This Week in Comics: Batman lovingly caresses the Joker’s face

Can you feel the love? Batman and Joker can. Things came to a head in Batman: White Knight #6, and while it was the first issue of the series to disappoint me, I’m still anxious to see how things get tied up. If writer/artist Sean Murphy can regain control of this thing in the final two issues, then my disappointment will be but a footnote. Here’s hoping.

Art by Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth, and Todd Klein

Batman #42 also came out this week, and it was…confusing? It looked amazing, but so does a rhinestone-encrusted disco suit, and I’ve got no use for that, either. Tom King is a massively capable writer, but I’m afraid his Batman just isn’t for me.

And unless you’ve been hiding in a fallout shelter all day, you’ve probably heard that DC is introducing a new, edgy imprint called “Black Label.” There will be a new take on the origin of Superman (again), Snyder and Capullo tackling Batman and the Joker (again), and Wonder Woman written by Greg Rucka (again). Despite my incontinent parentheses, I am genuinely interested in the new line, even if I’m not overly optimistic that the end products will live up to the hype.

What else did you read this week? What worked? What didn’t? Let us know in the comments, and if you want to read all of our reviews for this week’s books, head on over to the Comics page. And if you want even more comics content, fellow Batman News writer Jay Yaws and I are talking all things comics at and in the latest episode of the Comics Now podcast, which you can listen to below.

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