Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Batman / Superman Volume 1: Cross World [2013]



Someone is murdering Wayne Enterprise employees which draws the attention of Clark Kent to Gotham. After a short battle between Superman and Batman, Superman is teleported to Earth 2 where he meets that world’s Batman. Meanwhile Batman is teleported to Earth 2 where he finds his wife Catwoman. The counterparts finally meet one another to find out what happened and how their versions were teleported to Earth 2.

Both Bruce and Clark of Earth 2 have been friends for over 25 years and Clark’s parents are still alive to guide him. The Supermen meet Lois and Wonder Woman however Lois was taken over by a God Kaiyo who warns them that Lord Darkseid will arrive to their worlds. The only way to save themselves is to seize a weapon which will be able to defeat him.

The World's Finest of both worlds battle it out for the weapon to save their worlds. The weapon is destroyed the Kaiyo tells them that Earth 2 will not be ready for Darkseid however the New 52 heroes will survive. Kaiyo erases their memories before arriving on the New 52 Earth.

The first issue has artwork divided between Jae Lee and Ben Oliver while the third issue is shared by Yildiray Cinar (Legion of Superheroes). The Superman and Batman books have been abundant and following them has been a hassle unless they are celebrated by upcoming events including Krypton Returns and Zero Year. Overall the inconsistent artwork really destroyed the story with the premiere story arc. 

This hardcover collects
Batman/Superman #1–4
Justice League #23.1 Darkseid