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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (27 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401249345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401249342
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.5 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great writing, gorgeous art, BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 is everything you want in comic book." CRAVE ONLINE
"With this creative team in place, I'm definitely in for the long haul." COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
"Greg Pak shows he has a strong handle on the characters." NEWSARAMA
"Few artists can capture the sinister aura of Gotham City and its resident hero quite like Lee." IGN"

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: 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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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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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2014
Format: Paperback
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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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2014
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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