REVIEW: ‘Batman/Superman,’ Issue #8

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Batman/Superman #8
Batman/Superman #8 is published by DC Comics, written by Joshua Williamson, with art by Nick Derington, colors by Dave McCaig, and letters by John J. Hill. Having used the Lazarus Pit to restore the people of Kandor, Zod basks in his triumph. But his triumph proves brief — for life isn’t the only gift the Pit bestows, and a city of maddened miniature Kryptonians is not a joyous sight. Caught between a swarm of Kandorians and two of their greatest enemies, the World’s Finest have their hands full.

Writing a short comic story can be a rather unique challenge. As readers, we become used to the length of issues it takes to tell a story. To cut down that length can make the events feel less impactful. The situation develops at such a speed that before you can completely appreciate the threat, or even the motives in play, the story has wrapped. This feels doubly true for Batman/Superman #8.

An entire city of micro-sized Kryptonians feels like a problem that would ravage a city. Yet, it is resolved in a single issue here. While I appreciate that a story’s lengths can be influenced by any number of factors, I just wish Williamson had shot for a scenario that wouldn’t feel so underserved by the short issue count.

The only other story aspect I struggle with here is the speed with which the Kandorians obtain the power set of yellow sun-powered Kryptonians. It never fails that, somehow, every Kryptonian that shows up on earth is able to have powers within minutes, if not seconds of arrival. And while there is an explanation thrown out for why, it feels pretty weak. This may be viewed by some as nitpicky, but I like established rules to be followed. A stable continuity helps these stories make some sense.

Batman/Superman #8

That having been said, the other aspects of Batman/Superman #8’s writing are well handled. The characters felt true to their personalities and their actions never strayed from how I’d expect them too. Williamson has an excellent grasp of the players in this story. From Zod’s unique sense of honor to Ra’s al Ghul’s self-importance, every character manages to get their moment in.

While the story has it’s bumps, the art for Batman/Superman #8 is on solid footing. Derington’s work is clear and effective. The story moves from panel to panel in an easy to follow fashion and the characters’ emotions are given the appropriate amount of weight. The coloring done by McCaig is one of the stronger elements of Batman/Superman #8 visual presentation.

With the bulk of the story happening in the presence of the Lazarus Pit, much of the art is washed in hues of green. While the glow from the alchemical substance is allowed to impact the art, it never completely overrides it. It’s an atmospheric touch that would be easy to take too far or not far enough. McCaig lands it just right.

When all is said and done Batman/Superman #8 delivers an enjoyable superhero tale. There’s some action, some emotion, and disaster is averted. Both its writing and art are clear and tell the tale well.

Batman/Superman #8 is available March 25th wherever comics are sold.

Batman/Superman #8
3.5

TL;DR

When all is said and done Batman/Superman #8 delivers an enjoyable superhero tale.