This Week in Comics: Blind as a Batman

What a jam-packed week of comics! Lots of interesting stuff to read, from All-Star to Red Hood and everything in between. Mother Panic, the final Young Animal debut, was a brutal, moving piece of work, and outside of Gotham, the very excellent Green Valley delivered its second installment, and it did not disappoint.

And as if all of that weren’t enough, Batman News critic Brandon Mulholand had a nice long chat with Scott Snyder and transcribed it for your enjoyment here on the site. There’s lots of great stuff in there, including some breaking news about what’s coming up in All-Star Batman. If you haven’t read the interview yet, you should stop whatever you’re doing and get on it right away. And then come back and tell us what you’re digging in this week’s haul.

All-Star Batman #4

Art by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
Art by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire

As bonkers as things get, this issue has some of the best dialogue I’ve read from Snyder in quite some time.

– Jay (read the full review)

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4

Art by Kamome Shirahama
Art by Kamome Shirahama

You all know that I really want to like this title. I’m a champion for the Birds of Prey brand, and Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) is one of my favorite characters. That’s not a secret… But I’ve come to terms that I’m probably not going to enjoy this run. The writing and execution just isn’t up to par.

– Josh (read the full review)

Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel Digital Issue #12

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

Even with diminishing returns, the Dynamic Duo’s adventure with Steed and Peel has, on average, been really good. If nothing else it has brought attention to a lesser known series, and proves that Batman and Robin are best when the character chemistry is just right.

– Jay (read the full review)

Batman/TMNT Adventures #1

Art by Jon Sommariva, Sean Parsons, and Leonardo Ito
Art by Jon Sommariva, Sean Parsons, and Leonardo Ito

This isn’t quite the home-run I was hoping for given my love of both cartoons, but it’s a strong enough start and more than worth a read.

– Jay (read the full review)

Detective Comics #944

Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

This weeks issue of Detective Comics has plenty of action, interesting concepts, and fantastic art. But it also comes along with it’s fair share of somewhat problematic moments.

– Brandon (read the full review)

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #3

Art by Karl Kerschl
Art by Karl Kerschl

Two of the biggest things that Gotham Academy always had going for it were a heavy dose of mystery and an abundance of exemplary character work. Unfortunately, both of these elements are severely missing from this issue.

– Brandon (read the full review)

The Justice League of America: The Silver Age, Vol. 1

Art by Michael Cho
Art by Michael Cho

A respectable collection that is more noteworthy for its historical significance than for groundbreaking storytelling, this is still a book that any comics fan should at least be familiar with.

– Jay (read the full review)

Mother Panic #1

Art by Tommy Lee Edwards
Art by Tommy Lee Edwards

Mother Panic is dark, gruesome, graphic, and vulgar… and it’s the perfect answer to readers who feel that the main titles are a little too “formula” or “safe” to fully meet your needs.

– Josh (read the full review)

Red Hood and the Outlaws #4

Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and Dean White
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and Dean White

I’ll just go ahead and say it: I really, really like this book. I can find flaws, but my experience of reading each month is mostly happiness.

– Brian (read the full review)

Scott Snyder on All-Star, growing up with Batman, and a look at the inner workings of the Bat-team

Photo courtesy of DC Entertainment
Photo courtesy of DC Entertainment

Back at the beginning of August, Scott Snyder contacted the Batman-News team to talk about All-Star Batman. I had just come back from the San Diego Comic Con where my interviews with him had been cancelled. So, I brought it up. He felt genuinely bad about it and offered to make it up to me.

– Brandon (read the full interview)