Wer never hiding his cleverness and wit Joker is great as always and Gibbons clearly had a blast writing this character interacting in between these two worlds although I found it odd how Batman and him never really share an intense or exciting fighting moment at almost any point while Superman is there constantly suspecting against Luthor s intentions I should really say the third book is really where stuff blows out and the stakes inside the story really escalates and I do really wish that element could ve been constant in the first two since they feel as a buildup inside the introductions and character interactions Overall World s Finest Isn t Gibbons best work but he really tries to offer the best of two worlds modern day and old school comic book traits Rude s art is wonderful and a delight to enjoy and appreciate between each panel and while the story isn t as strong or effective as I wanted it still delivers an enjoyable and admirable take on the two of these legends There are better takes on both comic book and video format in which these two got to know each other and fight together but for the retro value World s Finest isn t a bad title to acuire for comic book fans and collectors So I really enjoy stories that focus on characterization which we see here in the comparison and contrast of SupermanBatman and LuthorJoker Gotham and Metropolis mix and there s a lot of detail on how each hero traditionally works and what sets them apart The ending was expected but I still enjoyed it I m a sucker for a happy endingI think this could have used some editing though there were points when the artwork was confusing and there were lots of side characters that I got mixed up There was a good amount of plot going on multiple narratives at once and I think it was a little cluttered to readI did enjoy this though I wouldn t call it one of the greats if ou re looking for a crossover that s what ou re going to get It may mean another short power cut Very reminiscent of the BatmanSuperman Movie from the early 2000s back when I was in high school MEHHHHHToo old for my tastes and almost comically blandBatman saving kids in broad daylightyawnThat cheesy ending as well Sigh In some ways I feel like Gibbons
writer dropped the ball on this one The story has too many stops and starts with too dropped the ball on this one The story has too many stops and starts with too behind the scenes plot really hindering the surface level plot It seems an odd choice to have the book focus around two of the all time greatest villains Lex Luthor and the Joker BUT then have the real villain be a nasty behind the scenes guy who is fronted by a different villain who turns out to be not so bad Just that uick villain rundown is convolutedThe individual chapters originally published as separate comics each have what amounts to wrap ups which makes it kind of clunky when ou turn the page and the story continu This wasn t all that engaging The most interesting parts are the parts where page and the story continu This wasn t all that engaging The most interesting parts are the parts where and Clark interact and discuss the parallels between their origin stories The most moving part was the scene where Bruce and Clark both wake from nightmares about losing their parents The story felt a little too drawn out as though it could have been told efficiently with 50 less pages The coloring also made it difficult to follow at times I just think it needed some darker colors and contrast so everything looked less washed out Anywho it s not really a recommend to be honest There are those that make an argument that the two biggest superhero characters in terms of popularity and influence are Superman and Batman It s a good argument Although Superman wasn t strictly the first comic The draw here is the art opposed to the story Gibbons s storytelling suffers from a lack of focus and direction There s almost no point other than having Superman and Batman switch cities while fighting Luther and Joker Steve Rude s art on the other ha. D another who witnessed the cold blooded murder of his partents Now they must come together to battle two of the most feared villains Lex Luthor and The JokerOriginally published in the mini series WORLD'S FINEST #1
Dave Gibbons ä 5 DownloadD act where the Joker shines That being said I think this is an important book to have if ou are a fan of either Batman or Superman When I realized this was a modern kind of take on Batman and Superman first time team up I couldn t let this one pass From the mind of the great Dave Gibbons and the pencils of Steve Rude World s Finest attempts to be a blend between golden age storytelling vintage art and the maturity and wit from the take on comic books in the late 80s Lex Luthor and the Joker have join forces in order to obtain a series of Orphanage properties in both Gotham and Metropolis which will make Batman and Superman to investigate the villains intentions against the orphan kids and the properties most likely intended for criminal purposes becoming the very first time these heroes showcase the very mythical partnership in the comic book world For starters I needed to read this and experience this modernized event considering how casual and abrupt the first Encounter Happens In The Vintage happens in the vintage books I guess a far epic tale of the encounter should be created eventually and reading Gibbon s introduction inside this collection is perfectly comprehensible why he was chosen Reading it I ve found an actual sense of fanatic insight between each panel and definitely Rude s pencils are the perfect companion only followed by Oliff s colors which are a downright perfect blend between old school companion only followed by Oliff s colors which are a downright perfect blend between old school modern day comic book extravaganza which is where the disappointing aspect of these 3 books comes from they aren t as epic as I would ve expect them to be I mean we re talking Batman and Superman on their first crime fighting adventure after Crisis and while the story as a whole feel as a reinterpretation of the classic comic book pages as aforesaid the tone and dialogue in each panels feels completely updated as for those days For a better comparison the comic book in general feels as an alternative take on the characters performed by Christopher Reeve and Michael Keaton so in a far romantic way World s Finest feels as the film