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Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 8-15-16

People often talk about best story arcs, developments, and covers. Here's the other best stuff you might have missed.

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Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices of the strange and wacky things that shouldn't be overlooked from this week's releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

All Star Batman #1

Strangest Thing You'll See Batman Do

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It's not often, but every once in a while, Batman will do the unthinkable--smile. In the first issue of the new series, Batman is thrown into a packed diner. The customers are startled, but he looks at them and tells them everything will be alright while smile and winking. That just might be scarier than whoever Batman is fighting.

Best New Bat-Gadget That Won't Fit in the Utility Belt

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Batman has a lot of things in his utility belt. Just recently we saw the group known as the Colony trying to take an inventory of everything inside.

In this issue, Batman makes use of a chainsaw. We think the image of him with it is pretty cool, but it'd be pretty hard to keep one in one of the pouches on his belt.

All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1

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Strangest Example of Avengers Fan-Fiction

Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) was a huge fan of the Avengers before she gained powers and became part of the team. One of her pastimes was writing Avengers fan-fiction. Much to her dismay, she discovers others have been writing their own and are expressing their own desires for the heroes' behavior.

Best Advice Everyone Should Take Once in a While

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While reading things being written about her, Kamala tells herself she should get off the internet. That's something we all should do every once in a while. The real world should be experienced as well.

Action Comics #961

Best Kiss

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Superman is fighting Doomsday once again. He knows there's the possibility of the fight ending with his death once again, but he needs Wonder Woman to get Lois and their son, Jon, to safety. Before he heads after Doomsday, he gives Lois a super-kiss. Don't worry, he's not making her forget everything like he somehow was able to in Superman II.

All-New X-Men #12

Messiest Kiss

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Wolverine and Angel just finished fighting a bunch of goblins. You can see they're covered in goblin guts and blood. That doesn't stop them from admitting to each how much they understand and care for each other once the fight is over.

Detective Comics #938

Best Ending to a Fight

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Batwoman and the others went after Batman after he was grabbed by the Colony. As they're making their way through the base, they send in the muscle to clear a path for them. The soldiers aren't too impressed to see Cassandra Cain on her own. She quickly teaches them why they should have been impressed and concerned.

Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #2

Best Inappropriate Comment

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Deadpool and the Mercs are on a mission in Vietnam and their contact is a guy that now looks like a gorilla (Gorilla-Man). When they arrive at a temple, Deadpool explains they're not tomb raiders but soldiers of fortune. He wonders if he they should refer to themselves as guerrillas, but Gorilla-Man doesn't think that's a good idea.

Superwoman #1

Best Way to Protect a Secret Identity

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It's often questioned how Clark Kent could protect his secret identity with just a pair of glasses. In the 80s, Superman would vibrate or move his face at super-speed so it would appear blurred in pictures or videos. The new Superwoman does the same thing.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #8

Best Suggested Phrases to Use When Busting in on an Enemy

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Spider-Man and Deadpool have tracked down a rotten and evil guy. As they bust into his secret base, which is a giant glass house, Deadpool suggests some opening lines for the battle to Spider-Man.

Is "Heeeeeeeee's Johnny" really too old to use?

New Super-Man #1

Worst First Impression With Potential Teammates

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The new Super-Man of China is a bit of a jerk. In his defense, he is just seventeen. Just after gaining powers, he's introduced to Wonder-Woman and Bat-Man. He doesn't have nice things to say to them.

Old Man Logan #10

Best 2-Page Spread With 32 Panels

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Old Man Logan is doing what he does best. He's trying to escape a well while a big jerk is shooting arrows at him. Check out the two-page spread showcasing the scene.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns #2

Best Light-Construct to Take Out an Enemy

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With their power rings, Green Lanterns can make pretty much whatever they can think of. When Hal Jordan is facing off against a couple of Sinestro Corps members, he makes a giant semi to knock one of them down.

The Amazing Spider-Man #16

Best Classic Spider-Man Homage

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1966's The Amazing Spider-Man #33 features one of the most iconic Spider-Man moments. Spider-Man was trapped in an underwater base that was taking in water. Aunt May was dying in the hospital, and he retrieved a serum that could save her. Just when he was about to give up, he found the strength needed to overcome incredible odds to free himself. This week's Amazing Spider-Man features a show of strength very similar.

The Flintstones #2

Best Stone Age Appliances

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With stores like Bone Depot and Tarpit, the folks in Bedrock are starting to buy things they don't really need. We see a few new appliances Fred and Wilma pick up for the home.

