We have all done it before, but this is the first time I can remember somebody wrote a story from this perspective. You are sitting down with a friend and someone says, Superman can beat Batman. The other disagrees and you try and figure out who’s going to win.
Superman/Batman #78 actually opens with this conversation, except you don’t realize that is exactly what is happening because the two characters appear to be going head-to-head. It’s a fun short fill-in story in what has been consistently a steady performer for DC Comics in what is the title’s seventh year.
Joe Kelly teams up with Jach to supply the words, while the ever spectacular Benes has the pictures covered. And don’t worry, Benes gets a chance to throw some other heroes into the book.
In addition to the Superman/Batman story, there is a Power Girl/Huntress feature in the back by Amanda McMurray and Brett Booth. I have always been a big fan of Booth’s work and he does not disappoint with this throwback team-up from the Silver Age.
McMurray’s story is a good, although with so few pages to work with she has to jump right into the action and paints the characters with too broad of a stereotype for my liking. Still, the McMurray-Benes combo is a good one and I would be interested in reading more from the two of them.
From all indications in the early run of this new Avengers joint, it’s going to be a fun book with lots of interesting things happening. Not too much character stuff mind you (that’s what Secret and New Avengers is there for probably) but just a good old-fashion hootenany.
The Red Hulk guests in this issue and while I am not the biggest fan of his, his appearance does work for the story. It will be interesting to see what happens to his status after the story ends.
But after featuring Kang, Ultron and time travel in the first arc, Bendis pulls out the infinity gems for his second story.
I’m still not loving Romita Jr’s work on the book and here is hoping that someone else gets a shot at drawing the title after this arc. (Not that I want to be hating on Romita Jr., I love his earlier work on X-Men and his Amazing Spider-Man run with JMS was really strong. His stuff is just not that tight anymore.
This one gets an honorable mention from me this week in what might be the rudest thing I have ever witnessed in a comic (and that is probably saying something after reading some of Ennis’ Boys).
The issue itself is the fun you would expect from Parker and Walker since they started on this book recently. It does not disappoint as the milestone issue features Cap, Iron Man and Thor on the Raft – you know only some really strong hilarity will ensue. Add to the mix a despondent Luke Cage who can’t stand being around these nasty characters and we have all the right ingredients for some excellent jambalaya or the next edition of the WE’s Summer Slam.
The rudeness occurs on the very last page, and panel of this tale. It was just plain wrong.
Anyway, that’s what I have for you this (past) week.