This Week in Comics: The New Gods are in the news—and the delivery room

The big DC film news of the week was the announcement that Ava DuVernay will direct a film based on comic legend Jack Kirby’s New Gods. If you’re not familiar with the so-called “Fourth World,” then you’re in luck—you can get a good taste of some of the colorful characters that inhabit it in Mister Miracle #7, which is, incidentally, the best book DC released this week.

Art by Mitch Gerads and Clayton Cowles

Red Hood and the Outlaws #20 saw things come to a head for former Robin Jason Todd and his motley band of misfits. One of them hasn’t been entirely truthful with the others, and the jig is up. Hopefully they’ll all still be friends once the dust settles!

DC also released the latest volume in their Earth One series of graphic novels, with the excellent Green Lantern: Earth One. It takes the core elements of legendary Lantern Hal Jordan and reimagines the details. If you want to give comics a shot, but you’re not excited about getting tossed into the middle of a complex, seventy-eight-year journey, then this is a great place to begin.

What did you think of this week’s releases? Was there something that stood out above the rest of the pack? Let us know in the comments, and then go check out all of our reviews for this week’s books on the Comics page. And if you want to hear Batman News writer Jay Yaws and myself talk Green Lantern: Earth One and more, give a listen to the latest episode of the Comics Now Podcast, below or in your favorite podcatcher.

Comics Now Episode 5: Green Lantern: Earth One