That's it this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. Thanks to @Vojtaverm for his suggestion. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don't complain, contribute, especially if you didn't offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We'll give you a shout out and I'll think you're pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to clean yourself up before kissing someone you really care for--especially if you're covered in goblin guts.

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Posted By z3ro180

That spider man panel is amazing

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Posted By dondave

@z3ro180 said:

That spider man panel is amazing

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

Wanted to submit some stuff this week, but found out too late it has to be submitted before Saturday. Oh well, I've got a light pull this week but I'm sure I'll find something

Nice to see Marvel is still being super respectful and mature about it's fan base with that annual...

Love that JrJr art

Lastly just wanna say, if you haven't already, check out New Super-Man, it may be the best book out of Rebirth

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Posted By Batman3000

@captainmarvel4ever:

Lastly just wanna say, if you haven't already, check out New Super-Man, it may be the best book out of Rebirth

Dang wasn't expecting that. I may actually have to check it out

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

@batman3000: Oh yeah, really good. Not 100% sure I'd say it's my fav, but objectively, it's the best series to come out thus far

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Posted By Batman3000
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Posted By Soldy

Cass = badass. Also, DC has the best lineup of artists right now.

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Posted By Hound_of_War

I understand the Batman of China because of Batman Inc (which was dismanteled? Too lazy to remember) but it wouldnt really stop the already operating Batmen from doing their thing.

But Wonder Woman of China? Really?

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Posted By PrimeEarth2016

Loved the Spider-Man homage

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Posted By Hound_of_War

@captainmarvel4ever:

Is that your way of telling me that it's not just a gimmick? I'll take your word for it and read it, Cap.

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Posted By HighAccuser

Kamala is a new age hero done right imo

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Posted By Stahlflamme

"Although only time will tell how the rest of metropolis and the world, take to a woman representing what have traditionally been considered--"

Wonder Woman: "Oh, go on. Don't mind me, I am just the Justice Leagues secretary, aren't I?"

Meanwhile over at Marvel.

"EVERYONE THAT DOESN'T LIKE OUR NEW CHARACTERS IS JUST A BUNCH OF SEXIST PIGS!!!"

Assistant: "Sir, Ms. Marvel is literally the least hated-"

"SEXIST!"

Assistant: "You know Sam Alexander is really more disli-"

"Forgot about that. We should turn him gay in the near future to silence criticism. Excuse me I must prepare a clearly homophobic tweet to gloat about it."

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Posted By Mark_Stephen

I'm curious, how long is too long? A lot of these rules aren't written anywhere that I know of. For instance I've been told that to complain more than three times about the same subject is 'bitching' and renders the complaint invalid. Who comes up with that sort of rule?

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Posted By Mark_Stephen

Kamala is a new age hero done right imo

I do like her, pity she's using the name of a woman who turned into a fascist.

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Posted By RavenKingXXX

Why is Laura with angel still, she is too good for him.

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Posted By Aros001

"Although only time will tell how the rest of metropolis and the world, take to a woman representing what have traditionally been considered--"

Wonder Woman: "Oh, go on. Don't mind me, I am just the Justice Leagues secretary, aren't I?"

Meanwhile over at Marvel.

"EVERYONE THAT DOESN'T LIKE OUR NEW CHARACTERS IS JUST A BUNCH OF SEXIST PIGS!!!"

Assistant: "Sir, Ms. Marvel is literally the least hated-"

"SEXIST!"

Assistant: "You know Sam Alexander is really more disli-"

"Forgot about that. We should turn him gay in the near future to silence criticism. Excuse me I must prepare a clearly homophobic tweet to gloat about it."

I could be wrong but I think they were talking about how people would take to a woman representing the S symbol/Superman. At least I'm hoping that's what they're referring to, as given that there are other female heroes that would be a really stupid thing for them to say.

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Posted By TheExile285

The Superman and Lois panel is too good. Thank you Rebirth.

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Posted By shinobi62676

@aros001 said:
@stahlflamme said:

"Although only time will tell how the rest of metropolis and the world, take to a woman representing what have traditionally been considered--"

Wonder Woman: "Oh, go on. Don't mind me, I am just the Justice Leagues secretary, aren't I?"

Meanwhile over at Marvel.

"EVERYONE THAT DOESN'T LIKE OUR NEW CHARACTERS IS JUST A BUNCH OF SEXIST PIGS!!!"

Assistant: "Sir, Ms. Marvel is literally the least hated-"

"SEXIST!"

Assistant: "You know Sam Alexander is really more disli-"

"Forgot about that. We should turn him gay in the near future to silence criticism. Excuse me I must prepare a clearly homophobic tweet to gloat about it."

