This Week in Comics: Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, and justice beats everything

Tom King is remaking Bane in Batman’s image—a rebirth with tweaks to make the juiced-up Santa Priscan terrorist more or less appealing (your mileage may vary). In other rebirths, Bryan Hitch has written an issue of Justice League worth your consideration. Consider it, and if after considering it you are still interested, read it.

Batman News also got an early look at Valiant’s forthcoming X-O Manowar relaunch, so when you’re done considering (and reading) Justice League, there’s more to consider still. And once you’re done with that, perhaps consider heading to the comments and telling me whether or not I should stop using that word. And also: how was your week in comics?

Batman #18

Art by David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire

I don’t like how King forces characters to fit into a mold they don’t belong in just so he can tell the story he wants to tell.

– Brandon (read the full review)

Break from the Bat #13: X-O Manowar #1

Art by Lewis Larosa and Brian Reber

Ultimately, this issue does an excellent job of introducing a visually inviting world and an easy-to-understand conflict, without any unnecessary footnotes to outside material or complex emotions.

– Brian (read the full review)

Detective Comics, Vol. 5: Gothtopia

Art by Jason Fabok

A strange conundrum of a collection: the narrative is uneven, with as many highs as there are lows.

– Jay (read the full review)

Harley Quinn #15

Art by Amanda Conner and Alex Sinclair

There’s so much going on in this comic. So much that my little pea brain is having a hard time keeping up with all of it.

– Elena (read the full review)

Injustice: Ground Zero #7

Art by Matthew Clark, Sean Parsons, and Andrew Dalhouse

Harley running a commentary on the absurdity of Superhero fights this go-round is a refreshing bit of self-awareness in an industry that seems to take itself way too seriously in most of its venues.

– Elena (read the full review)

Justice League #16

Art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

If there’s a complaint, it’s about characterization of [Batman and Superman], but the fact remains that this installment reads a thousand times better than others, and mostly because of this dramatic improvement in dialogue.

– Brian (read the full review)

Nightwing #16

Art by Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, and Sula Moon

Point blank, this issue has me torn.  There’s quite a bit about it that I liked, and quite a bit that I didn’t.

– Jay (read the full review)

Super Powers #5

Art by Art Baltazar

Have I told you about Lunch Lady Darkseid?  Because I’m going to tell you about Lunch Lady Darkseid.

– Jay (read the full review)

Teen Titans Go! digital-issue #41

Art by Dario Brizuela and Franco Riesco

Vibrantly illustrated and capped off with a great punchline, this chapter ends up being a winner.

– Jay (read the full review)