Writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee, comic-book superstars both, took a swing at the Bat–with smart, smooth, and best-selling results.
RISING STARS: BORN IN FIRE
Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski took a detour to concoct a blazing tale of superpowered kids, detention camps, and genocide.
POWERS: WHO KILLED RETRO GIRL?
The first collection of Daredevil writer Brian Michael Bendis’ cops-and-heroes saga crackles with inventive noir energy.
If the title alone doesn’t grab you–and how couldn’t it?–the cover blurb doesn’t lie: A gorilla with a jet pack is the second best idea in the history of comics.