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Preview: Batman/Superman #7

Batman/Superman #7

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Nick Derington
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

In the aftermath of “The Infected,” Batman and Superman create new measures to prevent hidden and dangerous super-villain plots in the future. Using new technology to track villains throughout the DC Universe, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are startled to discover that General Zod has returned to Earth-and that his new target is…Ra’s al Ghul! What is Zod’s plan, and what does it have to do with the destroyed bottle city of Kandor? Find out in the first chapter of a two-part epic featuring the work of artist Nick Derington!

Batman/Superman #7

Get a First Look at Batman/Superman #7

Batman/Superman #7

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Nick Derington and Dave McCaig
Cover by Nick Derington
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
Final Orders Due: Feb 03, 2020
SRP: $3.99

General Zod Has Returned to Earth—and His New Target is Ra’s al Ghul!

In the aftermath of “The Infected,” Batman Universe artist Nick Derington joins the series as Batman and Superman create new measures to prevent hidden and dangerous super-villain plots in the future. Using new technology to track villains throughout the DC Universe, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are startled to discover that General Zod has returned to Earth, and that his new target is…Ra’s al Ghul!

What is Zod’s plan, and what does it have to do with the destroyed bottle city of Kandor? Find out in the first chapter of a two-part epic!

Batman/Superman #7, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Nick Derington and Dave McCaig, hits shelves on February 26, 2020, followed by the conclusion to “Kandor Compromise” in Batman/Superman #8 on March 25.

Batman/Superman #7

Preview: Batman/Superman #6

Batman/Superman #6

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The Secret Six may have met their match when they faced the combined might of Superman and Batman, but don’t count these infected heroes out yet. With the Batman Who Laughs freed from his prison at last, the clock is ticking for the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel to track down the escaped Deathbringer, Sky Tyrant, King Shazam, Scarab, and the most tragic to Superman…his cousin Kara.

Batman/Superman #6

Underrated: Superman/Batman: World’s Finest

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Superman/Batman: World’s Finest


Fifteen years ago, I picked up this book when I had first moved to Canada and I was looking for something to read that wasn’t Marvel related. Volume one of a series seemed like a good enough place to start, and despite knowing very little about DC’s comics at the time I was more than aware who Batman and Superman was in the general sense from the movies and TV shows that had been released at the time.

The story was also adapted for DVD in 2009 or so under the title Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Because I’m not talking about the adaption today, I’m referring to the story under the comic book title.

No, today I wanted to revisit a story I hadn’t read in years because my wife picked me up a Batman blind box recently, and this was one of the books within the box. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading it until I flicked through the softcover collection again.

Collecting the first six issues of the series, Superman/Batman: World’s Finest was released in April 2004, and was written by Jeph Loeb with art by Ed McGuinness and colours by Dexter Vines. The story features a then President Lex Luthor, the framing of the man of steel for Metallo’s murder and a fantastic twin narrative device that allows Loeb to use the internal monologues of both Batman and Superman to great effect. It is often the source of my laughter when reading the book, as both men have some diametrically opposed viewpoints on things, and their thoughts in the moment are almost mirrored.

It’s honestly worth reading for that alone.

The story itself is largely free of any major continuity trappings from other series, by which I mean at the time I was able to go into this entirely blind about the state of the DC universe in 2004/2005 and still thoroughly enjoy the story. And my introduction to a cast of new characters like Captain Atom, Black Adam, Major Force and others I had never heard of before.

Although there have been a lot of really good Batman/Superman stories since this came out, the writing of Loeb and the way he has the two leads play off each other makes this collection stand out. If you’re not that keen on reading yet more stories featuring two of DC most popular heroes, then that’s fine. But you’ll be missing out on one of the coolest and most underrated aspects of this collection – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it happily again – the dueling monologues of Superman and Batman highlight Loeb’s understanding of the two characters and their relationship.

The only downside is that as my introduction to DC comics, this remains one of the finest examples of that relationship I’ve read to this day.

You can find this collection at your local comic shop; it’s still in print so shouldn’t be too hard to find if you’re looking for it. I highly recommend checking it out when you get a chance.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Batman/Superman #5

Batman/Superman #5

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Batman Who Laughs has unleashed his Secret Six! Now these infected heroes threaten to spread their dark infection across our world, and the only thing that might stop them is the combined might of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. If they fail, the planet will become the seed that grows a new Dark Multiverse-heroes will fall, villains will rise, and a new era dawns for the DCU in this explosive first arc finale that leads directly into Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #1!

