Punchy wrote:Man, I bet DC feel stupid right about now. They relaunch this book with Batman having top billing, only for Warner Brothers to announce a movie called ‘Superman/Batman’! D’Oh! I suppose it’s easy enough to change the title of this series in the future, but still, it makes me laugh.
Anyways, this series continues to be a very enjoyable read, and after only 2 issues, it’s already up there with the best stuff DC is publishing. The story here is that Batman and Superman have been transported to Earth-2 by the mysterious ‘Kaiyo’. There’s not too much in the way of plot development here, because it’s basically both characters meeting their alternate universe counterparts and doing the usual thing and fighting each other. So whilst this was standard stuff, there were enough interesting character wrinkles in there to make it worth it. It was a lot of fun seeing the contrast between these two Universes, and seeing the differences between the Earth-2 Batman and Superman, and the ‘real’ ones. It was also interesting to find out that on Earth-2, Superman is married to Lois and Batman is married to Catwoman, I haven’t been reading Robinson’s book, so that was cool, and the reactions from ‘our’ heroes was cool.
The best scenes in this comic were either the awesome fight between the two Batmans, where they just knew each other’s moves, or the scene where Clark gets to reunite with his parents, that was very emotional. The real star of this series is Jae Lee, whose art is just mind-blowingly good. I do think he suits the Batman side of the series better than Superman, but that’s just a personal preference. I just love the architecture he draws, Gotham looks truly gothic and creepy. And man, the Earth-2 Wonder Woman that shows up at the end… amazing. This book is worth it just for the art, but luckily, the story is strong too.
As I said, this particular issue was light on plot, but made up for it with the small things. This book really gets at what makes these two iconic characters tick, and does that whilst showing multiple versions of them, well done Greg Pak.
Great review Punchy. This issue felt a little padded with all the silhouettes after a while but it's still a great read. DC is starting to feel less like a 90's Image fanwank and more like The Bronze Age sans CoIE. Batman's exchange was really smart, even letting Catwoman figure it out first was great and Superman's was really heartfelt, although I could have done with a little more fight, fight, fight before cooler heads prevailed.
Unlike Superman's other monthlies, I'm really enjoying this title and Unchained.
You should be. Your really should be.
I'll second that motion; Earth 2 is the tits. It's got a lot of cohesion that people find lacking in the regular continuity.