DC PUBWATCH: October 2021 Edition

DC Pubwatch - October

It’s spooky season as The Nice House on the Lake #5 reclaims the top spot for the month, as the best of a bevy of fantastic horror comics releasing during the month.

The News

The biggest news of the month is the announcement that Jon Kent will be coming out as bisexual in November’s Superman: Son of Kal-El #5. DC allowing Superman to be queer is huge, and will provide so many people to see themselves in one of the biggest superheroes of all time.

The rest of the big news for this month was part of the DC Fandome event, but highlights include the announcement of a Milestone animated movie and the new Milestone Initiative to develop the next generation of diverse creators.

Highlights

The Nice House on the Lake #5
Andworld Design (letters), Jordie Bellaire (colors), Alvaro Martínez Bueno (art and cover), James Tynion IV (writer)

A woman watching a meteor shower at a telescope - The Nice House on the Lake #5 cover

It’s hard to really talk about this book without giving away the farm, because each issue reveals more and more of what’s going on, but is leaving enough on the table to keep people coming back. Truly this book is an investigation into the horrors of both humanity and self, and what would happen if you were the only people left in the world and you were not allowed to die.

Grade: A+

Catwoman: Lonely City #1
Cliff Chiang (writer, artist, colors, cover, and letters)

An older catwoman leaping from a building while her shadow shows her past selves

One could probably argue that Cliff Chiang never needs to work with anyone else ever again because this comic is a masterpiece and he did everything on it. It’s yet another alternate Gotham City future, but it doesn’t feel unnecessary unlike most of those tend to, instead it felt like a natural extension of Selina’s story. One of the best things about this comic is that without being fan servicy and gross, Chiang still made an older Selina sensual and attractive. I can’t wait for the next issue.

Grade: A

Shazam! #4
Clayton Henry (art and cover), Rob Leigh (letters), Marcelo Maiolo (colors and cover), Tim Sheridan (writer)

Shazam holding the smoking lightning bolt that's been torn from his chest

This series felt utterly pointless. It is a spinoff of another book in the line that is also terrible, Teen Titans Academy, and does not actually wrap up it’s story whatsoever in the four issues it’s given, instead directing you back to the other book for the conclusion of the story. If you’re going to spin out a side mini-series, at least complete your story in the allotted issues. It’s also worth noting that throughout this issue Black Adam’s skin tone is no different from Billy Batson’s and that’s tiring and disappointing.

Grade: F

Grades

A+

The Nice House on the Lake #5

A

Aquaman: The Becoming #2
Aquaman/Green Arrow – Deep Target #1
Arkham City: The Order of the World #1
Batman #114-5
Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1
Batman: The Imposter #1
Black Manta #2
Catwoman: Lonely City #1
DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #5
Nubia & the Amazons #1
Refrigerator Full of Heads #1
Robin #7
Superman and the Authority #4
The Flash #775
The Joker #8
The Swamp Thing #8
Wonder Woman #780

B

Batman ’89 #3
Batman: Long Halloween Special #1
Batman: Urban Legends #8
Catwoman #36
Crush & Lobo #5
DC vs. Vampires #1
Detective Comics #1044
Future State: Gotham #6
Hardware: Season One #2
Harley Quinn #8
Harley Quinn: The Animated Series—The Eat. Bang. Kill Tour #2
I Am Batman #2
Justice League Infinity #4
Nightwing #85
Suicide Squad #8
Superman: Son of Kal-El #4
Task Force Z #1
Wonder Girl #4
Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1
Wonder Woman Black & Gold #5

C

Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two #5
Batman: The Audio Adventures Special #1
Checkmate #5
DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #1
Deathstroke Inc. #2
Justice League: Last Ride #6
Pennyworth #3
Suicide Squad: King Shark #2

D

Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #2
Batman/Catwoman #8
Blue & Gold #3
Green Lantern #7
Strange Adventures #12
Titans United #2

F

Shazam! #4

Solicitation Situation

Detective Comics #1050

  • Written by MARIKO TAMAKIArt by IVAN REIS and DANNY MIKI
  • Backup 1 written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
  • Backup 1 art by FERNANDO BLANCO
  • Backup 2 written by MARK WAID
  • Backup 2 art by DAN MORA
  • Cover by IRVIN RODRIGUEZ
  • Variant by LEE BERMEJO
  • 4-part connecting variant by JORGE MOLINA
  • 1:25 variant by JORGE FORNÉSTeam variant by JAY FABOK
  • $5.99 US | 48 pages | Variant $6.99 US (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/25/22

It’s the landmark, oversize issue Detective Comics #1050, and some of the biggest names in comics are here to celebrate the Dark Knight! First up in “The Tower” part four, the villainous force keeping Arkham Tower’s patients sedated is at last revealed—and this villain’s return is guaranteed to catch you by surprise! It’s the dramatic conclusion to act one of Mariko Tamaki’s Arkham Tower epic, brought to life by the legendary Ivan Reis! Then, in “House of Gotham” part four, Matthew Rosenberg and Fernando Blanco take us into the seedy underbelly of Gotham’s criminal elite through the lens of the original Robin (Dick Grayson), and reveal what it takes for a young man to survive amongst the deadliest killers in the DCU. It’s a tour de force of Gotham’s vilest villains!
Last but not least, making his grand return to the DCU, writer Mark Waid teams with Detective Comics uber-artist Dan Mora to bring you the start of a brand-new day for Batman…and Superman? It’s the world’s finest collaboration that you’ll need to read to believe!

 

Batman looming over Huntress, Batgirl, Nightwing, Harley Quinn and other Batgirl

I’m in this for Dan Mora Superman. That’s really it.

Catwoman #39

  • Written by TINI HOWARD
  • Art by NICO LEON
  • Cover by JEFF DÉKAL
  • Variant by JENNY FRISON
  • 1:25 variant by SOZOMAIKA
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (Card stock)
  • ON SALE 1/18/22

Meow, Catwoman is bored of Alleytown and has returned to Gotham City proper for bigger fish to fry and to go back to doing what she does best…stealing crime boss secrets for blackmail and looking damn sexy while doing it, of course. New ongoing series writer Tini Howard makes her DCU series debut writing the cat of the night, placing Catwoman in her first blackmail heist disguised as a stripper at Gotham’s most secure underground club! Oh, Catwoman, hiding in plain sight in five-inch platform heels at a gathering of Gotham’s crime elite while surrounded by all the beautiful women and other shiny things to look at…what could possibly go wrong?

Catwoman hanging from a pole

Tini Howard writing Catwoman is going to be a gloriously messy, gloriously gay mess, and I can’t wait.

Get ready for some turkey, since that’s a wrap for October.

Cori McCreery

Cori McCreery

Cori is a life long comic nerd residing in Northern California. A life long Supergirl and DC Comics fan, she is the DC Comics Beat Reporter for Women Write About Comics.

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