Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #26 Review



Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Dan Mora
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover art by: Dan Mora
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: April 16, 2024

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #26 teams up the World's Finest with the 5th Dimensions most annoying when a Legion of Imps who idolize Earth's villains invade.
Is Batman / Superman: World's Finest #26 Good?

Weird, cooky, and downright fun. Mark Waid's story about 5th-dimensional imps arriving to support their supervillain analogs while serving the bidding of a mysterious master is a fresh helping of superhero adventure.

When last we left the World's Finest, the keepsakes in the Bat Cave suddenly sprang to life, while Superman was overwhelmed by a stampede of animals of the natural, prehistoric, and alien varieties. When the mess eventually cleared, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite arrived by claiming innocence over the magical disruption and asking for help because a nefarious force was killing their friends.

Now, the imps explain more imps are arriving who idolize Earth's supervillains, including everyone from Sinestro to Kadabra. The World's Finest split up with the imps in tow - Batman & Robin with Mxyzptlk and Superman with Bat-Mite - to answer calls from help from Justice Leaguers who are being attacked by supervillains receiving a magical boost from their newly-arrived imp fans. Magical hijinks ensue.

What's great about Batman / Superman: World's Finest #26? Waid's script bubbles with action, adventure, humor (not too much), and an interesting mystery at its core. It's the little touches that make this issue work, including Bat-Mite conjuring an anti-magic suit for Superman that has a decidedly Batman-esque look to it, or Mxyzptlk's annoyance at Robin constantly mispronouncing his name. If you're not a fan of the chaotic energy of Mxzyptlk or Bat-Mite, this issue might change your mind.

What's not so great about Batman / Superman: World's Finest #26? The one nitpick is the characterization of Mxyzptlk. Where Bat-Mite is historically well-meaning and misguided, Mxyzptlk has always had a malignant streak of arrogance in his pranking, like a bratty school bully. Here, Mxyzptlk may be motivated to get help from a deadly power, but his character feels much too close to a kissing cousin of Bat-Mite in tone and personality.

How's the Art? Stupendous. Mora is one of the best, if not THE BEST, superhero artists at DC Comics, but we get the bonus of new character designs for the villain imps and a cool design for the Superman/Batman anti-magic armor. This comic is a visual feast.

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

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Bits and Pieces:

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #26 overflows with action, adventure, excitement, and jaw-dropping art. The challenge facing the World's Finest feels huge, and the mysterious villain is an attention-grabber. But for some odd character work for Mxyzptlk, this would be a near-perfect issue.



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