It is not often that you get a book that does both â€œinsanely humorousâ€ and â€œmeaningful undertoneâ€ within the same covers. On the advice of a friend, I picked up Superman/Batman #46, and I loved it.
Now, Iâ€™ll admit from the get-go here, Iâ€™m not the worldâ€™s biggest Superman fan. I find him boring and predictable. At least, while reading something like Batman, I can sit there going; â€œOK, I know heâ€™s â€˜Batmanâ€™, but something still could happen to him.â€
With Superman, itâ€™s either magic or kryptonite, and even then all the villains are idiots.
Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson
Art and cover by Shane Davis and Matt Banning
Well the current run of Superman/Batman issues are actually dealing with the latter, kryptonite, and destroying the worldâ€™s supply of it. Now this seems to me to be one of those story-killers, where youâ€™ll end up with Superman being even more powerful than before. However, with luck, another asteroid should plummet to Earth in the next year or so and re populate our planet with enough strength-sapping rocks to keep the Superman franchise going for another 50 years.
Yes, Iâ€™m cynical, but it seems to me to be one of those times where the writers have created a character that canâ€™t be beaten; and I dislike those characters.
Granted, Superman has that whole other boy-scout-leadery image that provides for his appearance still being a boost to the story; but put him in a series by himself and it is boring time. Thankfully â€“ and Iâ€™ll get to my point now â€“ this is not the case with these books. He has the epitome of an antithesis running round with him all the time; Batman.
This issue continues the pairs desire to rid the world of kryptonite, but in doing so reveals to us a new type of kryptonite; silver. And the effects of this one allow for hilarity to ensue! In short, Superman getâ€™s high!
There is nothing quite as amusing as seeing Superman viewing his JLA friends as cartoons â€“ and by that, I mean the Saturday-morning cartoon-style cartoons that we all grew up on. Best, is that while all around him there are people making faces or with big cheesy grins, there stands Batman, as cartoony as the rest of them, but with a frown that could curdle milk.
Over the next few pages we get to see Superman enjoying his own munchies food â€“ cereal â€“ playing video games and threatening to visit North Dakota for brownies.
Now I mentioned at the top â€œinsanely humorousâ€ but â€œmeaningful undertoneâ€ as well. For me, this comic grabbed my attention with the second half of the storyline, and the second description.
Apparently at some point we found out that Batman and Zatanna knew each other as teenagers (I missed where that happened, but, ok!). This plays well throughout this story with Zatanna continually running up against Bruceâ€™s inability to take magic seriously.
Needless to say Batman and Zatanna go off to find the necessary crystal to set Superman right again. But in doing so, Batman encounters a moment where the object which they are searching for provides him the chance of his dreams fulfilled; we get to see a picture of his parents alive again and, believe it or not, a picture of him kissing Zatanna.
He says no, blah, blah, blah, the comic ends with Superman essentially telling Batman that he out of everyone in the world doesnâ€™t need an escape â€“ what he wants â€“ and the last panel sees Batman, head dropped, staring out in to space.
Thatâ€™s all good and well, but I hope that this isnâ€™t just writers Michael Green and Mike Johnsonâ€™s own plot development that wonâ€™t see fruition anywhere else. As I said, I am a huge fan of Batman, and once you compare that to my dislike of Superman, you can pretty much see that I like the unpowered superheroes. Batman is by far my favorite, and I would like to see him matched up with someone! Zatanna, is his own personal antithesis.
I wonâ€™t bore you further with my ideas of â€œlove in the DCUâ€ but to say that this issue, with or without your love of a good romantic scene, is an issue worth picking up. For me, this issue gets 4 out of 5 Stars.