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The Week in Comics #4

I didn't buy as many books this week, though I do have a bunch still in my file at the shop. I wanted to save some bucks for new music and those $3.99 books eat the budget quickly. Still, I was happy with the few I picked up...

Action Comics #897 - Each issue of this storyline has seen Lex Luthor matching wits against another DC villain and this time around he willingly goes to Arkham Asylum to question The Joker about the black spheres. Paul Cornell does a great job writing Joker with a mixture of craziness and shrewdness and the interaction between the two is fantastic. He also uses their exchange to deepen the mystery at hand and call into question the actions of the Lois Lane robot. The tag at the end leads us to next issue's villain, Larfleeze. I'll be back.

Detective Comics #873 - This is my third week in a row reading this book and the third part of the opening storyline, "The Black Mirror." It is a satisfyingly creepy conclusion and resolves some of Dick's ambivalence about his position as Batman, though the last panel suggests that may not be the case. No Jim Gordon backup this time, as this is the first of this title's 20 page stories.

Superboy #3 - There's a charm to this book that I really enjoy. Superboy has a talk with Ma Kent, calls on Kid Flash, lets down one of his friends, has his secret identity blown, and meets Psionic Lad, a hero from the future. That's entertainment.

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