BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 Author: Matt Grazel
July 1 2013
SYNOPSIS: A new epic begins with the debut of this new, ongoing series! Don’t miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52!
How The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel become the heroes that people are familiar with is fascinating to read about or watch on film. Both of the superhero icons come from different backgrounds that are reflected in their ideals for what they stand for. Bruce Wayne is motivated by a tragedy that happened during his childhood and becomes a symbol that strikes fear into criminals in Gotham City. Clark Kent grew up on Earth among people whom he is different from because he is born on Krypton. Jonathan and Martha Kent raise him as if they were his birth parents; teach him how to be the best person he can be by using his abilities for the benefit of the world. Even though Clark grew up with a family in the town of Smallville located in Kansas, part of him always felt alone. Even though the circumstances are different, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent share the same feeling of loneliness and stand for the same principles even though the methods on how they go about to achieve them is not the same.
It is not a simple task to write a book about the partnership of arguably the greatest superheroes. Greg Pak along with Jae Lee and Ben Oliver deliver a successful beginning to the new comic book series in the New 52.
Pak examines how Clark feels as he is walking through Gotham City looking for Bruce Wayne. To conclude that Clark is uncomfortable in his facial expressions, which are illustrated superbly by Lee, is an understatement. The combination of Pak’s writing with Lee’s pencils in the first few pages of the book of Clark Kent in Gotham is a small portion that has a big payoff in why this first issue is a great beginning to what becomes known as the alliance that is known as the “World’s Finest.”
This issue creates intrigue and serves as a good example of why I hope Warner Bros. pursues making a “World’s Finest” film at some point in the future. Seeing how the two greatest superheroes ever created become allies would be extraordinary to see on film especially before making a Justice League movie – which Warner Bros. appears to prefer. At least people, such as myself, who favor the Bats/Supes team-up compared to the Justice League, have this comic book and a great first issue of the Batman/Superman title by an established creative team in writer Greg Pak and artist Jae Lee.
Pak’s outstanding writing accompanies Lee’s amazing art of showing a young, brash Bruce Wayne who appears as if he couldn’t care less that Clark Kent is investigating murders of Wayne Enterprises employees that occurred in Metropolis. Pak’s writing of Bruce calling Clark, Kemp instead of Kent, is brilliant and another example of how much of an understanding Pak has for these two characters as he establishes the persona in the first issue that Batman fans know is a facade. Clark’s perception of Bruce Wayne is that of a careless playboy while Bruce views Clark as another reporter who only cares about making headlines. Pak nails this sequence of the issue and sets up the perceptions Bruce and Clark have of one another perfectly.
Pak and Lee continue their great work in the first encounter between Batman and Superman. Everything that has evolved from the start of the issue is revealed to be the part of the devious plan of the Trickster. The villain sets up the encounter on Earth 2 between the Man of Steel against the Dark Knight who suddenly cannot understand why Superman, who has become his ally is attacking him. Pak, along with Lee and artist Ben Oliver, end the issue leaving fans in awe of what they have read and eagerly anticipating the next issue. - Matt Grazel