Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Batman/Superman #3 by Joshua Williamson - Comic Book Review
From the publisher: “Who are the Secret Six?” part three! Is Superman the newest member of the Batman Who Laughs’ Secret Six? It certainly looks that way, and Batman may be powerless to stop the Man of Steel and his own demented doppelgänger. The Dark Multiverse’s most dangerous Bruce Wayne is loose in our world, and he has our world’s greatest superhero at his side. Who do you turn to when there’s no one to trust?
Batman/Superman #3 by Joshua Williamson continues the story of the Secret Six, six people infected with the Joker toxin by The Batman Who Laughs. So far, Batman and Superman have discovered that Shazam was infected, and that there was a batarang with the toxin in it intended for Superman. This fact led Superman to suggest that he be infected in order to go undercover with The Batman Who Laughs and get the vital information about the other targets.
Issue #3 shows the results of Superman's plan, and boy do things begin to go haywire. Not only does Batman now have an infected (sort-of) Superman to contend with, but The Batman Who Laughs didn't give away anything. Or did he? A small clue leads Batman to Commissioner James Gordon, who has been working for The Batman Who Laughs for some time now. What follows is an interesting conversation, and a new plan of attack. Batman and Superman are now desperate to find the final three targets.
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. The first is that Williamson does a nice job writing the interplay between Batman and Superman. Their relationship is the foundation of the book, and though both are heroes, their approach to things is very different; however, they compliment each other well. I also like how the narrative is sometimes told by Superman, and sometimes by Batman. The contrasting viewpoints provide insight into the characters and their personalities. Another thing I enjoyed is the action in this book. Everything is big and world threatening, kind of like a summer action movie. That's not to say there aren't any quiet moments, but it's sort of a popcorn read. Finally, the mystery of who is infected and just what The Batman Who Laughs has in store for the world is engaging enough to keep me coming back.
I would recommend Batman/Superman #3 by Joshua Williamson. It's a fun, exciting read. This book will appeal to fans of the Superman, Batman, and The Batman Who Laughs.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.