Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes finally comes out today, and I think you should buy it. I think we all should. Not just because it assembles the Lego Justice League, and not just because this confirms the Lego Martian Manhunter, and not just because the Lego games are generally hella fun, and certainly not because it’s the first Lego game to feature voices, although they do seem to be pretty good and Superman is like a toned-down Aquaman from Brave and the Bold. No, I think we should all buy it because it is, to my knowledge, the first time ever Batman references the pop singer Madonna, a moment in comics history so profound, so earth-shattering, that I think we should all recognize this significance of this moment. With money. (Via Comics Alliance)
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