Future State: Batman/Superman #1

Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artist: Ben Oliver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 27, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 26
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Back in the early days of the Magistrate’s occupation of Gotham City, Bruce Wayne found himself pushed to the edge like never before. So calling the Man of Steel in for backup makes sense, right? Wrong. Gotham’s sinister overlords have already sprung the ultimate trap on the Last Son of Krypton...and with Kryptonian power at your command, no one can stand in your way! Plus...where on Earth did Professor Pyg get a Kryptonite scalpel? Brace yourselves, because things are going to get gross in the caverns below Gotham...

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 28, 2021

    This book can be easily enjoyed by any Batman fan or Superman fan, regardless of how interested you are in the Future State event. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 27, 2021

    I enjoyed this title a lot and it is definitely one of the better Future State titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Feb 2, 2021

    Ultimately, Future State: Batman/Superman #1 is gorgeous and captivating. With this issue, Gene Luen Yang has crafted an enthralling story centered thematically on the notion of identity. Yang's excellent work on Superman's character is on full display in this book. Unfortunately, Bruce's characterization feels a bit off. Regardless of Yang's work with characterization, Oliver and Prianto's artwork are worth the price of admission alone. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 26, 2021

    Readers will leave this issue of FUTURE STATE: BATMAN/ SUPERMAN with the best of both worlds. Theyll get their classic heroes while also feeling apart of the FUTURE STATE landscape. The story moves quickly, has perfectly placed pockets of action, nails the character dynamic between the leads masterfully, and provides a clear and decisive anecdote for hardcore DC COMIC fans who may be perturbed that this pause even needs to occur since the ending of DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 26, 2021

    If this is a preview of what Yang has planned for the characters in the main series, count me in as sold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jan 26, 2021

    Future State: Superman/Batman #1 is a quality outing for the World's Finest, a traditional 22-page book with an engaging hook and character work that underlines the issue's central theme. It knows what it is and executes it perfectly. No complaints here. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Jan 26, 2021

    You're on Comic-watch.com, which means you're in the top 10% of all comic fans. You know a good book when you see it, so I'm certain you're gonna pick this one up! It's worth both your time and money! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 26, 2021

    Ben Oliver does some great work with the art in the issue. There is a classic look and feel to the imagery that is refreshing and fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Feb 1, 2021

    Still a good read overall. And the art alone probably makes it worth perusing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Jan 27, 2021

    Artist Ben Oliver gets a lot to play with as well but its his ability to make the two characters maintain their iconic styles throughout that makes this one really work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jan 26, 2021

    Future State: Batman/Superman #1 successfully combines Batman's detective skills and Superman's brawn to work out a growing conspiracy, using the Magistrate as a catalyst rather than the main plot point. The art is excellent, and I especially like the interaction between Batman and Superman as less friendly and more like colleagues with a tension between them because of the difference in their operating styles. They respect each other, but there's a clear sense of turf and different methods that work well here. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jan 27, 2021

    I've criticized aspects of this book, and while I think some of these points should be considered by creators and readers alike, I still recommend this one. Once I look past some of these flaws, an entertaining story emerges. You will find nothing shocking or groundbreaking here as this is all pretty much meat and potatoes, save for the current status quo in Gotham, but sometimes that's enough. Enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Jan 26, 2021

    Future State: Batman/Superman #1 has a rather flimsy plot, but features amazing artwork and perfectly captures the dynamic between the World's Finest. Fans of the duo's dynamic or the general track record of DC Future State will probably enjoy it the most, though I wish there was a stronger hook for "the last Batman/Superman team-up." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Feb 1, 2021

    The “last” Batman/Superman team-up is a fun adventure, despite its faults. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 26, 2021

    Of the Future State books, this is one that feels like its played the safest like Yang is using this as a dress rehearsal for his subsequent run. Thats not a bad strategy though and it promises the Infinite Frontier version of the title will feature some fun personality clashes and unique scenarios. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Jan 29, 2021

    Future State: Batman/Superman #1 is a mixed bag. Aesthetically, this book is fun and interesting, however, Yang's script is a bit of a dud. When DC announced that Yang was taking over Batman/Superman,I was excited, as he's a capable, creative writer. I have my suspicions that once “Future State” ends, this title will improve. Yang's work suffered when he wrote Action Comicsdue to editorial constraints, so let's hope that, once the shackles are off, Yang will be able to deliver. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Hannan Mouawad Jan 27, 2021

