- The story is hilarious
- Batman "walks a mile in Superman's shoes" and vice versa
- Selina and Catwoman get on like bffs
- A great showcase of the friendship of Superman and Batman
- Almost no action
- I wish there had been a familiar villain involved
"Superfriends" - Part Two
This week in Batman, it a double date 78 years in the making as Superman, Lois Lane, Batman and Catwoman go out together. In answer to the question forming in your heads, yes that idea is every bit as absurd as you are thinking. Also, it’ s execution is every bit as hilarious as you can possibly imagine.
I’m not going to go into a lot of detail, because this is really an issue that has to be personally experienced, and i don’t want to spoil it to much. The bare bones version is this: Superman and Lois Lane go to a county fair with Batman and Catwoman. Of course, they go as Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Selina Kyle. Unfortunately, it is Superhero Night, and no one is allowed in without a costume. Fortunately, the guys brought theirs, which leads to the laugh out loud moment of the guys SWITCHING COSTUMES! From there, lots of character development dialogue and events ensue. The couples ride the Tunnel of Love, the guys try out the batting cage and stop a mugger, and Lois and Selina get drunk. Those are pretty much the basics, read the rest for yourself. You’ll thank me later, I promise.
Tom King deserves a medal for this issue. It is exactly the kind of silly, lighthearted story that is needed at this hectic time of year. It is also one of the best examinations of the dynamic between Bruce and Clark that I have ever had the privilege of reading. It’s funny and smart and I love the interplay between Selina and Lois. The dialogue is sparkling and laugh out loud funny throughout the issue.
Likewise, the art by Clay Mann is beautiful. I love the fact that even though they have switched clothes, you can clearly tell who is who. The slight stubble on Batman’s face lets us all keep track.
IN THE END: I shouldn’t need to tell you that you should be reading this book, but if you do nothing else, definitely pick up this issue. IT shows why Tom King is simply one of the best writers in comics today.