This Week in Comics: Everyone loves Ivy

This week’s Batman #41 saw writer Tom King take on one of Batman’s loveliest—and deadliest—foes. It was more of a hallucination than a story, which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re willing to take a trip with the aid of some gorgeous artwork, then pick this one up. King’s work is always very interesting at a minimum, and when he hits his stride, he’s one of the best in the business.

Art by Mikel Janín

Justice League #39 quickly made up for the last issue’s drop in quality, as Christopher Priest turned in his best writing on the title so far. The artwork was wonderfully comic-booky, with excellent lines by Ian Churchill and colors by Alex Sollazzo. The characters still often missed my expectations, but if you treat it like an alternate reality and focus on the dialogue, it’s a fine piece of work.

Super Sons was recently announced as an upcoming cancellation, but that didn’t stop Pete Tomasi from turning in some of the better character work that the title has seen in some time with issue #13. It will be sad to see such a charming book go, but I’m sure we’re all excited to find out whatever it is Tomasi is up to next.

Batman News comic writers Jay and Brian launched a podcast this week! Comics Now is a regular conversation about comics. You can check out the latest two episodes below, or subscribe through your podcatcher of choice. Be sure to follow @ComicsNowCast on Twitter, and you can send your comments or questions to

What did you read (and enjoy) this week? Let us know in the comments! And if you’d like to check out our reviews for all of this week’s books, head over to the Comics page.