Well they never "dropped a nuke" on the big bad. It was inside the Chairman and he sacrificed himself to kill an unkillable enemy. He thought he could take him out, but then he had to use drastic measures. I don't think they have those types of weapons anymore. I thought they said that "The Rose" was discontinued or something too.
I agree, this is such a great book to go back to again and again to for DC fans. Although I'm confused why you would want power levels in a comic encyclopedia. Power levels are only relevant to video games.
Yeah, Batman hasn't been doing it for me since Rebirth. Something about the writing just feels off. After the Superman/Supergirl knockoff arc I dropped it. From what I hear about Bane and Catwoman's arc I'd say I did the right thing.
I think it's personal taste, like your big complaint about the first few issues being written like the Phantom Menace. I thought they were fine, not great grant you, but definitely decent. Issue 1s are always info dumps so I'd expect some dialogue to be a little wonky. It's not high political jargon, and I think that was done on purpose because we're dealing with comic readers, not wall street extravaganzas. What I took from it was the divide between Atlanteans and the surface world. I liked how the cultures were presented differently, and even though it's a tiring trope for the US government to be against change and new I found the scenes where Arthur was trying to make peace with them to be quite interesting. I'm not sure what you read Aquaman for, but when I started this book neither did I. Turns out I really like the complicated situation Aquaman is with not only his people, but the world itself. He's not just a superhero, he's a King and I think this book gives more emphasis on that where Arthur has to tangle with obstacles he never thought were obstacles. Also I'm not sure if it's a sign of long time reader vs new time reader. Other than the first volume of Geoff Johns' run this was the first time I read Aquaman. Speaking of Johns' run, he too had scenes in his first issue talking about food. As to all of your disagreements with the issues, I went back and reread the first issue to see if anything changed for me, and the scenes you pointed out were small, although I do have to agree with you on the girl Navy whatamacallit. She's not terrible, but is a way for new readers to get information. Anyway, that's just my view on Aquaman, I do think the issues get better and better as they go on, and don't worry about underwater stuff, that is coming soon enough.
@rainshadow777: I think both are very good. I think I like Hal and Corps more just because it's a continuing storyline from the last bits of the New 52, but at the same time I feel like Green Lanterns is putting out things that we haven't seen in a GL book, like Jessica's struggle to become a lantern.
Depends on your previous history with the GL line I think. Hal Jordan's comic is more of the streamlined book in that it takes the history of the New 52 run, plus the two Corps minis, while Lanterns is a fun title that focuses on the two newest members and you don't need to know that much GL history for that book.
I haven't read these issues so I'll be missing certain character beats that would clue the reader in, but just guessing from this image I'd say he's naked for a few reasons. One is dominance/power. He is showing everyone his form, muscles, and essentially his weapon...no pun intended, as himself. Bane is basically the epitome of human physicality, so that would most likely change the way he sees himself in the world compared to other people. Possibly, he would have the mind of a God, in that he is the better and must show it, differentiate himself from everyone around him. If he rose to be this powerful (i.e. worked years to sculpt that body) he'll want to show it off and be proud of what he's done. Another reason could quite simply be him threatening all that sees him. Like saying "I can beat you without any weapons or hidden play" but on a visual scale. Another reason, again, quite simply could be a distraction. I don't know if he fights naked too, but society tends to shy away from naked people and it may pose as a slight advantage in unnerving his enemies other than the fact that no clothes will literally allow him to have nothing holding him back, he can fight and move any way his body needs to instead of being restricted in a suit. Again, I haven't read his issues, but those are just a few ideas you could be working with based on that image.