Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #19 Review

Writer: Mark Waid

Art: Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain, Steve Wands, Dan Mora

Publisher: DC Comics


Release Date: September 19th, 2023

The origin of the World’s Finest Team concludes in Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #19 by Mark Waid! What, of all things, could tie the Riddler and the Phantom Zone together—and what secrets will the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel learn about one another that will define their friendship? All this, and a lead-in to an upcoming event set in the present day!

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Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #19 wraps up this first outing between these DC Comic staples in perfect, retro fashion. Waid delivered what felt like an old-school tale with a Saturday Morning Cartoon vibe that had this almost endearing, wholesome spin that was certainly fun for all ages. The solution was quick, the explanation was quicker, and the story flew by in no time at all. Heck, even the outsmarting of Jax-Ur felt extremely like Batman 66’ meets Superman: The Animated Series. None of this is bad. However, the speedy ending was a bit uncharacteristic of Waid and felt forced in order to get somewhere else… almost as if another story was more important.


The illustrations were absolutely outstanding. Travis Moore and Tamra Bonvillain used light colors, sharp lines, and smooth textures to create the dated, almost vintage look to the comic that set the tone well. The anger and expression on Superman’s face looked genuine and even raw at times which made the connection between Jax-Ur even more potent for readers. Plus, the movement within the fight scenes flowed well making Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #19 incredibly easy to follow. Without scanning future solicits off the top of my head, I hope this art team stays together through the next story arc and beyond.


Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #19 is a vintage trip into the past of two icons within the DC Comic Universe. It retroactively concludes their first meeting in a fun, almost lighthearted way that resembles a nice, classic comic book feel. Sure, everything gets wrapped up rather quickly, easily, and matter-of-fact, but it still conveyed an entertaining nostalgic vibe thanks to the entire creative team. Readers just joining in won’t be too confused and very well might be able to follow along well. However, the story would most certainly be easier to understand if you snag issue 18 along with this. I highly recommend grabbing both Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #18 and #19 if you’re interested in an all-ages trip down memory lane and a short compact story reminiscent of the classics as well as some good old-fashioned Saturday Morning Cartoons. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!


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