This Week in Comics: Batgirl belongs on the CW

I have been known to indulge in the occasional Arrowverse program over the years. There have been some strong moments, but more often than not, I found myself ignoring bad acting and aggravating over-emotionalizing because I enjoyed the adventure and nerd-service.

So, given that, and given Elena’s take on this week’s Batgirl Annual #1, I’m thinking it’s time Berlanti and Kreisberg bring the Babsgirl of Burnside into their world. We’ve got a solid few years of stories to mine, and I think they’re a perfect fit for an enterprise with an established track record of turning beloved characters into blubbering fools. And then imagine the Babs/Huntress/Canary team up (we can throw in Iris for good measure)—they could give it a hip spin on the classic, and just call it Prey. Another cha-ching for the C-Dub.

Oooookkkkaaaaaay, so in comics, we also saw our favorite inchworm move another inch, as DKIII returned from its seven-year voyage and plopped out its eighth installment. Jay loved it, at least on some scale of comparison, somewhere, probably. There were also some light-hearted crossovers and Harley’s Little-But-Nearly-DKIII-Level-Delayed Black Book. Personally, I feel pretty disconnected from this week’s output (probably because I haven’t read any of it yet). How about you?

Batgirl Annual #1

Art by Bengal

But this is not a one-and-done and it’s sharing half its page length with another unrelated tale, and that’s really not what I want to spend $5 on.

– Elena (read the full review)

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8

Art by Bill Sienkiewicz

With each new delay and the threat promise of an extended issue order, though, this story doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere.

– Jay (read the full review)

Detective Comics, Vol. 9: Gordon At War

Art by Andrew Robinson

…if you’re going to read anything featuring Jim Gordon as Batman, make it this story!

– Josh (read the full review)

Harley’s Little Black Book #6

Art by Amanda Conner and Alex Sinclair

The book is gloriously shaggy and the characters have hair with a life of its own.

– Elena (read the full review)

Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits Special #1

Art by Ben Caldwell

The tone of the story feels as though Bedard was attempting to juggle both worlds, rather than fully immerse one world into the other.

– Josh (read the full review)

Titans Annual #1

Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse

What appears to be a mess of an attempt in bringing characters together, slowly alters and changes to form a gripping and emotional story.

– Josh (read the full review)