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D or introduced Speaking of the characters everyone works inside the story but with the exception of Luthor who s this rare hybrid between modern day villain and this odd cartoonish foe that suffers from impulsivity definitely the weakest part since the better takes on Luthor are the ones presenting him as this serious megalomaniac with a sense of duty and power never hiding his cleverness and wit Joker is great as always and Gibbons clearly had a blast writing this character interacting in between these two worlds although I found it odd how Batman and him never really share an intense or exciting fighting moment at almost any point while Superman is there constantly suspecting against Luthor s intentions I should really say the third book is really where stuff blows out and the stakes inside the story really escalates and I do really wish that element could ve been constant in the first two since they feel as a buildup inside the introductions and character interactions Overall World s Finest Isn t Gibbons best work but he really tries to offer the best of two worlds modern day and old school comic book traits Rude s art is wonderful and a delight to enjoy and appreciate between each panel and while the story isn t as strong or effective as I wanted it still delivers an enjoyable and admirable take on the two of these legends There are better takes on both comic book and video format in which these two got to know each other and fight together but for the retro value World s Finest isn t a bad title to acuire for comic book fans and collectors The draw here is the art opposed to the story Gibbons s storytelling suffers from a lack of focus and direction There s almost no point other than having Sup In some ways I feel like Gibbons writer dropped the ball on this one The story has too many stops and starts with too much behind the scenes plot really hindering the surface level plot It seems an odd choice to have the book focus around two of the all time greatest villains Lex Luthor and the Joker BUT then have the real villain be a the all time greatest villains Lex Luthor and the Joker BUT then have the real villain be a behind the scenes guy who is fronted by a different villain who turns out to be not so bad Just that uick villain rundown is convolutedThe individual chapters originally published as separate comics each have what amounts to wrap ups which makes it kind of clunky when you turn the page and the story continues and I really didn t feel like there was much in the way of characterization Mostly it seems like Gibbons was depending on artist Steve Rude to pick up the slack And to some degree Rude did ust that Some really beautiful work is on these pages Some truly classic depictions of both Batman and Superman making them look heroic larger than life but still human And Rude is no slacker the panels are filled with extra bits human drama in the background fully realized environments Rude has a lot to be proud for on these pages and I want to give an additional shout out to my pal Karl Kesel who did a fabulous The Last True Explorer job on the inks So all in all Gibbons did a fairly goodob but Rude did an outstanding ob I know that Gibbons can be a better writer than this and I wish he would have shown that on this project When you have an artist like Rude when you know he s going to knock it out of the park it s worth the writer s time to build a better park So I really enjoy stories that focus on characterization which we see here in the comparison and contrast of SupermanBatman and LuthorJoker "Gotham and Metropolis mix and there s a lot of detail on "and Metropolis mix and there s a lot of detail on each hero traditionally works and what sets them apart The ending was expected but I still enjoyed it I m a sucker for a happy endingI think this could have used some editing though there were points when the artwork was confusing and there were lots of side characters that I got mixed up There was a good amount of plot going on multiple narratives at once and I think it was a little cluttered to readI did enjoy this though I wouldn t call it one of the greats if you re looking for a crossover that s what you re going to get I d read this previously and am happy to report that "It Holds Up Pretty "holds up pretty Gibbons script is a little off at times and the plot s definitely loose But Gibbons excels in the small moments such as meetings between Perry White and Jim Gordon Jimmy Olsen and Barbara Gordon in wheelchair sans any references to Batgirl or not yet existing Oracle or Lois Lane and Alfred Pennyworth The grudging admiration and professio. D another who witnessed the cold blooded murder of his partents Now they must come together to battle two of the most feared villains Lex Luthor and The JokerOriginally published in the mini series WORLD'S FINEST #1
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This wasn t all that engaging The most interesting parts are the parts where Bruce and Clark interact and discuss the parallels between their origin stories The most moving part
Clark interact and discuss the parallels between their origin stories The most moving part the scene where Bruce and Clark both wake from nightmares about losing their parents The story felt a little too drawn out as though it could have been told efficiently with 50 less pages The coloring also made it difficult to follow at times I ust think it needed some darker colors and contrast so everything looked less washed out Anywho it s not really a recommend to be honest It may mean another short power cut Very reminiscent of the BatmanSuperman Movie from the early 2000s back when I was in high school This book s plot is Location, Location, Damnation (The Brackenford Cycle
just okay But that s not the point This book is of an analysis on the similarities and differences between Batman and Superman and their respective arch rivals The cons I really wasn t invested in the main mystery specifically the subplot about Oliver Monks and Byron Wylie Those villains were very bland to me Also though I know this book is specifically a love letter to the golden age comics I did not like how campy the writing was This is of a personal preference Iust happen to enjoy my Batman to be a bit grittier and my Supes to be a bit of a wise old soul Again this is preferenceThe pros Despite my dislike for the old school writing I enjoy the throwback art style uite a bit specifically the design of Superman and the Joker his vacation outfit is hilarious And speaking of the art the use of light and darkness might seem to some to be a bit on the nose but I love showcasing the difference of characters and their cities and villains using lighting I also love the way Bruce and Clark were drawn out of costume with Clark dressed as a pencil pusher as he should be and Bruce dressed with the latest cool fashion "Black trench coats and shades anyone I thought this showcased their characters perfectly In my opinion the best "trench coats and shades anyone I thought this showcased their characters perfectly In my opinion the best in this book is the Joker which he often is unless the writing is amazing enough to make Batman interesting which I love when that happens You see Lex Luthor is up to his normal grand scheming but makes the ultimate mistake He makes a deal with the Joker You see the Joker ust wants a relaxing vacation in Metropolis Some mayhem some murder and of course the perfect sun tan The Joker is willing to let Luthor make some big moves in Gotham City as long as Luthor allows him to wreak havoc in Metropolis for his 2 week vacationor so it seems But the Joker as per usual wants his cake and to eat it too He has every intention to screw with Metropolis but no intention at all to give up any ground on his home turf of Gotham As far as Joker is concerned there is no room in Gotham for 2 super villains of their caliber and he ll be damned if Lex steals his thunder Insanity ensues as the book drives to conclusion and that sadly is the best part of the book that starts really slow and bland TLDR Shows great dichotomy between Superman and Batman despite the campy old school writing of their characters and the plot is mostly bland until the third act where the Joker shines That being said I think this is an important book to have if you are a fan of either Batman or Superman There are those that make an argument that the two biggest superhero characters in terms of popularity and influence are Superman and Batman It s a good argument Although Superman wasn t strictly the first comic strip hero characters like Lee Falk s The Phantom debuted before him he was the first bona fide super hero with powers to die for He couldn t really fly in his first outings but bounding buildings seems close enough so we ll leave it at that It s probably fair to say that almost every super hero that followed was to some extent based on the Superman template even if the goal was to make them less like Superman the criteria still had to be appliedBatman followed shortly after Where Superman serves as the template "for a powered superhero Batman arguably serves as the template for a non powered hero Using his wits psychological "
a powered superhero Batman arguably serves as the template for a non powered hero Using his wits psychological tools deductive skills and martial arts he has for than half a century been the real life super hero that millions of boys aspired to become The two characters have been traditionally paired in an attempt to capitalize on their individual popularity and to play Superman s light off Batman s dark yin and yang so to speak but is the final product better than the sum of the part. They are the World's Finest heroes Superman and Batman and they couldn't be different One is a bright shinning beacon of hope and protector to the citizens of the sparkling city of Metropolis The other hides in shadow.