Saturday, August 31, 2013

Batman Superman #3

   This continues to be a heck of a lot of fun, as writer Greg Pak gives us a smart team-up between Superman and Batman and Superman and Batman (with a guest appearance by Wonder Woman).

   Nope, I'm not stuttering - the issue features the two heroes at the beginning of their career, and a parallel Earth version of them more than a decade further along.

   It's fun to see the young, idealistic Superman meeting his older, more confident (and somewhat jaded) counterpart, and we also get an exploration of the earliest meeting between the two - which hearkens back to Silver Age stories of the heroes as young boys.

   We finally get a sense of the forces at work here, as a familiar (and craggy) menace is revealed, and the heroes must find a way to join forces and overcome their biggest problem - distrust.

   The artwork is split between Jae Lee's wonderful, evocative style, which is very different from the usual Batman Superman fare - and the more conventional (but very nice) flashback art by Yildiray Cinar.

   As the story comes into focus, I find I'm enjoying this more and more - and next issue wraps up this story. A complete story in less than 10 issues - are they mad?

   Let's hope it's a new trend.

Grade: A-





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