Review: Batman/Superman #3.1
It’s very early in Greg Pak’s Batman/Superman, but Villains Month doesn’t pay any mind to that. Pak writes a decent issue for Doomsday, but it doesn’t work well as his origin.
The issue is framed around El family back on Krypton, and Supergirl’s father telling her the story of Doomsday destroying the planet. It’s a good framing device, but it doesn’t give Pak much room to expand on the character of Doomsday. Granted, he isn’t the most complex villain ever created in comics, but some characterization would have been nice. The best Villains Month books have been issues that mix Forever Evil with the character’s origins. Pak writes Supergirl rather well, which shows that Pak really has a flavor for writing these characters. While he’s taking over Action Comics soon, DC might want to consider having him take over Superman too. Scott Lobdell doesn’t seem to be doing anything with that series anyways. While I will miss Pak writing characters at Marvel (Hercules especially), he was being under utilized there, and his writing deserved higher profile books.
What I loved most about Batman/Superman #3.1 is Pak’s infusion of the pre-52 history of Superman into the story. Granted, this supposedly happened in the New 52 universe, I’m just going to imagine that Pak wanted to bring some pre-52 stories in. Having the Superman family seem like Greek-like myths is a great analogy for the history of the character. It especially works to have the reader understand the sheer power of Doomsday and why he is an important villain to Superman. Having him get taken down easy by the guards on Krypton doesn’t exactly instill fear into the heart of the reader. What this issue accomplishes the most is making me very excited about Pak writing more Superman. I love the character, but he hasn’t been treated well in New 52 era.
Bret Booth, who seems to be turning into a Mark Bagley like workhorse when it comes to speed, pencils a good issue here in #3.1. The action flows well, and he certainly nails the size that Doomsday commands. What bothered me the most was that Kara looks like a boy in most of the panels. Whenever Pak has Booth zoom in on Kara, you know she is a little girl. But the second he pans out and shows her entire body, her face goes back to looking like a boy. It’s really weird. Maybe it was the outfit that Booth decided to have her wear in these scenes. The Greek myth scenes are penciled brilliantly, and Booth nails the look. You’d swear that Superman came off of a pot that was in a museum. Can I get an action figure of this look please?
Batman/Superman #3.1 is better than most Villains Month books that I have read. It’s just not up to standard of what Pak has been writing on this title.
Batman/Superman #3.1 get s3.5/5.
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