I could be wrong but I think they were talking about how people would take to a woman representing the S symbol/Superman. At least I'm hoping that's what they're referring to, as given that there are other female heroes that would be a really stupid thing for them to say.

But even still, Supergirl exists. So Imma just read that scene as commentary on ignorant thought as opposed to actual ignorant thought.

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Posted By apokos7

@theexile285: I know right? DC got two great artists for Action Comics with Patrick Zircher and Stephen Segovia.

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Posted By harlequinreala

The webbing on Spider-man's (ASM 16) legs are messed up. One ends above the knee, the other below.

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Posted By CaptainHoopla

@apokos7 said:

@theexile285: I know right? DC got two great artists for Action Comics with Patrick Zircher and Stephen Segovia.

Action Comics is the last rebirth book I'd use as an example of quality art.

#957 Zircher, looked fantastic, really no complaints at all.

#958 Zircher, looked like a rushed and downright sloppy mess.

#959 Kirkham, completely different art style doesn't mesh well with what came before, looked fine in its own right

#960 Kirkham, not terrible, but not as good as #959

#961 Segovia, looked fine, but quite generic for my tastes

Bottom line, this inconsistent mishmash is what can be expected from twice monthly shipping. No good comes from it. A better example would have been Detective Comics. Barrows and Alvarola's art have meshed well together so far.

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Posted By BeautifulTemptress

I agree, that Clois kiss is the best.

Although I would like to see Warren in a relationship with Jean, but his relationship with Laura, not too bad.

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Posted By Ambaryerno

The only thing "BEST" about All-New X-Men is "Best Example Of How NOT To Write X-23." Horrible, HORRIBLE issue.

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Posted By BlackLegRaph

Good to see Cass being Cass.

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Posted By Ginbell

I am really liking New Super-Man , Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman of China as a Team. Love seeing Cass kick but DC Comics need to give her back the name Black Bat .

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Posted By Mark_Stephen

@vitalius said:

@mark_stephen: You should blame mostly Bendis for that.

I would if she hadn't been a fascist in the first cw. He's just making it worse, as he usually does for characters. But he couldn't be doing it without marvel's approval. They seem to think Carol works better as a fascist heroine than simply a heroine. Given that she's got a movie coming out I guess they are right, the altruistic independent free thinker that was the character I knew is long gone.

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Posted By Carnivius

Rebirth has been generally fantastic. If only the recent DC movies had even a small fraction of that quality and fun.

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@aros001 said:
@stahlflamme said:

"Although only time will tell how the rest of metropolis and the world, take to a woman representing what have traditionally been considered--"

Wonder Woman: "Oh, go on. Don't mind me, I am just the Justice Leagues secretary, aren't I?"

Meanwhile over at Marvel.

"EVERYONE THAT DOESN'T LIKE OUR NEW CHARACTERS IS JUST A BUNCH OF SEXIST PIGS!!!"

Assistant: "Sir, Ms. Marvel is literally the least hated-"

"SEXIST!"

Assistant: "You know Sam Alexander is really more disli-"

"Forgot about that. We should turn him gay in the near future to silence criticism. Excuse me I must prepare a clearly homophobic tweet to gloat about it."

I could be wrong but I think they were talking about how people would take to a woman representing the S symbol/Superman. At least I'm hoping that's what they're referring to, as given that there are other female heroes that would be a really stupid thing for them to say.

But even still, Supergirl exists. So Imma just read that scene as commentary on ignorant thought as opposed to actual ignorant thought.

That's fair. I haven't read much of the New 52's Supergirl run so I don't know how well known she is to the world.

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Posted By Gotham331
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Posted By justice teen

So new 52 Lois will die and pre-52 Lois will take her place. Well at least we are getting rid of one Lois, lets hope to make it two later.

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Posted By Ambaryerno

I agree, that Clois kiss is the best.

Although I would like to see Warren in a relationship with Jean, but his relationship with Laura, not too bad.

It's ALL bad. The only way any of the conflict works is for Hopeless to write X massively OOC to force it along. I mean seriously, her ENTIRE schtick from day one has been deciding who SHE is, and determining her own future. Taylor even made the point in ANW that even if she's taking the Wolverine name, she's not lost sight of who SHE is, and is making it her own.

Yet now Hopeless is saying she's spent all this time pretending to be what she's not JUST to satisfy her BOYFRIEND? It take all agency away from her character, and instead defines her by her relationship.

