Thursday, June 22, 2006

Body Switching On Earth-2

Superman/Batman #27
Written by Mark Verheiden
Art by Kevin Maguire
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

Verheiden's run starts here in a stand alone issue set on Earth-2! Yeah I wasn't that excited either but then I read the story. Even though it takes place in a different reality (much like Loeb's weird run) it is so much better than anything Loeb ever wrote. It is fun, but not the way Loeb was fun, in a way that makes sense and not confusing. This was a nostalgic look back without screwing with continuity and stuff. If Verheiden continues like this, this series may just redeem itself from the trash it was before. Kevin Maguire was perfect for this issue as his artwork has that kind of timeless feel to it. The ultra-humanite is always a fun character and his comment about the Joker and Brainwave's "rules" made me chuckle. It reminds me of the theory that the Joker never truly want to kill Batman cause the whole thing is too fun for him. This is a theory that I agree with. He wants to get caught. It's a game to him. Not that the Joker as a villain isn't dangerous, he is just not a danger to Batman. And of course watching Powergirl and Huntess's boobs throughout a comic is always a plus, even if it isn't "our" huntress.

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