Issue #3 of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest has arrived courtesy of writer Mark Waid and artist Dan Mora. It continues with the devilish new threat of Nezha as he takes on Superman and Batman in a stunning take on DC’s Silver and Bronze Ages of heroes. The series continues to deliver with the action and showcasing the scope of characters in the DC Universe. In this portion of the overall story, we see a vivid reaction from Batman, an interesting take on Superman’s views, and just how much more of a threat Nezha is.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3!
The issue’s opener is a direct continuation of Batman and Superman hunting down Felix Faust while protecting Billy Batson. I love that in this scene, Batman and Billy are thrown into Hell while Batman is still in total disbelief and won’t recognize or accept it, even with proof of Joe Chill burning and asking for forgiveness.
Dan Mora really cuts loose in that scene, and there is so much happening at once that makes it pretty graphic. I enjoy how Batman becomes a screaming mess of himself. While Superman is also in that scene, he handles it differently by being calm. Here is a perfect example of Mark Waid’s knowledge of superpowers and imagination coming together to showcase how extraordinary super hearing can be. Once the heroes triumph over Faust, they have a moment of discussion where Batman questions Superman. I love the short pause before Batman concludes that Superman wouldn’t believe in Hell. Talk about embracing hope.
The next scene switches to the Doom Patrol, and I love that they are still part of this story and not just a cameo bit. It is fun to see Mark Waid have Robotman play “kiss, marry, kill” while the team hikes, but I wonder if Cliff would’ve had a different third choice since we only got to see two. While their scene opens on a fun note, it ends very somberly as the team confronts General Immortus to find out he has dementia. Mark and Dan Mora killed it by using a long shot of the group exiting the castle as Elasti-Girl says, “let the man tend to his flowers.” Wow, get the tissues ready for that hit.
Next up is Robin and Supergirl meeting and fighting with the Warriors of Ji. They finally do compare notes, and it seems that there was a heavy price to pay to stop Nezha. That will be interesting to see how this new age of heroes will do with stopping Nezha and if they can avoid that heavy price. There is another fun scene that showcases the villains Mirror Master and Doctor Alchemy – we learn they are under the possession of Nezha, and sadly it also shows us that he can possess more than just villains.
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3 is a significant issue that keeps the momentum going on this fresh, exciting take on the World’s Finest and other characters in the DCU while introducing new ones. Mark Waid and Dan Mora continue the summer blockbuster by adding more drama, action, and catastrophe for Superman and Batman to face, proving why they are indeed the World’s Finest!
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