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Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World (The New 52)
 
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Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World (The New 52) [Kindle Edition]

Greg Pak , JAE LEE , BEN OLIVER
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"Smart, exciting, gorgeous. "Batman/Superman" is something very special, presented by two talents at the absolute peak of their game."--CraveOnline

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The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are close friends in the modern day--but the two weren't always such close allies. Discover how two of the World's Finest Super Heroes met for the first time in the New 52, and the mysterious adventure that takes them to a whole new world-the world of Earth 2! The heroes of the main DC Universe meet their Earth 2 counterparts for the first time!

Collects BATMAN #1-4 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.1: DARKSEID.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 107107 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd New edition edition (6 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IUSN37Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars prequel-level comic 14 May 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I’d try to summarise the plot but for the life of me I don’t think there was one. New 52 Batman and Superman, before they join the Justice League (so this is 5 or 6 years back from the “present” - the New 52 timeline is so messy!), get sent to Earth 2 by a demon trickster called Kaiyo (Kaiyo = KO = Knock-Out - it’s that imaginative!) where they meet older, wiser versions of themselves. They fight. They go back home. The end.

I think this was meant to show how Batman and Superman became close friends by showing them as disliking/distrusting one another to start with and then learning that they both share common goals, but really in the New 52, they’ve never been “friends”. Even now in the “present”, they’re still annoying one another, bickering in the constantly-fractured Justice League.

I like the New 52 t-shirt and jeans Superman so seeing more of him was good and I really enjoyed Jae Lee’s super gothic, moody art which makes Gotham look so frickin’ awesome, and his Catwoman design rocked. But those are the only positives I can think of for this effort.

It’s basically four issues of two Batmen and two Supermen talking about their differences (duh, Earth 1 is different from Earth 2 - let’s point out the changes!), fighting one another (because heaven forfend that we ever get a Superman/Batman story without the two fighting!) and then Darkseid makes a pointless cameo. It’s so boring, stale, and unimaginative, I don’t know what Greg Pak/DC were thinking! Well, I can guess - “Batman and Superman are our top-selling properties, let’s make another series with the two and make more money!”. Oh and having young Clark and young Bruce meet as kids when Wayne's car breaks down in Smallville? That's some Star Wars prequel-level garbage, Greg!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted so much to like this, but its just a mess of a plot. On one page, Clark and Bruce are watching a child get bullied. Then we change stories to a young Superboy fighting Old Batman. Then we jump to another story of Young Batman fighting young Superman.
There is no reason for any of the fighting, and the older versions should have known better than to even start fighting. It made absolutely no sense. But the fighting was one panel and then they trash talk each other for ten more panels. The fight just wasn't even interesting in its own right.
Then Wonder Woman gets involved, because as we all know by now, a Batman / Superman story has to involve her in the plot? Theres a pointless flashback issue to the Darkseid war of Justice League #1 and then we hit the magic reset switch to wipe the entire story (what little of it there was) from the timeline!
Stupid.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here We Go Again! 17 May 2014
By Ryan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a huge Superman and Batman fan, I read all the original volumes and loved every page. So when DC announced the New 52 reboot of the series, I jumped for joy!

When this arrived in the post I went straight into my garden and read the entire thing (bearing in mind it's not that long). But what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in style.

The story is (some say) another universe hopping plot. But I say, that's just classic Batman/Superman entertainment. The amazing internal monologue of Bruce and Clark has also made a miraculous return in the way their thoughts of each other show just how they really are the world's finest. The art work is different but it works so well.

All in all it feels familiar yet has a fresh take on the classic and awesome relationship of the red and black caped heroes.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman and Superman Meet Again for the First Time 6 May 2014
By Scott Knight - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Batman/Superman, by Greg Pak, is awesome. There, I said it. I'm not a huge Superman fan (he's okay), but Batman is my favorite. As such, I do enjoy reading about The Dark Knight teaming up with the Man of Steel. This particular collection is no exception.

