Batman/Superman #3

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Jae Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 28, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 8
8.0Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Its a showdown that could shatter two worlds when Batman and Superman battle the Superman and Batman of Earth 2!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 28, 2013

    This is such a gorgeous book. For a story not set in the New 52 world (at least this and last issue), Jae Lee's art does wonders. Seeing our version of Batman and Superman (or at least younger versions) interacting with the Earth 2 characters is strange and completely fascinating. Greg Pak does a superb job in showing and explaining the relationship between the Earth 2 versions of Batman and Superman with Yildiray Cinar's art. I'm not really sure where this story is going to go or how it will end but I'm totally okay with that. This is a series you just become immersed in and nothing else matters. I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 2, 2013

    Pak does a great job moving the main story along while adding the flashback sequences to flesh out characters who we have only briefly seen. As the middle issue of the arc, this worked, moving things along, fleshing things out, setting up a finale. And add to that spectacular art and this was a great issue. The contrasting style of Lee and Cinar work well in telling this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 13, 2013

    Although the series hasn't matched the brilliance of the first issue in these last two issues it has however had some very interesting development points that have me very intrigued as to how this story will conclude. It also had some emotional and exciting points throughout, as well as some lightheartedness. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue and can't wait for the conclusion, though am more excited about the Doomsday Villains Month issue the now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Ryley Moore Aug 31, 2013

    Pak continues to prove himself as one of DC's greatest acquisitions, and it's wonderful that they're sticking him on A-list books like this and Action Comics, instead of sticking him on tertiary and spin-off titles like Marvel had been doing (after he left Hulk, that is). I'm still loving this series and can't recommend it enough to any fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Aug 28, 2013

    The story kicks off with Kaiyo, the demon trickster shedding more light on why she's been mind-humpin' around with our Batman/Supermen protagonists for the past two issues. And we even get a peek at who she's working for. (Non-spoiler alert: He's on the cover.) Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 31, 2013

    As the story comes into focus, I find I'm enjoying this more and more - and next issue wraps up this story. A complete story in less than 10 issues - are they mad? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Aug 28, 2013

    Without the art of Jae Lee, Pak's ideas would be nothing. There is a shadowy darkness to how Lee draws. The edges are soft, the expressions slightly off, as though the characters are sensing something elusive happening just behind what they can see. Lee's work flows in a way I haven't seen in many artists. Each panel is a soft work of art, something tiny and exceptional to be marveled at. It matches perfectly to what Pak is writing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Galactus Agenda - J.R. Johnson Aug 31, 2013

    Batman/Superman is quickly rising through DC's ranks. You have two of the most popular characters who pop up in nearly a dozen books but Pak and Lee have created a new perspective separate from the rest. Thanks to Pak and Lee, the "world's finest" heroes continue to live up to their names. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Aug 28, 2013

    I'd venture to say that Batman Superman is DC's best book, and not because it stars the World's Finest. The title takes nothing for granted, and it pokes at the myths that have seen their lusters shine, fade, and regain their shines. This is the origin story of two superpowers meeting, and it will define their relationships, at least, for the immediate future. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 30, 2013

    A reader who comes in with any kind of foreknowledge won't find much stakes to hold onto, but there's still plenty to enjoy from the script and art, regardless. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Sep 3, 2013

    Batman/Superman #3 is a much better mix of Lee's unconventional art and Pak's very personal script, and together create a telling take on Batman and Superman's friendship. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Aug 29, 2013

    The story is set to conclude in the title's next issue, and judging by that last page, it's going to be a real doozie. Play nice, boys! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Aug 29, 2013

    The alternating artwork in this comic of Jae Lee and Yildiray Cinar is beautiful and Greg Pak's really got a knack for writing Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. In fact, he's writing Batman and Superman twice, when you really think about it. After all, they're not "older" or "younger" versions, as we found out this issue, but rather alternate reality versions. Which means that they are essentially completely different characters, even though they share major similarities. It's impressive that they are portrayed so differently when, in reality, most writers nowadays would just write them exactly the same but older (or younger) and not take such things into consideration. It shows not only talent as a writer, but respect for the characters, the source material, and the readership. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Aug 30, 2013

    I don't think Jae Lee is the right fit for this book, the actual Earth 2/Darkseid plot could pick up the pace, and some action scenes were really pointless but the flashback to the first time Earth 2 Bruce and Clark met is must-reading. Absolute must-reading. That portion of the book is beautifully written by Greg Pak and beautifully illustrated by Yildiray Cinar, who I would rather see draw the entire comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Aug 28, 2013

    While I feel a few things could be a bit clearer, especially given we only have one more issue for this arc, ultimately the relationship between the two Batman and Supermen is what makes this book. These two are part of the possibly biggest bromance in superhero books, so it's immensely interesting to see the different incarnations of their friendship matched up against one another. I also just enjoy the fact that these Earth 2 incarnations of Superman and Batman get more of an expanded back story, as they sort of came and went (died) when we first saw them. While this issue may have left me a bit confused as to the bigger picture (Darkseid) I'm sure we'll get a satisfying conclusion to this arc next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 28, 2013

    There is one area in this series that is starting to wear thin and that's the art. Jae Lee is a superstar, no doubt, but the lack of backgrounds is really starting to become a problem. On nearly every page he draws, the characters just stand in front of clouds or smoke. It's hard to tell where they are and what they are doing. The emptiness of these pages becomes even more apparent when Yildiray Cinar steps in for an extended flashback. The pages Cinar handles are rich and finely detailed, a fully realized world. The beauty of that sequence only showcases how sparse the main storyline is, which is really a bummer when you consider how good this comic should be. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Aug 30, 2013

    Lee's artwork will determine much of the overall impression that "Batman/Superman" #3 leaves in the reader's mind, but the entire creative team deserves a lot of credit for taking risks and creating an unpredictable and distinctive look at two of the DCU's most important superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 28, 2013

    Luckily for Batman/Superman, this book looks so good that you can begrudgingly forgive many of its other sins. That said, you can already see the wear and tear on Jae Lee, as now he's only drawn half the book, with many of his characters losing their key details due to his overuse of silhouette and shadow. We've seen already that Greg Pak gets these characters, but until he can streamline this story - namely, one Superman and one Batman is enough - this comic is barely going to get by on looks alone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Sep 4, 2013

    One more issue and this first storyline will wrap up. Although the cliffhanger on the last page is intriguing, I'm not sure if after these first three issues I still care. For a book that has so much potential, hopefully this creative team can wrap up this story in grand fashion, and make all the different pieces work together. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 29, 2013

    A major tip of the hat has to go to DC for continuing to try something different with this book, but the corresponding wag of the finger comes in not making it more readily accessible to those new readers or people looking for an escape from the mainstream. We suspect that this will ultimately work best as a collected edition. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Aug 28, 2013

    According to DC’s historically unreliable solicits, Jae Lee’s done with the book after this storyline. Brett Booth (Teen Titans) picks up duties with issue 5, including the Villains Month Doomsday 3.1 issue. Maybe I’ll stick around a little while longer. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jason Motes Sep 2, 2013

    So while this issue featured great dialogue, the plotting and art were uneven which made it a little less enjoyable. Read Full Review

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