Comics Stash: January 2, 2013

My mini-reviews for comics released January 2nd.

Batman: Dark Knight
2 star
Gregg Hurwitz
David Finch

I was sadly disappointed in this issue. The cover shows Batman and Scarecrow playing chess with Gotham City, but the story was nothing quite so intelligent. This was just too convenient for me. The idea that Batman's blood, pumped from Bruce himself as he pilots the Batwing, aerosolized and sprayed over the city would counteract Scarecrow's toxin is ridiculous. At least as ridiculous as the sentence I just typed. Deus ex machina meets the Bible. No thank you.
The good news is that the end of that arc means the beginning of another and overall, this book has outperformed.

Justice League
3 stars
John Reis
Frank Prado

In spite of the misleading cover (Shazam is not a Justice League member), JL #15 was a good start to DC's latest event entitled "Throne of Atlantis". While I think the whole "you fired missiles into the ocean thereby declaring war on Atlantis so Atlantis declares war on you" ploy is a bit weak. But whatever gets things moving, I guess. Nobody wants to see issues of political discourse and diplomacy, right?

The scenes involving Superman and Wonder Woman "in disguise" were kind of cute in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. I don't care what anyone says. They make a good couple. Leave those kids alone!

The Shazam extras must be doing the trick because I am ready for him to get his own title.

4 stars
Scott Lobdell
Kenneth Rocafort

I like Superman, but for it to be my pick of the week must mean that it was extra good or the competition was on the weak side.

I'm going to say it's a bit of both.

I like what Lobdell is doing with Lex Luthor here. Maybe it's because I was out of the comics scene for so long, but I'm enjoying this interpretation.

I also like that Superman is more than just about his physicality. That Luthor feels that Clark is the only person who even comes close to being his equal hints at depths in Superman's character that I'd never considered before.

I'd also ramble on for another issue about how much I love Rocafort's artwork, but you're probably tired of reading about that.

3 stars
Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Guillem March

When I reviewed Talon #2 I gave the title one more issue to wow me. Consider me not wowed.

Don't get me wrong. This is an OK title, but given limited time, attention and funds, room needs to be made for better books.

Teen Titans
3 stars
Scott Lobdell
Brett Booth

Joker. Crazy. Awesome. 'Nuff said.

Maybe a little more said. Once the "Death of the Family" event is over with, I'm not sure if I'll be sticking with Teen Titans. I'm only reading it now for Joker.