Greg Capullo


Advanced Review: Batman #15

There are times when a book or storyline will hit you so hard visually that it immediately takes your breath away. There are times when a writer can move you with as little as a single word, captivating you in their world which then transcends everything around you. Then there are times that you get the perfect combination of both aspects and you marvel at how few times this caliber of greatness actually occurs. Batman #15 is such an instance, revel in what great comics look like!

I used the first page of the issue as my teaser image, a bit unorthodox, but I wanted everyone to see just how captivating a single page can be when done to perfection. You are drawn in immediately, first by Capullo’s completely unnerving rendering of the Joker. The image dredges up such deep rooted emotions in the reader in a single second. It appalls, and yet hypnotizes you with the sheer horror of the image. An unsettling visage that seems to stare through your eyes and directly into your soul. As you gaze away, it lingers there deep in the recesses of your mind, turning and forever grinning that Cheshire smile. It is an image that will become as iconic as the the first time he appeared 73 years ago!

Secondly, as you peel your eyes away from the toothy leer, Snyder ensnares you with the written word. He taunts you stating, “Look into his eyes and tell yourself he’s just a man.” He breaks you with but a single phrase, cracking the fourth wall and sending you back for another look at the diabolical creatures face glaring at you. You read on, realizing that it is Batman talking, but not to you. He is speaking to himself, trying to rationalize the creature in front of him exactly as you do the same. Just as you feel safe again with the notion that someone else is here, standing beside you, giving you hope that the lights may soon come on and the thing in the dark isn’t truly as scary as it seems — the hero blinks. He maybe here but he is unnerved as well and your hope slides out of you as chill laces it’s fingers around your heart. 

Dwell on this outstanding page and then realize it occurs another thirty times throughout the book, each page an emotional whiplash of revelation, speculation, fissures and breakdowns. It is a breathtaking whirlwind that solidifies itself as some of the best storytelling in the Batman mythos! Fall into this book and pray that you will have the strength to pull the light switch on by books end. If you can’t — you never will again!


Batman #18 Gets Andy Kubert As Guest-Artist

Batman #18 will feature the art of Andy Kubert as Greg Capullo will take a “day off,” which would only be the second time in a year and a half.

Becky Cloonan filled in on Batman #12 for Capullo.

Snyder and James Tynion IV will be on the back-up story with art by Alex Maleev.

Greg Capullo returns to Batman #19.

IGN got the first peek at the cover and solicit:


Written by Scott Snyder

Back-up story written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV

Art by Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope

Back-up story art by Alex Maleev

Cover by Greg Capullo

Variant Cover by Andry Kubert

1:100 B&W Variant cover by Greg Capullo

On sale March 13, 40 pg, FC, $3.99, Rated T

Combo pack edition: $4.99

Welcome guest-artists Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope!

In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity!

Fan-favorite character Harper Row returns — will she be able to pull Batman back from the brink?

Unspeakable tragedy, huh? That doesn’t bode well for the conclusion of Death of the Family, now does it?



Advanced Review: Batman #14

Far too often in the comics world, we see villains repeat past deeds over and over again with exactly the same results. Plan + Crime = the hero thwarting every move and taking the villain down with minimal effort. It is a cycle that is so predictable, fans have become numb to the very thought of the villain getting the upper hand at all. 

Finally, that cliche‘ can be disposed of thanks to Scott Snyder and crew! Not only does this wickedly evil new version of The Joker get the upper hand, he squeezes so tight — he actually breaks some bones!

Batman #14 delves deeper into the twisted world that The Joker is creating, not only for Batman, but for his entire “family” as well. It is a decent into depravity, one that will scar every aspect of our hero’s world and in some cases — make it unrecognizable! There have only been a handful of writers that have ever unnerved me so much while reading a comic book story, that I’ve actually had to catch my breath. Scott Snyder is now one of them!

