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Batman/Superman, Volume 1: Cross World (Batman/Superman (Collected Editions) #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,487 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel are close friends in the modern day – but the two weren’t always such close allies. In this first hardcover, learn how these two legends met for the first time in The New 52 as they launch into a mysterious adventure that takes them to the world of Earth 2!

Collecting: Batman/Superman 1-4, Justice League 23.1: Darkseid
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 30th 2014 by DC Comics (first published April 1st 2014)
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Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

In the world of graphic novels, art can make or break a story.
It plays a huge role in not only telling the story, but setting the mood. When you have an artist and a writer who are in sync, it's a thing of beauty.
And that's what makes this one so difficult for me to review.
Jae Lee's art is phenomenal. Visually, this is one of the most stunning comic books I've ever read. To say it's hauntingly beautiful wouldn't be an overstatement.
I hated it.
To me, it looked like it belonged in a f
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

How the hell do you describe this collection?

Actually, it’s damn difficult.

Greg Pak’s story begins with a lot of promise. New 52 Batman and Superman meeting for the first time (Maybe five or so years before the New 52 reboot?) in real life as Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. Naturally, the two don’t exactly hit it off.

Before this meet-and-greet goes too wrong, a demonic spirit of some kind appears, transporting these two — for no clear reason — to Earth 2, wh
This is simply an excuse to have 2 Batman's and 2 Superman's fighting each other. Batman and Superman are thrown into another dimension where they don't trust each other and get to fight until they do trust each other some. Then Darkseid shows up. Yawn!

The art was interesting and this was so boring. I did not like it and it had little point to it besides fighting fighting fighting. DC really has some issues right now. They need better stories. These NEw 52 are very hit or miss and many of them
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
The artwork is a stunner in this graphic novel volume, however the story is rather incomprehensible. It's hard to track what's going on, seeing as how there are two different Batmans and Supermans (technically one is Superboy), and their behavior was different from what you expect from the characters. I think the origin story about Darkseid was pretty awesome. I'd definitely give that a higher rating than the rest of this volume. Overall, it's a three star read that could have been smashing with ...more
I had the most difficult time thinking about if I will recommend this to anyone but the answer, as it turns out in the end, is a resounding YES--but with some reservations that need to be expounded upon. This review will serve to do just that. I feel like I should tackle the good and the bad of this package on equal terms, seeing as Batman-Superman is a very polarizing New 52 title so far but I also believe that it's getting some undeserved hate or complete dismissal from most of the hardcore co ...more
I received this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I have read a lot of DC comics collections. This was my very first New 52 collection. I found it to be less satisfying than I had hoped.

Jae Lee's art is amazing. That was the true highlight of this book. It truly outshines the story.

As for the story, it tried to be good. I saw flashes of brilliance, but things felt too disjointed. and cumbersome. The first meeting of the two titans of the DC Universe did not flow well and every scene fel
Aziz Varlık
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: çizgi-roman
Çizimler ve hikaye başarılı.
Sam Quixote
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I’d try to summarise the plot but for the life of me I don’t think there was one. New 52 Batman and Superman, before they join the Justice League (so this is 5 or 6 years back from the “present” - the New 52 timeline is so messy!), get sent to Earth 2 by a demon trickster called Kaiyo (Kaiyo = KO = Knock-Out - it’s that imaginative!) where they meet older, wiser versions of themselves. They fight. They go back home. The end.

I think this was meant to show how Batman and Superman became close fri
James DeSantis
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know what? I thought this was a lot of fun. Superman and Batman, or should I say Superboy and Batboy cause they just young and reckless here, meet for the first time. Does it go well? Hell to the no. However, they are transported to a world where Supes and Baty have been besties forever. However these new wippersnappers are not about to have that. They only half trust the old, but they are more lethal, less trusting, and who can blame them? They're from New52 world, where everyone is more re ...more
A bit confusing, mostly because of the messy art. Well, no, that's not fair. The art was a stylistic choice that didn't really match the story. Plus, if you're going to have doubles of Bats and Supes, try going just a little farther with the differences so I can at least tell them apart. I also kept forgetting which two were "ours."

The trickster character Kaiyo is super interesting though and I can't wait to see her pop up again.
This 52 reboot has Wayne and Kent meeting as kids and later continuing their friendship as superheroes. This particular tales focuses on their counterparts in an alternate world.

Artwork is done quite nicely and Pak is on my radar now.

Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dcu
I have mixed feeling over this collection and I think it all stems from Jae Lee's artwork. More on that later...

Greg Pak's "World's Collide" story (the star of this volume) is a decent one with an intriguing "multiple worlds" storyline that gives us a chance to get to know the personalities of the Earth 2 trinity before Darkseid invades and destroys them. The writing is just okay, with less attention paid to telling a coherent storyline, and more attention given to character study.... yet with a
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Hmm...well...the art is pretty, almost painting like, but not as over the top as Alex Ross' shit.

The story is a bit confusing, with 2 sets of Bats and Supes...the Earth 2 are the older/wiser ones and ours are the Young Guns who are more ruthless and less trusting...I feel like this could be the 1950s ones versus the 90s ones...

There's a big old weapon that's bad. The heroes have to figure out what to do...some want to destroy it, some want to use it against Darkseid...anyone who's read anything
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope

Now I know why I've avoided Greg Pak for so long. This was a jumbled mess. Something involving a trickster god (why is this in a Batman/Superman comic?) forcing Earth 1 Bats and Supes to fight Earth 2 Bats and Supes over a magic crystal and zip they're on this and that Earth and zoom zoom zoom Darkseid will destroy all the things!

