When this series was first announced, many asked if it was necessary. The answer is, "Hell yeah we do!"
With Greg Pak doing his first DC book and with Jae Lee doing the art (along with Ben Oliver in the 'back up'), there's a lot to look forward to. One of the big questions many had (including myself) was how could this be their first meeting if we saw it in JUSTICE LEAGUE #1? Pak makes it work brilliantly and it makes perfect sense.
Back to the question of whether or not we need this series, there is an importance in fleshing out the relationship between these two. We've caught glimpses already of their friendship but never saw how it developed in the New 52. This is where their personalities can be fleshed out a bit since they often come across as too matter-of-fact in their own titles. This could be where they let their guard down a little while taking on incredible odds. And with the story set up here, it opens up a crazy can of worms.
Jae Lee's art is amazing. I can't remember the last time Gotham City was depicted in this fashion. You definitely won't want to visit. The way he draws Batman, Bruce Wayne, Superman, Clark Kent and Catwoman is worth the price of admission. He draws some beautiful and scary scenes at the same time. Ben Oliver's portion looks great as well and continues to build on the feeling generated in the story.
I was concerned this might be just a gimmick book with two popular characters featured just to sell books. That concern was blown away as this series is off to a great start.
This is the Batman/Superman book we want and deserve. I had some problems with the later issues of the previous SUPERMAN/BATMAN in the pre-New 52. With Greg Pak, Jae Lee and Ben Oliver on this series, it's like we're being spoiled. We have an intriguing set up with gorgeous visuals. The direction of this first story seems a little crazy but its a nice and ambitious beginning to what looks like a successful new series. This is definitely a book to check out ASAP.