Thanks to the big announcement of the next DC universe movie, the Batman and Superman pair is on everyone’s mind. As a result, it’s no surprise I decided to review Batman/Superman #2 this week. I enjoyed issue #1, and looked forward to what creators Greg Pak and Jae Lee had in store for their second installment.
We rejoin the younger Batman and Superman as they attempt to survive on Earth 2. It doesn’t take long before the Earth 1 heroes meet their older Earth 2 counterparts and learn just how different things are in this alternate dimension. A few quick fights lead to moments of mutual alliance and understanding, as our heroes attempt to uncover just who is manipulating their fates.
Greg Pak’s writing in this issue is good, but not great. I’ll be honest: there were a few pieces of dialogue that just felt awkward or out of place. Furthermore, the pacing of several scenes were awkward, as were some of the transitions between the Batmen and the Supermen. Even so, some moments were pure gems, such as the Earth 2 Superman telling his counterpart to watch his language. I also have to commend Pak for sticking to continuity; many fans worried this new series would run roughshod over the early New 52 continuity established by Geoff Johns in Justice League and Grant Morrison in Action Comics, but this story acknowledges what came before such as Earth 1 Superman not knowing Wonder Woman.
Jae Lee’s art is the real high point of this book. The way he draws action is riveting, and his attention to detail such as the wrinkles in a hero’s cape are downright beautiful. Colorist June Chung meshes well with Lee, showing the ability to illustrate both shadowy and bright moments with equivalent skill. My only real complaint about the art is that the characters’ hair looks odd in a few scenes.
Batman/Superman #2 is a good comic, but not a great comic. The series is enjoyable so far, but this issue is weaker than the first. Furthermore, the $3.99 (US) price tag for only 20 pages of story, while a standard for other comic companies, is new for DC, and I’m not fond of paying that price to be denied an extra 5-10 pages of plot. As I said in my review of the first issue of this series, 20 page comics are rising in price across the board, but it’s unfortunate that DC is moving in that direction. If the series sells, however, I can understand this choice. In the end, this comic is worth reading, but I wouldn’t encourage you to buy it unless you’re a big fan of the characters or if the following issues are higher quality.
-Jae Lee’s art, with June Chung’s coloring, is gorgeous
-respects established continuity
-fun moments of dialogue
-some dialogue falls flat
-character’s hair looks strange
Brett Simon is a twenty-three year old comic enthusiast. His Earth-2 counterpart is Dictator of the Nation of Texas.
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