Weekly Comics Roundup (DC Titles) – July 27, 2013
In this edition of our Weekly Comics Roundup, Jamie Righetti breaks down what DC titles she picked up this week and why you should be reading Batman ’66.
Justice League of America #6:
Writer: Geoff Johns – Art: Jeff Lemire and Doug Mahnke
Whoops, guess what guys? This came out last week and I completely missed it! But it’s the second part in the Trinity War saga and so here’s what goes down. The Justice League and Justice League of America are having an all-out battle in Kahndaq because Supes killed Doctor Light. Kind of. No one really believes it because it’s Superman and they obviously haven’t seen Man of Steel. Supes asks to be taken in and locked up for everyone’s protection and they oblige. Wonder Woman is convinced that Pandora’s Box somehow possessed Clark, while Batman is in skeptical detective mode and doesn’t believe her. Whatevs Bats. Diana hunts down Hephaestus who had allegedly forged Pandora’s Box, but he tells her it was discovered in his temple, he never made it and no one knows where it came from. So, with nowhere else to turn, Diana hunts down the Justice League Dark and ropes them into hunting down Pandora. Finally, Colonel Trevor asks to see Superman alone but winds up being The Question. He releases Supes from his machine and we see that it’s slowly killing him. Finally, he tells Superman that he knows he didn’t kill Doctor Light and asks if he wants to find out who really did. MYSTERY!
VERDICT: It’s getting good. Too bad you have to wait a whole week to find out more! OH RIGHT YOU DON’T. NEXT!
Justice League Dark #22:
Writer: Jeff Lemire – Art: Mikel Janin
Yay Madame Xanadu isn’t dead! Mostly because I forgot she’s immortal! So here’s the third part of Trinity War, which is taking place across multiple DC titles, including Justice League and Justice League of America and a bunch of other tie-ins like Constantine #5. Madame Xanadu is being held by the Secret Society because her ability to see the future is dangerous to their plans, but then she’s being told that the good guys are poised to lose anyway so I mean why have her locked up then? Anyway, while Director Waller has Firestorm create Kryptonite to imprison Superman, Zatanna and Cyborg have completed Doctor Light’s autopsy and tell Batman that they can’t find any evidence to clear Clark’s name. And then POOF! In pops the Phantom Stranger who snitches on Wonder Woman and tells them that if the Justice League Dark succeeds in finding Pandora then everyone will die. So, Bats rallies the troops and runs off to fight his bff’s girl. Okay. Diana meanwhile tells the Justice League Dark all about Pandora and the Box but before they can run off to find her, Batman and the gang arrive. Standoff in the House of Mystery! Diana basically states her case: Supes is dying and they have to find Pandora and figure out what her box really is in order to help him. Constantine takes advantage of the chaos and tells Shazam that they can really save the day and then disappears with him. Shady shit. Some of the heroes desert Batman to join Wonder Woman, including Zatanna, and they take off. Instead of going after them, The Phantom Stranger tells Batman to talk to Doctor Light, even though he’s dead. INTRIGUE!
Back to Clark, The Question hands him proof that he’s innocent, which pisses Supes off so much he breaks out of his prison. He shows Cyborg an article stating that Dr. Psycho was in Kahndaq the day before their big battle and then they all have a standoff with Director Waller, who tries to get the leftover Justice League of America heroes to take down Superman but they’re all like LOLOKAY and leave with Supes (who’s looking worse and worse) to find Dr. Psycho. OH, and then the head of the Secret Society tells Madame Xanadu he has a mole among the Justice League. What a dick.
VERDICT: All the pieces are starting to fall into place and I’m definitely getting hooked. Even though I know the good guys are gonna lose, I still want to see how.
Writer: Greg Pak – Art: Jae Lee
Okay, things are getting CRAY. But the good kind. Right off the bat we find out that Kaiyo the Trickster, one of the evil New Gods working for the Parademon forces of Apokolips under Darkseid, is messing with Bats and Supes transporting them from Earth Prime to Earth 2. Young Batman drops into the Batcave and finds that his older self is married to Catwoman, while young Clark sees older Clark’s parents, who are still alive, and discovers his alternate older self is married to Lois Lane. With me still? Anyway, we jump back and forth between Supes and Bats as the older Earth 2 superheroes show the younger ones how great life is (crime has been pretty much eliminated in Gotham and everything is eco-friendly). Wonder Woman swoops in and young Supes is all “hey girl” which pisses off Lois even though she’s married to Earth 2 older Supes and then Diana (who looks pretty dope, props to Jae Lee) attacks and stabs her in the chest calling her a demon. Lois calls her an idiot and says she’s a god so obvs it’s Kaiyo possessing Lois’s body and she was probably possessing Catwoman in the first issue so let’s see what happens.
VERDICT: I have a feeling this might get stupid and I don’t really know where this is gonna go, but I’m gonna stick with it and you should too so we can commiserate about how crap The New 52 is together, okay?
Other DC Titles That Dropped That I’m Not Going to Read But Maybe You Will:
- Superman #22
- The Flash #22
- Teen Titans #22
- Aquaman #22
Jamie’s Pick of the Week: Batman ’66
Writer: Jeff Parker – Art: Jonathan Case
As a kid, my introduction to the wonderful world of comics came via Josie and the Pussycats comics (DON’T HATE I STILL WANT THOSE COSTUMES) and reruns of the cheeseball 1960’s Batman TV show. Fun Fact: I was so terrified of the Joker (IDK) that I used to hide and ask my mom who the villain was on the show before I would watch. And yes, she would always lie and say Catwoman to watch me scream in fear. Parent of the Year.
ANYWAY, the genius of Batman ’66 is that it presents every single thing you love from the Batman TV show: the iconic costumes (Julie Newmar purrrrrrr), the dialogue, the WHAM! BAM! POW!, the vintage Batmobile, sliding down a pole into the Batcave, EVERYTHING. Even the art has a throwback feel to it, with bold colors and a slightly pixelated look. Reading this feels like you’ve reconnected with an old friend.
In the first issue, the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder battle The Riddler, who has stolen two precious works of art and has left the heroes with a confusing riddle that lands them in a swinging dance club run by Catwoman. What I loved about the story is that Jeff Parker retained the classic commercial break outro, where something big goes down (in this case the club seems to explode) and we’re left with questions: Are our heroes and Catwoman toast?! And then you turn the page and of course they aren’t and Batman explains how they survived, frame by frame. Just pure throwback delicious genius. LOVE IT. Our heroes decide to enlist the help of Catwoman and use the sleeping gas to bring her back to the Batcave. Again, I love it. These are all the little gems from the TV show that I have completely forgotten about. In the end, the good guys outriddle The Riddler and Catwoman makes off with one of the recovered works of art (a cat statue, natch) but Batman has the last laugh because it’s a replica statue. I LOVE THIS COMIC SO MUCH YOU GUYS.
VERDICT: Must read, must have. Batman ’66 is being released digitally and is up to Issue #4 right now, but Issue #1 just dropped into comic book stores this week and you should DEF scoop it. It’s a collectible and it’s brilliant and why aren’t you reading it already?