Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3
Scheduled to arrive in stores: May 17, 2022
Cover date: July 2022
“The Devil Nezha” – Chapter Three: “House of Ji”
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover: Dan Mora
Variant Covers: Dave Wielgosz
Reviewed by: Tony Parker
Batman and Billy find themselves trapped by Felix Faust, but Superman rescues them from the illusion with a well thought plan. Puppetering Billy momentarily, Nezha tells the heroes he will not be deterred. Keeping Billy somewhere safe, Superman and Batman set off to Central City to help The Flash and Wonder Woman.
Meanwhile, Robotman, Negative Man and Rita Farr travel to Mont Blanc in Switzerland to get info from General Immortus, who now suffers from dementia. After Negative Man reminds him of Nezhas symbol, he manages to disclose of a concealed tomb, on an island off Corto Maltese.
In the past, Robin and Supergirl attempt to fight off The Warriors of Ji, but to no avail, only managing to stop the curb stomp battle when Robin shows they are truly coming in peace. The warriors tell of how hard it was to conceal Nezha, and that something seemingly went wrong when they sealed the door…
Arriving at Central City, Superman and Batman see The Flash run into a magic mirror of Mirror Master supplied by Nezha, which gets shattered, and Wonder Woman turned into clay once more by Dr. Alchemy. The two manage to fight the villains off, only to get attacked by a possessed Green Lantern. Shocked by the wealth of information Nezha has, Batman asks Alfred to see if someone has accessed the Justice League servers, but a possessed Alfred reassures him all is as it should be…
To Be Continued…
Story – 3: Not much to say here, to be honest! This felt like a bit of a static issue, with not much changing, and not that much happening. Which is all right, as it was still fun! But there really isn’t much to talk about. Batman has some great lines, especially about Clark, the two banter well. Clark’s plan to silently throw a batarang at the hidden heartbeat of Faust was really clever, and the stakes have risen quite well, especially with that harrowing final panel. I really like the dementia sequence, felt very personal, and makes me want to check out the Doom Patrol even more! It’s only logical to have a bit of a static issue like this, to allow us to feel more of the stakes, and while right now it feels a little slow, I think as we look back on the full story, we’ll like this issue more! Special mention to Superman not believing in hell, love that! So yeah, all the good of previous issues, with perhaps a needed break from progress, check it out if you like this arc so far! I had a good time!
Art – 4: The art gets creepier here, hellish landscapes and terrifying reds, like red lantern energy rings turned up to 11. Nezha looks far creeper than previously, expressions feel wonderfully real and subtle, and nothing feels off tone, colorful enough not to go full angst, but harsh enough when it needs to go scary!
Cover Art – 3: Quite a cool cover, showcasing Robin and Supergirl seemingly being trapped by Nezha, as Superman and Batman look alarmed. Not accurate, perhaps, but still symbolic of how Nezha is all powerful so far!
Variant Cover Art – 1: A little too edgy for me, with the heat vision eyes Superman and the overexposed Batman who Laughs.
Variant Cover Art – 2: Kinda cool to see Blue Superman, but not much to say here either.
Variant Cover Art – 3: ute little chibi cover! Too bad no Cassandra Cain, but oh well!
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