Writer: Greg Pak
Artists: Jae Lee & Yildiray Cinar
Colors: June Chung & Matt Yackey w/ John Kalisz
Letters: Rob Leigh
Covers: Jae Lee & June Chung, Pat Gleason, Mick Gray, & John Kalisz
Review by Scott Keys
After that last page of issue 2, I couldn’t wait to dive into issue 3. Having Wonder Woman there to play off the 2 versions of each of our main heroes was a nice contrast, but what was going to happen with our world-displaced heroes? Let’s just say, it was eye opening!
I’m running out of ways to describe Jae Lee’s art, but suffice it to say, he knocked this one out of the park! You can’t really top perfection, but the consistency is great. What I can add is that the flashback scenes by Cinar were superb! Cinar does a great job of giving the younger versions of Bruce and Clark their distinct personalities and giving us glimpses into the men they will become. My favorite scene was when Clark was running toward Bruce to take him down, but Bruce turned the tables on him. Very indicative of their future relationship. Another stellar job by the art team for Batman/Superman!
Pak named this issue perfectly: Split Screen. I love the device he uses to get into the minds of each Superman and Batman (as well as Kaiyo). He really gets the reader into the characters’ heads, giving us new perspective. Obviously, Earth 2 Batman and Superman have a totally different (and less bleak) background with one another, and it is a great contrast to the grittier world the New 52 Batman and Superman come from. The best scene depicting this is when Earth 2 Batman is explaining the kryptonite weapon to Earth 2 Superman, and New 52 Batman and Superman say in unison: “DON”T TRUST HIM!” A very different world, indeed!
Batman/Superman #3 is definitely some beautiful eye candy, but Pak has made this book a MUST READ! The only thing that upsets me is that we probably won’t see Earth 2 Batman and Superman again after this arc. Maybe they can do and Earth 2 version of this book too.
Art: 5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
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