[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]
Writer: Frank Miller/ Brian Azzarello
Pencils: Andy Kubert
The epic conclusion to the invasion is finally here! As Superman and a newly rejuvenated Batman attempt the final assault against the Kryptonians, it’s up to heroes like Green Lantern and Supergirl to hold the line! Will the heroes be able to make their last stand count? Or will it be New Krypton on Earth?
I always love a good Batman and Superman story and this is no exception to the rule. Thanks to the Lazarus Pit, Bruce is no longer a 60 year old Batman. His body having been returned to its peak in his late 20’s, it was good seeing a young but experienced Batman causing damage! It’s Batman’s tactical thinking that lands the first lethal blow to the invasion as he unleashes an entire army of bats against the enemy. Completely surprised by a swarm of millions of bats darkening the sky, the Kryptonians fire their heat vision away to kill the bats–all while injuring themselves in the panic! Either dead or dismembered, the Krytonians leave their leader Quar to Superman and Batman. It’s here where we see Superman’s true fighting ability, which even Batman stops to marvel at.
I had the same complaint over these last few issues about Carrie Kelley’s Batgirl costume and how bright it was. It seemed that someone finally heard me! We finally see Carrie come around full circle in this issue as Batwoman, and Batman sees her now more as a partner than a sidekick. Her all black suit is a definite upgrade, and the way it contrasts against Batman’s makes it look even better. She remarks that she needs a tactical advantage now, and she’s now a grown woman in her own right. It’s always great to see sidekicks grow and mature through the course of a series and this was a good run for Carrie.
The Master Race was a great series, period! The action was intense, the bond between Superman and Batman reinforced, and we get to see an older Justice League in action. It’s very rare in a series where you see the growth of all characters and their consequences carry so much weight, but Miller and Azzarello do it flawlessly. This is definitely a series I will be reading over again very soon.