Superman/Batman - #31
Synopsis: Superman stops fighting Kilowog and has flashbacks to the Kent's finding him but he doesn't look human at all and only took human form to ease their minds! He realizes that he is an alien and has to side with the aliens to destroy humanity! :O
Back at the fortress of solitude, Batman tries to reason with the now Blackrock-infested Plastic Man, but Plaz is too infected with the rock to reason with and escapes. Batman then confronts the shapeshifter who's been pretending to be all the Silver Age ppl... Zook, Martian Manhunter's old sidekick!
Zook says that he left b/c he was tired of being insulted, and then Martian Manhunter shows up. :o He says that all the aliens are hearing "the Call" which is making them realize that humanity is the enemy. He then leaves saying he's keeping Batman alive so that he can witness the end of humanity. (Wow, that's the WRONG person to keep alive if you want to destroy humanity)
Plastic Man shows up at Lexcorp and decides to keep the Blackrock for himself. :O Of course Lex Luthor is rdy for this and has his men incapacitate Plaz.
Ultra the Multi-Alien hears the Call and starts destroying things. Supergirl shows up, but instead of stopping him, she helps him escape and says that she's heard the call too.
Lex's scientists torture Plas while trying to seperate him and the Blackrock, a procedure which will kill him. Batman shows up to stop Lex but they're interrupted by Ultra and Supergirl! Apparently they want to keep Lex Luthor alive "for now" b/c whatever alien force is behind this has plans for him. Batman tries to reason with Supergirl but fails and then Superman shows up rdy to kill Batman!
Review: Wow. I rly like where this is heading. The first couple of issues of the arc were very blah, but it's built into something with a lot of scope to it. O_O;; However, I wish this was a company-wide crossover, b/c right now, I have no idea where in continuity this fits. Like, Lex has his company back? When did this happen? B/c Martian Manhunter is in his new form, it means this has to be OYL, but Lex OYL is broke and has no company! :O So.. does that mean he's going to be getting his company back soon? That kinda spoils the current arc in Superman doesn't it? :|
Neways, the idea of Aliens vs Humans in the DCU makes SO much sense and would work as a GREAT crossover event. I mean, there are SO many alien heroes on Earth, and like, it'd make sense if something made them all resent humans. Besides, Superman on one side, Batman on the other, what could be better? XD EVERY great Elsworlds conflict story has them on opposite sides b/c they're the 2 most powerful DC characters and are very much the opposite of each other. :O
It's weird that this book is called "Superman/Batman" tho b/c it seems more like a Batman book right now XD Batman is the hero and he's facing incredible odds. I'm assuming tho that Batman will smack Superman back to his senses and Superman will help Batman fight the aliens. :O Regardless of how great it is when those 2 fight, they're even better working together :)
My sister remarked that Supergirl is not acting out of character at all XD And she's right. Those were my thoughts too when I read it. XD Her anger, and want to hurt ppl is totally consistant with the Joe Kelly Supergirl. o_O;;; And THAT'S sad. My sister also joked that when Batman frees everybody from Mind Control Supergirl will still want to kill ppl and the convo will go something like this:
Batman: I thought we freed you from mind control!
Supergirl: Mind Control? I was never under mind control!
Too bad this isn't the next big event tho :| It'd be a way more interesting idea than Civil War XD And the sides would be pretty even and Wonder Woman could be the "neutral" party trying to bring peace to both sides (not being an alien, but not being exactly human either) and that would add a whole other dimension to her character :)
I'm very curious what's going to happen, not just with the Superman/Batman fight (everybody gets up for a Superman/Batman fight XD) but about who's behind everything, what the Blackrock has to do with this, and what Lex Luthor's role in all of it is.
I rly recommend this book (and this is actually a pretty good jumping on point, the first few issues didn't rly add nething) not b/c it's funny or has excellent dialogue, but b/c the story and writing is just SO COMPELLING. This is all about the plot and it's a good one. :)
Angelwings Rating: 4/5
Recommendation: Definitely check it out :)