theacidskull's Batman/Superman #7 - Endgame review

Game Over

I knew that reviewing this issue by issue wasn't really an option, because some of the events that take place here at times really looked bad and I knew that I had to wait until the end to make my final decision about it, and that's pretty much what I did. I needed things to be finally explained and Greg pak didn't disappoint in that aspect.

Now I can't really go into this review without mentioning one specific thing: This arc wasn't specifically meant to deliver anything mind blowing, it was supposed to be absolute fun, and in that aspect, I think Pak succeeded, however, while the arc did have some issues, Pak still managed to include a lot of depth. The Banter and moral opposition between Batman and Superman is very much present here, which is a crucial element when writing a team book. They are both agents of good, but the way they operate is vastly different, yet, to some degree, they are absolutely the same. That's not easy to capture, especially not when this is the writers second story involving these characters together. The main difference here, at least the way I managed to see it, is that Superman trusts people way to much, he always sees the good in them, while batman, struggling with his own demons, sees the potential evil in everyone, therefore it's not surprising as to why they work so well together. But when you take away everything and look at the core of these two characters, you'll see that Batman isn't really all that different. At a certain point in the book superman has to make a choice, batman, or earth. Care to guess what choice he makes? That's right, he saves both. Batman would have done the exact same thing. Moreover, We mostly see narrations from both batman and superman, and while that is good, Pak manages to do something I personally didn't expect, he managed to make the readers see the perspective of the people who superman usually Saves. Now what I mean is, when you have supermans powers it's not hard to save someone from a falling bolder, but how can you truly save THE people and make their lives better? Well, you'll just have to read and see for yourself. All I'll say is that the collateral damage can cause far more pain that just physical injuries.

Now, moving on, action wise, like I said, this issue doesn't fail to deliver. Batman fighting superman is pretty great and entertaining, it has that Popcorn blockbuster movie feel which is always awesome. Though is it just me, or was the Mongul fight far to short? we got some nice panels and moments but in the end it felt way to abrupt. One moment we're in a heated fight and then Boom, it's gone. I think that it could have been better executed. Though the redeeming quality to this is definitely Brett Booths art. Monguls design was absolutely badass and the panels were beautifully drawn. As superman and batman are controlled by Human gamers, their images follow the battle, which was really well done IMO. Though, sometimes the bread pages/panels do get annoying.

Overall, this was a good arc. It's not a literary masterpiece and frankly it's not trying to be. It's an entertaining arc with well written characters and powerful villains. I look forward to what's next.

Recommendation: Yes!

7 Comments
Posted by Fallschirmjager

100% agree. Wasn't blown away but I don't think that's necessary a huge deal.

Wish they coulda kept Jae Lee though...dat art :p

Online
Edited by TheAcidSkull

100% agree. Wasn't blown away but I don't think that's necessary a huge deal.

Wish they coulda kept Jae Lee though...dat art :p

I prefer Booths :P

Posted by Fallschirmjager

pff...fine

how about J.H Williams? or Sorrentino?:)

Online
Posted by TheAcidSkull

pff...fine

how about J.H Williams? or Sorrentino?:)

I honestly can't really recall them by name. What does their art look like? :P

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@theacidskull: WTF!!!!!!

JH Williams did Batman for the first 24 issues and just did Sandman Overture.

Sorrentino did I, Vampire and is doing Green Arrow atm

-.-

Online
Edited by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: WTF!!!!!!

JH Williams did Batman for the first 24 issues and just did Sandman Overture.

Sorrentino did I, Vampire and is doing Green Arrow atm

-.-

Hey sorry man but I don't read either titles. But Yeah, I know Sorrenito since you clarified it. He's very f*cking talented, love the MK X-rays style :D

Posted by Lvenger

A nice review that is honestly the best justification for this being a good arc mate so kudos to you there. Honestly though, I found it quite lacking and devoid of substance, execution and serious meaning. There are a few things here that sound like Pak trying to deliver story into the mix but it comes off badly in contrast to the level of action and fighting that takes place in this issue. Hopefully Pak will improve on the next arc and learn from his awesome writing on Action Comics. I'm surprised you haven't reviewed that issue mate :)

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.