy paper. That's all I really wanna say.
Loeb and Lee just might get me interested in the Batman comics again. Jim Lee is one of my faves, going all the way back to his Punisher: War Journal days. And Loeb is always good, especially with Batman (Long Halloween, Dark Victory). I can't even remember the last time I read the Bat books regularly.
Yep, the art looks beautiful in this preview - can't wait to see the full issue! Though, I'm still not liking the Killer Croc - he just looks too...melted or something.
"With my feet upon the ground, I lose myself between the sounds
And open wide to suck it in, I feel it move across my skin.
I'm reaching up and reaching out, I'm reaching for the random, or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
Spiral out. Keep going"
"Be ashamed to die unless you have won some victory for humanity." -Horace Mann
i think jim lee will be one of the artists that will have re-defined batman.