I’m really starting to get interested in this series. Yeah, I’ve critiqued previous issues and didn’t always think it all worked out, but I’ll say up front that this is my favorite issue of this series so far. It feels like the creative team is finding their footing, and the result is a solid and super entertaining conclusion to the first arc of this series. What am I talking about, you ask? Well, fellow comic book fans, let’s take a look!
First of all, I think this is the most pointed and focused question so far. In the past, this series relied a bit too much on exposition for my tastes, but in this issue, exposition is used very effectively. There are some at the beginning that bring readers up to speed in a very concise and quick way, allowing even new readers to jump here, to the conclusion! Of course, new readers will have missed some of the finer details, but all that’s really needed at this point is for you to know there’s a demon called Nezha on the loose and our heroes must find a way to kill him. seal in his grave. The exhibit fills in some of the biggest gaps, and if you’re a new reader, you should be good to go.
This speaks to the strength of this series; although sometimes too heavy for me, the series has an episodic structure, which makes it as easy as possible for readers to connect at any time. Batman/Superman #5 is a good example of how to pull this off without the dialogue sounding unnatural and manufactured, and that’s what I’d like to see more of. For example, the issue begins with just a few lines that spell out the main hurdle, creating a focus, for both author and reader, around which this whole conclusion will revolve. Doing this on the first page allows for smooth navigation throughout the rest of the book.
The problem the heroes face is that they need someone to lock themselves inside the tomb with Nezha, as the tomb must be sealed from the inside. Our heroes are each willing to sacrifice themselves without a second thought, and their motivations all feel authentic to who they are as characters. What I love most about this storyline is that it really makes me wonder how our heroes are going to get out of this, and the solution they come up with at the end is as simple as it is tough. The only criticism I have here – without giving away the exact result – is that I don’t understand how the heroes didn’t find this solution much faster. When this happens, it seems so obvious that it should almost be a no-brainer. Don’t get me wrong, though, I think it’s the perfect solution – my review here is really fair How? ‘Or’ What they invent it.
However, the best thing about the writing is the character work itself. As has been the case for the entire series so far, these heroes want to help each other. They are great friends. They care about each other. Almost every scene emphasizes this. Hero vs. hero battles have been fought to the death, but the ones happening here make sense in context, due to Nezha’s mind control powers. My favorite scene is when Supergirl and Batman discuss what happened to Robin. Both characters show real emotion: sadness and worry and, in Supergirl’s case, the feeling that she failed to protect her friend. It’s subtle and realistic, both in terms of dialogue and art.
Speaking of which, the works of Mora and Bonvillain continue to be amazing. I think the best panel of the issue is where Supergirl and Superman collide in heat vision. It is a powerful and impactful moment. Since this issue is almost entirely an extended fight scene, the script allows Mora to let loose and give us fantastic sequential fight choreography along with striking splash pages and dynamic character poses. Bonvillain’s coloring is really the icing on the cake: for the art to be dynamic, there needs to be a clear sense of depth and perspective. While Mora is responsible for a lot of this, it’s the coloring that enhances this and really makes the art stand out.
- Supergirl is a favorite character – she gets a lot of panel time here!
- You want to see Superman do something amazing Great.
- With all the drama in the world, you can really use a little superhero optimism.
Globally: This is the biggest problem in the race so far. It does very well what it sets out to do; it’s entertaining through and through; the heroes all have mutual respect and care for each other; and all the good guys are truly heroic. This issue made me smile and I look forward to reading it again in the near future. If this series stays this good, it’s a book you’ll want to pay attention to. Recommended!
Disclaimer: DC Comics provided Batman News with a copy of this comic for the purposes of this review.