Aquaman #27 (Abnett/Sejic): Aquaman continues to be the “adequate” book of the DC line with nothing wrong with it, but it’s just sort of…there. This issue has more Atlantis-on-Atlantis rebellion with Arthur trying to save Dolphin from a giant eel while Mera tries to recruit Garth to her rescue mission. And somebody’s got plans for Mera themselves–probably a necessary plot point since she features in the Justice League movie. Rating: Three tuna out of five.
Batman #29 (King/Janin/Petrus/Jung): If you thought the third act of “The War of Jokes and Riddles” was tough, the fourth is really slow. Bruce Wayne himself tries to play Godfather in the midst of this crime war and get the Joker and Riddler to solve their stupid war. All this sets up what appears to be Batman’s big mistake that Tom King has been building towards. But it takes us awhile to get there, gets old, and other than a good twist of the knife by the Joker, is pretty dry. Rating: Two puns out of five.
Batwoman #6 (Bennett/Tynion/Arlem/Lucas): Well, that’s pretty bleak. Batwoman takes us into the dark future we glimpsed in issue #0 and shows a fascist Bat-state run by the last person you’d expect based on DC’s current status quo. Where Bennett and Tynion are going with this against current continuity is a mystery–surely this future won’t come to pass, but it’s freaky enough to worry about. This is a solid, well-crafted issue that’s going to raise some eyebrows. Rating: Four bats out of five.
Green Arrow #29 (Percy/Ferreyra): This is a notch down from last month’s issue. If Green Arrow #28 showed a compare and contrast between Ollie and Luthor as competing tycoons, this week’s issue compares him with Bruce Wayne to…no meaningful effect. The two squabble needlessly over “capitalism can be used for good!”/”no it can’t!” before going back into the main fight. This arc is meant to bring Ollie around DC’s America, but the stop in Gotham seems like needless padding. Rating: Three quivers out of five.
Green Lanterns #29 (Humphries/Pansica/Ferriera/Sollazo): This is the “training montage” part of the story where the master has to very quickly train up a student so they can go save the day in the final chapter. Somehow, Jessica and Simon manage to train up the first Green Lantern Corps in the distant past despite being pretty inexperienced themselves. This is kinda silly, but, sigh, it’s a comic book. Rating: Three rings out of five.
Justice League #27 (Hitch/Pasarin/Albert/Anderson): Hey, it’s another dark future to contrast whatever was shown in Batwoman this week. Or maybe it’s the same future–who knows? But the children of the Justice League show their parents that a bad future awaits them, and that as parents, they’re already dorked things up beyond belief before the juniors were even born. The dialogue is a little weird, but at least the art is top-notch, and there’s a scary moment at the end to keep things interesting. Rating: Three and a half leagues out of five.
Nightwing #27 (Seely/Fernandez/Sotomayor): Hey, there’s a lot of #27s out this month. Too bad Detective went back to its old numbering or we could have had a cute numbers game again. Anyway, this is a context-heavy issue which might be fine for fans of the old Grayson series, but if you have no experience with Spyral, you’ll be lost. I was. Stuff happens in this issue, and I’m not sure what it was. Rating: Two and a half out of five batons.
Superman#29 (Champagne/Mahnke/Quintana): It’s another “stretching” issue where the regular writers are off the book (although solicits show Tomasi and Gleason back next issue) and we get a brief fill-in that’s outside the main story. Here, it’s children going missing across Metropolis, and Superman learning that Parallax is behind it. (The cover kinda gives away how this turns out.) This has good, classic Mahnke-on-Green-Lantern art, but the story’s a bit meh, particularly since Clark himself has a kid and never reflects for himself on what this would mean to him. Rating: Two and a half capes out of five.