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Batman/Superman #2 - Doubletime Review

5

They're not in Kansas anymore. Or Gotham. Somehow the young versions of the New 52 Batman and Superman have ended up on Earth-2. Of course there'll be some fighting.

The Good

There's a new player in the picture. In the last issue we saw the 'first' meeting between Batman and Superman. It didn't go too well. As the two fought, they suddenly found themselves in familiar, yet completely different, settings. Batman and Superman have been transported to Earth-2 by a new threat.

This series is bringing a new twist to the concept of a first encounter in comics. We've seen many times when the heroes meet, they end up fighting until they realize they're both heroes. Throw in the alternate versions from Earth-2 and our two heroes have their hands full. Instead of just dealing with a new threat, now they are in a strange world where everything they know is somehow different. Seeing Batman and Superman discover the changes from EARTH 2 is pretty cool. It's also fascinating and eerie seeing Batman, Superman, Catwoman and Lois Lane before they meet their fate which was revealed in EARTH 2 #1. Seeing this Catwoman and Lois makes you wish to see more of these versions in EARTH 2 but unfortunately...

Jae Lee's art is extraordinary. He creates such a surreal vibe through his art along with the colors by June Chung. Some of the backgrounds may be a little sparse but the art is so nice to look at. The characters (especially the one standing on the last page) look so incredibly epic.

The Bad

If anything, the lack of backgrounds is a minor complaint. But being familiar with Lee's style, it shouldn't be something to really complain about.

The inclusion of the EARTH 2 characters is a little odd but it does make an intriguing story.

The Verdict

Greg Pak continues his ambitious beginning on this new series. For a series meant to spotlight DC's two biggest characters, you would expect nothing less. Pak is crafting a grand tale and despite being set in the past, there's absolutely no telling how this is going to end. Jae Lee's art and June Chung's colors are a thing of beauty. You can't help but be mesmerized by the character designs, especially with how majestic some appear. The story and art has such a surreal feel, you won't be able to resist getting sucked into this comic. Hopefully you won't need a passport for the journey.

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Posted by Squalleon

My only complain is that sometimes we get black sillouetes even in heavy lighted enviroments.

It works in some cases but they were full pages with only black sillouetes.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

art is something to get use to

Posted by danhimself

this book pi$$es me off....now I want an Earth 2 series set before the first issue during Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman's hayday and that's something that I know I'll never get

Posted by RedQueen

@danhimself: I wouldn't say never get: they've been weirder premises for books in the new 52.

Edited by danhimself

@redqueen: true but DC would never give fans something that they want...instead they'll probably give Vibe another ongoing

Posted by longbowhunter

I really liked the scene between Earth 2 Martha and Earth Prime Clark. The fight in the cave with the two Batmen was pretty well done too.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

I really loved this issue. Pak is really good with characters.

Catwoman was very well written and so was lois lane. the story Unfolds in a slow and interesting way which keeps the reader interesting. trickster seems like an interesting villain, and i like that her motives are not known yet.

The meeting Between The to Batmen was amazing and awesome, the exchange of thoughts were very well done.

The art tells the story as much as greg Pak Does, which mind you, is amazing.

Am i The Only one who interpreted the young Supes meets earth 2 supes as a Foreshadowing or a metaphor?

anyways, 4.5/5 for me.

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

Both the art and story of this series is strange and different, but I really like them both.

Posted by manwithoutshame

This has been good so far. I think the art makes this book unique.

Posted by noj

What an amazing issue! The art was just mindblowing especially the final page which was just beautiful! I loved the Earth 2 versions of the characters we all know and love. The fight between the Batmen was also great and actually made me laugh out loud when they first exchange blows. I cant wait for the next issue!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

So excited to read this! I have only seen positive reviews for this.

Posted by unpopularkarama

This is an awesome book so far. Really enjoying Earth 2 interactions. Can't wait to see where it goes.

Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

I lol'd the part where the older batman thinks he has the advantage cause the younger one is inexperienced and angry while the younger one believed he had the advantage due to the older one being old, and injured.


Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

@jacobin_wisdom: want to know the most shocking part Alfred got a day off lol

Posted by Loki2u

On my pull list but I haven't read it yet.

To tell you the truth, reading this review has really let the wind out of my sails about this series. I really don't enjoy the different time settings and earths. Its too confusing and I just lose interest. I haven't even read earth 2.

Maybe I'll get lucky and Pak will keep it new reader friendly. There's nothing I hate more than having to research a book before I read it to know whats going on or to follow the story.

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Posted by JamDamage

I LOVE LEE's ART!!! I'm sure anyone who is reading this is gonna start to really start like it. It's an aquired taste, but once it's aquired you can't get enough of it.

Posted by Mercy_

This book has crazy awesome panel layouts and the art...perfection.

@loki2u said:

On my pull list but I haven't read it yet.

To tell you the truth, reading this review has really let the wind out of my sails about this series. I really don't enjoy the different time settings and earths. Its too confusing and I just lose interest. I haven't even read earth 2.

Maybe I'll get lucky and Pak will keep it new reader friendly. There's nothing I hate more than having to research a book before I read it to know whats going on or to follow the story.

I haven't been reading any Superman or Batman books up to date and this book is an easy and enjoyable read for me.

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Posted by Onemoreposter

OMG. This is such a fantastic new series. I know its a lil early to judge, but this has to be one of the top 5 best series out of DC since the 2011 reboot. I swear, I almost teared up when Ma walked out to Clark and he hugged her. The Batman vs Batman fight was epic and Catwoman was perfect too. I want this to be a weekly (a guy can dream).

Posted by Trevel8182

I like Earth 2 Batman and Superman way more then the Prime earth!

Edited by TheAcidSkull
Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

@darknightspideyfanboy: Or he went out to get the groceries as like Earth 2 mugging rates seem to be at a all-time low!

Posted by The Average Bear

I love the Earth-2 inclusion. I also love Earth 2 Selina and I can't wait to see more of her. I love this story, homies. I love it

Posted by ThorBoy

Is the "trickster" really Mr. Myxzplk? I certainly think so

Posted by Owie

What I think is interesting is how much Jae Lee's art has come to look like Charles Vess--which is very cool.

Edited by johnqestion

Actually this issue reminds me how much I love jeans and tee Superman. These younger versions are way more interesting. I really have no desire to read over the old universe, because that's kind of pointless as far as I see it. You had that before. New and fresh needs to be new and fresh. The older Superman might be calmer but kinda uptight and henpecked.

Posted by bladewolf
Posted by Bezza

I'm really enjoying Batman/Superman. The art is outstanding and the meeting of the supermen/batmen this week adds a new twist. What with the new Batman and Superman movie being announced I think I will stick with this one for now.

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Edited by Kal'smahboi

The beginning of this issue was a bit hard to follow, especially where Batman was concerned. Often I thought, Which Batman, Which Batcave?!

Overall though, this issue was great. I laughed out loud during the Batmen fight!

Edited by The Mighty Monarch

Am I the only one who thinks this doesn't really feel like Earth 2?

Posted by andrewwann7

I still don't understand how this is their first meeting when they first met in Justice League issue 1

Posted by AnotherVillain

I still don't understand how this is their first meeting when they first met in Justice League issue 1

They're going to explain that on issue 4.

Edited by Perfect 10

YEA!! someone else who likes this book!

Posted by coolconnorb

I feel like the story was all over the place and the art just isn't right for this comic.

Posted by Immortal777

What bugs me is why is DC using Earth 2 Superman/Batman instead of Earth 1 Superman/Batman?