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

Greg Pak , JAE LEE , BEN OLIVER
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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

About the Author

Greg Pak is an American film director/comic book writer, known for his work on books published by Marvel Comics, which include "Incredible Hercules," "Incredible Hulk," the crossover event "World War Hulk," and more. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of the Purple Crayon improv group, and studied history at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and studied film at New York University. His student film, "Fighting Grandpa," won the Gold Medal at the 25th Student Academy Awards. He is currently set to write the ongoing series BATMAN/SUPERMAN for DC Comics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 47666 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,962 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars prequel-level comic 14 May 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 500 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Worlds' Finest 8 Dec. 2014
By Squirr-el TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The story from issues #1-4 of the latest Superman-Batman team-up title is collected, along with Justice League 23.1, as Batman/Superman Volume 1: Cross World TP (The New 52). This is the story of Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne's first meeting - "years ago" - when Clark goes to Gotham to investigate the murders of some Wayne Enterprises scientists. Later that same night, in Metropolis, Catwoman is up to something, and is caught in the act by Batman, who is quickly caught in the act by Superman (in t-shirt and cape - this is early days). Catwoman is possessed by something, and in the ensuing fight, Superman and Batman and the entity go "BOOM"... and find they are somewhere else, where they meet older versions of themselves... though it is not until issue #4 that we see a caption telling us where they are.

The two younger characters are extremely suspicious of each-other's motives, while the elder two are obviously friends from way back. This volume shows how the old friendship formed, and begins the process of forming the new one, as the possessing entity slowly reveals that it is a scout for a forthcoming interdimensional invasion - the "Boom" being a big hint, and the fifth comic collected here being the major spoiler...

This is an excellent story, showing the differences between the New 52 and the old 52 Superman and Batmen, and explaining why Earth 2 had a tougher time of it than the other Earth when Darkseid attacked. I found the artwork to be a bit too dark and confusing for my liking, as it appeared to obscure the story rather than illuminate it. It would have been more in keeping with the world of the Swamp Thing.

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For a detailed breakdown of the individual issues collected here, see Batman/Superman Volume 1: Cross World TP (The New 52).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The story is ok, but the art work is awful. It made every page turn difficult because I didn't want to look at it any more. Some of the work with shadows is quite cool, but I don't think I saw a single face that actually looked like a face. Definitely not touching anything with Jae Lee on it again
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as original 5 April 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not as good as originall Batman or Superman,
Can't beat the comic's I read as a child,
.which is best Batman or Superman
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