This Week in Comics: Who’s beating Batman this time?

Another week, another villain getting the drop on the Dark Knight. To be fair, Batman #21 didn’t paint Bruce as incompetent or unskilled, so it’s not the same exact thing; but am I the only one who would like to see seven days go by in which our boy Bats is not overpowered or outsmarted by an enemy?

Thankfully, there was Superman and Super Sons—a double dose of Tomasi-on-Jon-and-Damian. I enjoyed both quite a bit, though the latter easily wins for its tight pacing and pitch-perfect dialogue. Looks like Nightwing‘s back on track, too, and the ladies in Batman’s life are impressing our review team—Batwoman netted an 8/10, and Harley scored a 9. What did you think of your haul? Any standouts this week?

All-Star Batman #9

Art by Jock

A disappointing conclusion to an otherwise solid, sometimes even great arc.

– Jay (read the full review)

Batman #21

Art by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson

While what we are given is good, we’re just given so very little of it.

– Brandon (read the full review)

Batwoman #2

Art by Steve Epting

Feels like we’re still in ramp-up mode with Batwoman, but what a ramp!

– Elena (read the full review)

Harley Quinn #18

Art by Michael Cho and Laura Martin

Come for the cannibalism, stay for Paul Dini’s dessert.

– Elena (read the full review)

Injustice: Ground Zero #10

Art by Elmer Santos and Stephen Segovia

Christopher Sebela’s Injustice may be unraveling narratively, but it’s still a kick in the pants to read.

– Elena (read the full review)

Justice League #19

Art by Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, and Brad Anderson

We’re still being asked to care, but there appears to be no effort by the writer (or the publisher) to meet us halfway.

– Brian (read the full review)

Nightwing #19

Art by Javier Fernandez and Chris Sotomayor

I can at least appreciate some of the more daring things that Seeley has been doing, and even if his ideas don’t always land, when they hit they hit hard and are really, really good.

– Jay (read the full review)

Super Sons #3

Art by Dustin Nguyen

There’s very little here that doesn’t work or that feels extraneous, and even my few criticisms are fairly negligible.

– Jay (read the full review)

Superman #21

Art by Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, and John Kalisz

The previous issue was so good that it would have been hard to live up to, and this doesn’t quite meet it.

– Jay (read the full review)

Trinity #8

Art by Bill Sienkiewicz

I would have liked a better showing, but as a transitional step (for multiple books!), it works well enough.

– Brian (read the full review)