The dialog was also bad. And the terrible thing is I enjoyed the otherworld telling of Bruce and Clark as kids. That was delightful. But that was a golden nugget in a
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

Review to come.
Stephanie Cooke
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
When this series first came out, I gave the first issue a try and felt a little meh about it, but completed in the first arc, I decided to give it another shot with the hopes that the overall story made this whole thing more enjoyable and up my alley.

Did it succeed? DON’T RUSH ME… I’m getting to that!

First things first, let’s take a minute to talk about Jae Lee’s Catwoman… Meeeeeeo-ooooow, amirite?! I know, not the most original of jokes, but for real, this might be one of my favourite interpret
Stewart Tame
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very nice! The artwork is gorgeous, but that's what we expect from Jae Lee after all. The story is intriguing: Batman and Superman meet as teenagers, then get sucked into a parallel world to encounter adult versions of themselves. Not real crazy about the ending, but this IS volume 1, so ... There's also a short story of the New Gods to round out the volume. Not bad. Looking forward to volume 2.

April, 2018 update:

I didn't reread this intentionally, but I literally did not remember reading it the
Emmett Spain
May 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
A potentially decent book which is spoiled by art which makes the thin and confusing story particularly hard to follow. Jae Lee's art is very pretty, with some interesting stylistic touches, but his apparent hatred of drawing backgrounds makes the entire story feel like it's taking place in a green screen studio. Also, 2 batmen are hard to tell apart when they're both so soaked in shadow that they appear nearly identical.

From a writing point of view, Pak fills up the pages with so many thought b
This was better than I thought it would be, but that's not saying much.
Quentin Wallace
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This volume was interesting. It also leaves you with more questions than answers. We get to see the New 52 Superman and Batman (the young, raw versions) transported to Earth 2, where they encounter their more seasoned counterparts. I think it's also supposed to be the first meeting of Superman and Batman, at least in the New 52 Universe, but it came across a little awkward. There's also some type of monster or ghost behind the teleportation. It seems as though it's all got something to do with p ...more
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Interesting concept, but ultimately confusing with too many voices. It lacked focus. The art was gorgeous, but unfortunately too similar to the Dark Tower books. I half expected Bruce and Clark to form a Ka-Tet and set out across the desesrt in search of the man in black. They kinda did...
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Very weak and confused story, but the art is gorgeous.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The art by Jae Lee is SPECTACULAR. Hands down just gorgeous through and through. The layouts are amazing, everything flows well, a strong use of shape and shadow throughout. Just marvelous.

The main story is fine. I’m sure if I hadn’t read dozens like this over the decades I’d be blown away, but parallel universes and alternate timelines are old hat by this point, especially for these characters. That said, this is a decent version of doppelgängers meeting, all things considered. It assumes the r
Sue Moro
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
In this graphic novel we see the first meeting between two superheroes, Superman and Batman. When I first heard the synopsis I was intrigued, however, shortly after I started reading I quickly became confused and disappointed.

The two meet and are instantly thrown into a parallel universe (Earth 2) where they meet older versions of themselves. From this point I had difficulty following the plot and who was who. The art work was over all pretty good, but lacked definition and clarity to make it e
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yine severek okuduğum bir çizgi roman. Aslında Batman ve Superman dostluğunu ve düşmanlığını bir arada görmek güzeldi. Hikâyenin devamı ne olacak merak ediyorum. Çizimler zaten muazzam. Gotham'ın karanlık havası içimize işliyor, Smallville ışıl ışıl parıldarken resmen baharı hissediyoruz. Çok güzeldi. Tabii son Darkseid bölümü olmasa da olurdu bence. Ama 2. cilti bekliyoruz, hikaye nereye gidiyor meraktayım.
Jesse A
This one is a bit difficult to pin down. I kind of like it. It felt very separate from the rest of the New 52 universe (which isn't at all a bad thing). The art, as has been extolled many times before, was quite lovely but almost disconcertingly so. 3 stars for now but that might go up or down after some time thinking about this one.
The style in this is very unique and combined with the story, it was a bit of a wild ride. Confusing and a bit muddled at times, but still interesting. I saw the Justice League film last night so the crash course on Darkseid came in handy.
'kris Pung
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Story 2 out of 5 and the art was amazing 5 out of 5
Batman and Superman and Batman and Superman meet in a parallel dimension.

An interesting take. I enjoyed the story and I think I liked the art.
Christopher Rush
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
As Tom or Crow might say, "there was a writer?" I don't mean any personal effrontery to Mr. Pak; I'm sure as a human being he is swell. However, this was some fairy-tale art supported by no story whatsoever. I imagine the New 52 Wave 2 (or 3) Meeting was held in a room with a nitrous oxide leak. "Should we make a new series that makes no sense, even while it attempts to tie in minuscule details from diverse series we've already rebooted?" "Yes," apparently was the response. This just forced emot ...more
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Madison Mega-Mara...: #146 Batman/Superman: Cross World by Greg Pak 1 2 Dec 20, 2014 12:25AM  
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Greg Pak is an award-winning Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker currently writing "Mech Cadet Yu" for BOOM and “Totally Awesome Hulk" and "Weapon X" for Marvel Comics. Pak wrote the "Princess Who Saved Herself" children's book and the “Code Monkey Save World” graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton and co-wrote (with Fred Van Lente) the acclaimed “Make Comics Like the Pro ...more
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