Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, and Aditya Bidihar,
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 15th, 2022
BATMAN and SUPERMAN are quite possibly two of the very best superheroes the globe has ever encountered. And Mark Waid and Dan Mora get to bring them soaring together in this all-new series BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #1. Taking place in the “not-too-distant past”, SUPERMAN’s powers go on the fritz after an attack from two dynamic villains from both Gotham and Metropolis. Hang on to your hats comic book fans as this amazing series kicks off the next big events to hit the DCU. Let’s dive into BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #1 and take a look!
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Do you love classic comics? Do you adore the look and feel along with the nostalgic atmosphere and dialogue that couples with it? If you’re anything like me, it’s that history that brought you into comics in the first place. It’s the sentiment that connects us to the past and propels our passion into the future and drives us to the shop each week. Well, BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #1 hits all those chords while simultaneously transporting you back into your younger self on a definitive journey into the Silver Age but with a modern twist.
Readers also get a few quintessential BATMAN and SUPERMAN villains that make an appearance making this issue feel even more like a team-up book. Yet as fantastic as those cameos were, the real kicker comes as BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #1 wraps up with a special guest appearance from a team of heroes that’s been popular “on screen” as of late and fits an underground feel that should add a vibrant spice to this series. Waid and his crew do a phenomenal job matching just enough action with some nostalgic charm that should lock readers in for the long haul.
Dan Mora takes the vintage look of both BATMAN and SUPERMAN yet puts an updated spin that’s crisp and sleek. Meanwhile, Tamra Bonvillain complements Mora’s illustrations with sharp vibrant colors that truly animate the issue. From BATMAN’S classic blues and grays to ROBIN’S deep yellows and greens, this issue looks and feels like a true stroke of genius, however, well balanced with feet in both the past and present. Yet as outstanding as the main characters and backgrounds are, it’s Mora’s take on Metallo that’s the most outstanding. The cybernetic detail mixed with the burns and skin graphs was almost too real for words.
BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #1 is cluttered with action, special guests, and dialogue that fits the Silver Age motif which well represents these classic heroes. Moreover, Mora’s updated renderings of these paradigmatic heroes, alongside Bonvillain’s eye-popping colors and Bidihar’s explosive lettering, take these cult favorites to another level. BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #1 has all the makings of a comic that marries the Modern and Silver Age together masterfully giving Parents (and now even Grandparents) something special to connect to with their kids. BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST has the potential to simultaneously showcase the past and future of comics in a unique way that should get multiple generations excited again for comics. And who better than Mark Waid and Dan Mora to lead the charge? Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!