I kid, I kid. But that Red Lion sure does look like a cheap knockoff, to me. Name = color + big cat? Check. Kitty suit matching the color in his name? Check. Leader of a fictional African nation? Check. Suit laced with fancy metal? Check. Granted, Red Lion is a bit of a psycho dictator, so the parallel eventually breaks down, but still. Check out Justice League #41 to see Black Panther in action, or don’t—opinions on this book are split lately.

Art by Philip Briones, Jeromy Cox, and Willie Schu

Elsewhere, Batman #43 saw the betrothed Bat and Cat continue to wiggle their way through Ivy’s fever dream. It’s been an…interesting few issues, to be sure, but I will quite happily leave this in the rear view.

I haven’t read it, but Batman and the Turtles continued the struggle against Bane in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5. That description alone should be enough to get me excited about a book, but this title has failed to achieve the inspired heights of the first, so I think I’m going to continue to keep my distance.

What books did you pick up this week? Any favorites rising above the rest? Any from –gasp- other publishers? Let us know in the comments, and then head over to the Comics page to see all of our reviews for this week’s titles. And if you want to hear me and Batman News writer Jay Yaws talk about last week’s best book, check out the latest episode of the Comics Now Podcast below.

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