Batman/Superman #2

Batman/Superman #2

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Jae Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 24, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 6
8.1Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Batman and Superman travel to Earth 2, where they find familiar heroes who are trying to kill them!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 24, 2013

    Greg Pak continues his ambitious beginning on this new series. For a series meant to spotlight DC's two biggest characters, you would expect nothing less. Pak is crafting a grand tale and despite being set in the past, there's absolutely no telling how this is going to end. Jae Lee's art and June Chung's colors are a thing of beauty. You can't help but be mesmerized by the character designs, especially with how majestic some appear. The story and art has such a surreal feel, you won't be able to resist getting sucked into this comic. Hopefully you won't need a passport for the journey. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 25, 2013

    Smart, exciting, gorgeous. Batman/Superman is something very special, presented by two talents at the absolute peak of their game. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 29, 2013

    But again, Lee just shines here. That is one dramatic entrance for Diana. And the paint brushed clouds makes her majestic, feel classic. Good story. Great art. I enjoyed this issue a lot more than the first. And look forward to the rest of this arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jul 24, 2013

    Batman/Superman #2 is an absolutely engrossing comic book that's chock-full of text and rendered with the utmost care. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Jul 25, 2013

    But I'm already willing to say that after Pak and Lee finish with Batman/Superman, I want an Earth 2 Catwoman series from them. It's okay. I'll wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jul 27, 2013

    Batman/Superman is moving forth is a great direction, and honestly not getting answers up front isn't bothering me at all. As long as I can have more incredible characterization and beautiful artwork as we've had in these first two issues, then I'm alright. If you were worried about the New 52 not bringing any (or many) new worthwhile series, then look no further than this title. If you were worried about writers at DC not knowing how to handle Superman, then look no further than Greg Pak. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 28, 2013

    So we're still waiting to see where all this is going, and to see the mysteries resolved - but so far this new series is a heck of a lot of fun! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 30, 2013

    Wow. This book is a lot of fun, my only gripe thus far is that I can't get behind the art work of Jae Lee. Now don't get me wrong everything looks beautiful, but for a comic book it just doesn't work for me. I'm really looking forward to next month when Brett Booth takes over, who is probably in my top 5 of DC artists right now. But that's another article entirely. Earth 2 has been since it came out one of my favorite books in the New 52 and I'm really happy that the first meeting between Batman and Superman is apart of Earth 2 Batman and Superman. I just have been wanting more back story on our heroes Earth 2 counterparts since Earth 2 began. Killing them off in the first issue of that title had me crying foul so hopefully we get that with the continuation of this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jul 26, 2013

    The title continues to live up to its original hype, and now with the villain ousted, in a way, by Earth 2's Wonder Woman, I can't see what's in store next. Quadruple team up, anyone? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jul 24, 2013

    If you liked the last issue then you're going to love this one and if you just thought the first issue was okay (like I did) then this is going to be a step up for sure. There's plenty of material here that will make you smile and it has an ending that will supply you with more than enough to talk about. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jul 24, 2013

    As Batman and Superman enter this new world and meet their doppelgangers, we get several moments of unexpected humor. Lois and Catwoman add a much-welcomed sense of lightheartedness to the story, while the inner monologues of both Clark and Bruce keep it focused on the matter at hand. This is the last thing I expected from this title when I first heard about it, but it's proving to be quite endearing right out of the gate. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas Jul 25, 2013

    By contrasting these two heroes, and drawing attention to their differences the creative team does something incredible. As different as the two men are, their experiences mirror one another with great clarity. An exploration of love, family, roots and aspirations; this story draws attention to the universal commonalities of the human experience. "Batman Superman" #2 reminds us that our similarities are more numerous and more important than our differences. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jul 24, 2013

    This issue is less Batman Superman as it is Batmen and Supermen. Bats and Supes appear together only on two pages in the entire issue, and it isn't clear what's going to happen when they meet again. For now, the contrasts are split through the characters we know as Batman and Superman. Each now has two components " old and new. The aged versions live in a more utopian world where their actions have changed lives. Knowing this, will the younger versions join forces or discover a critical flaw that forces them to fight the future? The addition of another Justice League member whose connection to Superman in the New 52 has been controversial may up the ante with more drama, more action, and more awesomeness. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 25, 2013

    It may not be the best or most outstanding new series from DC right now, but it has the virtue of being the most surprising, practically all of it in a good way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jul 24, 2013

    This issue continues the really fun and interesting start the first issue set the bar with. Getting glimpses of characters from pre Earth 2 (the book) Earth 2 was a welcome surprise, as it offered up that much more to enjoy outside the core characters of Batman and Superman. The only thing I was left wanting, was a little more information on who the Trickster is, and why she's playing her game. Perhaps I'm just impatient, but I'd just like the blanks to have at least started to be filled in. Besides that point, this issue was a very good follow up to the fantastic first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 24, 2013

    "Batman/Superman" #2 is a fun sophomore issue, and it bodes well for the Pak, Lee and Chung creative team. This isn't a ground-breaking story, but it's such well-done material that it still succeeds impressively. With this creative team in place, I'm definitely in for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Jul 25, 2013

    Batman/Superman is not only shaping up be unlike anything that anybody had ever expected it to be, but its also appears to be one of the more character driven superhero books that your hard-earned money can buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jul 26, 2013

