I will say, I’ve had a hard time wrapping my brain around the New 52. DC and I haven’t always met eye to eye. Their heroes are so iconic, with origins that are so ingrained in the cultural hive mind. And yet, I find myself constantly intimidated whenever I want to jump on to a new story line or pick up a new issue #1. Despite it all, I will always take a chance on Batman. Even when his story lines wander far from the core foundations of the book, I can always somehow relate or understand his actions and motivations. If I picked up a comic where Batman is stranded on a space station, fighting a monster made entirely of candy wrappers, all I would need to know is that it’s Batman on a space station fighting a monster made entirely of candy bars. I wouldn’t need to know why he was there or even how a collection of candy wrappers became the physical manifestation of a hostile life form. I feel this was about Superman to a lesser extent. While I still can relate and understand his motivations, his story lines generally tend to go down a complex path that require a little bit of explanation. I always felt that Batman and Superman crossover titles were the perfect middle ground for me.
Writer Greg Pak seems to really understand these two characters and the overall feel of the DC universe right now. While I have no idea what the heck is truly going on in this story, the premise never really feels too far out of reach. The dynamic between Batman and Superman is spot on and their actions never really feel out of character. Except when they are and it’s acknowledged. Jae Lee’s art’s always grabs hold of me and leaves me wanting more. Although, at times, I can’t tell if Lee’s background art is meant to be part of the story or just his artistic vision of Gotham. But, holy fudge knuckles, this book is beautiful. Ben Oliver does his best to keep up with Lee and succeeds 89% of the time.
I don’t know if consequences of this book will effect the entirety of the DCU, but they sort of feel like they will. Which, to me is the sign of a great ongoing series.
You can grab BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1-3 on comic store shelves now.
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10