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Review: Superman/Batman #78

As seen in the battle threads...

How many times have people asked the question "Who would win in a fight? Superman or Batman?" This issue has the answer... The FINAL answer! 
 

The Good

One of the first threads I remember from this website was the battle thread " Superman vs Batman." It's always fun to see what people's theories are, especially the crazy ones. This issue is just that: a summed up Superman vs Batman thread in 15 pages, with a PowerGirl and Huntress back-up. The Supe/Bat story is written by Joe and Jack Kelly and drawn by Ed Benes and it is an incredibly fun read, especially if you've ever had the "Who'd win in a fight" conversation before. Like most conversations, the books starts of with why they're fighting and ground rules are set. Then, as the fight actually starts, the stakes are raised higher and higher to crazier and crazier heights until the end of the book. The real winner in this issue is the reader because it's a humorous look into our own daily nerd-tastic lives. The last page of this story is by far the best, but I don't want to actually give away what happens, but it's definitely worth it. The back-up story was pretty good, and I really enjoyed the art style, which comes off a bit like Michael Turner's work. I wish this story could have been a bit shorter though.
 

The Bad

It's only 15 pages long and it's followed by two characters I don't really care for, PowerGirl and Huntress.
 

The Verdict 4.5/5 - Highly Recommended!

Stand-Alone Issue! Great Starting Point!

This is one of those books I'd tell any one from ComicVine to get, since the battle forums are a big part of the site. This is a comic book dedicated to comic fans. It's a great stand-alone issue, and you get two stories for $2.99. Ignore the cover and the solicit though, since they have nothing to do with this issue.
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Posted by tensor

say no more i am ordering it now thanks for the review 
superman/batman is my favorite series

Posted by termiteone4ever

Fuel for my battles i might have to  invest in this.

Posted by Gambit1024

I swear to God if they gave Batman prep time... 
 
:P

Posted by inferiorego
@Gambit1024 said:
" I swear to God if they gave Batman prep time...  :P "
LOL....
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Posted by KRYPTON

This is an awesome series

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

DAMN. I had to pass on 3 titles this week due to lack of funds. Sounds like I didn't choose wisely.

Posted by Jake Fury

I'm getting this.
Posted by Jordanstine
Posted by danhimself

loved the Superman/Batman story but I lost focus on the Huntress/Powergirl story like 2 pages in

Posted by inferiorego
@danhimself said:
" loved the Superman/Batman story but I lost focus on the Huntress/Powergirl story like 2 pages in "
I reread it halfway through writing my review and enjoyed it... it was ok.
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Posted by danhimself
@inferiorego said:
" @danhimself said:
" loved the Superman/Batman story but I lost focus on the Huntress/Powergirl story like 2 pages in "
I reread it halfway through writing my review and enjoyed it... it was ok. "
maybe I'll read it after I'm done with everything else this week
Posted by Dark Walker

I get mine this weekend but dang on 15 pages?  The sucks, but I like Huntress so hopefully the backup story is good.

Posted by RiddlingGambit

what's with the piece of paper on the cover with the question mark?

Posted by Primmaster64

It was funny
Batman:So as long as there is crime in the streets, I have no time for nooky.
Superman: Honestly, I only hang out with you guys because is fun.I'm kind of more powerful than all of you combined.

Posted by Jake Fury

 This issue was awesome. 

Posted by difficlus
@Primmaster64 said:
" It was funny Batman:So as long as there is crime in the streets, I have no time for nooky. Superman: Honestly, I only hang out with you guys because is fun.I'm kind of more powerful than all of you combined. "
who wins in the end of the fight?
Posted by Mainline

I've really been enjoying Superman / Batman for the past few months... they've been fairly accessible single-shot stories that are especially rewarding for long-time fans, taking particular advantage of the ambiguous timeline / continuity to just tell good / fun / interesting stories... which is exactly what Superman / Batman should be, IMHO, since it's the book that comic book "newbies" will pick up on the brand name alone. 
  
Anyways, this issue pokes fun at the tropes, the fans, and the characters without being mean spirited and is fun for it. 

As for the "fight" itself... the Batman prep was a little over the top... I'm unconvinced by the outcome, but the atomized lead filaments were inspired, has that ever been in a comic before?  That's one of those great "moves" or action beats that deserves to be adapted into other media.

Posted by Duo_forbidden

Wow, I thought last issue was great, but this issue was just AWESOME.

Posted by ComicStooge

Batman wins dammit!

Posted by NightFang

Most read this issue!

Edited by mbembet

Bruce is right as usual i just waste 5 minutes and $3 for this crap lol

Posted by Raul_The_Man

I know my response is a bit late but I would like to say this is a good review. Short and to the point and it is because of it that I actually went and bought the issue and really enjoyed it. This "battles" will be a never ending topic amongst all of us.