We got three comics, Heroes for Hire #4, Irredeemable #23, and Detective Comics #874. Let's break them down.
Heroes for Hire #4
An all Misty-Knight issue with the whole theme of her fighting against mind-control and snapping out of The Puppetmaster's control earlier in the series than I expected. One thing has been bugging me though, didn't The Puppetmaster die in the Ms. Marvel comic some years ago? Other than that this is a fun, if not remarkable issue as some of the earlier ones have been. I imagine things will pick back up after this sort-of interlude.
3 out of 5 stars.
Another crazy-odd issue by Mark Waid, with characters plotting and secrets being revealed--except we don't get to see exactly what the secrets are so we just know they are something terrible. Oh, and the Plutonian finally snaps out of his trance after some mental-asylum aliens use his sharp nails to cut off an arm for fun. It's very odd stuff, and what started as a simple, "What if Superman went mad," story has morphed into something quite different--but even more interesting.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Detective Comics #874
Picking up what was a back-up story about Jim Gordon's son I never knew he had because I'm not as good with DC continuity--this story is...decent. The plot seems to have two completely different stories, with most pages being taken up by Gordon's story, but a few focusing on the Dick Grayson storyline. They just don't seem linked, but that is mostly the fault of DC editorial getting rid of back-ups and telling Scott Synder to move the story to the main comic. After the amazing intial arc this is a bit of a disappointment. After the Gordon story wraps up though, things should resume being great.
2.5 out of 5 stars.