Batman/Superman #5

Preview: Batman/Superman #4

Batman/Superman #4

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) David Marquez (CA) Emanuela Lupacchino
In Shops: Nov 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Even from prison, the Batman Who Laughs is staying two steps ahead of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. His plan to infect heroes and turn them into the Dark Multiverse versions of themselves is starting to build steam, with Shazam and others already succumbing to his evil toxin. Batman and Superman are racing the clock to prevent the other three members of the Secret Six from being poisoned, but they realize they are too late when those three come looking for them instead-one of whom is a lot closer to Superman than expected and itching for a fight!

Batman/Superman #4

Review: Batman/Superman #3

Batman/Superman #3

Batman/Superman #3 continues to deliver a hell of a series as we begin to see the larger picture of what’s going on.

Written by Joshua Williamson the issue has Superman infected by The Batman Who Laughs. The issue teases out what’s to come and by the end, it’s much clearer this is a much bigger story tying into DC’s meta.

Williamson is able to deliver an issue that’s enjoyed on its own. At the same time, for those paying attention to “Year of the Villain” and “Tales From the Dark Multiverse,” you’ll be extra thrilled with the issue. Though this is a race to find out who’s infected and cure them, there’s so much more going on. That, and the fact Williamson is focused on numerous relationships makes the issue resonate.

The art by David Marquez with color by Alejandro Sanchez delivers. There’s some powerful moments and action sequences and you can feel the impact of the punches and crashes. The lettering by John J. Hill adds to the twisted nature of it all, especially Superman, as the infected grow.

The issue delivers and really moves the series and story along. There’s a sense of desperation you can feel coming from Batman as he struggles with what to do. Add in Superman realizing this isn’t an easy fight and you truly get a sense of a struggle. The series is delivering one of the best experiences from DC right now.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: David Marquez
Color: Alejandro Sanchez Letters: John J. Hill
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Batman/Superman #3

Batman/Superman #3

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Oct 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“Who are the Secret Six?” part three! Is Superman the newest member of the Batman Who Laughs’ Secret Six? It certainly looks that way, and Batman may be powerless to stop the Man of Steel and his own demented doppelgänger. The Dark Multiverse’s most dangerous Bruce Wayne is loose in our world, and he has our world’s greatest superhero at his side. Who do you turn to when there’s no one to trust?

Batman/Superman #3

Review: Batman/Superman #2

Batman/Superman #2

Batman and Superman are locked in battle with Shazam in a solid second issue. Batman/Superman #2 has the pacing down as these two heroes realize they’re up against a hell of a threat. I’ll fully admit corrupted heroes as a concept is a bit of a yawn. Writer Joshua Williamson puts me in my place though with this and the previous issue.

To some extent, Batman/Superman #2 feels like certain beats are attempted to be hit. Williamson delivers the moments we’d expect if Superman and Batman were to fight Shazam. Even though they’re expected, they’re still entertaining. And that’s part of Williamson’s strength. The comic is fun like a wild ride you immediately want more of. You can see the twists and hills but it’s still enjoyable.

Still, while mostly predictable, Williamson delivers mystery as someone lies outside in the shadows directing the corrupted heroes. It’s a tease that is still a lot of fun even with so much of the story spoiled through solicits.

The art by David Marquez is amazing. Along with color from Alejandro Sanchez and lettering by John J. Hill, the visuals nail the tone. The small details on the corrupted Shazam are fantastic and use of lightning top notch. The comic pops visually. The lettering by Hill emphasizes the corruption. There are just amazing pages that had me lingering for quite some time. The art captures the excitement and energy of it all.

Batman/Superman #2 is a fantastic second issue. The cynicism for the concept has gone away. It’s a ride I’m completely strapped in for. It hits the key beats perfectly delivering on expectations but doing so effortlessly and with a hell of a lot of fun.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: David Marquez
Color: Alejandro Sanchez Letterer: John J. Hill
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Batman/Superman #2

Batman/Superman #2

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Sep 25, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Batman Who Laughs’ plot is bigger than either the Caped Crusader or the Man of Steel realized. Following a showdown with the devious killer’s first sentinel, a jacked-up, Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam!, the pair has to figure out who else has been targeted for similar transformations. Their first two guesses: someone very close to Batman and the one hero that would make failure nearly impossible-Superman himself!

Batman/Superman #2
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