With Great Power Comes Much Punching and Fighting
With all the craziness that is going on in the DC Universe, itâ€™s nice to know you can sit down and read a title that both follows and breaks continuity at every turn.Â Superman/Batman reintroduced Supergirl to the world, but it also featured a run where the entire universe went flippy a couple of times, and no one in any of the other titles noticed.
Weâ€™ve now come to a tale that has the Silver Banshee doing the thing that she does so well, which had the odd effect of Batman acquiring Supermanâ€™s powers.Â Whatâ€™s the worldâ€™s greatest detective going to do with such power?Â Itâ€™s probably not what you think.
Unless you looked already looked at the cover.
As you might expect following an issue where the two central characters switch powers, a great deal of the exposition is spent seeing how the characters deal with the changes.Â Batman begins to harness and use his new skills to totally wipe out crime across Gotham City,Â and even though he says heâ€™s in control, it is quite obvious the power trip is going to his head to the point where his moral code is pretty much wiped out.
The issue comes to a head when Batman decides to track down the source of the drugs in Gotham, which leads him to Santa Prisca Island – yes, the same island that Bane was born and raised, and the same island where Bane is now the drug overlord.Â I know, I find it strange that Bane appears in this issue, as well as Secret Six, and had to have his lines in Infinite Crisis rewritten so he would change from a good guy back to a bad guy.Â But whatever, right?Â Itâ€™s just a story…
Super-Bats arrives at the island and begins to blow stuff up real good, and when Bane appears, the two go at it.Â Unlike Superman, Batman is more than willing to not hold back on his powers and, in a surprise panel, it looks like Batman punches a hole clear through Baneâ€™s stomach.Â If that really is the case, itâ€™s really gonna piss Gail Simone off.
Is Bane dead? Unlikely.Â These days you canâ€™t kill anyone without them coming back to life an issue later.Â But that is a conversation best left for another time.
Clark on the other hand is having his own conflicts as heâ€™s trying to adapt to life as a normal Joe.Â Of course having just gone through the events of One Year Later and 52, where he was completely depowered, youâ€™d think heâ€™d be used to it by now…
Still, you can take the power out of the Superman, but you canâ€™t take the hero out of the man.Â As Lois and Clark go for an evening stroll, a scuffle in a nearby alley draws Clark in to help.Â One thing leads to another, and Clark is shot point blank in the gut.
Thereâ€™s some brilliant intercutting between the two stories, and there is a more than coincidental mirroring of the wounds between Bane and Clark.
- Red Eyes Batman
- Classic Clark Kent with a fedora
- Lois Lane with that look in her eye
- Batman going bat-sh*t crazy
- The â€œdeathâ€ of Bane
- The â€œdeathâ€ of Clark
- Batman being a super-dick
- Not paying attention to continuity
Yeah, Iâ€™m a stickler for storytelling that is rooted in continuity.Â This particular arc could still tell a great story and make reference to past events, but it doesnâ€™t and ends up causing some confusion in the end.Â I dig where Michael Green and Mike Johnson are going with Batman and his new found powers, I just hope the ending is as dramatic and character altering as Clark getting shot.
Rags Morales does an excellent job on the art, and I canâ€™t point to one panel that appeared odd or strange.Â Layouts are great, and the inking is well done.Â Heck, thereâ€™s even some fanboy service in the form of an all girl wait staff.Â That, and the shots of Zatanna look pretty good too.
Unlike other series, this second issue doesnâ€™t disappoint.Â The action is even more intense that the first, and the teaser image for next issue gives the impression that the writers are going to slow the story down for the sake of filling for the trade.Â Superman/Batman as a series is really great, and this issue earns 3.5 out of 5 Stars.