This Week in Comics: Robin makes some new friends

One of the last books to experience the cleansing power of RebirthTeen Titans finally joins the rest of the line this week with its Rebirth one-shot. It’s a decent prelude for what’s to come, and as one who struggled through the New 52 version of the book, I’m excited for all of the changes.

Batgirl once again enjoyed great benefit in being beyond Burnside, and Suicide Squad remained slow-but-decent, but poor Batman and his family of monster mashers are still having a hard time deciding between pouting about their recent tragedy and saving the city. What was your book of the week?

Batgirl #3

Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

I shouldn’t be so impressed that Batgirl strikes me as an actual mature crime-fighter in Hope Larson’s takeover of this series, but I can’t help it. I’m enjoying Batgirl again in a way I haven’t for too long.

– Elena (read the full review)

Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel Digital Issue #9

Art by Michael and Laura Allred

With all the players on the board and just four installments to go, Edginton and Smith are really ramping up the action and excitement.  As such, there isn’t as much depth to this chapter as there has been in the past, but it’s still a good time overall.

– Jay (read the full review)

Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Art by Ryan Sook

Batman Beyond delivers in every way that it needs to for Rebirth. A foundation and backstory are established, while new threats and stakes are introduced to an already complicated world.

– Josh (read the full review)

Batman/Superman vol. 5: Truth Hurts

Art by Ardian Syaf, Danny Miki, and Ulises Arreola

When you start with a forced idea, and then impose that forced idea on a four-book line of titles, the chances of a satisfactory outcome are slim to none. As indifferent as I’ve been to most of Greg Pak’s work on Batman/Superman, this is the first time where I’ve felt like he was phoning it in.

– Brian (read the full review)

Detective Comics #941

Art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

If you want to see a super-powered person tear a Spider-Monster-Man in half, then you’ve come to the right place.

– Brandon (read the full review)

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #6

Art by Amanda Conner and Alex Sinclair

To be honest, with so much Harley on the market, it’s easy to forget details or get distracted by the Mistress of Mayhem’s other adventures when there’s so much time in between books–and that can water the overall impact.

– Elena (read the full review)

Suicide Squad #3

Art by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair

There were moments that took me back to issue 1 and made me question Williams’ direction, and then there were moments of epic proportion that made me want to stand up and yell obscenities out of sheer joy.

– Josh (read the full review)

Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Art by Jonboy Meyers

Good characters and striking visuals are as good a starting point as one could hope for, but the true test will come in next month’s Teen Titans #1. That’s when we’re going to see the team interaction (even if they’re not really a team at that point); that’s when we’re (presumably) going to get the chance to see how Meyers handles a story with more plot movement.

– Brian (read the full review)

Titans #3

Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse
Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse

When it comes down to it, I feel as though Titans is suffering from an identity crisis. It doesn’t know who or what it is. There is no sense of direction or understanding. Titans just is… and not in a good way.

– Josh (read the full review)