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Review – Batman/Superman #2 (DC Comics)

Batman Superman #2 (DC Comics) cardstock variant cover (detail) by Jerome Opena
Batman/Superman #2
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  • Writing - 7/10
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  • Art - 9/10
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Summary

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Alejandro Sánchez
Letterer: John J. Hill
Maturity Rating: Teen+
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 25, 2019

The Batman Who Laughs has infected Shazam! and he plans on infecting five more DC heroes! Who could they be, and how will Batman and Superman be able to stop him?

 

“Deeper Underground” Batman/Superman #2

The Batman Who Laughs’ devilish plan of infecting six of DC’s major heroes is off with a bang in Batman/Superman #2. Shazam! has been infected and is now on the rampage. How will Superman and Batman be able to take him down? Plus who else does the fiendish, laughing Batman look to infect? This is a question Batman and Superman ponder while not trying to die by the hand of Shazam!

Writing

Batman/Superman #2 (DC Comics) main cover by David Marquez
Batman/Superman #2 (DC Comics) main cover by David Marquez

Joshua Williamson is building up a good little mystery in Batman/Superman #2. It is hard to go into major detail about the story without spoiling it, but Williamson does a good job of keeping the reader in the dark about things until the right moments. It helps build up suspense for the story and keeps it interesting.

Overall I wasn’t really too into the dialogue in this issue. I guess it all worked for the infected Shazam! but the dialogue for Batman and Superman just felt a little off. I am not exactly sure what it was, but it just didn’t feel right for the characters. Not all the time; just on some lines, it felt weird for them to be saying.

Reading through Batman/Superman #2 I wasn’t exactly sold on the story. It was interesting and had a nice little mystery going for it, but it wasn’t exactly keeping my attention through the story. That is, until the end. Williamson has a very nice twist ending here that hooked me for the next issue, that looks to be a lot of fun!

Artist

A lot like my review of the first issue, I mainly picked this series up to see what David Marquez does at DC Comics. He once again delivers some spectacular visuals in Batman/Superman #2. He gets to draw some incredible scenes in the fight with Shazam! His style really shines as the DC heroes battle it out. It is truly amazing detailed work that just leaps off the pages with energy and charisma. Marquez brings the action to the forefront in tremendous ways.

Can Marquez just draw every superhero costume ever? I mean, he just makes them look fantastic! He catches the simple elegance of both Batman and Superman’s respective iconic costumes elegantly well. I just love how they are so simple yet incredibly detailed all at the same time. Marquez makes them shine across the pages.

I am also a big fan of Alejandro Sánchez‘s coloring work and am super happy he got paired with Marquez on this series. The more “flat” color palette looks great on the pages. It also adds a nice, almost “textured” layer to the images on the pages. Sánchez does a superb job of catching all the little details throughout the issue.

Conclusion

Though Batman/Superman #2 didn’t fully hold my attention storywise until the end, I did enjoy the overall read. The visuals once again are outstanding. Marquez and Sánchez make a great team and I cannot wait to see Marquez work on other DC characters. Williamson sets up a nice twist for the next issue and ongoing that has me anticipating the next issue. 


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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