COMIC BOOK REVIEW - Batman/Superman: Cross World
By The Masked Medic
Together they’re known as the World’s Finest, and given that they’ve both been doing this since the 1940′s I’d say that was a fair title for the two of them. Batman and Superman are the two most iconic comic book characters of all time, and despite their differences, every time these two team up we see something awesome go down. So a comic book series which was dedicated to these team-ups? Yes, please.
‘Cross-World’ sees the New 52 Batman and Superman right at the beginning of their journeys. Before they know their costumed identities, both Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are aware of each other. But when a mysterious demon, named Kaiyo, transports Batman and Superman to Earth-2, they’re thrown into situations that neither of them is prepared for; Themselves. Earth-2′s Superman and Batman who are much older, attempt to get them to settle their differences and work together to defeat this threat. But Kaiyo warns all of them that something even worse is looming around the corner and only one pair is ready for it!
I have to say, the novel hits the ground running and doesn’t waste any time in thrusting the reader into ideas and concepts which are vastly complex. A part of me wished it wasn’t this way, as the difficulty level means it’s not the most accessible novel. Saying that I loved how much character development there was, and it almost had everything that I love about comic books!
Now here was my personal issue with the novel. I think the art was beautifully unique. Jae Lee has a very very distinct style, however, it just wasn’t my cup of tea and I personally felt that in certain panels, it really added to the confusion. Overall though, this was a good beginning to what I hope will be a really promising series!
Earth-2 Superman and Batman are adorable!
This is probably the first time that I’ve not been able to pick. Each of the 4 core characters was fascinating in their own way.
Story Arc: ★★★½
Character Development: ★★★★