This Week in Comics: Batman punches a volcano

Dark Days: The Forge dropped this week, and it gave us the latest in a long line of images featuring Batman physically intimidating an unlikely opponent. I’ll bet that volcano will never hurt anyone again.

Art by Andy Kubert, Alex Sinclair, and (possibly) Jeremiah Skipper

Detective had a serviceable start to its new arc, RHATO lulled for the first time, and the Martian Manhunter’s empathy turned out to be the bad guy in a pretty confused crossover. How was your week in comics?

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #11

Art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

My main issue with this title isn’t the camp involved (granted, it’s not my favorite aspect, nor do I think it’s done well most of the time), and it isn’t even the characterization (because you all know how much it means to me for characters to be represented honestly). It’s the fact that the plots can’t stand up to logic.

– Josh (read the full review)

Break from the Bat #16: Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer

Art by Dusty Higgins

Higgins’s Pinocchio is one of the most kooky, hilarious, and entertaining concepts that I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

– Brian (read the full review)

Dark Days: The Forge #1

Art by Andy Kubert and Brad Anderson

…it’s completely self-conscious and full of its own importance.

– Elena (read the full review)

Detective Comics #958

Art by Rafael Albuquerque

Right now, by itself, and with its flaws, it’s just okay, but I’m rooting for Tynion to multiply its value as we learn more.

– Brian (read the full review)

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #10

Art by Karl Kerschl

This is a minor dip in quality that might not hit every note it’s going for, but it’s a solid enough entry that I enjoyed reading.

– Jay (read the full review)

Justice League of America #8

Art by Felipe Watanabe and Hi-Fi

I feel as though we’re being cheated by these short, quick stories. There’s no opportunities for characters to shine, or even for fleshed out narratives. We’re getting the bare minimum, and quite frankly, that sucks.

– Josh (read the full review)

Red Hood and the Outlaws #11

Art by Guillem March

If you were hoping for a worthy conclusion to this latest RHATO arc, you may be disappointed.

– Brian (read the full review)

Suicide Squad #19

Art by Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey

Despite some minor missteps early in the issue, Williams turns everything around to give Suicide Squad #19 an incredible finish!

– Josh (read the full review)

Supergirl #10

Art by Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, and Michael Atiyeh

…we’re a long way from Burnside—and I never imagined I’d be in such a hurry to get back.

– Elena (read the full review)

Titans #12

Art by Dan Mora

…this issue is more than your standard regurgitation of events…it’s more like deleted scenes with commentary.

– Josh (read the full review)