cyclops4president's Batman/Superman #2 - Doubletime review

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #2 doubletime

COVER ART: 5/5 Even though this cover is not as iconic as issue #1, it is still an incredibly beautiful piece of art by JAE LEE and JUNE CHUNG. I love how Jae Lee illustrates the young country Clark with his short sleeves and boots with his high-water dungarees. He is really able to differentiate the two different timeline characters, with the current versions being more polished and "posh" while the younger versions are more impetuous and raw. This is a masterful execution of pencil and color.

STORY ART: 5/5 The creative team continues their ethereal version of our favorite two heroes. I have always REALLY liked Jae Lee, especially his work on THE SENTRY and OZYMANDIAS, but I have come to LOVE his work with this title. Jae's work is so consistently unique, you recognize it with the first glance. It is romantic, fantastical, a dream to view. You can almost print out any page, any frame and it would be a work of art that you could put on your wall.

STORY ARC: 5/5 How much fun is this issue?! By now, there are so many reviews, some well written, some not so well written, but a majority of them all come to the same conclusion, this is a 5/5 STAR issue. Issue #1 left us confused and a little disoriented. Who are these strange versions of our heroes. Why are they fighting? Why do they seem to just "arrive" randomly at these weird moments of time.

KAIYO..THE TRICKSTER is at play and this issue plays out Kaiyo's misadventures using Batman and Superman as his pawns. Batman and Superman are introduced to their younger, or older versions of themselves depending on which viewpoint you are looking from. I find the doublevision realities fantastical. GREG PAK not only mirrors each characters lives, but there is also a mirror of each separate hero to the other. Each young hero is raw and headstrong, a little reckless and impetuous. The older versions of each character is married to very significant characters, i.e. Catwoman and Louis Lane! Batman is the first to catch on to the game. I like this development as there are many debates on who is smarter, Batman or Superman. We all know Superman is far superior in every physical way, but mentally. Kaiyo mentions that "this one" referring to Batman is figuring it out MUCH sooner than Superman. This is to show Batman's strength, his detective mind. The real pinnacle of this story is when WONDER WOMAN shows up in all her wondrous glory upon the mythical steed PEGASUS. What a beautiful grand entrance and just like most women, she steals the show. While our manliest of heroes Superman is standing/floating around, Wonder Woman is a real warrior and does what real warriors do, jump into action. It was Wonder Woman who ferrets Kaiyo out of Louis Lanes body and stands over this trickster like a statuesque Goddess.

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Edited by Cyclops4President

@theincrediblesuperhulk8642 THANKS. YOUR THE MAN! I thought of you when I saw this picture. SUPERMAN SMASH!!!! INCREDIBLESUPERMAN HULKOUT!

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@cyclops4president: No problem man.

LOL that just made my day :) That's a freaking beast Photo.

Posted by Cyclops4President
Edited by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@cyclops4president: Well I'm keeping this pic as my Avatar but I did put that Pic in my profile. you can go check it out right now.

I honestly really love this book and regret that I ignored it when it came out but now having read issues 1 and 2 and adding it to my pull list I can safely say I was dead wrong with my first assumption of this book I really enjoy it. and it seems you share my opinion on it :)

Posted by broo1232

Great review :) Really want to read this, Greg Pak is the best.

Posted by Cyclops4President

@broo1232: absolutely. You really should get it. I try and post enough pictures to satisfy the guy who wants enough to look at to realize he wants to get it or has seen enough and gets the jist of the story.

Edited by johnkmccubbin91

Great review, and I really enjoyed this issue.

Posted by Cyclops4President

@johnkmccubbin91: Thanks. I love the simplicity of it. Jae Lee does a magnificent job allowing the art to tell a lot of the story. Backgrounds are limited but that is okay because I get the point. It reminds me of when I saw 300 in the movies, all I can remember is the characters and no background, but I thought that was still an awesome move.

Edited by johnkmccubbin91

@cyclops4president: I usually really dislike his art, but have actually been liking it on this series.

Posted by Cyclops4President

@johnkmccubbin91: the first real experience with Jae was when I read the Sentry earlier this year, and then the Ozymandias from Watchmen series that just came out. There are only a handful of artists that I feel have such a unique style that you recognize their art at first glance like Jim Lee, Jae Lee, Scottie Young, Chris Bachalo, Kenneth Rocafort...I know there are a few more super unique artist styles, these are just the ones that stick out to me right now. Anyway, I really like his spin on the look of these characters, a lot more lithe, I like his rendition of Wonder Woman.

Edited by johnkmccubbin91

@cyclops4president: I've seen his art in odd issues, but Ozymandias is the first I really saw it in. It was good but not perfect, though I prefer it in this title. I do however still feel that he draws hair weird. Also a unique style is cool, but it needs to appeal, and although it does that for some, it doesn't for others, as although Jae Lee's art looks amazing, there are small things I dislike. Same for the likes of Bachalo (who's art I'm not a huge fan of), and Young. I did however like his Wonder Woman.

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