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Batman/Superman #3 - Split Screen

5

Superman vs Batman vs Batman vs Superman continues. Having two sets of the duo (and Wonder Woman) plus Greg Pak, Jae Lee and Yildiray Cinar makes this a treat.

The Good

This book has such a surreal feel to it. There's something about seeing the regular and Earth 2 versions of Superman and Batman meet. Of course with Jae Lee's art, it adds to that feel. The foe they are up against had a strange nature that fits in with this vibe.

Greg Pak is crafting quite an interesting tale. With the story taking place in their younger days, it's really keeping us on our toes as we try to see how this will fit in overall and witness each new development among everyone present. We've seen many stories in the past with regular and alternate versions of characters meeting but there's such a grand feeling with this story. It feels like there is a lot riding on the outcome of their battle and tease of a certain other foe that has caused problems for both worlds shortly after this time period.

Yildiray Cinar's art provides a look back at some of the relationship between the Earth 2 Batman and Superman. Pak gives us a great flashback. As I said after reading EARTH 2 #1, I do want to see more of this version of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

The Bad

There are still some parts that feel a tiny bit odd. Some of the flow mixed with Lee's surreal-feeling art feels off a little. Lee's art is wonderful but the backgrounds also adds a strange and almost empty feel.

It's a little weird seeing the background on Earth 2 Batman and Superman here instead of in EARTH 2. But I'll take it where I can get it.

The Verdict

This is such a gorgeous book. For a story not set in the New 52 world (at least this and last issue), Jae Lee's art does wonders. Seeing our version of Batman and Superman (or at least younger versions) interacting with the Earth 2 characters is strange and completely fascinating. Greg Pak does a superb job in showing and explaining the relationship between the Earth 2 versions of Batman and Superman with Yildiray Cinar's art. I'm not really sure where this story is going to go or how it will end but I'm totally okay with that. This is a series you just become immersed in and nothing else matters. I can't wait for the next issue.