I picked up this comic book with extreme intrigue. Two of my biggest comic book heroes sharing a cover – this could surely only be epic?
I had never read a World’s Finest title before and DC movies aside, had not read a comic in print with DC’s grandest superheroes teamed together, so to say I was excited to read this, was an understatement.
So imagine my astonishment and anticipation when discovering Lex Luther doing a deal with none other than, The Joker, in the early pages – nice touch.
The story then unfolds with the two antagonists doing business. Lex buying an old orphanage in Gotham, that got sold underhand to The Joker.
From there, rather than team together to take on our heroes, Luther and The Joker ironically play off against each other, causing mayhem in each other’s opposing cities – Lex looking to take over Gotham as he already runs Metropolis, whilst The Joker just has fun rattling Lex Luther by causing chaos in his hometown – blowing up Lex’s real estate along the way.
This leads to our DC heroes trading places as Bruce Wayne takes his business to Metropolis whilst Clark Kent finds an excuse to report in Gotham, so their superhero aliases can keep tabs on their arch enemies’ activities.
An intriguing cross over, which at times, results in the pair having to join forces as they battle to prevent their respected hometowns from destruction and criminal corruption.
All whilst Lex and The Joker have their own personal angst and vendettas against each other, as well as against our heroes.
A good fun read with interesting twists, plots and sub plots.
I did however, find it difficult to follow at times. I was left scratching my head on occasions, how exactly certain events unfolded. That’s the only fault I would state. At times Dave Gibbons loses fluidity in his story telling but with so much going on in this series, it’s not an easy juggling act.
Respect to Steve Rude for the artwork. The Batman image and persona, in my opinion though, lacked something for me.
On further research, the silver age DC version of Batman was ‘lighter’ than the darker version of the caped crusader, we are more familiar with today.
In the introduction Gibbons and Rude refer to wanting to use and draw inspiration from the original character versions. On second thought, maybe I should respect them more, for basing the artwork and storytelling from the prestigious roots and format; of DC comics of old and introducing me to a version of Batman I haven’t seen since Adam West’s portrayal – though this version wasn’t ‘THAT’ light.
I’m intrigued to find original ’50s versions of the World Finest stories for comparison. All in all, a great mini-series of a comic book that has the odd flaw but ultimately a great 90’s take on the two greatest heroes (and arguably villains) of DC comics.
Enjoyable and just gets me more hyped for the release of Justice League.