Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Brett Booth
Published by DC Comics
In the conclusion to this arc, there are a few somewhat large problems that our dear alien has to face: Stop Mongul, lose Batman. Save Batman, lose – and potentially destroy – the planet and the entire human race.
There is some awesomely raw emotion in this chapter, and I really enjoyed how Pak tied that in to the actual storyline. My favorite bit really had to be the focus on Superman, and how he dealt with all of the problems being thrown his way, both by enemies and allies. I just loved how he had all this negativity and these obstacles coming at him, but he wasn’t taking anything less than saving his best friend and the planet. You know that whole ‘hope’ thing. I like that in comic book stories that have the potential to get real dark and gloomy real fast.
And I’m pretty cynical against my fellow oxygen-breathing bipeds, but I really loved the ‘trust that human beings will do the right thing’ idea that underlined the Batman versus Superman versus bad guys plot. It was wonderfully done. While I liked this storyline overall, I think this final part of it was the strongest, and my favorite.
Brett Booth did an absolutely stellar job throughout this arc. It was very consistent, both in style and how its format was horizontal. Something I noticed in this one, that is probably always there and just never caught my attention was the subtle smirks and gestures between Superman and Batman. This is the greatest friendship in all of time, after all, and Booth did a fantastic job capturing that. And you all know what I’m talking about, the full ‘You’re my best friend but I would like nothing more than to punch you in the face because you’re an idiot’ feeling.
This was a solid arc with a great conclusion. I have the utmost faith in Greg Pak, as this continues to be one of my favorite titles in comics out there today.
5 out of 5 nerds