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Batman/Superman #2 Review

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Our heroes continue their first meeting while over on another Earth, but is this origin of their future friendship really shaping up into something special?  Read on to find out.

The official description from DC:

Batman and Superman travel to Earth 2, where they find familiar heroes who are trying to kill them!

The beauty and opportunity embedded in the New 52 is the promise that the current generation can experience the birth of something they only grew up reading about.  That each month fans would live moments that were lost to re-printings long ago and that right there is what this series ultimately represents.  And after two issues this creative team has got me hooked to the point that I honestly can’t wait to see what they do next.

Greg Pak absolutely hits the nail on the head as he gives us two perspectives set in a very complex situation.  We have Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent dealing with another version of themselves as they realize that their lives turned out a bit different just a reality away.  As corny as that might sound the author makes use of the toys therein to deliver some powerful bullet points that might just be the necessary ground work to make a caped crusader and a blue boy-scout into longtime friends.  We had the classic start as the two of them scuffled but this narrative twist is opening a stream of possibilities for both of our leads.

You’re either going to adore the art by Jae Lee or you’re going to pull  your hair out wondering why they picked this guy to illustrate this series.  For me I fall on the former, as each panel and depiction gives way to a sophisticated version of the world that embraces mood and a lot of negative space to convey two unique perspectives on this situation.  My favorite aspect contained here comes from the expressions on our two iconic heroes as they receive a dynamic but distorted makeover.

Batman/Superman #2 is an absolutely engrossing comic book that’s chock-full of text and rendered with the utmost care.  Highly recommended.

4.5/5

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