Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11 review

It’s the final issue of the second arc, and it’s been a lot of fun so far. Can Superman and Batman save David? Can David become the hero that he’s supposed to be or will he fall to the dark side? Can the creative team end this arc on a high note? Let’s have a look!

It’s another beautifully drawn issue by Mora and Bonvillain. Once again, we have rich, vivid colors that are striking and yet easy on the eye. The color palette is varied, but all the tones blend together to create aesthetic cohesion. Mora draws great, dynamic page layouts that allow the kinetic action to flow from panel to panel, and the character poses reveal at a glance how character’s are feeling; even if they’re a little dramatic at times, it fits the tone and the visual style of the comic. Some of the backgrounds are a little bland, but that’s not because Mora isn’t doing the work—it’s really just because a portion of the story is set in the Fortress of Solitude, where the background mainly consists of white ice crystals. The many colorful characters more than make up for a lack of variety in the backgrounds, though. All the characters look very different from each other, but somehow none of them really look out of place on the page. This art team has master their craft—it really doesn’t get much better than this.

The story is still pretty good as well, but I don’t think this conclusion is quite as good as the preceding chapters. That’s mainly because I feel that this issue is a bit rushed compared to the one that came before. For example, to save David, Superman decides that his powers need to be taken away. Superman is about to do so, but at the last moment he decides against it, allowing David to keep his powers. I’m not quite feeling the buildup here and when Superman decides against it, it even feels a little bit underwhelming to me. In addition, I think Waid touches on an interesting topic: David thinking he’s nothing without his powers. Unfortunately, there’s no follow-up to this as it gets brushed aside almost immediately. Of course that’s because there’s no real space to develop that as a theme in this issue, but at the same that’s indicative of the quick pacing and how some things just aren’t fleshed out as much.

Another example is the fact that The Key and his group of villains get defeated very easily, although it seems like Waid set this up to make this a challenge for them. Superman’s powers are temporarily deactivated, and Robin and David have to stand their ground against multiple opponents. I like how Batman swoops in to turn the tide, because it makes Batman look powerful and badass, but the way the battle plays out overall just seems a bit too easy to me.

But what makes this issue worth reading is that there is a strong emotional core. Superman doubts himself and at the end of the story something happens that makes him doubt himself even more. Batman tries to give him a pep talk, but Superman—the strongest man on the planet—is completely powerless in this situation. Those who’ve been following the characters’ journeys throughout this arc from the beginning will be rewarded with an ending that has serious consequences for some of the characters. Hopefully Waid will follow up on this in a later issue, because what happens here definitely is not the end of a certain character’s story. The cliffhanger is intriguing, and it makes me want to read more.

Recommended if…

  • Stories need a strong emotional core.
  • You can’t pass up on that glorious Mora/Bonvillain art.
  • You’ve been reading this arc since the start and want to see how it ends.

Overall: It’s a solid issue with amazing artwork, but some aspects of it are a bit rushed. That said, the ending is bittersweet and intriguing, and the story throughout is incredibly entertaining and well worth a read.

Score: 7/10

Disclaimer: DC Comics provided Batman News with a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review.