    Overall, I thought Future State: Batman Superman #1 was interesting; it decently expressed the dynamic between the two superheroes and sets the stage for the rest of the story. I enjoyed the little details that were included, such as the Superman key chain attached to Batman's USB drive, and I'm curious as to how things will develop next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    TheKize Jan 28, 2021

    I came in expecting Gene Luen Yang to turn in one of the best Future State stories, but this one is mediocre. Taking place prior to all the other Future State titles, it features a Batman and Superman who mostly resemble their main continuity status quo. As such, Batman/Superman feels far less innovative than some of this week's better DC releases (Aquaman, Dark Detective). More than once in this issue, Superman actually comes across as a little dumb.

  • 9.0
    GTMedia Reviews Feb 19, 2021

    So far I've reviewed several Future State comics. Most of which has been covering the events in Gotham city. The stories have had varying degrees of success. The main problem across the Future State line of titles is the feeling that we've been dropped into the middle of an existing storyline with no preamble or recap.

    Batman/Superman #1 acts as a prequel and is tasked with filling in the gaps left by Dark Detective #1, The Next Batman #1, and Harley Quinn #1. In this issue, Gotham has not fallen completely into a fascist state but the writing is on the wall.

    We get to see Bruce before his fall and Clark before his exile within the Future State landscape. Bruce mentions the magistrates but they appear to be an emerg more

  • 8.5
    Nihilist Jan 26, 2021

    Gene Luen Yang managed to make me fall in love with Superman all over again in his Superman Smashes the Klan book. It was fantastic for pletora of reasons, but the one that matters in this case is his understanding of Supes as a character. He just gets him, the same way Sean Murphy gets Harley, Geoff Johns gets Hal Jordan and Christopher Priest gets Deathstroke. His take not only feels right, but manages to be surprising, fresh, fun and complex. That said, I'm very, very happy he gets a chance to write more stories with him, and I won't lie, my expectations for this comic were pretty damn high. And Gene sure delivered.

    The plot may not be the most original, but what makes it really work are the characters - that goes to both the more

  • 8.0
    davepete Jan 26, 2021

    Nice little story. My favorite Future State book so far. Gene Luen Yang needs to always write Superman. Also, Ben Oliver's false faces are magnificently drawn.

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Jan 29, 2021

    This one is pretty good, which means it's better than most of future state.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Feb 21, 2021

    There's a few thing I could pick on, but damn does Yang write a good Superman.

  • 6.5
    EDiakota Jan 29, 2021

    " Clark acts like he's never had to hide a day in his life. But i know he has. Maybe he just never wants to hide ever again."
    - BATMAN

  • 6.0
    RedKSuperman Jan 28, 2021

    This book isn't the worst Future State title, probably because it is the most unaltered story of the arc. This story could have been told with or without being included in Future State. The art is well done and the story progresses nicely. The only thing that hurts this book is the ending. Superman is written in a way that makes it an unbelievable cliff hanger. Superman should have been able to detect what happens is what I'm getting at, so for me the ending of the book significantly damaged the story.

  • 6.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Jan 31, 2021

    Not a bad story, short to tne point, and peels back more of the layers to the overall story of Batman creating his own problems with the Magistrate. I didn't like Superman being made to look uncouth in this issue. Since I place him at the top of the Trinity, when people write him as gullible, that never sits well with me.
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  • 5.0
    F.T. Wolf Feb 24, 2021

    This book is meh. Interesting to see a story set so early in the future of Future State, but the big problem I have with it is that's just not interesting. The False Face society doesn't scream 'interesting' or even 'a worthy opponent for these two' to me. Beyond that, I find that the interaction between Bruce & Clark could be better. It's alright, but it doesn't 'pop' if you will. Something I think is important when you have these two together.
    Art is fine. Not my cup of tea but nothing bad either.

    All in all, I'd read this book at your own risk.

  • 2.0
    letskillrobots Feb 10, 2021

    ah yes eyeball rats and a furry issue. about time batman and superman tackled some real problems

  • 10
    TheBest Jan 28, 2021

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