Cross World contains the first meeting of Batman and Superman in the continuity of DC's New 52 reboot. Superman is young and brash; Batman is still highly suspicious of everyone, not wanting to trust in any help. As Batman investigates the murder of Wayne Tech employees in Metropolis, he comes in contact with Catwoman, who is possessed by Kaiyo, the Chaos Bringer . This results in a run-in with Superman, where-in Kaiyo teleports the two heroes to Earth-2. There, they come in to contact with the Superman and Batman of that world, who are older, wiser, and married. The world is cleaner and safer, but there is a major weapon hiding beneath the surface of the peaceful appearance. As the heroes battle and work together to defeat Kaiyo, they are warned that Darkseid is coming.

I love the interaction between Batman and Superman. They are such different men with different views on the world. The contrast between them results in a strong friendship, as well as great stories. When they are thrown into the alternate Earth-2 and meet their counterparts, the contrasts only deepen and add to the overall relationship between the heroes. Pak does a phenomenal job with this element, which is the key to all good Batman/Superman stories.

My favorite part of this book has to be the background given on the Batman and Superman of Earth-2. Their friendship dates back to their youth, and their first meeting is a touching scene between to boys with very different backgrounds, who's strengths complement each other beautifully.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the art by Jae Lee. It is gorgeous, almost cinematic, and goes perfectly with the story. Lee has a rather unique style which is easy to identify. That style if the ideal match for Pak's tale of the meeting of two of the biggest superheroes in the world.

In addition to the main story, which actually serves as a prequel of sorts to the Earth-2 series, the collection includes Justice League 23.1. This story serves as the origin of Darkseid, one of the most ruthless and powerful villains in the DC Universe. I found it interesting, as I've never read an origin story for the character before.

I highly recommend this book. If you have a passing interest in either Batman or Superman, you would be doing yourself a favor by checking it out.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rad 10 Dec 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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One word, "Rad." I mean, I've only gotten back into the comic scene, and missed out on most of the 2000's, but who cares. Superman plus Batman equals radical, all day. This is one of those of those books that makes you wish you were Adam Sandler in Click, so you could fast forward until the next month to read the next issue. So rad.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars prequel-level comic 14 May 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I’d try to summarise the plot but for the life of me I don’t think there was one. New 52 Batman and Superman, before they join the Justice League (so this is 5 or 6 years back from the “present” - the New 52 timeline is so messy!), get sent to Earth 2 by a demon trickster called Kaiyo (Kaiyo = KO = Knock-Out - it’s that imaginative!) where they meet older, wiser versions of themselves. They fight. They go back home. The end.

I think this was meant to show how Batman and Superman became close friends by showing them as disliking/distrusting one another to start with and then learning that they both share common goals, but really in the New 52, they’ve never been “friends”. Even now in the “present”, they’re still annoying one another, bickering in the constantly-fractured Justice League.

I like the New 52 t-shirt and jeans Superman so seeing more of him was good and I really enjoyed Jae Lee’s super gothic, moody art which makes Gotham look so frickin’ awesome, and his Catwoman design rocked. But those are the only positives I can think of for this effort.

It’s basically four issues of two Batmen and two Supermen talking about their differences (duh, Earth 1 is different from Earth 2 - let’s point out the changes!), fighting one another (because heaven forfend that we ever get a Superman/Batman story without the two fighting!) and then Darkseid makes a pointless cameo. It’s so boring, stale, and unimaginative, I don’t know what Greg Pak/DC were thinking! Well, I can guess - “Batman and Superman are our top-selling properties, let’s make another series with the two and make more money!”. Oh and having young Clark and young Bruce meet as kids when Wayne's car breaks down in Smallville? That's some Star Wars prequel-level garbage, Greg!