I will not divulge any spoilers – where’s the fun in that! – but I will tell you that there are scenes in this issue that will hit you hard. There are moments when things will transcend the scope of a mere “funny book” and make you feel uneasy with what is happening. You will feel panic and nervousness for these characters like you never have before, and you will relish just how damn good this story is through all the horrific deeds happening to them. You will smile at how devilishly clever this Joker is and you will ponder why it took so long for him to get there. But above all the pain, torture and maniacally well thought out plans of an amazing villain, you will enjoy ever single page of this stunning work by Snyder and Capullo — and you will crave more!

Nothing is more precious than the private moments we share with the ones we love. The moments when we can let our guard down and truly show who we are. No secrets, no bravado, just a person exposed for the people we hold most dear. But what if, somewhere in the dark corners of our home there were eyes that didn’t belong there? Eyes that leered at our exposed selves and snickered at our weaknesses. Eyes that calculated our faults to use against us, then slowly slinks back into the shadows and made plans of their own. That is The Joker of Snyder’s world and things will never be the same again!

Pick up Batman #14 in stores tomorrow!


Batman #16 Cover Reveals The Joker In Batman Family Attire

Batman #13 was a spectacular issue from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo where we saw the return of the Joker!

Now DC Comics has revealed the January issue of Batman #16 where we see the Joker again.

However this time we see that the Joker is dressed in Batman family attire!

What do we see?

Is that Barbara’s hair?

Robin’s “vest.”

Batman’s cape and gauntlet.

Alfred’s glove.

Nightwing’s mask.

Whose glove is dangling from the belt?



Byron’s Top 10 Most Horrific Comic Book Villains of All Tomb


The time to unleash the ghosties and ghouls upon the world is here, and although we are equally excited about what news may be coming out of NYCC, we also know it is time for Charlie Brown to get his bag full of rocks – again!

The two big comic book releases this week – Batman #13 and Uncanny Avengers #1 – give rise to our current thoughts about the Eve of All Hallows. That is … the villain! (Cue creepy old-fashioned organ music!)

No, not your badass villains, or even your cosmic villains (sorry, MM). No, these are the most horrific villains, vile entities that have done things that make my skin crawl even now.

So without further adieu, let’s count down Byron’s Top 10 Most Horrific Comic Book Villains (of All Tomb)!


10. Mister Fear: Zoltan Drago was the proprietor of a financially-ailing wax museum who attempted to use his knowledge of chemistry to create an elixir which would turn his wax statues into living creatures, with which he would create a private army. The chemical failed to create life in wax, but Drago discovered the brew he had created could evoke fear in those who inhaled it. Designing a frightening costume for himself, Drago became the original (and best) Mister Fear! Fear used his fear-gas to make terrified slaves of the brutish Ox of the Enforcers and the Eel. Naming his triumvirate the Fellowship of Fear, Drago ran afoul of and was soundly defeated by Daredevil and imprisoned. He was later killed by Starr Saxon in New York City.

9. Doomsday: Doomsday is a famous behemoth capable of doing nearly anything and is famous for killing perhaps the most famous comic book character of all: Superman! In doing this, Doomsday destroyed the ideal that is Superman, which was spread worldwide. By doing this, he has shown his tremendous power and evil, making him a character that constantly challenges Superman, physically and psychologically.

8. Dr. Doom: There is a certain nobility in Dr. Doom, arch-nemesis to one of the greatest teams in the Marvel Universe, Fantastic Four. Yet, time after time, he has proven that villain he indeed is. He was put in relatively the same situation as the Fantastic Four members but did not end up being a hero. He is a very powerful man with his super-technology and mystical prowess as well as being a super-genius. One thing that makes him have such a vendetta towards the FF is that, even as long ago as college when Victor Von Doom and Reed Richards were “normal,” they were always in competition with each other. One coin, two sides.

7. Mister Sinister: This mysterious gentleman has had an effect on pretty much every X-character there is, and set about the motions of the infamous Mutant Massacre which killed the Morlocks and gravely injured the Angel, Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde. When I think of Inferno, I think of how monstrous this guy is.

