Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Batman/Superman Vol. 3: Second Chance by Greg Pak - Book Review

From the publisher: The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World's Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.

Writer Greg Pak (Hulk) re-teams with critically acclaimed illustrator Jae Lee (Inhumans) to launch this next epic chapter of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in BATMAN/SUPERMAN VOL. 3! Collects issues #10-14 and BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1.

Batman/Superman, by Greg Pak, continues to be a fun book. The structure of the comic allows for big and/or personal stories between Superman and Batman that couldn't really happen in their own books, let alone the Justice League.

This particular collection, Second Chance, contains three separate stories.  The first story concerns Superman and Ray Palmer shrinking to enter Batman's brain and save him. It is very Fantastic Voyage-ish. The second story brings back Koiya, the Chaos-Bringer. She offers Batman and Superman a chance to change one thing from the past, at the time they visited Earth-2 during Darkseid's attack.  There choices prove to be interesting.

Finally, the last story proves to be the most interesting (and the artwork by Jae Lee is terrific).  It spins out of the encounter with Koiya, and leaves our heroes back home but without their memories. Clark Kent encounters Catwoman and Bruce Wayne meets Lois Lane.  What follows is a look at what makes a hero, and if the memories make the man. There is a particularly poignant scene with Bruce Wayne that perfectly captures the sacrifices heroes make.

I really enjoy Batman/Superman, and Vol. 3: Second Chances is no exception. I still believe Vol. 1 set the bar extremely high, but the latest stories still rank pretty high. I recommend this to fans of Batman and Superman, and to fans looking for a fun read.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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