Racing through the wild jungles of Brazil, Kahina attempts to escape the clutches of the dangerous Black Manta, but she will not survive the night. Meanwhile, in the open sea, Aquaman and Mera fight Mother Nature to rescue folks at sea. Geoff Johns is doing a fantastic job with this series. He’s taken a well known, but often ridiculed, hero and he’s made him fun, exciting, and relevant. Not just that, but he’s done a fantastic job of bringing Mera out of obscurity and making her a force to be reckoned with. Transitioning into the next arc, the search for why Atlantis sank, brings in a nice touch of mythology, mixed with new characters, and a whole bunch of drama, which is a recipe for some fantastic reading. 4.5/5
With the Flash racing to outrun the toxin surging through his body, Batman is left to face an extra powerful Bane by himself. With the added boost from his new serum, Bane is stronger and faster than ever, and Batman only has one shot at stopping him. This fast paced, action filled first arc comes to an end in a surprisingly satisfying manner, and the creators have left just enough mystery and intrigue to keep readers wanting more. The bulging Bane, Flash outrunning the toxins, Batman outlasting Bane long enough to administer the antidote, and the reveal at the end about the mysterious Bunny girl. Scene after scene, illustrated by David Finch, was filled with detail and raw action. If you’re looking for a Batman that kicks major ass, this series should be where you start. 3.5/5
When it comes to being a superhero, there’s never a dull moment, but there are always consequences. Unfortunately for the Flash, he learned that the wrong way when his attempt to save Patty ended up putting others in danger. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato have really stepped it up a couple notches with this issue, and not just because of the power boost they gave Captain Cold. What I thought was great about Cold’s appearance in this issue was that even though his actions were reckless, and he did things he normally wouldn’t have, at the end of the day it was all because of the Flash. His overuse of power was the spark that led to Cold’s actions. And later, in order to fix it all, he overuses his powers again, creating more problems. This pacing, the story itself, and the emotions that flow throughout really make this a wonderful issue. Manapul and Buccellato’s art has yet to disappoint in seven issues, and I can’t particularly see it happening any time soon. If you’re part of a creative team that has been late, these guys are proof that you’re doing something wrong. Month after month this team proves that they can produce a solid story with gorgeous art on time. 5/5
The Teen Titans are almost a complete team now, but with how well they’re working together you wouldn’t even know they’re a man short. With Superboy in dire need of assistance, Red Robin, the self appointed leader of the Teen Titans, guilts the others into breaking into the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. facility and rescuing him. Scott Lobdell is doing a fantastic job of demonstrating just how great a team book can be. While every character doesn’t get the same amount of coverage, they all serve a purpose; no one is there just to look pretty. Solstice, who had been captured previously, is deeply offended and saddened by the news that Red Robin was aware that meta-teens were being captured. Of course, since Red Robin built the Teen Titans specifically to take down N.O.W.H.E.R.E., her anger seems somewhat unfounded. With this first arc coming to an end, it’ll be interesting to see whether N.O.W.H.E.R.E. will be an ongoing villain or if they’ll be taken down for good soon. 4.5/5
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