Comic Review: Batman/Superman #8 (DC Comics)

General Zod is on a mission to resurrect the bottle city of Kandor. That socially isolated city, miniaturized and distanced yet living in a transparent goldfish bowl. How odd to […]

General Zod is on a mission to resurrect the bottle city of Kandor. That socially isolated city, miniaturized and distanced yet living in a transparent goldfish bowl. How odd to consider that this week.

Consider this: Joshua Williamson writes, Nick Derington draws, Dave McCaig colours and John J. Hill letters issue 8 of Batman/Superman from DC.

With Andy Kubert and Brad Anderson contributing a variant cover to the mix, there are two great starts to the book… inside, the drawings are detailed and superb, calling Moebius to mind: a slight cartoon influence, wonderful choreography of figures, and catapulting story flow. The colour is intense, appropriate and drama-enhancing without distracting the reader.

Anyway, back to ‘basic orientation’: Ra’s al Ghul is fighting to save his Lazarus Pits from chaos. Batman is involved. And Superman. And Zod. There is a demon, there is damage to the Kandorians.
With so much going on, you need a scorecard. As much as this comic is well drawn by Derington and beautifully coloured by McCaig, this is a tough issue to just parachute into. Leapin’ Lizards, there is so much to catch up on, but little help for us first-time readers.

The action is furious, the conversations are well-paced to reveal plot points and character motivation. But if this is your first issue, better be prepared to pull over at the side of the page and let the engine cool while you check Google Maps for plot directions…

DC Batman/Superman #8, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Teen

Alan Spinney

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