Review: Batman/Superman #12

Review: Batman/Superman #12

 

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Artist: Max Raynor

Letters: John J. Hill

Colors: Alejandro Sanchez  

 

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan

 

Summary

“If we are lucky they will follow our directions to NOT follow us to the moon.” – Batman
 

Batman/Superman #12 – Batman and Superman are missing! Is there more to their disappearance than meets the eye? As the heroes of Gotham City and Metropolis try to put the pieces together, they uncover a weirdly chaotic plot devised by Brainiac! What deranged mind could have corrupted the most dangerous computer in the known galaxy? We sure hope it wasn’t The Joker…

Positives

Imagine finding a wrecked Batcave and expecting to see Batman and Superman in this comic leading the investigation as to what went awry after their battle with the Ultra-Humanite.

Imagine seeing a different version of the World’s Finest leading this investigation in what will be one of the most interesting team-ups in some time – Batwoman and Steel.

Why didn’t I think of this?  This is the World’s Finest in a time where we need to celebrate diversity.  Batwoman…a hero in the DC Universe, a member of the LGBTQ community.  Steel –  African American scientist John Henry Irons whose initially was one of the four who sought to carry on the work of Superman after he was killed by Doomsday.  

 

DC is doing some great work on the diversity front and to see this carried on in mainstream books that feature Batman and Superman is to be commended.  But I would not expect anything less from Joshua Williamson who is on top of his writing game and playing with all of DC’s cast of characters!

 

Positives 2.0

Williamson’s turns an interesting corner with this storyline in both his bringing in another World’s Finest, but to also place Brainiac into the mix. Perpetua must have spit him out in a different form, but this is Brainiac!

Pour in the Batcave “attacking” the duo. 

Finally, the haunting images of some creatures on the moon that resemble even more horrific versions of Bane and Doomsday among others. 

This is a strong beginning to another story arc.

 

Negatives

Cricket sounds abound!

 

Verdict

Batman/Superman #12 – To see Superman and Batman defeated on their own home court of the Batcave (Not the Fortress of Solitude….) is pretty astounding.  Tom Taylor’s work on DCeased is worthy of this digital treatment in the cave.  But to catapult them into a confrontation with inhabitants of Planet Brainiac that look to be doppelgangers of their greatest defeats.  This is going to be a book for the ages.

 

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Carl Bryan

Doc B is a college physical education instructor that has coached numerous sports on the rec, club, and collegiate level. He has a wonderful wife, two awesome kids, and remembers when Kryptonite came in a lot of different forms. He also has learned not to utter "Mxyzptlk" backwards!