Review: Superman/Batman #52

Disclaimer: The story doesn’t matter. I’ll say it’s fun and cute and we’ll move on.

This is the world of the Lil’ Leaguers:

Heh, I don’t actually want to review this comic. I just want to post my favorite moments, like this one: Joker discovers giant-sized violence in this giant-sized world.

And this one: I call it PUNCH IN THE JUNK!

(Sure, he doesn’t nail him exactly in “the junk”, but it’s close enough, and clearly, the intent is evident.)

Or this one: Batman’s on monitor duty… whether he likes it or not.

All that stuff was great, but the Batman/Lil’ Catwoman scenes were my favorites:

But truth be told, this issue wasn’t all fun and games. There was some serious stuff too. “Super” serious, to be exact. After Lil’ Superman sacrifices himself to save both Leagues, we’re treated to this sad lil’ series of panels:

You see, in our world, when heroes die they don’t wake up. Um, wait, what? Well, that’s not entirely true, but I can forgive the writers the obvious lie since needlessly addressing the “continuity” or “pray for resurrection” debate kind of misses the point. And then this next panel, GOSH, I almost cried:

OH MY GOSH! LOOK AT THE LITTLE “SUPER-COFFIN”!!!

After the Lil’ Leaguers leave, Bats and Supes have a little heart to heart and the main storyline of the arc comes to an end… but wait, there’s more! Lil’ Joker! You cad! Hey, what’s up with the “FOR NOW…” at the bottom of the page? Just how many freaking Jokers we got running around the DCU?

DC editorial, clean up your toys! Is Joker turning into the new Wolverine? Maybe they’re all Skrulls…

Green and Johnson have been kicking the crap out of this series since the “Kryptonite” arc and I could not be happier, and the sudden appearance of talented writers makes me glad I sloshed my way through all the terrible stories between their run and Jeph Loeb’s. The K trade should be out soon, so if you liked anything you saw here, be sure to check that out. Next issue is the start of a new arc, “Super/Bat”, with art by Rags Morales. The synopsis implies that Batman and Superman switch powers? Very interesting. I love me some what-if stories told in the classic World’s Finest tradition.

Quick Note: Actions Comics, Superman (it’s not terrible), Supergirl, Detective, Batman, Superman/Batman… all solid reads, yes? Can anyone remember the last time this many Superman and/or Batman books have been this good? I think it was never ago.

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3 Responses to Review: Superman/Batman #52

  1. dclebeau says:

    Nice review. This was a pleasant surprise!

    I gave up on Supes/Bats during the Loeb run. For me, Loeb had a great first issue. And every issue after that dropped off in quality substantially. I think I left shortly after the Supergirl story.

    I’ll definitely check out next issue. I’d really like to like this book!

    As for your note, I can’t ever think of a time when both the Batman and Superman books were as good as they are now. Although, I think I was enjoying the Batman books more at some points in the past. (Bru & Rucka rule!) So, mostly I’m giving credit for this to the fact the Superman books all finally became readable.

  2. Stewart says:

    Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let
    you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think
    its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

    • xxadverbxx says:

      Thanks for the info, and I know that some of our older posts are missing images. Something I admit I haven’t bothered trying to fix due to the age of the posts and that the original author is not with us anymore.

      At the same time, all the images on this post seem to be working fine for me. Was there a specific one you can’t seem to view?

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