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Noteworthy Issues: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3 (May, 2022)

Superman and Batman have to find their way out Hell, and that's just the first few pages.

Man, there is just so much that happens in this single issue, I can’t believe it all fit in there.

That it did so as well as it did is a testament to Mark Waid and Dan Mora.

Issue:  Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3, May 2022

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist:  Dan Mora

The Plot:  Superman and Batman battle the minions of the Devil Nezha while their agents look into how to stop him.

Commentary:  So, here’s what I was really digging about this issue:  Superman and Batman are a pitch perfect team at all times.  The first few pages have the pair in Hell.  Sort of.  It’s complicated, but Felix Faust put them there.  They don’t stay there long, mostly because one member of the pair manages to find a way out without too much trouble, and in time to rescue the other.  The issue, and the series as a whole, has managed to show the two as equal partners.  Anyone who thinks Superman will be the key due to his awesome power or that Batman will with his power of awesomeness has really underestimated how Mark Waid can put a story like this together.

That is basically how Waid has always worked with a series like this.  He knows the characters and what they can do all while showing them doing things that display a creative use of powers and/or skills.  That’s the sort of thing the issue demonstrates.  Yes, Superman may be essential to save the pair in some situations, but Batman will be in the other, and the pair are clearly friends, concerned over the well-being of other since Nezha is very knowledgeable about modern day superheroes.

For example, Nezha has recruited multiple supervillains, giving them powers boosts, and sent them off to subdue the different superheroes, leading the World’s Finest pair to mostly try to rescue them.  The thing is, Nehza seems capable of taking over people without getting them to agree to anything.  That means there are people working for Nezha that aren’t supervillains.

However, to further show how well this book works, Batman and Superman are basically just holding down the fort while various allies go looking for clues.  That means the Doom Patrol learning how useless General Immortus is than usual while Robin and Supergirl try to get some answers from the heroes of the past who defeated Nehza the first time.  Of those allies, Robin and Supergirl might actually be getting somewhere.

All things being as they are, this is just a fun, fun series.

Then again, I expect as much from a Waid script, and Dan Mora’s artwork fits the story perfectly.

Grade:  A-