6. Thanos:Cosmic yes, but also horrid! Like Doctor Doom, he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals and will cross the very cosmos to please his “love,” Death. Unlike Doom, he doesn’t battle Satan every year for his mother’s soul; he killed her and millions of his fellow Titan Eternals.

5. Bane: Not your average big guy. Despite his looks, Bane is one of the smartest non-super-powered beings in the DCU. Bane, born and raised in a prison, realizes that courage, dedication, and strengthening of both mind and body were his only ways to survive. During his time in prison, he wanted to destroy the Gothammyth called Batman. His prison put him into an experiment to create a super-powered soldier with a steroid like drug known as Venom. With Venom and his intelligence, Bane was the first person to break Batman both mentally and physically (by breaking his back).

4. Dracula: Dracula is the same character as from legend but was reinvented in the 1970s as the diabolical antagonist of Marvel’s excellent Tomb of Dracula. Like Doom, there is a nobility to Dracula, but there is more evil than mere vampire in the former Vlad the Impaler.

3. Norman Osborn/Green Goblin:Green Goblin is an arch-nemesis to Spider-Man. At first the villain was not pure evil but, when he took the Green Gobin serum he became crazy and would do anything to kill Spider-man. He had caused a lot of trouble for Spider-Man over the years, including killing one of his loves, Gwen Stacey. To his credit, writer Brian Bendis made Norman Osborn even more evil than his alter ego when he took over Americaduring Dark Reign and its follow-ups in Avengers and New Avengers.

2. Red Skull: Red Skull is the ultimate Nazi in comic books. Yes, I am saying that he is an even better villain than Hitler would be in some aspects. He has been ruining the lives of thousands ever since the 1940s. He started as a basic Nazi but was soon promoted to higher status due to his sick and twisted personality; even Hitler was afraid of him! Not only this, but the Red Skull seems to never die. Now he is back, to threaten the world of mutants using – the brain of Charles Xavier??! How horrific can you be? (See my No. 1 entry below for that answer.)

1. The Joker (New 52): Batman’s arch nemesis. The yang to Batman’s yin. Being a 70-year-old comic character, still not much of his origin is known; only him accidentally falling into a chemical bath. Every comic book fan knows what he’s done: paralyzed Barbara Gordon, killed a Robin, Jason Todd … And now he is back to creepy perfection under Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s arc, “Death of the Family.”  Brrrrrr

Hit the comment section or the forum and let me know your list!


Advanced Review: Batman #13

Scott Snyder has done something that has not been done in an extremely long time. He has taken a book, with one of the most recognizable characters in the entire world, and perfected it! This issue is completely devoid of banality, it is the pinnacle of great story making and no one should go without sampling it.

Everyone knows that issue #13 is the “return of the Joker”, we have all heard the hype for months, and it is well deserved! Everything about this book exudes fear. The art, the pacing, the reveal — virtually EVERYTHING — is unnerving! Your heart rate will quicken, palms will sweat and anxiety will rule the day as you tread deeper and deeper into the diabolical world controlled by the Joker. Gone are the hokey gag weapons and the imbecilic henchmen, this is a Joker that likes to get “hands on” with his work — to truly feel is art being perfected! He is more sinister, more lethal and even more cunning, making the Batman’s world a living nightmare that he is always one step behind in. And at the end of the day, the “detective” will fail and brutality will prevail!

Even though the meat of the book lies within the opening story, the back-up tale by Snyder and James Tynion IV, is a quintessential part as well. Revolving around the “Clown Prince” and his love, Harley, we find that their relationship has become as unhinged as the Joker’s face! The writing is volatile, making the conversation disturbing to say the least. You will gape in horror as discussion trends towards the removal of skin and you finally realize that this “Clown Prince” is no longer a joke. It is a menacing look at what the future will hold for Gothamites! 

