Greg Pak's video game slugfest story leaves us the same way it arrived: full of action and sweet visuals. This finale has an unparalleled amount of pages dedicated to an amped Batman beating up Superman and, unless that makes your blood boil, you're likely going to enjoy how Brett Booth and Andrew Dalhouse bring all of massive hits to life. It's pure spectacle and sometimes that's something you just have to appreciate.
When the two aren't punching one another, Pak attempts to give us a bit of a new perspective on this whole conflict. Instead of seeing everything from the point of these two powerhouses who are fighting across the city, we chime in on an ordinary person who's facing some tough times and we witness how this super-powered melee impacts her life. Some of the best Superman moments revolve around his ability to inspire anyone and everyone, so it's nice to see Pak sprinkle some of that between the extra serving of mega punches and energy blasts. The narrative may never drop your jaw or blow your mind, but it's a fun way to wrap this storyline up (while also opening the door to a new threat).
As implied above, the plot is pretty much by the numbers. There's nothing here that's really going to leave a lasting impact and the sense of danger was never really there for me. There's remarks saying terrible things can happen -- and we know they rarely will occur -- but in this case, the high-stakes and tension never really reeled me in. There's a nod to a great line from ALL-STAR SUPERMAN but the weight of the moment and what it meant for the story just wasn't there for me. It's the kind of story where you know everything will be okay in the end and you're never going to second guess that, but it's still a fun ride nonetheless.
Minor gripe: it would have been great if the conclusion with Mongul lasted a bit longer. Given how the story's being handled, that could have been a real blast.
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #7 is a good looking dose of popcorn entertainment. The plot is very standard, everything is wrapped up a bit easily and the entire premise may even be too out there for some of you, but it's still an enjoyable ride and there's a nice amount of heart tossed in there as well. This is absolutely an arc that would translate especially well to an animated movie. It may not grab onto your emotions, but it does a damn fine job presenting all of the frenetic chaos in a delightfully cinematic fashion and there's a nice underlying message, too.