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Comic Book Predictions This Week: 1/16/13

What do you think will happen in tomorrow's big comics?

Welcome, Viners! Every Tuesday, this is the place to speculate what'll happen in tomorrow's new releases. Do you think there's an obvious twist coming up or something far more complicated in the works? This is the spot where you can speak your mind and place your bets about what'll go down! Every week, I'll pick 3 books to briefly chat about and I'll even provide a few extra (lighthearted) predictions, but you're free to discuss any of the new issues.

Let the speculation begin!

BATMAN #16

A face only a mother could love.

How can anyone honestly predict the Joker? Odds are I'll be completely wrong here, but let's look at the facts. Joker thinks Batman has become weak and that's because of his allies. He also took Wayne's butler, Alfred, because he claims he needed a butler. However, we can now speculate that Joker does indeed know who's under the cowl -- and if that's the case, was taking Alfred just another move to get inside Batman's head? We also know he's prepared something big for Batman in Arkham Asylum, home to many people who want nothing more than to see The Dark Knight die.

So, what's waiting for the Caped Crusader inside the facility? First and foremost, Joker is all about elaborate traps. One way of the other, he's going to use the inmates to his advantage. Whether it's as simplistic as having them assault Bruce to something far more complex (perhaps playing on Batman's desire to always save a life), they're obviously going to play a key role here. At the end of the day, though, I wouldn't be shocked if this issue had a big twist with Alfred or even Damian.

Joker also said Batman would be the one to kill his allies. Will he be forced to face them as they're brainwashed and potentially disguised, and if so, how'd Joker snag them? Will the Clown Prince of Crime force Batman into a situation that only grants him time to save one life out of a handful? Truthfully, I have no idea what Scott Snyder's brilliant mind has in store for us. What do you think will happen in tomorrow's issue of BATMAN?

ALL-NEW X-MEN #6

She is not amused.

Young Jean Grey has been struck by a tornado of events that'll happen to her in her future -- and as you know, they're not only insanely complex, but also incredibly dark. Given the chance, could you really prevent these things from happening and save yourself from your death(s)? I think this flood of bleak memories is going to take a major toll on Young Jean's mental well being as Brian Michael Bendis' series continues. She's determined to stay in the future and make things right, but how could someone resist the chance to change their fate? I think she wants to stay in the future for now for the very same reason Reed Richards is taking his family on a trip -- to save herself. Regardless of what goes down, I just hope there's another hysterical past/future Iceman interaction.

DEATHSTROKE #16

Strike a pose, Slade!

How do you kill a man that regrow his head in just a few seconds at most? Deathstroke is tasked with killing Koschei, an allegedly unkillable man. Although, it looks like the dictator's arrogance will be the death of him. As he smacked around Slade in the last issue, the villain revealed something quite important: he can only die if he wants to.

So, how do you make someone like Koschei wish for death? This is easy for someone as tactical as Wilson: you take away everything the man holds near and dear. In Koschei's case, I imagine it's his pride and his power. I have a feeling Deathstroke will find a way to systematically take away the fear Koschei holds over his territory and somehow humiliate him. When all is said and done, Deathstroke will get a hefty payday.

Extra Predictions

BLOODSHOT #7 - Bloodshot will get annihilated at least once and, as usual, it'll look really, really cool.

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3 - Something shall be smashed.

PUNISHER: NIGHTMARE #3 - It'll look fantastic but be totally overwhelmed by far too many captions.

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1 - Wolverine will scream at least once as he slashes. RAHHH!

33 Comments
Posted by jsphsmth

Snyder will once again write a Batman comic better than Morrison.

Of course that isn't just tomorrow, it seems to be every day.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

I really have no idea what is going to happen on issue 16 of Batman.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I hope Deathstroke does a Dark Knight Rises Bane reference

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Posted by k4tzm4n
@jsphsmth said:

Snyder will once again write a Batman comic better than Morrison.

Of course that isn't just tomorrow, it seems to be every day.

I fear what this comment will unleash upon this thread. 
 
*takes cover*
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Posted by ReVamp

Extra Predictions > All of ComicVine's articles ever put together.

(This is actually a pretty interesting weekly segment, I kinda want to read Deathstroke and All-New X-Men all of a sudden. )

Posted by Reignmaker

Damn. You really went out on a limb with that Hulk prediction. Let's not get carried away now.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@ReVamp: Ha! Thank you.  Well, catching up on both titles should be fairly easy.  We're only on issue 6 of All-New X-Men and Justin Jordan took over Deathstroke just one issue ago (#15) and that serves as a fine jumping on point. 
 
@DarkKnightDetective said:

I really have no idea what is going to happen on issue 16 of Batman.

Nor do I, but it's safe to say it'll likely be quite good. 
 
@Jonny_Anonymous said:

I hope Deathstroke does a Dark Knight Rises Bane reference

Which one?
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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@k4tzm4n: Giving that dude his permission to die

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@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@k4tzm4n: Giving that dude his permission to die

D'oh! Somehow the most obvious reference slipped my mind.  Heh, that would be pretty epic, though. 
 
@Reignmaker said:

Damn. You really went out on a limb with that Hulk prediction. Let's not get carried away now.

I know it's unlikely, but I really hope Mark Waid surprises us and throws some smashing into a Hulk title.  Fingers crossed, right? :P
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Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@k4tzm4n: I also want to know what is going on in Batman & Robin. Is that really him.

Posted by BR_Havoc

@k4tzm4n said:

@jsphsmth said:

Snyder will once again write a Batman comic better than Morrison.

Of course that isn't just tomorrow, it seems to be every day.

