This Week in Comics: The Justice League gets hacked!

In a startling case of life imitating art imitating life, this week’s issue of Justice League showed us just how bad things can get when the world’s best defense against evil loses control of its computer systems. And let me tell you, it’s not as bad as it could be, but that’s not exactly a glowing endorsement.

Batman #10 was…painful. I want to love everything Tom King puts out because he’s the tops, but I kind of feel like I had my heart broken by a butt-naked Santa Priscan orphan with scars where his performance-enhancing juice-tubes used to be.

Thankfully, Superboy and Robin saved the day with an absolutely stellar Superman #10. I hear Nightwing was great, too, and outside Gotham, some super-solid, super-green arrows and lanterns got the job done in their own books.

Batman #10

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Art by Mikel Janín

The entire issue displays a Batman lacking any kind of precision. Instead, we get a blunt instrument lacking subtlety, barreling into this challenge like a wrecking ball on heroin.

– Brandon (read the full review)

Batman: Arkham: Scarecrow

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Art by Jason Fabok and Nathan Fairbairn

If you need a primer on the Scarecrow, or you just want to have a good collection of his stories in your library, you can’t go wrong with this one.

– Brian (read the full review)

Batman Beyond #1

Art by Ryan Sook
Art by Ryan Sook

The story isn’t bad, but it definitely feels a little worse than it is while reading because what came before was so good.

– Josh (read the full review)

Books to Make Your Kid a Batfan: Downtown Bookworks “DC Super Heroes”

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Every parent wants the best for their children, and as Batfans, we know that the best is Batman. But what if your four-year-old isn’t ready for Arkham Asylum?

– Brian (read the full review)

Break from the Bat #9: Ether

Art by David Rubin
Art by David Rubin

If you’re looking for a sure thing, I can’t make you any promises. But if you like detective stories and zany worlds brought to life by an imaginative mind, Ether is as close to a sure thing as you may come across.

– Brian (read the full article)

Catwoman: Election Night #1

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If you want poor writing, poor characterization, and questionable plot progressions/ resolutions, then yes, you should get this book. If that’s not what you want, then save your money.

– Josh (read the full review)

Harley Quinn #7

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

Oh ye of little faith, I say unto myself. I had serious doubts about this arc (and not just because Harley shaved her head for it). But Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti pulled off something quite new with this three-parter.

– Elena (read the full review)

Justice League #8

Art by Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, and Brad Anderson
Art by Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, and Brad Anderson

But the problems that have plagued Justice League are still here, and they seem to grow more pronounced the longer we’re forced to put up with them.

– Brian (read the full review)

Nightwing #8

Art by Javier Fernandez and Chris Sotomayor
Art by Javier Fernandez and Chris Sotomayor

If Seeley is setting out to give Dick a great rogues gallery, then Raptor is a good start. The sympathetic backstory make him a far more compelling character than he could have been, and I appreciate that Seeley didn’t cop out and make him misunderstood or apologetic.

– Jay (read the full review)

Superman #10

Art by Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, and John Kalisz
Art by Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, and John Kalisz

…the last half of this book is a string of relentless joys, as Tomasi and Gleason move deftly from one beat to the next, hitting us with another before we’ve finished processing the last.

– Brian (read the full review)