Review: ‘Batman/Superman: World’s Finest’ #2 Is Nostalgic Comics At Their Best

by Tony Thornley

In only two issues, I’m comfortable saying that World’s Finest is my favorite book coming from DC at the moment. This series is just a blast.

The Superman/Batman team-up continues with the Doom Patrol, time travel and more from Mark Waid, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, and Aditya Bidikar.

In his race against time to save Kal-El’s life, the Chief discovers chilling evidence of the culprit’s identity. Now Superman and Batman have to try to stop the greatest villains of the DCU from tearing the superheroic community apart. Meanwhile, Supergirl and Robin team-up to blast into the past to find the heroes that stopped their immortal foe in ancient history.

Where last issue I was confused about why the nostalgia was needed, Waid uses the past-tense-ness of the story to much better effect here. Giving the characters some history, while making others new to the World’s Finest team adds an element of confusion and chaos in the story. Where, if it was set in the modern day, the final action sequence of Clark and Bruce saving BIlly Batson may not have worked, the fact that this was set before they even really knew Shazam makes their mission work even better. Also, the Supergirl and Robin team-up was perfection, and I hope Waid gives the duo more page time next month.

If Waid is good at anything, its giving his artistic collaborators an opportunity to shine. From the tense Super-surgery, to the lush and mythic supervillain origin, to the magical brawl, Mora and Bonvillain just shone from cover to cover. There’s not a single wasted panel, with every bit of page space telling the story. Mora’s layouts are great, and his figure work is stunning (look at the page of Supergirl carrying Robin to see what I mean). Bonvillain‘s colors are bright, and she makes sure the eye is drawn to the portion of the panel where the action lies the most.

Bidikar’s letters drove the story forward, adding a bit of dynamism to the dialogue. He made the dialogue feel like spoken language, and never got in the way of the art. It’s really great work from the veteran letterer.

Though I definitely had some reservations with the debut issue, this issue pushed them to the side. I loved it, and I can’t wait for more.

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #2 is available now from DC Comics.

Overview

This series is rapidly getting better, becoming one of our favorites. The story is DC at its best, and the art is top-notch.

Overall
9/10
9/10
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