Monday, September 1, 2014

Batman/Superman #13 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Jae Lee
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 27. 2014

Pants on the Ground

Batman/Superman has been a book without focus the last couple of months.  It's not Greg Pak's fault, but the Doomed tie-ins and one-shots that have been to blame.  Leave it to DC to get the book back on track right before September's Futures End event.  Bravo, guys. However, I'm not here to bitch about release schedules (though I will continue to anyone who'll listen), I'm here to review this issue. So,  let's get it started.

The issue opens with a little bit with Lord Satanus and Kaiyo.  I'm intrigued with Satanus. but Kaiyo has overstayed her welcome.  It's a toss up between her and Joker's Daughter for most annoying character in DC Comics right now.  For me, Kaiyo just pulled ahead by a (really ugly) nose.  Thankfully, it's a quick scene and it does set up the story.  In a nutshell, Batman and Superman have lost their memories.

Superman is in Gotham City and he has no...clothes.  Sure, his memory is gone too, but a naked Man of Steel is a bit distracting as well. Luckily, Catwoman finds him.  Lucky for Catwoman, that is.  She is getting chased by Mangubat and uses Superman's abilities and natural inclination to help to her advantage.  I smell a little "Memento" action from Catwoman so I hope Clark starts scribbling post-it notes and getting tattoos.

Meanwhile, Batman finds himself face-to-face with the Scarecrow and learns that having memories is way overrated.  This Batman has no fears, uses guns and seems like he's having a great time.  Of course, Batman has set up a backup plan to ruin the fun and Bruce finds himself being taken to the Batcave.  I really enjoyed this part and can't wait to see how Batman saves himself.

The issue ends with Superman and Catwoman trying to eliminate Mangubat, but he has his own backup plan.  He's kidnapped Lois Lane, but what good is that if Superman doesn't know who she is...or who he is?

Color me intrigued.  I really like the idea of Batman and Superman trying to figure their way around without their memories and Catwoman helping Superman should be so much fun.  Plus, Batman is already proving that a Batman without a memory is still better than 99% of the Heroes out there.  Throw Lord Satanus in the mix and we may have a winner.  Now we just have to wait two damn months to see what happens next.

I want to let you in on a little secret.  The reason I started reviewing this book is because Eric hated Jae Lee's art.  Now I see why.  It's not horrible, but man it takes some effort to follow the action.  Let me take that back, it's pretty horrible.  I know he has his fans, but I am not one of them.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman/Superman #13 is a good issue hampered by bad art.  I'm intrigued with where the story of Superman and Batman dealing with memory loss goes, it's just a shame we have to wait two months to continue it.


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