THIS style of book is what has kept me reading comics more than half of my life! A tale that resonates with you, that leaves you bewildered and breathless. One that melds scenes from classic tales with current ones, building a richness of history and solidifying it’s future. A tale that can truly show how emotional and artistic the medium can be when it is not held down. A book that is pure gold  — tarnished with blood and soot!

Thank you Scott Snyder for creeping the hell out of me! It is amazing!


First Look At The Joker From Batman #13

This week sees the return of the Joker to Batman, but you can get a first look right here.

Issue #1 of Batman saw the Joker cut off his face and pin it to a wall.

Now we see a peek at the Joker and he looks ready to drop the hammer!

Batman #13 is the first issue of Scotty Snyder’s “Death of the Family” crossover with art by Greg Capullo.

The following image looks a lot like the cover, so it’s not really anything new; however, what lies under the mask? And who is the Joker attacking?

A Cosmic Book News user who sent in the image and read the issue describes Batman #13 as “awesome and real creepy.”




Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV


Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE Cover by GREG CAPULLO

Variant cover by AARON KUDER 1:100 B&W V

ariant cover by GREG CAPULLO

On sale OCTOBER 10

40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

RATED T Combo pack edition: $4.99 US


• The Joker returns in “DEATH OF THE FAMILY”!

• He crippled Batgirl. He killed Robin. What will The Joker do now that he’s returned to Gotham City?

• What must Batman do to protect his secret identity and that of those who fight alongside him?


Review: Batman #0

I would like to thank Scott Snyder for NOT churning out yet another rehashed origin story. The tale of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman has been done so many times that even my nephew knows it — and he’s only two! 

Rather than giving fans more of the same, Snyder tells a tale of a young Bruce Wayne trying to find his niche in the war against crime. Both eager and naive, Bruce dives in head first, but he doesn’t know the depths he will need to go in order to save the city he loves.

Building upon the mythos he has crafted so well, Snyder gives the reader a barrage of ideas in this tale. From the first Batarang, a chance meeting with James Gordon and a glance at Bruce Wayne’s original “home base”, fans will be clamoring for more just as it comes to a close. Curiosities about the past and how it will resurface in the future will abound you in this well crafted and refreshing tale. But, for me, it is the follow up story that truly makes this book pitch perfect.

On a single night, five years in the past; the “Bat family” ponder just what heroism — or lack there of — means to them. From an alleyway, a principal’s office, a circus tent and a rooftop, these people’s lives have been inexplicably changed by a man they have never met, although his shadow descends over them all. 

Rife with characterization and overwhelmingly intelligent, James Tynion IV has set the bar for emotional tales in eight pages or less! From loyalty to bravado, from fear to childlike awe, this tale gets to the center of all the characters in a simple yet, stunning manner. It is a rare story that will make you appreciate how precious good stories are — even without the “Bat.”


Another Look At The New Joker

Previously, DC Comics revealed a peek at the new look of The Joker on the cover of Batgirl #14 from the Batman solicits.

Now, Batman back-up artist, Jock, has revealed some art as well.

The Joker returns in October’s Batman #13 from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, which sees the beginning of the 4-part “Death in the family” crossover.

Speaking of Capullo, the artist wasn’t too happy that DC “spoiled” the Joker, but promises we ain’t see nothing yet!

“Stay tuned fir MY pics. In my younger days, I’d have punched several holes in the walls of my office by now. Rest assured, I will give you terror when I draw him.” – Greg Capullo on Twitter



DC Comics Giving Away Batman Comic Book For The Dark Knight Rises

At your local comic shops you will find a free DC Comics issue of the Batman: Earth One special preview edition.

No, it is not Free Comic Book Day, but it is free The Dark Knight Rises day!

In celebration of the movie’s release, DC Comics has provided local comic shop retailers over 500,000 free copies of the preview issue to be given out.

The preview issue features the first chapter from the graphic novel, Batman: Earth One, which is written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank.

