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Superman/Batman Vol. 2 Paperback – December 23, 2014
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Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles. In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando. In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime TIM SALE on BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS,CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel.
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That being said, there is some fun to be had here. I won't go too much into detail regarding the various worlds, as the surprises they hold are best revealed first-hand to the reader. Batman and Superman are reimagined as evil dictators, or more accurately pawns, to an unexpected master. Bizzaro versions of the titular characters also arrive, and are quite enjoyable to witness. The trip to these and more worlds culminates in Superman and Batman facing off against a mildly disguised Marvel's Avengers. Individually, these ideas sound great and fun. However, when placed all together, throw in a bit of time-stream mumbo jumbo and a 5th-dimensional imp, it becomes a bit much. It's not so much the non-linear plot, more of the 'too much of a good thing' idea that drags down the story. I would have liked to see this arc broken up with a couple of small, normal continuity issues.
There is not a whole lot about to say about the art, other than the fact that it varies between pretty great to average. While no art is ever really bad, the art in this volume fails to meet the same level as its predecessor.
What saves the rating from three stars is the Superboy/Robin one-shot issue featured at the conclusion of this collection. For those not familiar, this story is a commemorative issue for the real-life Sam Loeb, son of the author, who passed away before the publishing of his first comic book story. This backdrop, along with the various contributing talents, merits at least a one-star raise.
Overall, this is a decent collection. Bruce and Clark are written well, it is their surroundings that weaken the plot. You get a lot of pages for the price, and it is enjoyable, just be ready to deal with a lot of alternate reality plots and all the baggage that comes with that.
Keep in mind that while this item is listed as volume two of the Superman/Batman run it is really just the entirety of the Supergirl story arc which is also part of the Superman/Batman Vol 1 print (https://www.amazon.com/Superman-Batman-Vol-Jeph-Loeb/dp/1401248187/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474047128&sr=8-1&keywords=superman%2Fbatman+vol+1). So you may decide to simply purchase that volume as it has double the story for relatively similar price point.
This is one of Jeph Loeb's best written books as far as I'm concerned. I know The Long Halloween or some other Batman title would probably be the majority of people's favorite work of his, but I think he just nails this story. The best things about the writing is the thought bubbles of Both Batman and Superman. The way that each character knows the other and their thoughts of the situation and the other people involved in the story are superbly written. This just shows how well Loeb knows these characters. I don't know if any other comic writer out there could have gotten the story exactly this perfect. The writing gets 5 stars as well.
This is one of the best graphics that I've ever read and would rank it right up near the top with The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, The Crow and a few others. If you haven't read this and are even remotely interested in Batman, Superman, and/or Supergirl, then you need to get your hands on a copy of this.