Title: Batman/Superman (2019-) #1
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art: David Marquez
Colors: Alejandro Sanchez
Letters: John J. Hill
Published: August 28, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Up in the sky, in the dark of the night, trust no one—for the Secret Six walk among us. Spinning out of the devastating events of the Batman Who Laughs, Superman and Batman are together once more in an all-new monthly series—and they’re facing a terrifying new threat that could strike from anywhere. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever. Our heroes will need to fight to survive, but an even more dangerous question lurks in the shadows: Can Superman and Batman even trust each other?
Saying that the Batman Who Laughs left the DCU shaken and unsettled is an understatement; despite being dispatched–temporarily, at least–the reverberations of his impact can still be felt. Thus, there’s something rotten in the city of Gotham and it’s going to take the combined efforts of Batman and Superman to sniff it out.
Any series that features more than one of DC’s heavy-hitters requires special attention to pacing and balance, as both Batman and Superman have no problem, on their own, keeping things interesting. Thus far, Joshua Williamson has done a fine job in paying both protagonists enough attention, divvying up page-time appropriately. This early success leads me to believe that Williamson will continue to effortlessly keep up the juggling act until eventually, the two heroes (figuratively) become one.
Although Batman and Superman don’t find themselves really feeling the heat of their predicament until issue’s end, there is a solid amount of action found throughout the debut, making it an exciting read. Watching both Superman and Batman perform on the page is a joy thanks to David Marquez’s dynamic artwork. I’m eager to see more of Marquez’s work throughout the series–especially when things really heat up–because as of now his depictions of both heroes is pure poetry in motion.
Hints of the Batman Who Laughs’ so-called Secret Six pique interest, and the final scene in Batman/Superman (2019-) #1 makes it apparent that the series is not to be missed.
The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel have teamed up to take on a group of terribly dark and powerful new foes in an exciting new series. Batman/Superman (2019-) #1 is an impressive debut.