By: Adam Basciano
“The Man of Steel’s at a happy point in his life–he’s got some good news to share with Batman. But tragic times are just around the corner, as one of Batman’s deadliest foes is in Metropolis on a surprise visit! When someone close to Superman disappears–apparently a kidnapping victim–the Man of Steel summons his fellow Justice League members to help him search. But why can’t Superman find this person himself? And will their efforts be in time? Superman battles one of his most deadly foes while an innocent life is in danger. Tragic events are about to unfold that will change the course of history for the heroes of the DC Universe. It all kicks into high gear here!” (DC Comics)
Comic book based video games have for the most part been absolutely horrible, with the exception of the Batman: Arkham series. Likewise, comic book tie ins for said games have been nothing more than a cash crab. So, it is with absolute pleasure that I declare this prequel comic to a video game of the same name, absolutely fantastic! This is a darker take on the DC Universe than normal but with good reason. This book definitely has a mix of “Kingdom Come” and “Red Son” to it, with writer Tom Taylor putting his own unique twist on the proceedings. Taylor takes Superman from the highest of high’s to the lowest of low’s emotionally speaking. One issue Superman discovers his wife Lois Lane is pregnant, but by issue three both Lois and his baby have died by Superman’s hand. Well, the Joker, Harley Quinn and Scarecrow had a big part to play, but talk about hitting rock bottom. The dialogue that accompanied Superman’s realization at what happened had me in tears. Tom Taylor handles the Lois/Clark, Batman/Superman, and Joker/Harley interactions perfectly. It’s as if he’s been writing these characters for years.
The art by Jheremy Raapack and Mike Miller is just as strong as the writing. Both artists effectively pull off the emotional roller coaster Superman and the other characters are going through. These two artist really have a good handle on the armored costumes the heroes are wearing. They’re far more armored than what we’ve seen in the New 52. In the screenshots for the game some costumes look as though there’s too much going on there. However, the two artists have these costumes growing on me. There are some great images in this book including, Batman and Superman hovering above the night sky in Metropolis, Superman confronting and then flying “Doomsday” into space. Then there’s the very ominous cover that makes you want to turn the page, digitally or physically!
I know it’s early, but this is the best Elseworld’s tale I’ve read in years! Furthermore, It’s one of the best books DC Comics is putting out right now along with “Batman”, “Justice League” and “Aquaman”!
Overall Grade: 10/10