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 Up here in Canada it snowed again, it’s friggin April!  This week we have four books, they are Detective Comics #954, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, and Gotham Academy Second Semester #8. 

Batman and Ra’s Al Gul face off in a mental battle in the Bat Cave in Detective Comics #954.  There is a lot of talking in this issue.  However it is written very well.  Issue #954 goes over the history between Batman and the League of Assassins.  I’m unsure if most of it was necessary but it was a good comic nonetheless. 

Black Canary goes undercover in an assassin training school in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9.  It’s been a while since Black Canary had an issue all to herself and unlike her solo series this one didn’t suck.  The writing was excellent and the way the story unfolded felt very natural.  My only complaint is that Batgirl and the Huntress had a small cameo at the end but it wasn’t needed.

The Outlaws go to the Middle East to find Artemis’ sister in Red Hood and the Outlaws #9.  While I enjoyed the story of this issue, I’m just worried that it came out at the wrong time.  What I mean by that is it could be interpreted as making light of what happened in Syria last weekend.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a good story.  I just feel like they could have picked a different location. 

Olivia gets possessed by a witch from long ago in Gotham Academy Second Semester #8.  Our final comic of the week had a good story but I think they could have gotten away with using more horror elements.  This comic played it safe and in parts a little too safe.