Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Batman/Superman #10 Review

Big Brains Bananas

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Clayton Henry
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 29, 2020

I haven't been the biggest fan of this book since it started, but I have enjoyed it more since Joshua Williamson was able to shed the Year of the Villain/Infected/Hell Arisen stuff and tell his own story.  This current Ultra-Humanite story has me intrigued, and while I am pissed that Atomic Skull isn't still walking the beat of Metropolis solving crimes and making up rhymes, I'll let that go...for now.  Let's jump into this issue and see if things get bananas!  Yea, I went there...

Joshua Williamson starts us off with a non-specific flashback showing Superman going up against Ultra-Humanite.  It's an average starter that is here to set up a couple of things you know will be popping up later.  It's also disgusting as hell!

We then cut to the current time with Batman doing an autopsy on Atomic Skull.  Poor Al Micheals (not the sports announcer, that guy's loaded) has seen better days!  Williamson takes a bit too long to get through this scene, and while I'm glad readers will get some information about Atomic Skull since I love him, he is dead, and there are bigger fish to fry. 

The scene also slows down to give readers the best buddy vibe Williamson loves to throw in this book, but it felt a bit off here, and again, it slows down the pace after a quick-moving start.

Unfortunatley, the issue is a slower one in general.  Williamson gives the reader news reports of Superman bringing his nonsense to Gotham, discussions of weapons and tech disposal.  I want to think they end up on Trash Island, but that's just me.  The issue ends with a break-in that wasn't a break-in and Ultra-Humanite proving he can use his big, ugly brain to divide and conquer... and then monologue for a couple of pages so we can time the big wow moment for the cliffhanger page.

I am a bit torn by this issue.  I liked it enough, and nothing got me angry, which is a big plus nowadays.  However, I also ended up feeling like not a lot had happened overall.  A good chunk of the story was a flashback and then a lot of yakity-yak.  I usually like Clayton Henry's art, but Superman's face seemed thin and smooshed at times.  I will be checking out the next issue, but I won't be running to get it and read it immediately.  Maybe a slow jog and... oh, who am I kidding.  I will walk and get to it when I get to it!

Bits and Pieces:

Batman/Superman #10 is the definition of an ok issue.  Not a ton happens, and the pacing is off at times as we slowly get to the all-important cliffhanger.  I love seeing the Ultra-Humanite since he doesn't make a ton of appearances, and I will be back next issue even though I'm not very excited right now.  Clayton Henry's art was good enough, and Joshua Williamson didn't piss me off.  I guess that's something, right?



  1. I'm kinda disappointed. I thought Ultra-Humanite would put his brain into Batman's body.

    1. Now that would have been cool! I guess he is really into making people Atomic right now!