Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #6 Review



Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Travis Moore
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by: Aditya Bidkikar
Cover art by: Dan Mora
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: August 16, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #6 takes readers back to a Golden Age story when Robin, lost in time after the battle with Nezha, finds refuge with a traveling circus. Even in the past, Robin can't escape his detective training when two circus hands die under mysterious circumstances.

Is It Good?

Following the events of the Nezha arc, the only loose thread remaining is Robin's disappearance during his trip back in time with Supergirl. Now, we catch up with Robin temporarily living with a traveling circus when he becomes embroiled in a series of suspicious deaths. Waid must be doing something right because the previous arc demonstrated his mastery in telling Bronze Age-style stories, and now he shows an equal mastery for telling Golden Age stories.

The plot revolves around a couple of circus hands dying from circus animal attacks, but Robin concludes the facts don't add up. The story is as innocent, wholesome, and heartwarmingly corny as you would expect from a story from the Golden Age. The snappy dialog is melodramatic, the setup involving a murder set in a circus feels like a classic Hollywood mystery, and the feel-good ending is the quintessential "Happily Ever After."

Compared to the previous arc, this issue doesn't have the world-ending stakes or pulse-pounding action, but what the issue lacks in energy and high adventure, it makes up for with a lighthearted plot that hearkens back to a simpler time. Waid constructed an old-fashioned story that works exactly as it's meant to.

Mora is off the internal pages for this issue, handing over the art duties to Travis Moore. While the style change between Mora and Moore is noticeable, Moore's eye for panel composition suits the material to a tee. Add in Bonvillain's pristine coloring and Bidikar's lettering, and the quality is still top-notch.


About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #6 takes a break from the big, blockbuster action for a circus-set murder mystery that fits snugly in the wholesomeness of the Golden Age of comics. The adventure is charming, the mood is slightly corny but in an endearing way, and the art doesn't miss a beat in the hand-off from Dan Mora to Travis Moore.


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