that would ve been if these two movie worlds would ve been made back in the day which for appreciation purposes it adds plenty of value to its reading which it did for me but as the modern take of the epic encounter between the two most popular figures in the comic book world it didn t do it for me not necessarily because its poorly written or draw which it s not but rather the stakes and way the story was handle Are we really setting these two guys to fight Luthor and The Joker from buying an orphanage in order to set all these kids to a life of crime controlled by them Thinking about it for a Golden Age comic book this is the perfect set up and again for a would ve been film it s a proper plot again for back in the day Nowadays we have all these interdimensional conflicts adult focused plots and high epical stakes so we re are spoiled as readers and certainly I am but at the same time something extravagant isn t necessarily what I had in mind on expecting this story to be like but then again compared to for example the animated film from 1997 did this very same thing in a far superior way without elevating the tone of the over the top comic book extravaganza of these characters and maintaining the tone already presented in both shows without attempting anything different and out of place Here the advantage is that this is a uniue three book mini series and Gibbons definitely never intended to connect this to something in particular already presented or introduced Speaking of the characters everyone works inside the story but with the exception of Luthor who s this rare hybrid between modern day villain and this odd cartoonish foe that suffers from impulsivity definitely the weakest part since the better takes on Luthor are the ones presenting him as this serious megalomaniac with a sense of duty and po. S and strikes fear into the evildoers that dwell in the crime ridden Gotham City But they have in common than they realize For one they're both orphans of a sort one who has lost not just his parents but his world; an. I d read this previously and am happy to report that it holds up pretty well Gibbons script is a little off at times and the plot s definitely loose But Gibbons excels in the small moments such as meetings between Perry White and Jim Gordon Jimmy Olsen and the small moments such as meetings between Perry White and Jim Gordon Jimmy Olsen and Gordon in wheelchair sans any references to Batgirl or not et existing Oracle or Lois Lane and Alfred Pennyworth The grudging admiration and professionalism displayed between Superman and Batman is excellently portrayed and Gibbons does a brilliant job giving The grudging admiration and professionalism displayed between Superman and Batman is excellently portrayed and Gibbons does a brilliant job giving character memorable moments without ever doing so at the expense of the other hero The use of orphans as a plot element is well played as wellThe plot is extremely comic book and Rude really makes it shine His version of both characters remains iconic to me He does great work contrasting their styles in how he frames them his use of shadows and light and how each hero moves The storytelling is sometimes slightly confused since the panels are so packed with details and the angles sometimes so extreme it works for the panel but not always the page but Rude still manages at least a half dozen seuences forever burned into my brain notably the conversation between Bruce and Clark in front of the Midway orphanage with the train racing past Superman giving Batman a copy of Zorro for Christmas Superman lifting the wall of the orphanage in Gotham and later twirling the hammer used to knock down the supportA fun book to revisit I enjoyed it This book s plot is just okay But that s not the point This book is of an analysis on the similarities and differences between Batman and Superman and their respective arch rivals The cons I really wasn t invested in the main mystery specifically the subplot about Oliver Monks and Byron Wylie Those villains were very bland to me Also though I know this book is specifically a love letter to the golden age comics I did not like how campy the writing was This is of a personal preference I just happen to enjoy my Batman to be a bit grittier and my Supes to be a bit of a wise old soul Again this is preferenceThe pros Despite my dislike for the old school writing I enjoy the throwback art style uite a bit specifically the design of Superman and the Joker his vacation outfit is hilarious And speaking of the art the use of light and darkness might seem to some to be a bit on the nose but I love showcasing the difference of characters and their cities and villains using lighting I also love the way Bruce and Clark were drawn out of costume with Clark dressed as a pencil pusher as he should be and Bruce dressed with the latest cool fashion Black trench coats and shades anyone I thought this showcased their characters perfectly In my opinion the best character in this book is the Joker which he often is unless the writing is amazing enough to make Batman interesting which I love when that happens
You see Lex Luthor is up to his normal grand scheming but makes the ultimate mistake Hesee Lex Luthor is up to his normal grand scheming but makes the ultimate mistake He a deal with the Joker You see the Joker just wants a relaxing vacation in Metropolis Some mayhem some murder and of course the perfect sun tan The Joker is willing to let Luthor make some big moves in Gotham City as long as Luthor allows him to wreak havoc in Metropolis for his 2 week vacationor so it seems But the Joker as per usual wants his cake and to eat it too He has every intention to screw with Metropolis but no intention at all to give up any ground on his home turf of Gotham As far as Joker is concerned there is no room in Gotham for 2 super villains of their caliber and he ll be damned if Lex steals his thunder Insanity ensues as the book drives to conclusion and that sadly is the best part of the book that starts really slow and bland TLDR Shows great dichotomy between Superman and Batman despite the campy old school writing of their characters and the plot is mostly bland until the thir. They are the World's Finest heroes Superman and Batman and they couldn't be different One is a bright shinning beacon of hope and protector to the citizens of the sparkling city of Metropolis The other hides in shadow.