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For new releases 12/15/21!

Welcome back, Pull-Heads! Unfortunately, Joe is in his last week of finals this week, so this week you get Lauren's picks only! Don't worry, there's still plenty of comics to talk about!

#4: Robin & Batman

DC Comics

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist and Colorist: Dustin Nguyen

Letterer: Steve Wands

It’s refreshing to see Bruce written as he often is, but especially was at this current time in canon: a fucking terrible parent. Set when Dick Grayson first became Robin, this story tells us what the early days of Batman and Robin were really like, focusing more on Dick’s perspective. Jeff Lemire is best at telling stories about characters who have been wronged, gone through trauma, or just have it going tough. Robin & Batman is no exception here! It took me a second to realize this wasn’t Lemire’s art; Nguyen’s art style is so similar to Lemire’s. However, Nguyen’s art style has a nice additional touch to it that Lemire’s doesn’t, particularly in the colors. This style gives this series the perfect nostalgic feel as Lemire continues to accelerate the story through a time we all thought we knew well. Overall, a beautiful book and a lovely surprise for me!

#3: My Date With Monsters #2

Aftershock Comics

Writer: Paul Tobin

Art: Andy MacDonald

Colorist: DJ Chavis

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

This series has been the best of surprises! Anyone looking for their supernatural comedy fix, this one is for you! This issue was so great, I had to write an entire review just for this one! Check out my full review here ( on this FANTASTIC issue!

#2: Batman: The Imposter #3

DC Comics

Writer: Mattson Tomlin

Art: Andrea Sorrentino

Colorist: Jordan Bellaire

Letterist: Steve Wands

Did I mention I’m loving all the Batman stories that look at Bruce through an incredibly critical, yet real and human lens? Let me tell you: this story might be the best Batman story of the year. The story breaks down the Batman/Bruce Wayne psyches in a way I’ve never seen done before and the art is glorious. I will say, sometimes the art is hard to follow, particularly in moments of combat, but the overall aesthetic is so perfect it’s worth the squinting of the eyes. Either way, it forces the reader to slow down and really take in every detail of what they are looking at. I have to say, Steve Wands lettering in this series maybe some of his best work yet! This story is the most critical of Bruce Wayne yet; however, it’s also the most human Bruce Wayne story told yet. This may be the closest Batman/Bruce Wayne has ever felt to Two-Face and I love it! If you missed out, be sure to pick up the hardcover next year!

And the #1 pick of the week is....

#1: Harley Quinn – The Animated Series – The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #4

DC Comics

Writer: Tee Franklin

Art: Max Sarin

Colorist: Marissa Louise

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

This issue was released in print this week!

If you’re tired of me talking about this one, good, I’m tired of more peeps not reading it! This is one of the best series of the year for me from ANY publisher- and that’s saying something! We’ve had so many great series this year, but few come close to how heartfelt, hilarious, silly, action-packed, and fully entertaining HQ The Eat Bang Kill Tour is! Season 3 is coming soon (hopefully, animators I believe in you!) and I only hope that we get more in-between-seasons comics like this in the future. Pick. this. One. up!

Just when I think I'm back to reading primarily Marvel, DC keeps KILLING it with this Bat-books. I swear, it's getting harder and harder to say "give me less Batman stories" when they keep making good ones...

What were your top picks this week? Let me know what I missed! You never know; your recommendation could end up on my or Joe's lists in the future!

Check back in for Joe's picks in the coming weeks! :)

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