Batman/Superman Annual #1
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Batman/Superman Annual #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Jae Lee, Ed Benes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 5, 2014 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 5
7.9Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

It's the first meeting of Supergirl and Red Hood, Steel and Supergirl and more as the competing Batman and Superman families must battle for the control of the missing Mongul's fortress! And at the heart of it, Batman and Superman deal with their grief over their fallen comrades.

  • 10
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Mar 5, 2014

    With a clear grip on the artistic styles at work, characters at work, and the continuity in play, Batman/Superman Annual #1 presents an entertaining, compelling annual that is worth your buck, whether you follow the main title or not. Seriously, I only read the issue to read some Red Hood, and I was not disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 11, 2014

    This has to be the best issue of Batman/Superman yet.  I mean the interactions between the characters was phenomenal, and makes me wish we could see more of both the Bat, and Super Families more often, and portrayed this way.  Even though they had three different artists, the transitions between them were almost flawless.  I was so engrossed in the story, I had to go back later to realize that there was a change at all.  Obviously I'm just fluffing the creators at this point, but everyone who is a Batman/Superman fan should get this issue and check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Mar 5, 2014

    Pak, Lee, Rocafort, and Tan tell a very entertaining in the first Batman Superman Annual, that contains a complete story in one quick burst of action. This 40 page issue tales a more complete and well paced story than most books manage to contain within an entire arc. Greg Pak and friends do not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Mar 8, 2014

    Normally, when there are ten thousand artists on a title, I tend to get annoyed, but the split between Lee, Rocafort and Tan was pretty well done. I liked that, instead of just random switches throughout, they each did their own chapter. It helped it be much less jarring during the switches. But regardless of that, each artist did a fantastic and beautiful job on each of their sections. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Mar 7, 2014

    All in all this is actually a fun read. It makes up for the readers of the series who have read issues 5-7 but still interests new readers who haven't read an issue of Batman Superman. It's just nice how this comic starts doesn't need any back story to it yet works just as well if it does. I would recommend buying this book as this does prove the earlier issues (which were amazing) weren't just a one time thing for the makers of the series. If you did read those earlier issues then you'll going to enjoy reading this annual. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Mar 7, 2014

    "Batman/Superman Annual" #1 is an immensely fun done in one issue and a rare showcase for the heroes' extended casts. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Mar 5, 2014

    It's a great Annual issue that anyone can pick up and one of the best issues of Batman/Superman to date. There are a few minor missteps here or there, but this was definitely a fun read that I highly recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 5, 2014

    This issue loses points for not being more visually consistent, but it nonetheless marks a return to form for Pak's Batman/Superman run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Mar 7, 2014

    Overall, this is a good issue that has great story and great character interactions. Really hope the art style can keep consistent though. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 10, 2014

    "Batman/Superman Annual" #1 is a pricey but worthy issue that carves out a deserved place as part of the series, rather than as an out-of-place contrivance. It's well-packaged and attractively built, but perhaps most importantly, it's fun to read. In a marketplace filled with annuals that seem little more than filler material or tryout issues, this one shows how it should be done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 10, 2014

    That said, there are people who might cry foul at this issue's large price point, shifting art teams and unfocused, almost jazz-like narrative - and they would be right. Batman/Superman Annual #1 isn't a comic that's going to go down in the history books, but instead is a bit more of a disposable but entertaining read. It's nice to see Greg Pak and DC Comics utilizing the Batman and Superman families beyond something like a depressing, status quo-altering crossover book - this is pure adventure with no frills, and that's what makes it fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Mar 11, 2014

    Now that is a nice moment. It is really the payoff moment of this book. But it was only on the second reading did I realize that Jochi was a reflection of Kon/Damian. Because the fight scenes have to be there, because we need to get to the ending, and because we have to get there fast, everything outside of the Lee pages careens to the ending. I see glimmers of what could be a very good story with an emotional undercurrent. But I am left wanting a bit more. Still, those glimmers are good glimmers. And the clan interaction when we see it is fantastic. I hope we see more Superman Family and Batman Family crossovers in this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 5, 2014

    This is the kind of story I like in an annual. If I'm going to pay more for an issue, I want to see some big action, lots of characterization, and great art. Getting to see more than just Batman and Superman fight was really cool. Greg Pak does a wonderful job capturing the essence of Superman and Batman along with Jason Todd and Supergirl. This story is enough to make you want to see more from this situation by any of the three artists. There were parts of the story that didn't quite mesh perfectly but it can easily be overlooked when you allow yourself to sit back and enjoy the ride. It's comics like this that remind you how much fun reading them can be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Mar 5, 2014

    I'm not going to lie, this issue surprised me quite a bit, and of all Greg Pak's present day Batman/Superman issues, this probably was my favorite thing he's written so far. This issue not only avoided the problems I've encountered with how Pak writers Batman and Superman's relationship, but also avoids the tired trope that is a bad guy's kid coming back and wanting revenge. Mix some unexpected twists to the formula, some good character and humorous moments, as well as a helping of great art from three very talented artists, and you've one of Greg Pak's best issues yet on the series, which was worth the wait.  Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Nick Rowe Mar 7, 2014

    All in all this annual has some high points, and a lot of low points. If youre into the whole every superhero has to be dark and gritty and brooding and angry theme of the New 52, this is the perfect comic for you. Otherwise check out Paks Action Comics, orAdventures of Superman, andBatman 66for something more palatable. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Mar 10, 2014

    As ill-conceived as the last time Pak wrote a Mongul-related story, the annual is barely held together with solid artistic efforts and your own good graces. Read Full Review

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