DC Round-Up Comics Released 3/23/16

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How many Batman books is too many Batman books? Depending on who you ask there ain’t no such thing! We try to stay up on what’s going on at DC, but we can’t always dig deep into every issue. The solution? Our weekly round-up of titles coming out of DC Comics. Today, we’re discussing Batman and Robin Eternal 25 and Superman: Lois and Clark 6.

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Batman and Robin Eternal 25

Batman and Robin Eternal 25Michael: Team Robin continues its worldwide defense as Mother’s brainwashed legions attack all of the conveniently recognizable locations around the globe. We get glimpses of our familiar Bat family members as well as characters like Talon — remember when James Tynion IV tried to launch a half-baked series based off of The Court of Owls? In classic boss level fashion, Dick has to needlessly fight Azrael before he can reach Mother at the end of the game. Meanwhile Cullen Row and Midnighter are at the helm at HQ while the Bat fam is in the field, until they decide that Midnighter could do a better job fighting the “Orphans” himself.

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Since this is a Steve Orlando written issue, it should come as no surprise that the best part of this issue is Midnighter. Midnighter taking down all of the Orphans on his own is such a perfect solution to this battle; which begs the question: why wasn’t he involved in the actual fight until this moment? I suppose he was placed in the control room because of his predictive tactical abilities, but after the “deus ex Midnighter” solution of Batman and Robin Eternal 25 it’s clear he should’ve been leading the ground assault.

The “final battle” portion of Batman and Robin Eternal has been dragging on for several issues now, so we take an expositional respite for our characters to explicitly state what they are fighting for. Dick tells Azrael why fighting him is just another manifestation of Mother brainwashing him; though by saying as much, Dick is kinda brainwashing him himself. And in true villain fashion, Mother doubles down on her rhetoric by saying the tried and true “the only way people can be free is if they’re controlled.” Or something.

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Superman: Lois and Clark 6

Superman Lois and Clark 6Mark: I’ll say this: even though the stakes were contrived, this was the most enjoyable issue of Superman: Lois and Clark in quite some time. Yes, “Bad Ass Nation” continues to be awful, and the only way the events surrounding Blackstone and his hot-for-TV demolition of a major bridge even begin to make sense is if you completely turn off your brain. And, yes, the idea of a hero having to choose between saving the ones he loves and save innocent civilians is a harried genre trope. But at least something happened this month, and at least (most of) it made sense. That’s a huge step up for this book.

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I have to admit I’m worried about Dan Jurgens taking over Action Comics come Rebirth. As much as I love pre-Flashpoint Superman, Lois and Clark has been coasting on that goodwill for its entire run. And while Rebirth clearly wants to appeal to readers who left during New 52, Jurgens’ retro style feels out of step with modern comics. Honestly, pre-Superman: Lois and Clark I probably would have been pumped. Now, it’s a bit discouraging.

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The conversation doesn’t stop there, because you certainly read something that we didn’t. What do you wanna talk about from this week?

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4 comments on “DC Round-Up Comics Released 3/23/16

  1. Michael, Midnighter wasn’t originally a part of the ground assault because Grayson didn’t want him hurting the brainwashed children. His brand of violence was overkill and unnecessary for a mob of untrained kids, and very likely would have resulted in some casualties or serious injuries. That seems to be Grayson and Midnighter’s reasoning anyway, as mentioned in several previous issues.

    It’s when the Orphans come in that Midnighter is suddenly necessary. To an extent they’re brainwashed too, yeah, but they’re also incredibly dangerous, and I guess there’s time to feel bad about hurting them later. They’d remain a threat even after Mother’s signal was cut, so it was probably the best strategy.

  2. Am I wrong? Wasn’t there a plot point early on in Batman and Robin Eternal where Tim Drake was under Mother’s control beyond the way the rest of the children are? I remember a cliff hanger being him picking up a phone and saying “Yes mother”. Did I blink and miss a resolution to that?

    • It was Tim Drake’s actual mother who was calling. When Dick was investigating Tim out of paranoia that Tim could be one of Mother’s children, if I remember correctly

  3. There honestly, isn’t too much to say about the latest issue of Batman and Robin Eternal except that Spencer is right about why Midnighter wasn’t on the front-line (and the fact that leading the ground assault is pretty meaningless in a fight as worldwide as this).

    The issue is a direct continuation of the last one, with all the same strengths and weaknesses, basically (why the hell do we have Azrael in this story at all? Especially in the conclusion?).

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