But’s that not all, as the free issue also includes a preview from the Batman, Vol. 1: The Court Of Owls trade by scribe Scott Snyder and superstar artist Greg Capullo.


The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra’s al Ghul.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Dark Knight Rises Movie Hub for even more news, trailers and images.


SDCC 2012: Greg Capullo’s AMC The Walking Dead Season 3 Poster

Check out Batman artist Greg Capullo’s poster for Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead!

The new poster debuts at this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con, where we see in the background — the Prison!


Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead debuts in October.

(Via CBR)


Review: Batman #9

Exciting, engaging and enthralling, Scott Snyder’s Batman opus continues here with the “Night of the Owls” storyline!

Trapped beneath Wayne Manor, with all his secrets revealed to the Court of Owls, Bruce Wayne and Alfred make a last stand for the very soul of Gotham! Encased in his “Bat Armor,” Bruce holds the ferocious Talons at bay, while Alfred directs the rest of the “Bat Family” from a secure room. But even if Alfred and Bruce survive this brutal attack, Gotham’s leaders may not!

Each issue brings a depth of history to the Bat mythos that makes you yearn for more! Compelling back story, crazy fisticuffs and a dinosaur that stomps Talons into a pulp — makes this issue the most action oriented yet! Everything is fresh and exciting, creating an epicenter for the entire Bat family to live up to. Snyder and Capullo continually make Batman the MUST read book each and every month!

Even though the main story will get fans in the seats, it is the back-up tale by Snyder and Albuquerque that is the most compelling. Following Jarvis Pennyworth as he writes to his son Alfred about the dealings in Wayne Manor, we may just be privy to the first attack by the Talons on the Wayne family! Could it be that Thomas and Martha weren’t just gunned down by some random act of violence? Could the Court of Owls be responsible for the birth of Batman? Okay, maybe I’m putting the cart before the horse — but it’s fun to speculate!

Get this book and get in on the most intriguing crossover running through the DCnU! You don’t need to pick up all the other series to understand what’s happening , but it’s amazing to see how this story affects every aspect of Gotham! So, collect ’em all!


Review: Batman #8

For the past seven issues, Scott Snyder has taken the Batman mythos and broken it! Sometimes things have lasted so long that they become complacent, or at best, jaded. Sometimes we need to take those things and break them down to their core in order to see what made them so special to begin with. It takes a gentle hand, someone who will take their time, making cracks in all the right places so as to not damage the spirit of the piece. And when it is finally broken down to its very essence, it can be rebuilt stronger than it ever was. That is exactly what Scott Snyder has done, broken the Bat to rebuild it better than before!

This issue is the beginning if the “Night of Owls” crossover that will span the “family” of Bat books for the next two months. It is the first crossover for the New 52 that is vast in scope and reach, touching all the Bat characters, and even being glimpsed in other titles such as Justice League #8. But it is not the amount of titles that this crossover will touch that is important, it is the amount of readers that it will touch that is!

Snyder has brought something to the Batman legend that has rarely been seen — doubt. Bruce Wayne has been tortured  by the Court of Owls and their assassin, the Talon, but he has not been broken. They have done something far worse, they have cracked his confidence in himself and all of Gotham! They have caused fissures to erupt in his bravado, letting him finally see his own pomposity and worse yet — his weakness! His focus has been shaken, allowing the Court of Owls to assemble all of their Talons and strike at the heart of Bruce Wayne — Wayne Manor! Nothing will ever be the same again as Bruce’s secrets are revealed and no one is safe!  

Snyder has outdone himself with this series and especially, this issue in particular! Never have I been on the edge of my seat for so long during a series! After every page I am ravenous for more, never being satiated because it is all so good! The richness that has been brought, not only to the Bruce Wayne/Batman character, but too the entire world of Batman is unfathomable! 