I fear what this comment will unleash upon this thread. *takes cover*

No drama its an opinion and were all aloud to state ours. I find Snyder's run to be very similar to Morrison's run and I just do not get when people go on about how terrible one or the other is.

Posted by KnightRise

Katz's segments are top notch

Posted by Batmandemon23

@BR_Havoc: because Morrison fans are one of the craziest and die-hard fan bases out there.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

CANT WAIT TO READ ALL NEW XMEN< BATMAN< AND DEATSTROKE!

Posted by k4tzm4n
@DarkKnightDetective said:

@k4tzm4n: I also want to know what is going on in Batman & Robin. Is that really him.


I don't think it's Wayne, but I guess we'll see tomorrow :D 
 

@KnightRise said:

Katz's segments are top notch

Thank you!  
 
@BR_Havoc said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@jsphsmth said:

Snyder will once again write a Batman comic better than Morrison.

Of course that isn't just tomorrow, it seems to be every day.

I fear what this comment will unleash upon this thread. *takes cover*

No drama its an opinion and were all aloud to state ours. I find Snyder's run to be very similar to Morrison's run and I just do not get when people go on about how terrible one or the other is.

Of course everyone is allowed to state their opinion (you know, assuming it's not filled with words that clearly break the rules here). Just being lighthearted over how a debate such as that one (Morrison v Snyder) can take an ugly turn rather quickly.  That's all.
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Posted by BR_Havoc

@Batmandemon23:I get that I am a big fan of Morrison's work as well maybe not a diehard but I have read as much Morrison as I could (some of his series are tricky to find). I think I meant this more towards Snyder fans they tend to make out what Morrison did as this horrible run that ruined a character. I do not get that because Snyder is doing the same things that Morrison did and both runs have been great.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@KnightRise said:

Katz's segments are top notch

I agree

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Good Predictions!

Posted by jwalser3

Extra Predictions

BLOODSHOT #7 - Bloodshot will get annihilated at least once and, as usual, it'll look really, really cool.

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3 - Something shall be smashed.

PUNISHER: NIGHTMARE #3 - It'll look fantastic but be totally overwhelmed by far too many captions.

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1 - Wolverine will scream at least once as he slashes. RAHHH!

Made my night.

Posted by dondave

Nice Predictions

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Posted by spinningwebs

@DarkKnightDetective said:

@KnightRise said:

Katz's segments are top notch

I agree

Posted by Decoy Elite

I disagree with your prediction for Savage Wolverine. 
I think he'll drink tea and wear a top hat while slashing.

Posted by JamesKM716

I love this feature... Just saying.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Something Smashing This Way Comes, whenever Hulk is involved. And now that he's fighting a baby version of a mecha...

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@jsphsmth said:

Snyder will once again write a Batman comic better than Morrison.

Of course that isn't just tomorrow, it seems to be every day.

And once again you have mention Morrison,if you're really that sure then why do you bringing it up over and over again?

Posted by dannonzzz

I think batman will finally find out his parents are dead...

wait...

I agree with the hulk prediction though.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Batman...I just cannot make any predictions since, well, its Snyder man. X-Men...well, Jean's going to freak I think, and freak big. As for Deathstroke...I'll put my money on him finding a way to kill Koschei but that's just me. And Indestructible Hulk...I dont even wanna think about it now. I just wanna wait and get it in my hands and be pleasantly surprised :)

Posted by Outside_85

@entropy_aegis: It makes him feel superior.

Posted by bloggerboy

@jsphsmth said:

Snyder will once again write a Batman comic better than Morrison.

Of course that isn't just tomorrow, it seems to be every day.

When Snyder stops playing it safe and creates something like Batman Incorporated or brings characters like Damian Wayne in the spotlight of the Bat-verse, then I'll agree with you.

And I loved Snyder's Court of Owls and current Joker arc. I'm sure I'll like Snyder's Riddler arc and the Superman project too.

Posted by Shieldbearer

One of the Bat Family members' head on a silver platter.

Posted by ndagnino1

@BR_Havoc said:

I think I meant this more towards Snyder fans they tend to make out what Morrison did as this horrible run that ruined a character. I do not get that because Snyder is doing the same things that Morrison did and both runs have been great.

I'm intrigued by your statement, as you do i really like both Snyder and Morrison (let's just say i'm freakin out for S run on Batman as i was when M used to write X-men) without being hardcore for either, care to explain your point futher?

@k4tzm4n: hope i'm not starting a flame here :P

Posted by BR_Havoc

@ndagnino1 said:

@BR_Havoc said:

I think I meant this more towards Snyder fans they tend to make out what Morrison did as this horrible run that ruined a character. I do not get that because Snyder is doing the same things that Morrison did and both runs have been great.

I'm intrigued by your statement, as you do i really like both Snyder and Morrison (let's just say i'm freakin out for S run on Batman as i was when M used to write X-men) without being hardcore for either, care to explain your point futher?

@k4tzm4n: hope i'm not starting a flame here :P

Sure I can explain a little more. What I meant was that I see a lot here and especially comic stores many fans of the new Batman series say how much Morrison sucked and his run was dark for the sake of being dark. That line made me laugh because I see many similarities in tone and direction in Snyder's run that I saw in Morrison's. I feel that what is happening is many fans of the new 52 Batman simple do not like Morrison so they can not give him the credit of writing a great era of Batman. The only real difference I see is that I think Morrison's story lines flow together better then Snyder's, I feel sometimes Snyder's tells us what is going to happen instead of showing it if that makes sense.

Posted by Catsnlynne

I predict the only one I will be buying is Deathstroke.