Now I will always imagine Bruce hunched over his keyboard in the cave, muttering to himself:  ”What?  Real_Bat was already taken?  Jeez, so was Real_Bat1?  Dang it!”



Also, my eyes trick me into seeing those smileys as actually in the text, giving the whole message a…less than stern feel to it.  “The life of a hero is nothing but angst and suffering, kid.  ;) ”

(Teen Titans 0:  Lobdell & Kirkham)

Now I will always imagine Bruce hunched over his keyboard in the cave, muttering to himself:  ”What?  Real_Bat was already taken?  Jeez, so was Real_Bat1?  Dang it!”

Also, my eyes trick me into seeing those smileys as actually in the text, giving the whole message a…less than stern feel to it. “The life of a hero is nothing but angst and suffering, kid. ;) ”


(Teen Titans 0:  Lobdell & Kirkham)
(Smallville Season 11:  Miller & Igle)

(Smallville Season 11:  Miller & Igle)

Tags: Superbat DCnU

Smallville Season 11 is incredibly fun, if I can put aside my disappointment at the Steph/Barbara mixup.   Mostly, I can’t come up with any way to imagine Bruce saying “I think he likes me” without it sounding hilarious.


(Smallville Season 11:  Miller & Igle) 

Tags: Superbat DCnU

I’m such a sucker for scenes of Kara with her baby cousin, and I really love the Silver Age feel of Krypton in the reboot.(Supergirl 0:  Green & Johnson)

I’m such a sucker for scenes of Kara with her baby cousin, and I really love the Silver Age feel of Krypton in the reboot.


(Supergirl 0:  Green & Johnson)

Tags: Supergirl DCnU

JL 0 AKA “Shazam:  Maybe We Need to Set the Bar a Little Lower.”  I think I need to apply this approach to this title.  It’s not at all good, but I suppose it sometimes TRIES to be good, and maybe that’s all we can hope for.(JL 0:  Johns & Frank)

JL 0 AKA “Shazam:  Maybe We Need to Set the Bar a Little Lower.”  I think I need to apply this approach to this title.  It’s not at all good, but I suppose it sometimes TRIES to be good, and maybe that’s all we can hope for.


(JL 0:  Johns & Frank)

I’m sorry that Guy has lost his background in teaching—it was always the kind of incongruous detail that gave his character depth.  But I can’t help loving the big crazy determined lug anyway.


(Green Lantern Corps 0:  Tomasi & Pasarin)
Batwoman 0 is so good.  Not Rucka-good, but nothing is.  Is it crazy that I prefer Williams’s art when it’s the more stylized Kate than when it’s the surreally hyper-realistic Batwoman?

Batwoman 0 is so good.  Not Rucka-good, but nothing is.  Is it crazy that I prefer Williams’s art when it’s the more stylized Kate than when it’s the surreally hyper-realistic Batwoman?

Good to see some Natasha Irons out there—even in her bizarre Ame Comi costume she kicks some ass.(Ame Comi Girls:  Palmiotti, Gray, & Francisco)

Good to see some Natasha Irons out there—even in her bizarre Ame Comi costume she kicks some ass.


(Ame Comi Girls:  Palmiotti, Gray, & Francisco)
Phantom Stranger 0 was so frustrating.  I love the Phantom Stranger, and I find Judas fascinating, and the idea that they’re the same person seems amazingly resonant.  Little touches like the silver circles on his jacket being the silver coins, or his robe being Christ’s robe, are really nice.  But it’s all undermined by the incredibly clunky writing, darn it.  (Phantom Stranger 0:  Didio & Anderson)

Phantom Stranger 0 was so frustrating.  I love the Phantom Stranger, and I find Judas fascinating, and the idea that they’re the same person seems amazingly resonant.  Little touches like the silver circles on his jacket being the silver coins, or his robe being Christ’s robe, are really nice.  But it’s all undermined by the incredibly clunky writing, darn it.  


(Phantom Stranger 0:  Didio & Anderson)

The end (?) of Fialkov & Hester’s noir romp about Slam Bradley, featuring a femme fatale (homme fatal?) Riddler to die for.