While I haven’t been the biggest of Geoff Johns’s fans of late, what he has done on this title is remarkable. He has taken one of the most well known, yet often ridiculed, superheroes and has breathed new life into him. Not only that, but he has taken a relatively unknown heroine and has transformed her into a major powerhouse. Mera, ever since Blackest Night, has stood out as being one DC’s most interesting and powerful female characters. She has proven herself to be intelligent, strong, and physically capable of handling herself. In this issue we see that she is strong willed, confident, and has a clear sense of right and wrong. In a short time Mera has shown a tremendous amount of growth in character, and she’s become such a great character to read. The art was decent in this issue. Not as great as it has been in previous issues, but still pleasant nonetheless. 4/5
Fast paced and filled with action, this series continues to be one of the more heavy hitting Bat-books. Structured just like a film or a video game, this series has guest appearance after guest appearance, and fight scene after fight scene. The virus spreading throughout Gotham is a fascinating thing, though without all the information it does get a tad confusing at times. How does it work? Who spread the virus? How is it spread? I’ve long made my peace with the fact that this series is going to be light on the story and heavy on the action, but luckily it isn’t just that. Even though this book is taking place in the present, Batman and friends have a distinct youthful exuberance and energy to them that doesn’t exist in their solo titles. 3/5
This book is turning out to be that series you didn’t realize needed a reboot, but now that it has happened you couldn’t be more happy about it. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato have brought life back into Barry Allen. What was a fairly flat character in Geoff Johns’s previous series, is now a much more well rounded character. His supporting cast does a fantastic job of building him, getting you to actually care what happens to him. In other words, they do their job and do it well. I’ve always enjoyed reading about the Rogues, because they’re not terrible people, at least not in the same league as say the Joker or Penguin, or even Lex Luthor. The new Captain Cold is just that; new, modern, but at the same time he feels like the classic Cold. 4.5/5
Picking up right after their fight with Superboy (in issue #5), this issue starts off with the Teen Titans getting a visit from the local police. Deaf to their excuses, the police are ready to shoot at the kids when Skitter awakens from her cocoon and shows the cops who’s boss. Unfortunately for Bart, his fight with Superboy has left his powers a complete mess and they are slowly killing him. This issue was remarkably fun. Though the team isn’t complete yet, I really liked that a portion of them are starting to act like a team, and not only that, but they are definitely starting to fight smarter as well. As a diehard Tim Drake fan, I must say that reading about Tim’s relations and communications with the Justice League was awesome, because it helps establish Red Robin’s role and history in this new DC universe. 4/5
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