This Week in Comics: A sweet little kid with a big flipping axe

Mongul had a kid in The New 52, but he wasn’t half as adorable as this deadly little scamp. And on that topic, Trinity #5 may not have been the strongest issue of the story so far, but it had a few interesting developments as Manapul delivered some much-needed exposition.

In a shocking-not-shocking twist, Nightwing is still awesome, and writer Tim Seeley put his golden paw prints on Justice League, as well, giving Steve Trevor a much better showing than he’s had in most of the past six years. What did you like this week?

Batman #15

Art by Tim Sale

Answers to the 237 Catwoman murders aside, this story is an impeccable example of perfection through simplicity.

– Brandon (read the full review)

Batman, Vol. 10: Epilogue

Art by Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and FCO Plascencia

In my mind, [“Gotham Is” is] peak Snyder: a somewhat cocksure Batman whose dark life has not extinguished the light in his heart.

– Brian (read the full review)

Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1

Art by Michael and Laura Allred

While by no means a disaster, this doesn’t feel like the grand slam that a meeting between two cultural icons should have been.

– Jay (read the full review)

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #5

Art by Karl Kerschl

While this book still has a way to go to get back to its glory days, I’m starting to see a faint glimmer of what it used to be.

– Brandon (read the full review)

Harley Quinn #12

Art by Frank Cho and Laura Martin

I’m hoping the story can still redeem itself, but it’s taken a turn I do not care to follow.

– Elena (read the full review)

Injustice: Ground Zero #4

Art by Ben Oliver

While I’m enjoying this book, the world feels very small at the moment, which is unusual for Injustice, and that’s a shift that I’m still acclimating to.

– Elena (read the full review)

Justice League #13

Art by Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, and Gabe Eltaeb

Great writing and solid visuals raise the stakes for this event by making it a lot more personal, elevating JLVSS even as the event issues themselves have been a mixed bag.

– Brian (read the full review)

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #5

Art by Andy Kubert and Brad Anderson

…I have a hard time accepting an approach to comics-making that says we should be excited about books in which the artwork clearly receives less consideration than it should.

– Brian (read the full review)

Nightwing #13

Art by Marcus To and Chris Sotomayor

This book has been so good that it’s almost hard to write about it anymore: I’ve constantly praised the talents of Seeley, Marcus To, Chris Sotomayor, and Carlos Mangual to the point that I feel like I’m repeating myself.

– Jay (read the full review)

Super Powers #3

Art by Art Baltazar

It’s a break from darkness and cynicism, a book that exists solely to be fun.

– Jay (read the full review)

Trinity #5

Art by Bill Sienkiewicz

It isn’t the best installment of Trinity, but it will likely prove an important step in moving the story forward—just don’t expect it to move you as much as the chapters that came before.

– Brian (read the full review)