Or However Many I Feel Like, And They Might Not All Be Facts

Welcome back to By The Numbers, the column where I count things in this week’s new comics from DC! This column will contain spoilers, but I’ll keep them as vague as possible while still amusing myself.

Metal is in full swing, which I will forgive solely because it means I get an extra Stjepan Sejic issue. An unexpectedly deep Scooby Doo, the exciting conclusion of Batman/Shadow, and a bunch of stuff with the “mysterious” Mr. Oz. Giffen and DeMatteis get a “don’t let the screen door hit you in the ass on the way out” farewell at the end of their… let’s say overly ambitious Blue Beetle run. New Wally shows up to drag The Flash out of being a boring, depressing book, which The Flash should never be. Twenty-one comics. This bi-weekly thing, plus an event… It’s a lot! If you’re buying some of these, think about where you want to put your dollars.

Cue the cheesy lightning effect. We’re counting.

Main Ongoing Titles

Batgirl #15: written by Hope Larson, pencils by Chris Wildgoose, inks by Jose Marzan Jr., colors by Mat Lopes, letters by Deron Bennett

Batgirl #15: written by Hope Larson, pencils by Chris Wildgoose, inks by Jose Marzan Jr., colors by Mat Lopes, letters by Deron Bennett

Action Comics #998

Number of hints that Doctor Manhattan might be the one behind Mr. Oz and stuff: 2

Batgirl #15

Number of glass shards stuck in that lady’s face: at least 6, and it’s really gross

Batman Beyond #12

Number of Batgirls/Batwomen appearing in this issue: 3

Number of giant novelty items visible in the Batcave: just 1, the T-Rex

Blue Beetle #13

Number of years between the present and the year 3001: 1000, apparently

Detective Comics #965

Number of women appearing in this deep dive into Tim’s history: 0, but he does look at a picture of his teammates once

The Flash #31

Number of other current titles in which Barry suffers from negative speed force powers: 0

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #29: written by Robert Venditti, pencils by Rafa Sandoval, inks by Jordi Tarragona, colors by Tomeu Morey, letters by Dave Sharpe

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #29: written by Robert Venditti, pencils by Rafa Sandoval, inks by Jordi Tarragona, colors by Tomeu Morey, letters by Dave Sharpe

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #29

Number of uses of the words “father,” “dad,” and “son” in this issue: 12, plus a bonus 4 uses of Highfather’s name

The Hellblazer #14

Number of actual references to 80s London punk culture in the flashback scene: 0

Justice League of America #15

Number of ladies kissed by the lady with the purple buzz cut: 0

Suicide Squad #26

Number of times Harley pointedly calls Ivy her “friend” in this issue: 4

 Wonder Woman #31

Number of sound effects in this issue: 2, but neither of them are when the boom tube opens

Other Titles

The American Way #3: written by John Ridley, pencils by Georges Jeanty, inks by John Livesay, colors by Nick Filardi, letters by Travis Lanham

The American Way #3: written by John Ridley, pencils by Georges Jeanty, inks by John Livesay, colors by Nick Filardi, letters by Travis Lanham

The American Way #3

Number of Black men being lectured about the form of their resistance in this issue: 2

Batman/Shadow #6

Number of Cthulhu cosmic horror immortal curse evil enlightenment: I AM AN HONEST SIGNAL

Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Number of the Earth he’s from: -44, which is hard to render because Earth-44 and Earth -44 look basically the same

DC Bombshells United #2

Number of people who might be Clayface: 6!

(It turns out Yuki and Yuri are sisters and not in lesbians with each other, but at least one of them is implied to like girls, so that’s something.)

Justice League/Power Rangers #6: written by Tom Taylor, art by Stephen Byrne, other credits missing from review copy

Justice League/Power Rangers #6: written by Tom Taylor, art by Stephen Byrne

Justice League/Power Rangers #6

Number of zetabytes of data Cyborg has sifted through: Thousands

The Kamandi Challenge #9

Number of anthropomorphic turtles in Kevin Eastman’s issue: 1

Looney Tunes #239

Number of the Star Trek film lampooned in this issue: 2

Mother Panic #11

Number of ladies who express an interest in kissing Violet in this issue: 2

Number of ladies Violet kisses in this issue: 0

Nightwing: The New Order #2

Number of statues glorifying Nightwing’s butt erected in Gotham: 1, and it’s like four stories tall

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #30: written by Sholly Fisch, art by Dario Brizuela, colors by Franco Riesco, letters by Saida Temofonte

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #30: written by Sholly Fisch, art by Dario Brizuela, colors by Franco Riesco, letters by Saida Temofonte

Scooby Doo Team-Up #30

Number of teams solving weird mysteries featured in this issue: 6, all of whom date back to the 50s or 60s

This was a really cool issue for me, and it’s quietly a Jack Kirby tribute issue that I enjoyed more than a few of the Kirby 100 specials.

Number of these issues I was excited about reading this week: 12!

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