Four issues is a bit short for a book so the Darkseid Villain’s Month one-shot is thrown in which tells you Darkseid’s origins in a brief, uninteresting way. Like the other Villain’s Month one-shots, this one is a total waste of time (with no Jae Lee art to save it either).

I can’t recommend this for either Batman, Superman or Earth 2 fans as it’s such a dull, unsatisfactory story - seriously, has Greg Pak ever written anything worthwhile? How does he keep getting big assignments?! Jae Lee fans would definitely like it for the art alone but Batman/Superman is definitely not a must-read addition to the New 52.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great read 12 May 2014
By Souske Aizen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great story and wonderful art from lee...the premise of the story is basically the younger versions of batman and superman are transported into a different reality in which they confront older versions of them....the cherry in top was the darkseid story from his origin to him finding new 52 justice league
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read that can be enjoyed on its own even if you don't really keep up with DC. 23 May 2014
By Brad Hawley Brad at FanLit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature review site for the Comic Book Review column.

Batman/Superman (Vol. 1): Cross World (New 52) by Greg Pak

Greg Pak's Batman/Superman: Cross World is one of the better books in the DC New 52: This first collection of monthly issues tells the story of a young Batman and Superman meeting an older Batman and Superman from an alternate reality. Best of all for fans of Jack Kirby is that the storyline features Darkseid, the late Kirby's great villain (who also inspired Jim Starlin's Thanos, the evil Marvel character who will soon start making appearances in the Marvel films). The artwork by Jae Lee is dark and haunting, and the overall story is equally dark, but there is much humor to Pak's writing.

One of my favorite lines is when the young Superman is transported to another reality and meets Wonder Woman. Apparently he doesn't know Wonder Woman yet in his reality, because he tries to save her from Kaiyo, an evil demon-like goddess. As he pushes her aside, he says gallantly, "Stand Back, Ma'am!" Wonder Woman is so stunned, she just stands there and asks rhetorically, "Ma'am?"

There are other funny moments, particularly when a young Kent shows up in Gotham. While Bruce watches from a park bench, Kent stops some kids from beating up a young boy. Bruce shakes his head at how stunned Kent is when the little boy shows his appreciation by shooting the bird at Kent, who seems completely unable to comprehend why his help wasn't appreciated. Pak writes this scene well, and best yet, he returns to the setting again later in the story to show what has changed between Bruce, Kent, and even the little boy. These two scenes display Pak's economical writing that conveys much information in very few panels and pages.

My favorite part of the story, however, is toward the end of the book when we get the history of Kaiyo, the Chaos-Bringer, and her relationship to Darkseid. I like the images of Darkseid, I like the storyline behind the two characters, and I love one image in particular that I refuse to describe for you because of spoilers. You'll know it when you see it: This one image explains clearly what Darkseid's goals are and how they relate to Superman AND another character hanging in front of Darkseid. This character has his back to us.

We also get Darkseid's origin story, the development of the New Gods (and why they are called NEW Gods), the background behind Darkseid’s home world Apokolips, and Darkseid's relationship with his brother. Once again, all of this information is conveyed with economy, both verbally and visually. There are plenty of very satisfying splash-pages (which I don't always like), but the artwork tells us quite a bit of extra information that isn't told in the text.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. The only problem I had was perhaps my own: I couldn't tell the difference between the two sets of Batmans and Supermans at times, particularly in some of the fight scenes. Other than that, the artwork is a major part of why I recommend this book. Particularly in the first half of the book, because the art is unique and does not look at all like a typical superhero comic. Toward the second half it does, but I don't mind, because the characters being depicted — Darkseid and Kaiyo — are so different looking from Batman and Superman and other typical superheroes that the comic book still doesn't look like you might expect. And the colors throughout aid in making this volume stand out as a unique one in a market inundated with identical-looking superhero comics from the Big Two, DC and Marvel. As a final plus, you don't need to know anything about the history of DC characters to enjoy it. So, I highly recommend this book for both comic book fans and those new to the art form.
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