Never mind how Warren has been outright emotionally abusive. (constantly ragging on her mistakes, yelling at her in front of friends, belittling her, going behind her back and doing the exact same things he's screaming at her for) and it's utterly appalling that Hopeless is trying to force the idea that his and Laura's circumstances are even REMOTELY the same. Her killer instincts were hammered into her through years of torture and abuse from the moment she was born, and she was never given a choice about it. Warren was a privileged, selfish, spoiled brat who CHOSE what he became because he was too big of a coward to face his future.

X had more natural chemistry in the six panels with Cyclops than she had with Warren in all TWELVE issues of the book so far.

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@captainhoopla: I agree that Detective Comics' artists have mixed well and also that Tyler Kirkham probably doesn't fit the style of the other two artists that much. However calling Action the last book you'd use as an example of quality art is a bit of an exaggeration. That's like saying Action has the worst art in the entire Rebirth line which is obviously wrong. All three are amazing in their own right and I think Zircher and Segovia mix well together. But my point wasn't that Action has the best DC art currently. I simply said that they got two great, new guys for the book (Segovia now and Zircher a little earlier) and that is nice since after the first swap of creative teams happened in the New 52 we got some pretty meh choices.

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Posted By Vitalius

@mark_stephen: I think giving the first Civil War is bad example since most characters were behaving out of characther.

@ginbell:They might do Justice League of China as it was hinted. And since their arent just chinese version of originals, they reinvent old heroes into new characthers.

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Posted By Dark_Stranger

All New X-Men ... Bleh

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Posted By MetalJimmor

"Although only time will tell how the rest of metropolis and the world, take to a woman representing what have traditionally been considered--"

Wonder Woman: "Oh, go on. Don't mind me, I am just the Justice Leagues secretary, aren't I?"

Yah, that confused me too. There is no adjustment period needed here. The world has seen dozens of female superheroes ranging in power anywhere between rivaling Batman to rivaling Superman. Even Metropolis itself should be perfectly familiar with being saved by a woman thanks to Supergirl.

It's nonsense.

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Posted By Mark_Stephen

@vitalius said:

@mark_stephen: I think giving the first Civil War is bad example since most characters were behaving out of characther.

@ginbell:They might do Justice League of China as it was hinted. And since their arent just chinese version of originals, they reinvent old heroes into new characthers.

I haven't seen anything since that tells me that Carol is a different character and her reversion to type here is I think pretty much how marvel thinks the character is going to be a success. Yea it's bad writing, but it's been approved by the editors so this is the character you get. It's like Hawkeye who once broke his marriage up over an "Avengers don't kill" motto that he has now thoroughly renounced. Marvel seems to be determined to make these characters as unlikeable, as hypocritical and in favor of fascism, a complete turn around for the characters who used to fight for justice and the individual. I expect Carol -like Tony before her- has a nice negative zone style prison awaiting those who are accused of crimes that they haven't committed yet. Like I said, I feel sorry that Karmarla picked such a poor role model and I hope she can move beyond it someday.

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Posted By MattyDaveHalPeo

That Superman kiss. I love me some romance in superhero comics. Not like Olicity in Arrow, I mean proper meaningful romance.

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At the and of the issue of Old man Logan he also has a crap-load of arrows on his back. Don't know if that was supposed to be an homage to Miller Wolverine

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Posted By Vitalius

@mark_stephen: After House of M, after realizing that in House of M dimention, people see alike beacon of hope, Carol as Miss Marvel tried to do in Earth-616 and her solo continue to do that.

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Posted By Mark_Stephen

@vitalius said:

@mark_stephen: After House of M, after realizing that in House of M dimention, people see alike beacon of hope, Carol as Miss Marvel tried to do in Earth-616 and her solo continue to do that.

As I recall she was so desperate to get that back she hired a publicist, but once cw1 was over and she'd made her bones by hunting and beating other superheroes she didn't need the publicist anymore. For her service Tony gave her a SHIELD task force and made her head of his Avengers. Carol worked her way onto the A list by beating up superheroes, not super villains. Who knows how many she hunted down and threw into 42 for life on her way to the top, how many lives she damaged or ruined. Now she's just got a different excuse to do the same thing: go after heroes.

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Posted By HowAboutNo

I'm really enjoying New Super-Man even though Kenan is a jerk.

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Posted By reverse_batman

@gmanfromheck

You missed one buddy.

Superwoman #1

Best Movie Reference

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As our newly crowned heroine saves a couple of pilots from certain death. We hear one pilot utter some familiar words. Which were once spoken by Lois Lane herself in the original Superman Movie.

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@soldy said:

Cass = badass. Also, DC has the best lineup of artists right now.

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Posted By D9000

That poor goat! Lousy cavemen...

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