This Week in Comics: Night of the Monster Meh

Well, the first Bat-crossover is upon us, and, well…eh? It’s not awful, but it’s confused and doesn’t know what it’s supposed to be. Maybe it gets better next week, or maybe we just forget it happened in three weeks, but as of right now, it’s an unwelcome interruption.

Thankfully, this week also saw the release of Francis Manapul’s excellent Trinity #1, as well as what is probably the best single issue of a Superman book that I’ve read; so if the Monster Mash ain’t your thing, you can always take a trip to the farm with the Superfam.

Batman #7

Art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

Since The Monster Men have already been done before, I guess they figured the only conceivable way to make the story better is to make the monsters bigger and have the fate of the entire city resting in the balance. It’s just getting old and I’m tired of it.

– Brandon (read the full review)

Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel Digital Issue #8

Art by Michael and Laura Allred
Art by Michael and Laura Allred

Whip-smart and a massive entertainment, this is yet another winner from Edginton, Smith, and team. Batman fans will love it, Avengers fans will love it, and really, anyone who loves good, fun comics will love it.

– Jay (read the full review)

Batman: Arkham: Two-Face

Art by Brian Stelfreeze
Art by Brian Stelfreeze

Though enriched by several outstanding stories, most of Batman: Arkham: Two-Face feels dated or clunky. What remains provides light entertainment, but no deep, enduring enjoyment.

– Brian (read the full review)

Harley Quinn #4

Art by Amanda Conner and Alex Sinclair
Art by Amanda Conner and Alex Sinclair

I hope we’re done with robots and aliens for a while in Harley Quinn. I enjoy the occasional wackiness on this extreme level, but given how over the top Harley is all by herself, seeing her in more grounded circumstances is, for me, always more gratifying.

– Elena (read the full review)

Injustice: Year Five #18

Art by David Yardin
Art by David Yardin

A certain pleasure read for Deathstroke fans and anyone who’s been waiting to see justice for Alfred, Miller has always excelled at fight sequences and Buccellato gives him ample room to shine as Deathstroke takes on Superman’s army in service to Batman’s upcoming grand scheme to usurp the Kryptonian dictator.

– Elena (read the full review)

Justice League #5

Art by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey
Art by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey

I like Hitch’s big ideas well enough, and wouldn’t mind seeing some of them resurface in future stories, but this arc was a slog, and I suspect this book will be better off with its maiden voyage in the past.

– Brian (read the full review)

Nightwing #5

Art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

Anyway, this could be great fun, and at times it is; this could also be gripping drama, and at other times, it is. What it isn’t is consistent in the tone it tries to strike, and for a story about giant monsters rampaging through a city while Batman grieves one of his partners, a lack of consistency is the last thing you want.

– Jay (read the full review)

Trinity #1

Art by Francis Manapul
Art by Francis Manapul

[Trinity #1] offers something different than what we’re getting in the solo titles or Justice League: something intimate and charming, something familial. If Manapul can capture this spirit going forward, Trinity may well be one of the most important books in DC’s Rebirth line.

– Brian (read the full review)