Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #12 Review


Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Emanuela Lupacchino, Wade von Grawbadger, Norm Rapmund
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover art by: Dan Mora
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: February 21, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #12 follows Robin and Supergirl as they open up to their respective mentors about their first and worst date. Yeah, it was pretty bad.

Is It Good?

With event fatigue and every comic writer at the Big 2 trying to impress readers (usually failing) with big wow moments, it's sometimes nice to take a break and laugh. Batman / Superman: World's Finest #12 does exactly that with a story about Robin and Supergirl's first date, and oof, what an awkwardly uncomfortable and hilarious mess of a date it is.

When last we left the World's Finest, they said a heartfelt goodbye to David, aka the Boy Thunder. Now, we take a break from world-ending threats to experience a different kind of trauma - a first date between superheroes.

The beauty of Waid's script lies in the constant deluge of deliciously awkward moments that everyone experiences on a first date amplified tenfold with unique complications that only a superhero could understand. Do you meet up in civilian clothes or in your superhero costumes? Who pays the check? Does that costume have pockets for a wallet? Who has the better (worst?) archenemy? Do Kryptonians get hungry? etc, etc, etc.

Uncertainty is bad enough, but the situation worsens when the chef and restaurant manager argue over what to serve a superhero couple. A pet monkey creates a Rube Goldberg-like cascade of disasters in the street outside their restaurant.

In other words, Waid invites the reader to sit, watch the show, and have a good laugh, and he delivers.

Dan Mora's phenomenal art makes Waid's run on World's Finest more spectacular. However, Mora breaks from this issue, turning the art duties over to Lupacchino, von Grawbadger, and Rapmund. Collectively, this new team doesn't have the same snap, crackle, and pop as Mora, but the art comes close. At least close enough to enjoy the issue thoroughly without missing Mora too much. In short, this art team doesn't quite hit Mora's level, but they reach a close second, which means the art is great.

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 #12 breaks from world-ending events and lethal villains for a lighthearted and thoroughly amusing comedy of errors. Waid's gift for awkward comedy is on full display, and the guest art team's execution reasonably matches Dan Mora's immaculate style.


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