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"Batman / Superman #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by David Marquez
Colored by Alejandro Sanchez
Lettered by John J. Hill
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 25th, 2019

Review:

The Batman Who Laughs has infected sweet, innocent Billy Batson with the same serum that turned him into a monster. Now Shazam is tearing through Superman and Batman, ready to destroy them and everything they stand for. This is just the first hero to be revealed as a victim of the Batman Who Laughs. There are five more out there waiting to strike.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the excellent action sequence that opens Batman / Superman #2. Artist David Marquez draws the hell out of this epic battle with the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader on one side and a Dark Shazam on the other. No punches are pulled here. Batman literally drives a plane into the bad guy.

I love how Shazam manipulates Superman in this fight. At one point he transforms back to young Billy Batson, looking like an innocent little kid about to have his face melted off by Superman's laser eyes. It's all a ruse, as he calls down the lightning again for a devastating blow. Shazam is one character that can go toe-to-toe with Superman, so this is an epic battle. While these two titans are duking it out in the skies, Batman is trying desperately to put an end to this quickly, hence the plane.

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Any semblance of the big red smiling Shazam has been washed away. Letterer John J. Hill uses a sickening font for the man's speech, bringing to mind a guttural growl that's one part Killer Croc, one part Joker. It's disturbing to see that come out of the once bright and happy hero.

This fight takes place at night, lit by a full moon in the distance. Colorist Alejandro Sanchez lights this beautifully. There's an eerie glow cast on the characters as they beat the ever-loving crap out of each other. At times the background fades away, replaced with an intense red.

We all know that Batman is prepared for anything, but as we saw in the Batman Who Laughs mini-series, he's not quite prepared for himself. This twisted version of Batman from the Dark Multiverse is just as smart and cunning as he is without any of the moral fiber. This frustrates the Dark Knight to no end, pushing him to his limit to try and stay one step ahead of his enemy.

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You can see the gears turning in Batman's head as he tries to put all these pieces together without losing his mind. While writer Joshua Williamson keeps the story going with some exciting elements, we can kind of see where it's heading thanks to what has been revealed about the other infected as teases for future issues. This takes some of the wind out of the sails, as it's a little more predictable than most of Williamson's work.

It's very clear that this is a dangerous game. With five other heroes out there as ticking time bombs, Batman and Superman have to keep this quiet. You know how secrets like this tend to go, right? It's what has to be done since they can't trust anyone. They could be playing right into the Batman Who Laughs' hands. This leads to some desperate measures from the heroes. You have to wonder how far the World's Finest are willing to take this. It could push them past the point of no return.

Grades:

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Art: Fivestars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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