    The series that I wanted to hate is continuing to surprise me in ways I never thought imaginable. Sure, Jae Lee has always been one of my favorite artists, but he's been primarily a Marvel or independent company guy in the past, so you can imagine my hesitation with him tackling my favorite characters. Obviously, there was no reason to be worried because, come on" He's awesome. But Greg Pak is a hit-or-miss writer for me personally. I loved his Magneto: Testament and Red Skull: Incarnate for Marvel, but found World War Hulk, Chaos War, and a majority of his Hulk (later Hercules) run unreadable. Now, in retrospect, maybe that was co-writer Fred Van Lente's fault, but hey, I'm human. Well, ranting and rambling aside, let me say that Pak is absolutely nailing the two main characters in this book. And he's even evoking real reader emotions, which is hard to do this day and age with a comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Sean A. Guynes Jul 26, 2013

    After the first issue of what promised to be, and certainly was, an incredible team up of Greg Pak and Jae Lee, I was sort of left in WTF-land. I'm not at all implying that was a bad thing, at least not for me. There's a fine line between comics that make no sense"for example, Constantine #5 as a Trinity War tie-in was completely unmotivated as an addition to the Trinity War narrative, it seemed to only serve boosting Constantine sales and to put Shazam into another book for the week"and comics that take a while to make sense (heck, Watchmen falls into this category!). Batman/Superman is shaping up to be one of the latter; I'll definitely want to buy the TPB when it comes out, so I can read it as a 'graphic novel,' but for now I'm content to get my DC WTF dose from Pak and Lee once a month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 27, 2013

    Let's face it; we've seen plenty of stories where super heroes are lost in another time dimension or stories where they meet up with alternate versions of themselves. This is nothing new. However, Pak is injecting new ideas and energy in this story type that makes the story engaging and entertaining. I am finding this story to be highly enjoyable. I can't help but wonder if this is the next sprawling epic on the scale of Planet Hulk that comes out of nowhere to be a big hit. Either way Pak and Lee have my attention. I am eager to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jul 29, 2013

    It's going to be a long wait between now and 2015, but Batman/Superman will provide quality and original stories to help pass the time for the main event. Screw that, this book is a main event! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 11, 2013

    This was a brilliant issue, and although not quite as good as the opening issue was it was still very interesting with some very exciting moments. The issue also had a lot of emotion throughout, and the development though at a much slower pace in this issue has still been very interesting. I personally still however am not a huge fan of the artwork, as although I prefer Lee's art on this than anything else I've seen there are still things that I dislike about it. I would however highly recommend this issue as although slightly slow it was still amazing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 24, 2013

    The problem is, this series hasn't explained who the villain is, or why he's up to no good. On top of that, the Earth 2 plot has taken the focus off our heroes and onto the plot itself further diluting a potentially powerful first contact story. That's not to say it won't become a powerful rewriting of their first interaction, but I can't help but be a little bored and strung out on this story. The art is great, but where is this going? Why do I care? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jul 26, 2013

    While we get a brief bit of action Batman/Superman #2 is a character-driven comic that establishes multiverse within the New 52 era. This is the type of story that I did not expect to get for the first arc of a new Batman/Superman comic but it is fully welcomed. Greg Pak treats this multiverse crossover with care as we are treated with a few lighthearted moments from Earth 2 Catwoman and Lois Lane. At the same time Pak stays focused on the bigger story at hand with how the Batmans and Supermans interact with one another. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Jul 25, 2013

    Jae Lee's art is always incredible to look at. His faces though sometimes seem too alike. The writing in this issue is subtle to say the least. A lot of the action is left up to the imagination which is mostly a good thing. There's some inner monologues from all the characters and the Batman/Superman doubles. But there's not a lot of telling the reader what exactly is going on or what the protagonists are doing about their situation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Apr 3, 2015

    Pak has written a perfectly decent story that's full of fun action and adventure, while remaining true to the traditional roles of Batman and Superman. It's not the most original or unpredictable story involving these two characters, and it really makes no claim to be so. The art team gels together surprisingly well, although it's apparent when the switch happens mid-scene. The action scenes are all penciled very well, and it doesn't devolve into a blur of fists and kicks. It is nice to see Batman developing a begrudging respect for Clark sans powers, and Pak even manages to get a rare smile to appear under the cowl. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Jul 25, 2013

    There are interesting things happening to both Batman and Superman in Earth 2. However, by not properly guiding the reader through their conflict, and avoiding the relationship that's supposed to be the backbone of the comic, Batman/Superman #2 doesn't have the heart and complexity that makes up Bruce and Clark's friendship. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 24, 2013

    Who would have thought that twice the Batman and twice the Superman would be too much? Yet Greg Pak winds up putting the cart before the horse with a needlessly convoluted plot, compounded by some messy artwork by Jae Lee. Considering how talented this creative team is, it makes for a somewhat frustrating time - while this book still stands above much of the rest of DC's catalog, you can't help but feel this book could be better. The World's Finest, this isn't. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Jul 25, 2013

    Really, I'm not a fan of Jae Lee's Superman. He looks like Sloth from the Goonie Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Jul 24, 2013

    Overall, Lee's art is what makes this comic worthy of a purchase, otherwise I might suggest getting it when a trade is released because the wait in-between issues does help an already confusing story. I hope DC finally will decide to do a recap page for some of their series. Read Full Review

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