Happy Batman (and Catwoman) Day!
July 23, 2014
How do Bruce and Selina celebrate life? Why, like many other romantic couples: they go fine dining, see the opera, watch a popcorn movie, get married, dance at a kitschy night club, stroll at night, and have a good deal of sexy times.
Frankly, it’s BatCat Day everyday, but here’s to many more happy times!
All that really matters is ... the future!Make that our future.
—Batman (v1) #317
Summary: The issue opens up with the Earth-1 Batman and Superman in the Batcave investigating the Earth-2 heroines Huntress and Power Girl on Batman’s computer. Having by now recalled their adventure on Earth-2 five years ago, Batman and Superman discuss the events that transpired, namely that a demon named Kaiyo ‘The Chaos Bringer’ had caused them to fight their doppelgangers in a ‘contest’ to determine which world Darkseid should destroy.
Realising that their actions on Earth-2 sealed the fates of their Earth-2 counterparts, Superman suggests going back to Earth-2 to rectify the mistakes they made. He also suggests finding Kaiyo, whom they know is residing on their world. Kaiyo who had been listening to the conversation the whole time decides to ‘cut to the chase’ and appears to them both, offering them the chance to change one aspect of Earth-2’s past as a ‘thank you’ for being of good service to her all these years. She makes a point of emphasising that any changes they make to Earth-2’s past will be on them.
Reviewer’s Note: This review is hella late, but you know what? So was the actual crossover event when it was actually released. Between DC Comics constantly delaying the issues—including releasing them out of order—and my working a full time schedule on top of that, I think I can be cut some slack here.
Considering the hot mess the scheduling for this event turned out to be, I did find myself wishing I had done what I originally thought of doing when this crossover was first announced: reviewing it in full upon completion. After all, I did exactly that with the first Batman/Superman story arc that took us to Earth-2 in Cross Worlds, and it actually turned out to be a wise decision on my part considering that those issues got delayed in their initial releases as well. So guess what’s happening with this review? I’m doing exactly what I should’ve done from the go: reviewing it in full.
Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that I already discussed the first half. But I also mentioned in Paragraph 1 of this reviewer’s note that I never got around to discussing the second half because of the aforementioned reasons. I did try to review those issues individually when they were finally released (well, the Batman/Superman one anyway, cause I was only going to summarise the World’s Finest concluding issue), but then it started to feel like a chore to do so. Not only did I find myself addressing the same stuff I had already addressed in the first review, but I also just didn’t feel motivated discuss it further given the actual conclusion that it got. (More on that in a bit).
At least by reviewing it in full, I don’t have to concern myself with needing to come up with details to discuss, because honestly, there wasn’t a whole lot (as you will see) that happened in this crossover that’s been worthy of discussion. It also allows me to keep the plot summary short (cause again not a lot happened), and I can just say what I liked and didn’t like and be straight to the point about it. My review will still be detailed of course, but at least I won’t be stuck on the specifics of the story. This also means I’m not going to (for the most part) readdress everything I already discussed in my initial review. I’m also going to be mostly discussing Greg Pak’s portion of the crossover because—let’s be honest—his writing is tonnes better than that of Paul Levitz. Not only does it give me something different to discuss, but there’s also no point in me flogging a dead horse by repeatedly addressing the same problems I’ve already discussed with Levitz in previous reviews. That being said, let’s now get to the part you’re actually interested in: the review!
Bruce and Selina’s first post-Crisis meeting as civilians. This meeting has been retconned however, due to the Long Halloween series being canon. Selina Kyle remains perfect regardless. [Batman #503]
Jim Aparo art. ♥
—Batman #62 (1950) cover by Win Mortimer