Posted by Andrew Gonzalez On June - 29 - 2013 2 Comments

Honestly when I heard this book was coming out, I was very, very excited. I love Batman and I just started to love Superman quite recently. Between reading Last Son Of Krypton and other graphic novels, along with Man of Steel, I was instantly hooked on the character. Its hard not to love either of them because they’re so iconic. And now, these two iconic characters get their New 52 debut in Batman/Superman, and they get one hell of a debut.

This brand new series is written by Greg Pak (World War Hulk, X-Treme X-Men), with Pencils by Jae Lee (Inhumans, Superman/Batman vol. 2), and I gotta say, Greg Pak captured not only Batman and Superman very well, but Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent also, given the fact that this is his first DC title ever tackled. With two of DC’s top selling nonetheless. Though the story was a bit confusing because so little info was given about this new Villain our caped duo is about to face, it was so wonderfully written, it kept me turning the pages, ever so intrigued. The book starts off with Bruce and Clark already acquainted, but Batman and Superman meeting for the first time, resulting in a brawl. But when this new villain reveals himself, whoever he is, he has the power to teleport Supes and Bats to what appears to be another reality, one with some pretty important differences. It’s not until the end of the book that I was like “Well, I gotta buy issue two, what the hell’s going on?”. It left me wondering, thinking of what could be next and why, and anticipating issue two. And that’s when I know when a comic is good. But it’s not only the captivating story that got me so hooked, but Jae Lee’s art as well.

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Jae Lee has worked on the previous title Superman/Batman, as oppose to this title which has “Batman” and the titles leading name. His previous work with these characters together really shows in this issue as he brings the visual aspect of their relationship to life in a dark but beautiful way. There’s a great emotional to feel Jae Lee’s art. The first half of this book takes place in Gotham, which is always known to be a dark place where monsters are just as real as the alleys they hide in. And Jae Lee captures that feeling in a very Crime Noir/Horror sense. Gotham just looks like a creepy ass place to be the second you open to the first page. Which brings me to the second half of the book, which is illustrated by Ben Oliver (The Authority, Ultimate X-Men). I’m guessing they switched illustrators to help better portray the reality switch this new villain seamlessly did. Ben Oliver draws a fantastic Batman and an equally fantastic Superman. The last half of the book has a lot of emotion in it and Oliver takes that emotion and bring the pages to life with unprecedented skill.

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Rating: ★★★★☆ Great

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