For one of the smartest people on the planet Batman is sometimes pretty damn dumb. The second chapter of “I Am Bane” begins with the Dark Knight Detective enlisting the help of Superman to keep his Bat-Family out of harms way while he attempts to deal with Bane alone. I guess taking the super-villain down as a team would have been too easy? With the Bat-kids off the books, Bane targets others close to Batman including Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, and Duke Thomas. Maybe if Batman had help finding Bane they would be safe.
Collecting the first two issues of the digital-first series, Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1 brings together Adam West’s Batman with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman in this first issue of the series which gives us a cameo by Catwoman and flashbacks to a Wayne Manor gala event complete with Thomas and Martha Wayne, Ra’s al Ghul, a young Talia and Bruce, the League of Shadows, Nazis, and Wonder Woman. As you might expect, the evening made quite an impression on young Bruce Wayne.
DC Comics notorious New 52 issue Catwoman #1 offered up one of the dumbest issues in the comic company’s history with Batman and Catwoman hate-fucking on a rooftop. Although Batman #14 ends in a similar manner, writer Tom King at least attempts to make the act have meaning this time around. He’s only partially successful.
Mainly targeting younger readers, Super Powers #1! is a fun (if lightweight) all-ages comic featuring DC’s big three heroes. Opening in Gotham City where Batman has disappeared, Superman discovers clues leading him to discover Braniac is responsible. With the help of Wonder Woman who traces Braniac to New Krypton, the Big Blue Boy Scout finds and frees the Dark Knight Detective, leaving the heroes to deal with the villain. Personally, because it’s geared to a younger audience, I’m a little disappointed that Baltazar and Aureliani (who tag-team the writing and drawing of the comic) didn’t go for more classic Super Powers or Super Friends costumes of the heroes. Still, kids should enjoy this one. For fans.
The latest trailer gives us an extended look as Will Arnett returns to reprise his role as Batman from The LEGO Movie as Batman takes in an orphan named Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) to be his partner. The LEGO Batman Movie opens in theaters February 10th.
“Rise of the Batmen” concludes with our team of heroes taking down the Colony thanks to the quick thinking, and risk taking, of Red Robin who makes himself the target of all the Colony’s drones. His sacrifice saves the lives of hundreds in the city, but to do so Tim Drake will have to make the ultimate sacrifice… or so it would appear.
Written and drawn by Francis Manapul, Trinity #1 focuses on the DCU’s big three: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. The most low key of any number one issue following the Rebirth relaunch, the first issue of the new series involves Lois inviting Bruce and Diana to dinner at the farm in order to get to know them (and force Clark to do the same). After a brief misunderstanding with Supes, Jr., things calm down quickly and allow the group to spend some non-life-threatening time together.