Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Ed McGuiness (p), Dexter Vines (i)
Metallo breaks into S.T.A.R Labs hoping to fix his decomposing metal body. In an attempt to stop him, Superman finds himself too weak to stand against the mighty Kryptonite. Heading to Gotham City, Metallo hopes to find his original body, to return to it. Superman swings by to help Batman take care of this one, but is shot in the heart with a Kryptonite bullet and falls into an empty grave. Immediately trying to help, Batman jumps down to remove the bullet. Not leaving them a chance, Metallo quickly fills the grave with dirt leaving the two heroes to die. On another note, a giant asteroid of Kryptonite is heading to Earth. President Luthor quckly assembles a team of super-heroes to help out.
Jeph Loeb has to be one of the best writers of modern comics. I've always been a fan of his work, as he really knows how to write a great story. His current run on Batman is nothing but spectacular. Now he's taking on DC's two most popular heroes and putting them into one book. Instantly that spells success with Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness on the title. I'm looking forward to the upcoming issues of this series.
Ed McGuiness is a great artist in my opinion. His figures have the perfect amount of detailing and musculature. Neither over- or under-detailed, but just the amount you need to enjoy the book. I'm really glad he was put onto this one and with this first issue he proves that DC made the right move. Superman and Batman have a long, long history of artists, some good, some bad. McGuiness would definitely go into the category of good.
Well if you haven't picked this title up yet, you're missing out. For only $2.95, it's a steal. It got four bullets for a spectacular story and equally good artwork. These two now how to tell a story and they do a damn good job of it. Enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat, and a cliffhanger ending that'll have you begging for more. What else could you want from a comic book?
You really need to get this if you haven't already. The book comes highly recommended and it's one of my favorites out of the whole month. It's worth every penny.
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