Below you will find brief descriptions of this week’s comics along with the ratings. Below the main TBU titles will be the DC Universe specific titles that feature characters from The Batman Universe. Rather than giving in depth reviews for those titles, we will be describing what happens in the book involving TBU characters and how it possibly impacts the story.
Main TBU Books
Batman #1: After a plane gets shot by surface to air missile over Gotham City, Batman, Alfred and Duke Thomas must figure out the best way to save the plane from crashing as no super powered friends are available to help. At the last moment, a pair of new heroes called Gotham and Gotham Girl keep the plane from smashing into the harbor. -Matthew 4/5
Secondary TBU Books (miniseries/Digital Firsts)
The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1: As Joker plans another escape from Arkham, Batman trains Jason Todd’s Robin as they take down both Killer Croc and Poison Ivy. Robin’s viciousness becomes too extreme leading to some bad decisions that leads him directly to Joker for the fateful ending. -Matthew 4.5/5
Dark Night: A True Batman Story #1: An autobiographical account from writer Paul Dini recounts a night in 1993 when he was viciously beaten and required facial surgery. Throughout the account visions of Batman and his world come into the story to comment upon Paul’s feelings on his self-worth, views on women and getting back into the world in the aftermath of his mugging. -Donovan 5/5
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #6: Ivy battles the transformed Dr. Grimely who has designs on Ivy’s new family in the thrilling conclusion to the mini-series. -Gerry 4.5/5
Main DC Universe Books (involving TBU characters and elements)
Justice League #51: In a story set five years in the past, Robin is brought in to a Justice League mission to help Batman. In the end he saves the day, but paints a target on his back by a mysterious villain who tells the story from their perspective. -Bill 2/5
Titans: Rebirth #1: The six members of the original Titans are finally together as they attack a stranger with speed powers. Each member suddenly remembers that the stranger is the long lost Wally West, the original Kid Flash. -Jim 4/5
New Suicide Squad #21: The team comes together to take down Adam Reed and the Fist of Cain, but not without the mission’s share of casualties. -Bill 4/5
Secondary DC Universe Books (involving TBU cameos)
Injustice: Gods Among Us-Year Five #12 (Digital Chapters #23-24): After the murder of Alfred, Superman’s strategy of getting Bruce out of hiding works. Bruce faces off with Damian after tracking down Alfred’s murderer, Victor Zsasz.
Green Arrow #1: Black Canary not only appears in the title, but is now a partner to Green Arrow. It appears that Oliver will be dealing with his own version of the Court of Owls as a secret organization has been uncovered, whi just happen to where masks, soe of which look fairly familiar.