Action Comics #972 (Jurgens/Segovia/Thibert) Action Comics has, quite honestly, been a difficult book to review. It has a pretty great team to counter that of the Superman book, but unlike the Tomasi/Gleason production, this one has suffered immensely from having to spin wheels until the big Rebirth plots move along. Unlike the other book in the lineup it hasn’t had much to say. Which is a shame because what should be an interesting plot of Superman having to advocate for Luthor: a man who he doesn’t even trust, falls completely flat for the same reasons the Doomsday arc did. Segovia’s art helps to at least continue the consistently “Action-y” look the book has had since the relaunch kicked off, but unless the book changes things fast, Superman is going to continue to be the more dynamic book.
2 Super-Luthors out of 5
Batgirl #7 (Larson/Wildgoose/Lopes) Of the myriad Rebirth titles, Batgirl is the one that’s probably the least changed from the New 52. Hope Larson’s run owes a great debt to the work of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr. While the book has been attempting to break free of that shadow with the aptly titled “Beyond Burnside” arc, Larson returns with Chris Wildgoose to begin building upon the “Batgirl of Burnside” that kicked off the book’s resurgence. Dealing with Barbara’s start-up negatively impacting Burnside when all that prosperity chokes the life out of the community, as well as Larson’s attempt to shatter the thin veil between tech CEOs and supervillains with the Son of Penguin. Wildgoose’s pencils and Matt Lopes’ colors do a great job of lifting an already impressive story even further into the spotlight this book deserves.
4 out of 5 Fishtanks
Detective Comics #949 (Tynion IV/Bennett/Oliver) Detective Comics continues to do a great job of being a non-traditional team book. While ostensibly set-up for the upcoming Batwoman relaunch, this story blooms out of the running Colony story. It also accomplishes a great deal in building up a set of relationships that, up until recently, were heavily neglected: Kate’s relationships with her father and her cousin who both held a near-equal amount of influence over her direction in life. Tynion and Bennett do a great job of giving Kate a distinctive personality again, which, considering how often team books can melt a character’s personality into something more chewy in limited pages, is great. Ben Oliver does a great job of living up to the standard set by J.H. Williams in continuing the artistic legacy behind Batwoman’s look in the first place. If this issue is anything to go by the upcoming Batwoman book is gonna be one to watch.
4 out of 5 Colonies
Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #6 (Williamson/Porter/Sinclair) Justice League Vs Suicide Squad has been a pretty odd animal. Ostensibly a way to smash the two biggest DC movie properties against each other, it ended up having to also fit in a bunch of other plots tying into the mega-plot of Rebirth, which ultimately ended up disappearing in favor of the perfunctory team-up. Which isn’t to say the book isn’t enjoyable, it has Howard Porter manning the pencils and the jam session-esque idea with each issue was great. Ultimately, Williamson manages to make the team clash fun, even if the logic of how the Suicide Squad would continue to exist after making contact with the Justice League strains all credibility, but you can’t win em all I guess.
3 out of 5 Black Diamonds