Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #16 Review


Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Dan Mora
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover art by: Dan Mora (cover A)
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 20, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #16 begins the next chapter in the A.I. Uprising when Batman hatches a plan to free Superman and his fellow captives from Newmazo's grip.
Is It Good? 

There's a trope among comic readers pertaining to Batman, and it goes something like this: "With enough preparation, Batman can defeat anyone." Sometimes, when that trope shows up in comics, it can come off as suspension-breaking and silly, but when done right, the results can be spectacular. In Batman / Superman: World's Finest #16, Newmazo makes the one critical mistake that no villain should make - he gives Batman a chance to prepare - and the results are spectacular.

When last we left the World's Finest, Batman and Superman were captured by Newmazo, the ultra-enhanced, evolved version of Amazo who surpassed his creators and initiated a worldwide A.I. robot uprising. With the help of Ultramazo (an Amazo variant who can crate Kryptonite from its body), the World's Finest was collared and trapped in a warehouse building gadgets along with other Newmazo captives, including Will Magnus, Dr. Ivo, and more.

Now, Batman takes advantage of a crack in the armor (literally and figuratively) with the help of the other captives to disrupt Ultramazo, free the captives, and set the Justice League in motion to take down Newmazo's global operations.

To be clear, Superman is in this issue, and he does his part, but Batman takes the lead here and demonstrates impressive tactical and leadership skills to get the wheels of Justice spinning.

If it wasn't obvious, I liked this issue a lot. There's an old television show called The A-Team about a group of mercenaries on the run from the government after they were convicted for a crime they didn't commit. The A-Team's leader, Hannibal, has a catchphrase he would utter whenever his crew used all the tools at their disposal to pull off an amazing operations feat: "I love it when a plan comes together." This issue has that A-Team feel when Batman gets a whole host of characters - civilians, heroes, villains - to enact his plan, and in one fell swoop, the plan comes together.

Is there a down point to this issue? No, not at all. In fact, this issue slightly improves on the previous one because the overwhelming volume of character cameos is scaled back to a manageable degree. The pacing is perfect, the dialog works, and Waid's talent for establishing an exciting, adventurous tone is in full effect. As a bonus, Firestorm (a criminally underused character) gets a pivotal cameo moment. If World's Finest ever wraps up, I'd wholly advocate putting the dynamic duo of comics on a Firestorm title.

How's the art? Perfect. Dan Mora doesn't miss a beat with fantastic figure work, little costume touches that somehow make the heroes look cooler, and a strong eye for cinematic panel composition. DC has a lot of great artists in their stable, but Dan Mora is quickly becoming my favorite on the list.

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 #16 puts Batman in the driver's seat to free Superman and their fellow captives to begin pushing back on Newmazo's genocidal plan. The story is an exciting adventure from start to finish, and Dan Mora's art is Amazo-ing. (Yes, that's terrible, and I don't even care).


1 comment:

  1. Batman/Superman is a dynamic comic series that combines Batman's detective skills and Superman's god-like powers, creating a captivating narrative. The intricate storyline and stunning artwork elevate the visual experience, bringing Gotham and Metropolis to life in vivid detail. This must-read for fans of both heroes offers an exhilarating fusion of action, suspense, and superhero camaraderie.
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