This Week in Comics: A significant quantity of Venom

What a week! I read the solicits, so I knew Bane was coming, but actually seeing him…this is happening! I thought Batman #6 was King’s best yet, and I am beyond stoked for whatever’s coming next. And after reading the absolutely delightful Supergirl #1, I’m excited to see what Steve Orlando has in store with his “Night of the Monster Men” crossover.

Justice League continues to struggle, and I continue to hold out hope that Hitch will turn the corner soon. Nightwing’s first arc wrapped up, but perhaps with less of a pop than it might have. What did it for you guys this week?

Batman #6

Art by David Finch and Jordie Bellaire

I spent far more time getting caught up in the villains, and therefore, didn’t really feel that I was able to connect with Claire’s story in the way that was intended. But, despite that, I still had a blast!

– Brandon (read the full review)

Batman Beyond #16

Art by Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo

Unless the only thing you’re looking forward to in Batman Beyond is Terry McGinnis regaining the mantle of Batman, expect to be a little let down by this issue.

– Josh (read the full review)

Break from the Bat #7: Supergirl

Art by Brian Ching and Michael Atiyeh

Steve Orlando, Brian Ching, Michael Atiyeh, and Steve Wands, [work] together as one to lovingly craft a rebirth like no other. Supergirl is back, and she’s in great hands.

– Brian (read the full article)

Elseworlds: Batman, Vol. 1

Art by Jerry Bingham

It’s hard to fault these for at least trying to do something different, and there are some good ideas here. With only two or three genuinely good stories, though, it’s difficult to recommend the trade as anything more than a curiosity except for the most hardcore of collectors.

– Jay (read the full review)

Harley Quinn #3

Art by Amanda Conner and Alex Sinclair

[A]s is always the case with Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti crafting the wacky world of Harley, there’s a lot more going on here than merely wrapping up the goofy tale of space-delinquent-turned-hotdog-fodder resulting in a plague of Coney Island zombies.

– Elena (read the full review)

Injustice: Year Five #17

Art by David Yardin

In a story that has often delved into complex scenarios full of grey morals and politically difficult decisions, this one felt a bit too simplistic.

– Elena (read the full review)

Justice League #4

Art by Fernando Pasarin and Brad Anderson

Hitch continues to favor expository dialogue and narration over meaningful character interaction, and the chasm between he and his team of artists remains ever-wide.

– Brian (read the full review)

Nightwing #4

Art by Javier Fernandez and Chris Sotomayor

Good, not great. Everything works in context, even if it plays out more like a montage than anything, with plot points and beats coming and going rather than being fleshed out with a lot of substance.

– Jay (read the full review)