This Week in Comics: Superman is better than Batman

Woah! How’s that for a provocative, click-baity title? I wonder how many comments we’ll get from folks who don’t read the article? Let me know when I get back from bathing in my tub of ill-gotten ad revenue.

But seriously, the title isn’t entirely click-bait. Batman getting his booty handed to him (again) in Detective Comics doesn’t quite measure up to a major Rebirth development in Action Comics. Orphan’s mama-drama looks pretty bland compared to Superboy’s struggle to reunite with his parents. No contest.

Jon’s buddy (hah!) Damian had a great showing in Teen Titans, which also introduced fan-favorite Aqualad into the mix. Bats and the Turtles had another adventure, too. It was a good week in comics, I think—even if our main Bat-book didn’t deliver the goods. What was your favorite?

Batgirl #9

Art by Francis Manapul

Sarcasm aside, unless Ethan is running some kind of fertility clinic scam and these two characters are going to be swept up in some startled web of insemination intrigue, I have no idea what any of this has to do with anything.

– Elena (read the full review)

Batman/TMNT Adventures #5

Art by Jon Sommariva

The high energy and frenetic pace of the visuals make the thin narrative fly by. They also make it forgivable, as there’s really only one motive with this series: have fun.

– Jay (read the full review)

Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #3

Art by Michael and Laura Allred

This installment looks great, with some truly brilliant architectural design work, and the narrative has started to gel.

– Jay (read the full review)

Batman Beyond #6

Art by Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo

This is a much better direction for Batman Beyond, and even though it took some time and growing pains to reach this point, I’m happy we’re here.

– Josh (read the full review)

Detective Comics #953

Art by Renato Guedes and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

After an intriguing prelude, “League of Shadows” is in a rut, and “Kiss of the Dragon” is little more than spinning wheels.

– Brian (read the full review)

Detective Comics, Vol. 8: Blood of Heroes

Art by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato

I’ve always viewed Jim Gordon’s stint as a low-point for Batman comics, and this trade exemplifies why.

– Josh (read the full review)

Mother Panic #5

Art by Tommy Lee Edwards

The narrative is inconsistent, unfocused, and quite frankly, not worth your money.

– Josh (read the full review)

Suicide Squad #14

Art by Whilce Portacio and Alex Sinclair

In the end though, despite it’s fumbles, this was another solid turnout for Suicide Squad.

– Josh (read the full review)

Teen Titans #6

Art by Khoi Pham, Wade Von Grawbadger, and Jim Charalampidis

A very good start to the book’s second arc, Teen Titans #6 has plenty to laugh at, while trimming (much of) the undesirable elements that clung to the fringes of “Damian Knows Best”.

– Brian (read the full review)