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One Word or Less Comic Reviews for June 15th, 2016

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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Spider-Gwen #9

Jughead #7

Vote Loki #1

Civil War II #2

Black Widow #4

Han Solo #1

Lazarus #22

Star Wars #20

Astro City #36

Batman #1

Clean Room #9

-THE STATE OF THE BATMAN IS STRONG

When I heard that Tom King was replacing Scott Snyder I thought nothing of it. I always figured I’d jump off the title when Snyder did, and Tom King is a complete unknown to me. But in the last few weeks I’ve seen some strong buzz for King where a lot of people seemed very excited to see him take over the Batman. Between that and the strength of the Snyder/King collaboration Batman: Rebirth, which acted as a stylistic and story bridge between the two runs, I decided give this new Batman a go.

It’s good. It’s very good. Tonally, this is just the kind of Batman I love: Non-powered dude who refuses to believe saving the day is impossible, no matter how improbable it may be, and no matter the cost. And the new status quo is an exciting and mysterious one. We’ve seen Batman work with (and against) Superman, but Supes was never trying to usurp or replace him. It’s an audacious idea that I’m ready to run toward full-force. I wish DC’s shipping this book twice monthly, because I’m ready for more already.

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