A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11 Micro-Review – Leave ‘Em Wanting More

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Batman:Superman World's Finest 11, cover, January 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: 
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Considering the cliffhanger we got last issue, this “Strange Visitor” storyline ends pretty abruptly here. It seemed like there might have been a lot more meat on the bone. Better to leave them wanting more, I suppose?

This issue borrows an idea from Superman II that I don’t know if we’ve ever seen in the comics. Certainly not in recent history…

Mora and Bonvillain get to work on some fairly obscure villains in this issue. Zebra-Man? Acid Master? Bag O’ Bones? Sure! Why not?

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A Lazarus Planet: Alpha Micro-Review – Sexuality on Display

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Lazarus Planet Alpha, cover, January 2023, David Marquez, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Lazarus Planet: Alpha
AUTHORS: Mark Waid, Gene Luen Yang
ARTISTS:
Riccardo Federici, Billy Tan, Brad Anderson (Colorist), Sebastian Cheng (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer), Janice Chiang (Letterer). Cover by David Marquez & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED: 
January 10, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is gorgeously drawn by Riccardo Federici. Perhaps too well drawn in the case of Power Girl. Her sexuality is very much on display in this issue, and it…pulled focus. I can’t decide if that’s Federici accentuating it, or if that’s just her costume.

Supergirl’s newer costume, however, is great. The Girl of Steel actually stole the issue for me when she got pissed at a minion and (literally) clapped back.

I can’t say I’m super invested in this Lazarus Planet stuff. But this issue piqued my interest enough to bring me back for at least one more issue.

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A Batman vs. Robin #4 Micro-Review – A Misleading Title

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Batman vs Robin 4, cover, December 2022, Mahmud Asrar, Nathan FairbairnTITLE: Batman vs. Robin #4
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: 
Mahmud Asrar, Scott Godlewski, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
December 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Those bat ears on the Helmet of Fate look ridiculous. Just my opinion. But I’m right.

We do get a little character-driven scrap between Bruce and Damian in this issue. But ultimately, Batman vs. Robin isn’t really about Batman and Robin. It’s a misleading title in that sense. The story is really about setting the table for next month’s Lazarus Planet event comic. I can’t say I’m swayed one way or another at this point. Just feeling misled.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #10 Micro-Review – Dropping the Bombshell

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batmansuperman_worlds_finest_10_cover_december_2022_dan_moraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #10
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist) Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a big bombshell dropped at the end of this issue. I won’t spoil it, but it raises more than one intriguing question…

Waid is playing some of the same notes in this story that he did back in Irredeemable. It’s clear that, like the Plutonian, David/Boy Thunder is not emotionally equipped to be a superhero.

I didn’t expect the classic Teen Titans to be a regular fixture in this story. But I ain’t complainin’. It’s consistently a treat to see Mora draw them.

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A Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1 Micro-Review – The Bro Hug

 

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Superman KAl-El Returns Special 1, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1
AUTHORS: Mark Waid, Sina Grace, Marv Wolfman, Alex Segura
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Dan Mora.

RELEASED: November 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue contains four short stories, most of which show us the immediate reactions certain characters have to Superman being back. The best of which, for my money, shows what may be Mark Waid’s best work on Superman and Batman since he’s been back with DC. He writes the two as close friends and confidants, which is a sensible approach given how long they’ve known each other.

Plus, they give each other a bro hug in the opening scene. A Superman/Batman bro hug? I never thought I’d see the day…

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #9 Micro-Review – Fleetfeet?

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Batman Superman World's Finest 9, cover, 2022, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, JokerTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #9
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The big attraction for this issue is seeing Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain do the Joker. They don’t disappoint. Mora even nails the crazed look in the character’s eyes (note the cover).

During this issue, someone calls Kid Flash “Fleetfeet.” I know it’s a joke. But was that an early version of the character’s name? Or maybe a nickname from back in the day? It sounds like a name they’d have come up with back in the ’50s…

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A Batman vs. Robin #3 Micro-Review – Damian and the Pig Man

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Batman vs Robin 3, cover, 2022, Mahmud Asrar, Nathan FairbairnTITLE: Batman vs. Robin #3
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Mahmud Asrar, Scott Godlewski, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Asrar & Nathan Fairbairn.

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This month Batman fights all his former Robins, who are under mind control, in a big gauntlet to get to Damian. That actually feels right for a Batman vs. Robin story, as opposed to much of what we’ve seen in this book so far.

Case in point, in this issue Robin talks to an anthropomorphic magic pig man for some reason. There’s a Seinfeld joke about pig men to be made here somewhere…

Google it, kids.

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A <i<Batman/Superman: World's Finest #8 Micro-Review – Thunder and Steel

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Batman Superman World's Finest 8, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #8
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

More old school Teen Titans in this issue, which prompts me to reiterate: When are we giving Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain a Titans title?

This cover is a neat little homage to the original Batman #1 cover from 1940. Somewhat subtle. But once you recognize it, it’s pretty cool.

The obvious instability that Mark Waid injects into David, a.k.a. Boy Thunder, is compelling. The reader can see what’s coming a mile away. But of course, the characters can’t. Not even the world’s greatest detective.

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A Batman vs. Robin #2 Micro-Review – The Mystic Route

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Batman vs. Robin 2, cover, 2022, Mahmud Asrar, Nathan FairbairnTITLE: Batman vs. Robin #2
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Mahmud Asrar, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Asrar & Nathan Fairbairn.

RELEASED: October 11, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This story is diving heavily into the magic and mystic corner of the DC Universe. Waid is even using Nezha, a mystic villain featured in his run on World’s Finest. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, per se. But I do question if it’s what people want to read in a book called Batman vs. Robin.

It’s great to have Alfred back, though. Even if it’s strictly contained to this book. And likely just for a short time. *sigh*

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #7 Micro-Review – A Sidekick For Superman

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Batman Superman World's Finest 7, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #7
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: September 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Dan Mora once again gets to draw the classic Teen Titans in this issue. At what point do we just give this man the keys to a Teen Titans book?

Mark Waid nicely crafts a very sympathetic backstory for David, the character who’s about to become Superman’s sidekick. His backstory also has some tragic commonalities with that of both Superman and Batman. Both these factors work wonders in getting us invested in a character whose story will no doubt continue to be tragic.

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