A Batman #1, a Superman #1, and Mark Waid’s return to penning a DC comic — Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1 is a lot to take in! Now take all that excitement and wrap it up in Dan Mora’s art, and you have what will probably be a sellout issue. Dan and Mark working on Superman and Batman is just amazing because these two do as much as they can to sneak in elements from both heroes’ histories — I mean, just look at that cover by Dan Mora!
SPOILERS AHEAD for Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1!
I’m very excited to see Mark Waid back in the saddle, and getting to see his work on Superman is fantastic. Mark is no stranger to teaming up legends, of course — if you want something else to read, check out his Flash/Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold miniseries with Barry Kitson while you wait for issue #2 of this volume. What I love most about the writing in this issue is how well-balanced Mark Waid is with Superman and Batman; they both have moments that won’t undersell the other.
Mark is going back in time with this issue, and I think that works wonderfully for Dan Mora as he gets to showcase some classic Bat-suits and does a fantastic redesign of Robin’s Bronze Age costume that makes it work. I need an action figure now! I had to laugh about the villain choice in this issue, as it echoed back to Superman/Batman Vol. 1 #1. Now I wonder if that villain choice was made on purpose or part of the story device? Either way, it entertained me.
I want to give a shoutout to colorist Tamara Bonvillain for this issue. Tamara does a beautiful job giving Gotham and Metropolis their own atmospheres. The colors also enhance the tone as the action scenes are bolder and enhanced. The scene when Superman gets stabbed is just that much more dramatic because of those colors at that moment.
Speaking of action, Dan showcases Batman and Robin’s acrobatic movements perfectly. There is a scene where Batman goes to save Robin, and when they return to the rooftop, they make a dynamic duo entrance. I also love how this book is called World’s Finest and showcases Robin. Historically it was a book with the three heroes, so it’s a nice callback to that era and presents a strong case for Robin, Dick Grayson, to be part of the world’s finest heroes.
There are some special guest stars in this issue, and this issue has got me even more interested in them, which is great as this could mean more heroes in future issues making an appearance. World’s Finest is a great book that really will present DC’s vast collection of heroes and history vigorously. I feel like this could be a lively book like Grant Morrison, and Howard Porter’s JLA was. The return of the summer blockbuster comic book is back!
The original summer blockbuster of comics is back with a fantastic lineup, an all-time great creative team and iconic heroes. On top of that, we get some bonus appearances from other heroes in the DCU. Here is a comic that lives up to its name!
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