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The Flash Hopes to Bring Back Mia Smoak in Season 9

Welcome to this week in comic book reviews! The staff have come together to read and review nearly everything that released today. It isn’t totally comprehensive, but it includes just about everything from DC and Marvel with the important books from the likes of Image, Boom, IDW, Scout, AfterShock, and more. The review blurbs you’ll find contained herein are typically supplemented in part by longform individual reviews for significant issues. This week that includes DC Pride: Tim Drake Special #1, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1, and Do A Powerbomb #1.

Also, in case you were curious, our ratings are simple: we give a whole or half number out of five; that’s it! If you’d like to check out our previous reviews, they are all available here.As Batgirls weaves its way through its myriad of plots, the book is slowly getting better. The plots involving Seer and the Saints collide in this issue, with the Batgirls reluctantly taking a side. What I appreciate about this issue is that the comic actually took time to breathe a bit, which gave the comic’s creative team some room to provide some setup, context, and characterization that was missing in previous issues. — Christian Hoffer

Once again Batman: Urban Legends #16 spins a number of unique Bat-tales, bringing three out of the four stories to a close in mostly satisfying fashion. The Batman and Zatanna-focused Bound To Our Will by Vita Ayala, Nikola Cizmesija, Hayden Sherman, Nick Filardi, and Steve Wands delivers the magic-filled final battle you’ve been expecting but balances the magic warfare with a touching tale of a friendship on the mend, which ultimately leaves the biggest impression. Meanwhile, the Alfred starring Some Things Remain by Josh Trujillo, Rose Kampe, Marissa Louise, and Troy Peteri is a satisfying one and done that examines Alfred and Bruce’s relationship from a fresh angle. The star of the show is unquestionably hounded though, as Mark Russell, Karl Mostert, Trish Mulvihill, and Wands bring in this long-running story for an action-packed landing and had me on the edge of my seat at several points, making that ending all the sweeter. Last but not least is Memory Lane part 3 by Che Grayson, Sergers Acuna, Ivan Plascencia, and Josh Reed, and while the story features an intriguing twist and lovely artwork, it ends rather abruptly and without the level of satisfaction seen in the other story finales. That said, it does leave things in an interesting place for the characters involved, and I would love to see that followed up on down the road. Overall, Urban Legends #16 is an easy recommendation for fans of the Bat-Family. — Matthew Aguilar

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