One of my current favorite books is Superman/Batman. The concept seems like a no brainer. Put DCs top 2 characters in the same book. Its been done before. When I was younger, the same concept was called "Worlds Finest." Sometimes an idea is so good it strikes gold twice.
So what sells this book to me on a monthly basis? One thing is constant contrast between their perspectives on every situation. Word ballons may exist rarely, but thought boxes are continuous. The scope is never just the two heroes, but their interaction with the larger DC Universe. And every story is an epic, worthy of a full movie from Hollywood. Let us begin.
1-6. A giant kryptonite meteor is hurtling toward Earth. President Lex Luthor blames Superman, declaring Supes and Batman by association public enemy number one, and assembles a team of powered characters to take them down led by Capt Atom. Supes & Bats head to Washington to confront Luthor. A ton of enterprising villains attempt to take out our Worlds Finest to claim the bounty on their heads. Mr. Terrific of the JSA sends Capt Marvel and Hawkman to capture Supes & Bats before things get out of hand. The Super family and Bat family of heroes storm the White House only to be captured. Hawkman and Capt Marvel arrive to free them. They are actually Supes and Bats in disguise. Lex goes nuts and puts on his power suit. Lex is removed from office. Bruce buys some fo LexCorp. And that is just the first story.
7-13. The Kryptonite meteor turns out to contain Superman’s cousin Supergirl. Wonder Woman is brought in to ‘supervise her’. Darksied steals Supergirl and turns her evil. The heroes get her back and turn her good again.
14-18. History has changed. Superman and Batman are in charge of the world. They have been raised by Cosmic King, Saturn Queen, and Lightning Lord from the future. Kamandi, and the entire Legion of SuperHeroes shows up.
19. Serves as a lead into the Supergirl solo book of which I also recommend the first 5 issues.
20-25. Superman and Batman find themselves in an odd reality where they fight variations of Marvels Avengers/Ultimates. This turns out to have ties back to Superman:Emperor Joker. Liked the series so much at this poitn that I went out and bought this in trade paperback.
At this point, the writer and artist team changed, but the stories continue to be in the plus column. Aliens. Darkseid. Search for Kryptonite. Maybe I’ll cover more in a later column.
Credit for the comic covers in this article goes to: The Grand Comic Book Database. http://www.comics.org/index.lasso
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