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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.
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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.

THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE

Issue #1 - “Crossworld” - opens with Clark in Gotham to question Bruce Wayne about the murders of some Wayne Enterprises scientists. Later that same night, in Metropolis, Catwoman is up to something evil, 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…

Clark falls on Smallville, where he continues the fight with Batman, only to find it is a different Batman, who knows his identity and is armed with Kryptonite. While strangling him, Jonathan Kent finds them…

Issue #2 - “Doubletime” - opens with Bruce “Boom”ing into the Batcave, where he finds Catwoman: “It’s Alfred’s night off, darling”. He also finds a wedding photo, and realises that this is a different world… In Smallville, Jonathan Kent spots that Clark is not his Superman. The Entity transports Batman away from Smallville and back to the Batcave, just as Superman finds Clark. The two Batmen quickly work out what is happening, while the Kents manage to calm down the angry and confused Clark. The two pairs of characters then get a tour of their respective cities, and Clark meets Superman’s wife - Lois Lane. Then Wonder Woman drops in and stabs her through the heart.

Issue #3 - “Split Screen” - opens with the Entity leaving Lois’s body and attempting to possess Wonder Woman, while Superman fixes Lois’s wound. Wonder Woman’s lasso compels the Entity to reveal what she is up to - and we get a view of Darkseid. We also discover that Batman has got a power-boosting crystal, the one he used on Clark earlier, and that it is a key to fighting Darkseid. We get a flashback while Superman is en-route to Smallville, of the first meeting of him and Batman, when they were children. Then the Batplane attacks…

Issue #4 - “Refracted” - opens with the four heroes and (Wonder Woman) having just been informed by the Entity that the power-magnifying crystal that the army has built in to its anti-superman weapon is the only thing that will stop Darkseid’s forthcoming invasion. Then the Army fires it at Superman. General fighting ensues, including Wonder Woman and the Entity; Lois and Catwoman join in via the Batplane. There is a crisis, and Clark has to learn to fly in a hurry… The crystal is eventually destroyed; the entity wipes everyone’s memory, and the two junior heroes are sent home. We await the arrival of Darkseid…

Justice League 23.1 - “Apotheosis” - is the story of the founding of the New Gods, and the rise of Darkseid. We also meet Kaiyo - the entity from the Cross World storyline, who is on the run from Darkseid. Her power lets her cross the dimensions, where she locates worlds with the power to oppose Darkseid, who follows her there for sport, until he finds the Earths…
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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.

THE SPOILER ZONE
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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on 17 July 2014
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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on 14 May 2015
A decent story that is lifted to new heights by some incredible art. Jae Lee's gothic pencilling on Gotham City feels like a dream come true, and really stands out when you see his depictions of Superman as a rag tag superhero still trying to learn the super hero ropes.

The story itself is quite good, it details the moment that Batman and Superman first meet, and to another extent the first time Clark meets Bruce, before it throws them to a neighbouring universe known as Earth 2 and they meet their counter parts from another world. The Batman and Superman of the main DC Universe do not get on and come to blows, but when they arrive on Earth 2 and discover their counter parts are best friends, they take another look at why and re-evaluate, before helping them deal with a cosmic entity that will have serious consequences to both worlds later on.

This really is a must read for fans of both characters, although the story lacks somewhat towards the end it does offer an interesting insight into their friendship.
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on 20 October 2014
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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on 5 April 2015
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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on 18 April 2016
Fascinating story and well integrated to the Earth-0 lore. Dispatched and delivered exactly as described.
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on 15 December 2014
Present for my son who enjoys these graphic novels.
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on 27 June 2015
Very good quality. My son will love it>
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