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Series: Superman/Batman, The New 52
Also in this series: Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World, Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of Wars, Pure Insanity
Also by this author: Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World
Published by DC Comics on November 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel
The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel uncover a plot by the Toymaster to use a secret, potentially deadly element in his new video game, the characters created by players manifest in real life. The ultimate fighting game results--and a world-wide network of players must team up to create the most powerful, skilled Super Heroes imaginable with one goal: To kill Batman.Amazon •
When Batman and Superman are corned by the Toymaster and Mongul, they are pitted against on another in a battle to the death, with their only hope being the The Worlds' Finest.
Mature-Content Rating: Language, Violence
“I know all Toymaster really cares about is action, but a little plausibility in the storytelling makes the action feel worthwhile.”
Brett Booth did the art for the majority of this graphic novel, and I enjoyed it better than the art in the first volume. But when Jae Lee took over again (issue 8 & 9?) it fell back to that pig-nose character and very dark around the eyes.
The first arc of the story is the Toymaster unknowingly using a new video game console to fight Batman and Superman IRL as Nightwing in a plot by Mongul to get rid of the heroes and take over the world. I loved Toymaster. Toymaster is an awesome character; I just really wish the story was executed better.
The second arc brings more characters from Earth 2; this time Batman’s daughter Huntress and Superman’s cousin Power Girl. Power Girl is having problems controlling her super powers and the duo fight (so happy to have the dynamics back into place in this volume) over how to deal with the deadly situation.
Overall, the story is still muddy and the art is still flopping back to Jae Lee’s less than flattering work. It’s hard to say at this point if I’ll be picking up the third volume or not.