Even though Batman is now shackled to the $3.99 price tag, the back-up story by Snyder, James Tynion IV and American Vampire artist extraordinaire, Rafael Albuquerque, is well worth it! It sets the stage for the “Night of the Owls” crossover and shows the cunning viciousness of the Court of Owls. It is shocking and brutal, making the fear palpable! Worth an extra dollar? In my eyes — definitely!


The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for March 21st, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)


I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, make sure to add these five titles to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health begins with these top five titles of the week!


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:988:]]1. Supercrooks #1: Mark Millar is back once again with the amazing Lenil Yu on artistic chores! What do you do if you’re a super criminal that keeps getting beaten by heroes? Move to Spain, of course! I mean, has anyone ever heard of a Captain Spain? Hell no! This book is awesome! Check out the review.

2. Ragemoor #1:  Jan Strnad and Richard Corben have converged to create an instant horror classic! Black and white, completely creepy, this is the book that will keep you up late tonight! Check out my full review here!

3. Batman #7: Scott Snyder has broken the Bat! Revelations galore in this issue and you won’t believe who Dick Grayson’s great-grandfather is! Get in now before the “Night Of The Owls” storyline hits all the Bat books starting next month!  

4. Kick-Ass 2 #7: The $#!& hits the fan in this series finale and no one emerges unscathed! Plus, there is a eight page preview of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons The Secret Service where Mark Hamil dies!! You should have used the Force, Luke!

5. B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Long Death #2 (of 3): Besides having the longest title on the list, this is one hell of a book! Raging monsters, mayhem, the Wendigo and a final battle that is completely awesome — this book has it all! Check out an advanced review here!


Review: Batman #6

Snyder’s viscous breakdown of the Batman continues here, and the Court of Owls is on the cusp of victory! The Talon has emerged from the shadows with his sights solely locked on the utter destruction of the Dark Knight. Will he be able to remove Batman from the heart of Gotham permanently, or can Bruce dredge up enough strength to live another day?

Continually spellbinding, Snyder’s vision for the premiere Bat-book is one like you have never seen before. Never have I read a Batman series that mentally and physically breaks him with every page. It is gut-wrenching to witness the amount of brutality that is bestowed upon such an iconic character, and yet — you will relish every moment of it! The pomposity that is the facade of Bruce Wayne is nowhere to be seen, this is The Batman; the hero that was created the night his parents were killed, the cunning nightmare that stalks the minds of criminals everywhere! When you are broken beyond repair, all you have is your mental strength to carry you onward. Will it be enough for Bruce Wayne, or has the Court of Owls already sunk their talons in too deep?

This series is outstanding! Snyder’s writing continually gets better with every page and Capullo’s art is off the charts. The cover alone is mesmerizing! It is a horrific amalgam of Bat and Owl, showcasing the utter hell that Bruce Wayne has been going through. I dare you to stare at it and not feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! Utterly amazing!

This series is the best that DC is putting out right now! Every month it is the book I look forward to most — from any company! It is a complete re-imagining of the icon we grew up with and breaks down the walls of expectations. Bruce Wayne is a man that has over estimated his observations, and must now deal with a world that has been turned upside down. Gotham will change, Batman will change, and the scope of the book will forever change the way we see our hero. Snyder has changed the status quo of “super hero” books and I can’t wait for the future!


Review: Batman #4

Explosions rock Batman as he continues on his quest stop the Talon, the Court of Owls menacing assassin. But it’s not the explosions that will cause the most damage, it is Batman’s disbelief that the Court of Owls even exists that will hurt him the most! Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue on their quest …

Review: Batman #4 Read More »


DC Relaunch: First Look At Batman #1 by Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder

Check out a couple pages from the DC Relaunch of Batman #1 by superstar writer Scott Snyder and superstar artist Greg Capullo!

This is from the free DC Comics Preview available in local comic shops this week!


First Look Preview at the Justice League #1

First Look at Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #1

First Look At Superman #1 from George Perez and Jesus Merino





Written by SCOTT SNYDER;
Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.
DC Universe 32pg. Color $2.99 US
On Sale September 21, 2011

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