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World's Finest Deluxe Edition (Superman/Batman)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  322 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
They are the World's Finest heroes, Superman and Batman, and they couldn't be more different. One is a bright, shinning beacon of hope and protector to the citizens of the sparkling city of Metropolis. The other hides in shadows and strikes fear into the evildoers that dwell in the crime-ridden Gotham City.But they have more in common than they realize. For one, they're bo ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by DC Comics (first published 1990)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
There are those that make an argument that the two biggest superhero characters, in terms of popularity and influence, are Superman and Batman. It’s a good argument. Although Superman wasn’t strictly the first “comic strip hero” (characters like Lee Falk’s The Phantom debuted before him) he was the first bona fide super hero with powers to die for. He couldn’t really “fly” in his first outings, but bounding buildings seems close enough so we’ll leave it at that. It’s probably fair to say that al ...more
Jun 14, 2008 Paul rated it liked it
In some ways I feel like Gibbons (writer) dropped the ball on this one. The story has too many stops and starts, with too much "behind-the-scenes" plot really hindering the surface level plot. It seems an odd choice to have the book focus around two of the all-time greatest villains, Lex Luthor and the Joker, BUT then have the real villain be a nasty behind-the-scenes guy who is fronted by a different villain who turns out to be not so bad. Just that quick villain rundown is convoluted!

The indiv
Bob Garrett
Jan 02, 2016 Bob Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The art is unquestionably a big draw – pun intended – of this book. Steve Rude and Karl Kesel are given joint credit as illustrators, but anyone familiar with Rude’s work will clearly see his heavy hand. I suspect that Kesel is mainly an embellisher here, but regardless, Rude’s many fans should be quite pleased.

Rude and Kesel give us more than just a cool-looking Batman and a cool-looking Superman. They also give us an entire world that seems fun, lively and inhabited, with background character
David Areyzaga
Gibbons achieved two things with this mini-series: one, compare and contrast Gotham's and Metropolis' citizens, ethics, and architecture; second, make Superman carry Batman.

Joking aside, this mini-series screams 90s' in the best way possible. It is a wonderful display of Bruce and Clark's friendship, as well as their rapport with supporting characters when they have to switch their places of work thanks to a plot between Lex Luthor and Joker. The "evil plan" by Luthor is excessively convoluted,
David Palazzolo
Feb 16, 2014 David Palazzolo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steve Rude beautifully illustrates this story from the early days of the Batman-Superman team. At the center of it all lies the fate of a new orphanage, an orphanage that serves to remind us that in addition to costumes and a strong desire for justice a curious link between our heroes is that they are both orphans themselves. The theme of orphans falls on two of our principal villains as well--Lex Luthor and Oliver Monks. Unfortunately, the Joker's orphan-status to coin a phrase remains unknown ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lex Luthor attempts to own a stake in Gotham City, and the Joker goes to Metropolis. Superman goes to Metropolis to deal with Luthor and Batman goes to Metropolis to stop the Joker. Some great art by Steve Rude, but for the most part, a missed opportunity. This book involves Superman and Batman during a time when the two weren't especially strong friends. Although the book tends to suggest the two will be working together (the name of the book is taken from an old DC title that regularly partner ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Coey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection. It's probably not a good book for anyone new to the characters as it helps to have background knowledge on some of the villains and allies who appear if you want to fully understand what is happening. It's a nice idea though. Superman and Batman meet up on the same day once every year and we see their relationship changing from two vigilantes with very different approaches unable to work together to the point where they become friends as well as occasional partn ...more
Daniel Etherington
Two and a half stars. Right in the middle. There is no real middle out of five, it's frustrating.

Rude's vintage-inspired artwork is nice, and the overall story is okay, but I found the story not entirely compelling, and also found the whole Superman (basically a god)/ Batman (basically a very skilled rich bloke) side-by-side thing frequently troublesome.

Make no mistake, Gibbons knows how to put a comic together, he can write and plot, but I reckon I still prefer him as an artist.
Gayle Francis Moffet
It's fine. I can't put my finger on why I felt it was off-balance, but the whole thing read like someone screamed "GIVE ME FIFTEEN FEET OF TEAM-UP STAT," and then this book happened.

But that's just a feeling I can't quite explain fully, and it's not a bad story (Joker and Luthor switch towns to fuck shit up), and both Bruce and Clark are well-balanced as characters, but something didn't gel for me.
Feb 25, 2015 Matej rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superman/Batman: World's Finest collects three double sized comics that feature two of the most popular superheros and their most famous villains from DC Comics.
The story is pretty predictable, at times silly, and not that original.
The art is mostly good, with a few bad panels that feature deformed and barely recognizable faces or unnatural poses and expressions.
Overall, a forgettable read that could have been much better.
Apr 22, 2016 Ippino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti-comics
Trama sceneggiata in modo leggermente confusionario, non troppo scorrevole.
E' comunque una bella storia da leggere, con atmosfere e disegni che richiamano la Golden Age.
Una stella in più proprio per questo motivo.
Jan 26, 2013 Gavin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This wasn't really all that good a least I didn't think so. The Batman/Superman team up should always be good, and this felt forced, and almost like a G-Movie...Batman and Superman team up to investigate Luthor and Joker working together yes, but to scam orphanages? Boring. Also the artist doesn't do either Bats or Supes well. I was rather disappointed by art and story. Don't waste your time.
Mar 03, 2013 Dovile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist, keepers
The story is well written and interesting, and the art is especially good too, except that Batman and Superman look more like their versions from TV series, not from post-Crisis comics, though the story is set sometime after the events of 'The Killing Joke'. Also, the coloring could have been somewhat less bright in some scenes.

Definitely worth to read.
Jul 08, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised that people are so critical of this mini-series. This is the quintessential Superman-Batman partnership. Flaws are miniscule and forgivable. The Dude's detail work is exemplary and Gibbons' storyline is too.
Oct 01, 2013 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A straight-forward Batman/Superman crossover with villains from both (Joker and Lex Luthor). Adequate, some cool parallel imagery relating Batman and Superman's similarities was the highlight.
Nov 24, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Superman - Batman - Luthor - and the Joker
With fantastic writing and art by the Nexus team of Dave Gibbons and Steve Rude.
A feast for the senses.
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Lo más mejor de los más mejores del mundo, en lujosa tapa dura grandota en castellano o en práctica tapa blanda estándar en inglés.
Sep 02, 2012 Psycho rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel it could have been much better. Any Batman/Superman combination has much potential, but not in this one.
Jan 30, 2011 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This should have been much better.
Sep 01, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading.
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Dave Gibbons is an English comic book artist, writer and sometime letterer. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, which include the miniseries Watchmen and the Superman story "For the Man Who Has Everything". He also was an artist for the UK anthology 2000 AD, for which he contributed a large body of work from its first issue in 1977.

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