A couple of thugs kidnap a Metropolis citizen, but only Batman can save them. Superman is on a solo mission to destroy a comet in outer space.
Paul Levitz doesn't cut any corners in scripting this issue. The author's extensive experience as a writer caters to the reader and allows them to breeze through this comic, without significant confusion. Although I was confused at the end of the book, I will address this matter later.
As with most great stories, the adventure draws you in and the characters reflect believable personalities. The same can be said about Batman/Superman #72, since each personality is separate from one another. Levitz's task of managing the rhythm and timing of the script, and dividing face time between Superman and the others, is remarkable. From the beginning of the book, the author crafts an elegant monologue explaining the Man of Steel's fascination with outer space. Within this graceful soliloquy, Clark recalls a deep quote from Jonathan Kent: “If you've got gifts, boy, no matter how you got them, you're obliged to use them.”
On a deeper level, this quote reminds us of Clark's selflessness. At a time when all he can think about is sacrificing yet another dinner date with Lois Lane, the Kryptonian must put others before himself and destroy a deadly comet.
Batman/Superman features a nice contribution of diverse and colorful artwork from Jerry Ordway and Pete Pantazis. This artistic team assists Levitz's Superman monologue, by constructing a beautiful pastel pallet of neon colored stars and galaxies. Also the panels appear painted, opposed to looking heavily animated, and this creates a pleasant aesthetic.
Aside from the highlights of this comic, there is one weaknesses. The plot summary of Batman/Superman on the DC website doesn't match the narrative taking place in the actual comic. “While The Man of Steel's godlike presence on another world is perverted by Lex Luthor, zealous Superman followers look to make human sacrifices in his name back on Earth,” according to Dccomics.com. From what we learn in this issue, Lex Luthor has yet to pervert Clark's image. The only perversion I notice are by the Cult of Supermen (a group of Superman's followers that sacrifice in his name) and their attempt to sacrifice a victim. But this is taking place on Earth, not “another world.”
To wrap up, Batman/Superman is a title that's definitely under the radar. Not to take anything away from The Flash or Brightest Day series, but this comic is definitely a gem. Hopefully the storyline can develop and reveal Lex Luthor's perversion of our hero.
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