Bruce Castle Presents: The World’s Finest

Action Comics #868 (*****)

This arc continues to amaze me. After only two pages I was laughing my head off. Then things got serious. Geoff Johns makes both work superbly. Like All Star Superman, this book is a perfect example of how a Superman book should be. It’s so well put together. Both Johns and Gary Frank are at the top of their game. There is a lot of fighting, but the action sequences never get tiring. This isn’t intricate or particularly original, but every month it’s incredibly entertaining and a hell of a good read. I love this book.

Batman #679 (****1/2)

First off, I want to commend DC and Grant Morrison for being so brave. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you about The Dark Knight’s popularity. I’m sure that popularity is leading several people to wander into their local comic shop and while they’re there, I’m sure several of them are purchasing this comic. I was originally going to write “if they’re 12” but really, all of those people who read this book will be disappointed. This is a terrible “jumping on point”. I also admire Grant Morrison for having the cojones to write this, especially given the time of release. Having said all that, I really like this story. Batman RIP is very demanding. It requires much patience and an open mind. If you’re looking for a standard Batman tale look elsewhere, but if you can deal with the aforementioned demands, you will be rewarded with a great story.

2 thoughts on “Bruce Castle Presents: The World’s Finest

  1. I believe there was a study done over the last couple years demonstrating that movies sell TPBs and collections VERY well, but generally do bring non-comics fans into comic book shops to buy monthlies. I could be completely wrong, and I can’t find that anywhere anymore, but I thought I remembered something like that going down.

    Still, it makes sense. Most comic shops are very out of the way, single issues are generally expensive, and requires many months of dedication, while jumping into a Barnes and Noble on the walk home and seeing The Killing Joke prominently on display might tempt you to pick it up.

  2. That’s true, but when I was a kid I couldn’t afford trades. So when I first picked up Batman comics I read the single issues. But with all the damn expensive technology kids can somehow afford these days, they’re probably buying an omnibus for their first comic.

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