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Book Title: World's Finest|
The author of the book: Dave Gibbons
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: August 14th 2012
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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 almost every super hero that followed, was to some extent based on the Superman template, even if the goal was to make them “less like Superman” the criteria still had to be applied.
Batman followed shortly after. Where Superman serves as the template for a powered superhero, Batman arguably serves as the template for a non-powered hero. Using his wits, psychological tactics, tools, deductive skills and martial arts he has for more than half a century been the “real life super hero” that millions of boys aspired to become.
The two characters have been traditionally paired in an attempt to capitalize on their individual popularity, and to play Superman’s light off Batman’s dark (yin and yang, so to speak) but is the final product better than the sum of the parts? In this case, I don’t think so.
For one thing: Superman is heavily under-utilised here in order to let Batman at least feature. This tells me the threat level generated here by the Lex Luthor / Joker pairing is insufficient, or at least not multifaceted enough to justify featuring both heroes. I can’t help but feel that this would have made a nice Superman, or Batman, story. The fact that Luthor and The Joker are at odds and not exactly working together may have played a part. Also: The Joker is portrayed as truly clownish and awkward and not very menacing.
I like the DC Universe, and I like both Superman and Batman. As a result I enjoyed this book. It didn’t blow my mind, though, and there aren’t many surprises. There are better Superman/Batman collaborations out there (you may even want to check out the Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman pairing in Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity). The art, on the other hand, is very nice and hearkens to the golden era of comic books.
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Read information about the authorDave 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.
Gibbons broke into British comics by working on horror and action titles for both DC Thomson and IPC. When the science-fiction anthology title 2000 AD was set up in the mid-1970s, Gibbons contributed artwork to the first issue, Prog 01 (February 1977), and went on to draw the first 24 installments of Harlem Heroes, one of the founding (and pre-Judge Dredd) strips. Mid-way through the comic's first year he began illustrating Dan Dare, a cherished project for Gibbons who had been a fan of the original series. Also working on early feature Ro-Busters, Gibbons became one of the most prolific of 2000 AD's earliest creators, contributing artwork to 108 of the first 131 Progs/issues. He returned to the pages of "the Galaxy's Greatest Comic" in the early 1980s to create Rogue Trooper with writer Gerry Finley-Day and produce an acclaimed early run on that feature, before handing it over to a succession of other artists. He also illustrated a handful of Tharg's Future Shocks shorts, primarily with author Alan Moore. Gibbons departed from 2000 AD briefly in the late 1970s/early 1980s to became the lead artist on Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly, for which magazine he drew the main comic strip from issue #1 until #69, missing only four issues during that time.
He is best known in the US for collaborating with Alan Moore on the 12-issue limited series Watchmen, now one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time, and the only one to feature on Time's "Top 100 Novels" list. From the start of the 1990s, Gibbons began to focus as much on writing and inking as on drawing, contributing to a number of different titles and issues from a variety of companies. Particular highlights included, in 1990, Gibbons writing the three-issue World's Finest miniseries for artist Steve Rude and DC, while drawing Give Me Liberty for writer Frank Miller and Dark Horse Comics. He penned the first Batman Vs. Predator crossover for artists Andy and Adam Kubert (Dec 1991 - Feb 1992), and inked Rick Veitch and Stephen R. Bissette for half of Alan Moore's 1963 Image Comics series.
Works other than comics include providing the background art for the 1994 computer game Beneath a Steel Sky and the cover to K, the 1996 debut album by psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker. In 2007, he served as a consultant on the film Watchmen, which was adapted from the book, and released in March 2009. 2009's Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars Director's Cut for the Nintendo DS and Wii platforms featured hand drawn art by Dave Gibbons.
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