I feel like the Batman/Superman series isn’t frequent enough! I have enjoyed each and every issue to date and they have always left me wanting more.
But before we get into the latest issue, let’s talk about the covers. First up is the standard cover by David Marquez and what a cover it is. The poses and muscle tones of our heroes are completely on point, as is the detail on Brainiac’s ship. The use of colours really add to the cover too, using blue and white tones to give off an electrical feel is a great touch.
The variant cover is by Lee Weeks and Elizabeth Breitweiser and it is GLORIOUS! The poses are iconic and I love the minimalist background, its’ so effective and just makes our heroes completely pop off the page. The colours really compliment it too, especially the glow of the sun coming from the centre of the page, it really makes our heroes look confident and powerful.
In this issue of Batman/Superman, the duo are in trouble, and their signal has failed to reach the rest of The Justice League. Instead two other heroes stumble across it and manage to piece it together to find out what has happened to our two heroes. The question is… have they figured it out and decoded the message correctly?
This issue is a real treat for both Superman and Batman legacy fans, simply because we see the re-introduction of some really notorious villains on both sides, especially Superman’s. As well as that we also see the re-introduction of some much-missed and iconic heroes, the Superman counterpart in particular. I have to say it is SO good to see him back and part of an unusual team-up that I am completely here for. I love what Joshua Williamson is doing with these characters, he using them uniquely and is putting them in situations that we haven’t really seen before. Not only that but he is really bringing us pure nostalgia with the choice of cameos and supporting characters that have been included in this story arc.
I have to say this issue felt a little disjointed from the last issue, mostly because there isn’t really much reference to it. Instead we are thrown straight into a brand new story-arc t seems, which is a great start I might add. It just would have been nice to have a bit more of a transition between the two as sometimes I felt like I’d missed an issue. With that said, Williamson has done a great job at hurling us into yet another mystery within this series, and it is one that I am fully invested in.
The artwork is fantastic throughout this issue. These heroes and villains look epic, and that’s thanks to Max Raynor’s artwork. Each one looking consistently as powerful and confident as the next. The colours by Alejandro Sanchez are fantastic too, and really add to the issue and situation we find these heroes in. I particularly love the use of colours when on The Dark Side Of The Moon, it really added ambiance and atmosphere which showed just how alien and uninhabitable this place or should I say prison is.
I really cannot wait to see where this story-arc goes. It is an absolute joy to see this character (you’ll know who I mean when you read it) back in comic books and I cannot wait to see the brawl that is ahead. Let’s face it, that’s exactly what it’s going to be if the final page is anything to go by.
Haven’t picked up your copy of Batman/Superman #12 yet? You can pick up the standard cover by David Marquez here (UK), or here (US). Or if you prefer the variant cover by Lee Weeks and Elizabeth Breitweiser, you can get that here.