Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Batman/Superman #6 Review

What's the Plan?

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: David Marquez, Alejandro Sanchez, and John J. Hill
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 22, 2020

While I started a little down on this series and wished big things were explained better, I have been looking forward to seeing what the book becomes now that the Infected story has shifted off to Hell Arisen.  Sure, I know it's not gone totally, but I am hoping we get an idea of where Williamson will take this book once it is.  Do we get that this issue?  Let's find out...

Yea, maybe I was hoping for more of a clean break then we are going to get as we open with the Infected Jim Gordon yelling at Batman and Superman about lies and living with lies and...really, it all felt like forced dialogue to quickly give the reader the theme of the issue.  I appreciate getting right to it, but I wish it felt a little more natural.

That leads the World's Finest to seek out the third of the Trinity, Wonder Woman.  Guess what?  She is upset about lies and keeping secrets.  I didn't see that coming!  She is most triggered about Donna Troy and talks a bit about not trusting Bats and Supes anymore and then flies off to join Supergirl in her book.  Again, all of this didn't feel natural, but I did like some of Diana's dialogue here.

The issue continues with Batman and Superman having some private thinking and punching time (ie: Filler) before meeting up on the streets of Gotham.  Now that Superman's identity is out there, Bruce better start watching how much he is seen with Clark!  It all leads to Batman coming up with a plan to go against the Batman Who Laughs... compile a database of their enemies that can be shared with all the heroes so they can work together.  Isn't that what they already have at the Hall of Justice?!?!?

The issue ends with a disconnected scene that sets up a Batman and a Superman villain fighting but maybe helping each other next issue.  The problem is, the Superman villain hasn't been a villain recently and without any setup, I hope he doesn't turn heel.

This issue was nothing but filler and I can only think it's to finish off the first trade before moving on to the next story.  Williamson sets up things that will probably not mean much later and then takes a left turn to give us an out of nowhere cliffhanger.  I do think it could lead to an interesting story coming up, but why not get to it here???  I did love the art throughout the issue, but that alone is not enough to do anything but skip this issue and hope for the best next month.

Bits and Pieces:

Joshua Williamson gives readers an aftermath to the Infected story as it heads off to bigger things and while it all looks great, it is mostly filler.  The cliffhanger looks interesting enough but only makes me suggest skipping this one and coming back next month.


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