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Superman/Batman #22

Posted: Monday, October 3, 2005
By: John Hays



Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Ed McGuiness

Publisher: DC Comics

The Avengers, I mean Maximums, have trapped Superman and Batman, believing that these two heroes killed one of their own and now must pay for their crime. However, Superman and Batman don’t stay trapped for long. Once out, they attempt to scope out their surroundings, only to be once again detained. Meanwhile, Bizarro and Batzarro continue their mysterious activities and end up in situations NOBODY could have expected.

Even though this has been a somewhat amusing storyline thus far, with less than subtle allusions to well known Marvel characters, this issue really cranks things up a notch, particularly with the misadventures of Bizarro and Batzarro. While not spoiling exactly who they run into, it brings into strong question Dan Didio’s comic convention statement that Hypertime is a thing of the past.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of Ed McGuinness’s art, especially when I get to see unexpected characters in Ed’s stylistic, animation style of art. Every McGuinness book has numerous splash pages that could easily make money as posters. The “you-know-what” Batman image at the end is just awesome. My only artistic question would be whether or not it is a coincidence that the third video monitor has Supergirl looking like she’s wearing Peter David’s Supergirl’s costume.

At the end we are left with many questions: What’s Bowman’s game? What is really going on with Bizarro and Batzarro? What storyline is Lex Luthor NOT involved in? If you took a DNA sample from the blood left over from Wolverine’s, I mean Wolfen's, fight with Batman, could you create another Dark Claw?? (Just kidding.)

I’m really enjoying this storyline, and can’t wait to see where it goes from here.



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