Welcome to a new feature here at The Batman Universe – staff picks of the week. Each week before New Comic Book Tuesday, a few members of the TBU staff will present their picks for titles out that Tuesday. And to prove we’re not completely bias to the Dark Knight, each staff member will pick on TBU title and one non-TBU title with their reason for each. With that being said, let’s take a look at the staff picks for October 3, 2023.
Adil Syed, Staff Writer
Wayne Family Adventure, Volume 2
I’ve loved the first volume in this series. It’s nice to have a book with all these slice of life moments with the characters we like. The art style is perfect for the tone of the book.
Zatanna and the Ripper, Volume 1
I know nothing about this book, but I’d like to see if it can capture some of the magic (no pun intended) of the Wayne Family Adventures Webtoon series.
Ian Miller, TBU Comic Cast Host
Batgirls, Volume 3
This series has been uneven, even for its fans, but this final volume brings out the best in the characters, particularly in issues 14 and 15. Issue 14 is an all time great Cassandra Cain story with no dialogue, and issue 15 goes WAY harder than it has to exploring Stephanie Brown.
Superman: The Harvests of Youth (OGN)
It’s a tricky book to recommend. Very uneven, both artistically and writing wise, it still represents a massive leap forward in the kinds of writing Sina Grace has done for DC up to this point, with an unusually anti-tribal and actually compassionate perspective. Well worth checking out.
Scott Waldyn, Managing Editor
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season 3 #8
Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, and Ty Templeton give fans of Batman: The Animated Series a buffet of classic characters in part 3 of a new story that weaves in Talons and the Court of Owls in the Animated universe. Catwoman, Talia al Ghul, Poison Ivy, and Tim Drake join Batman on a quest to uncover why Gotham City’s crime rate has dropped significantly as of late, unearthing a plot that threatens the future. It’s fun nostalgia-bait that’s satisfying.
Artist Dan Mora and Colorist Alejandro Sanchez offer a visual treat that is, in a word, jaw-dropping. The story by Mark Waid is classic Shazam kitsch, but the art is a bouquet of colors, incredible panels, and excitement readers have come to expect from the Waid/Mora partnership on World’s Finest. It’s a book to behold.