Author: Bill Ramey
Friday, May 25, 2007

From DC COMICS: "The Metal Men's return continues in 'A.I.' Will Superman and Batman be able to stop Brainiac with Magnus' robots on his side? And just what's Bruce got hidden away that's so vital?"

Previously, I had tried SUPERMAN/BATMAN, didn’t like it, and dropped it from my pull box at the comic book shop I frequent. Then a few weeks ago, I decided to give it another shot -- mainly due to the fact that the Metal Men were featured in the story.

When I was a kid back in the 70s, I loved the Metal Men! It seemed as if they were often included in Batman stories, so since I was mainly a “Batman Kid,” I read my share of tales that incorporated this goofy -- yet cool -- metallic team in them.

Anyway, upon reading the last issue of S/B (#34), I surprisingly found myself enjoying it. And since then, I’ve again requested that this monthly -- starring the two biggest icons in the history of comic books -- be put into my box. (Hey, I’m a “DC Guy,” what did you expect?)

In S/B #35 -- titled “A.I.” -- we discover that it was Lucius Fox who orchestrated the Metal Men’s break-in into Waynetech as depicted in the previous issue. No, Mr. Fox is not gone bad or anything, it was simply a case of holding a "job interview," if you will.

Again, the story reads like a Batman story that ironically stars Superman villains. We had Metallo last time (who makes a pseudo-cameo appearance), and now we get to witness The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel take on Brainiac! I like Lex Luthor, but I’ve got to admit that I do like the modern interpretation of Brainiac quite a bit.

THE GOOD: A very well-writtin story by Mark Verheiden and Marc Guggenheim. I enjoyed the dynamic between Bruce and Clark -- in both personas -- as well as the way unrealistic situations are presented to us in a “realistic” way. Pat Lee’s pencils are nice and I especially liked his depiction of Batman as well as the Metal Men.

THE BAD: Not much actually. I didn’t like it that they send The Batman into outer space, but that’s due to the context of the story. My own personal pet peeve when it comes to Batman, as I like stories that feature him to be as realistic as possible.

I must say that I’m really looking forward to the next issue and to see how all of this pans out. Especially since it seems that Brainiac was after a certain computer program that had been developed by The Batman and played a large role in the whole “INFINITE CRISIS” event.

Now, whether or not SUPERMAN/BATMAN stays in my pull box long term is another topic all together.

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