Sunday, September 15, 2013

Batman/Superman #2 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Man, comics got good again while I wasn’t looking!

This issue is great.  Although it takes some focus to keep the future separate from the past, it’s worth the effort.  The women really provide the framework for the story here:  Martha figures out that younger Clark’s pain comes from losing them so early, Lois gets fake-angry at older Clark for younger Clark’s clear attraction to Wonder Woman, and older Selina simply enjoys watching the Bruces fight one another.  They provide the emotion and the humor to the issue, as the men just simply bumble from moment to moment.

But, the men do eventually pull themselves together and we’re promised the battle royale with the Trickster next issue.  I’m hoping that Pak tries to explain why she did what she did, but it honestly doesn’t matter all that much.  Pak really channels the old-school “World’s Finest” stories, where the reason for Bruce and Clark getting thrown together matters much less than the fun of watching their worlds collide.  I can tell that I’m going to re-read this arc from start to finish once it ends, but I have to take off my hat to Pak for not writing for the trade, for still making it an enjoyable read, issue after issue.

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