Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Clayton Henry
It feels like forever since we got Batman/Superman #9, but we finally got #10 today and it didn’t disappoint. With the first two story-arcs for this book featuring hugely popular – and often overused – characters in the Batman Who Laughs, General Zod and R’as al Ghul, it’s actually been a breath of fresh air to see Joshua Williamson look to a lesser known and often underrated villain in the Ultra-Humanite.
Opening with a flashback of a battle between Superman and Ultra-Humanite, we see what led to the downfall of the villain in what was a brilliantly tragic end. Fast forward to the present day and we see Batman and Superman in the Batcave while Batman investigates the corpse of Atomic Skull.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but there’s just a special aura surrounding these books. With it being a Batman and Superman team up book, every case they take on just feels that bit extra special and it creates an exciting atmosphere throughout.
With Ultra-Humanite finally revealing himself to the two superheroes, I was incredibly surprised it was Batman who ended up being kidnapped by the villain’s minions. Often we see the Dark Knight held on such a pedestal that it’s unusual to see him bested like this.
With the book ending on Ultra-Humanite taking over Batman’s body, the next chapter in the story is shaping up to be an interesting one as it’s almost certainly heading towards a showdown between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel!