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BATMAN SUPERMAN : WORLD’S FINEST #17 – RISE OF THE ROBOTS

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BATMAN SUPERMAN : WORLD’S FINEST #17 by Mark Waid, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands – Credit: DC Comics

BATMAN SUPERMAN : WORLD’S FINEST #17 – DC COMICS

Creative: Mark Waid, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands

Welcome to an all-new edition of Parlay Points, the comic book review blog for the ODPH Podcast on Nerd Initiative!

For this entry, we’re checking out the latest installment of a DC COMICS series that is an absolute fan-favorite amongst comic readers. Whenever “Superman” or “Batman” mentioned, the expectations are high considering their place in pop culture.

The current run of WORLD’S FINEST by MARK WAID and DAN MORA has brought a modern feel to those characters without losing their classic appeal.

World’s Finest #17 by Waid and Mora (along with Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands) caps off the latest story arc hitting the local comic shops on July 18th. Let’s see how events play out, shall we?

*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***

What started as a murder investigation has spiraled into something more than anyone expected. Simon Stagg, longtime business rival of Bruce Wayne, is found dead. All clues pint to Rex Mason aka METAMORPHO as the lead suspect. When the World’s Finest start digging into if a hero became a murderer, they stumble into an unexpected truth. NEWMAZO, an updated version of a Justice League rogue capable of stealing powers, has been behind this event.

 BATMAN SUPERMAN : WORLD’S FINEST #17 by Mark Waid, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands – Credit: DC Comics (COVER: Jamie McKelvie)

While targeting billionaires and controlling some of the most brilliant minds concerning robotics in the DCU, this new threat appears to be at the door of victory. The plan of a robotic revolution is underway. Being bound by electrical collars, the duo now stands before the upgraded android and his main weapon: Ultra-Morpho.

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With some creativity, Batman and Green Arrow defeat the enforcer, severing the collars. With a plan in place and the impersonated billionaires (including Stagg) now free, it’s time for the good guys to fight back. How will the heroes stop him with the combined might of some of the most power beings in the world?

This issue kicks off with Batman taking the attack to Newmazo, who was in disguise as Supergirl. Tying him up in a version of the Lasso Of Truth, Newmazo is ready to end the Dark Night. Those plans are faulted when Martian Manhunter and the real Supergirl crash the party. However the advantage is short lived as Newmazo acquires their strength. Batman and Doc Magnus (from Metal Men Fame) scramble for a plan.

How can you stop something that can mimic powers on a high intellect? Readers sit back and see how one final attempt is made to stop world extinction. With an event drawing in the heaviest of hitters in the DCU, the action feels box-office as an unlikely player plays a crucial role. The resolution plays to perfection and will send readers home on a high note with another fantastic story in the books.

BATMAN SUPERMAN : WORLD’S FINEST #17 by Mark Waid, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands – Credit: DC Comics (COVER: Dike Ruan)

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Waid continues to prove why he’s one of the best writers in comics. Crafting the challenge of a villain who can match and surpass the heroes at their own game is no easy task. Seeing Batman find a solution with his detective skills is always a great joy to read. The relationship with Superman is presented with a special event feel, which after all these ears, is tough to pull off. Juggling the massive supporting cast is worked to perfection.

Being an old school DC reader, seeing the Metal men, T.O. Morrow and Metamorpho featured in a story like this is amazing. This issue and series encompasses the superhero lore without making the story feel dated. The payoffs are huge to compliment the action. The closing act ties up loose ends nicely. Pacing kept everything moving in a rising direction until the final battle. The issue is everything you want from a superhero comic: action, drama and a reminder of why superheroes are still relevant in this day and age.

Can there be a more perfect artist for this series than Dan Mora? Without question, Mora defines bringing big-scale action to the comics genre. Form the opening fight between Newmazo and Batman, Mora sets things in motion radiating of excitement. Even during the battle, Mora never lets Newmazo lose his evil smile as the action heats up.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MUSIC?

Counter-balancing that is Batman reacting to events. Leading the most powerful beings in the DCU in a losing effort, readers can connect with the dangerous fight. Seeing Batman in this state gives the feel that he can actually fail and lose.

The action never slows down as Mora architects some excellent two page spreads that are nothing but extraordinary. The final battle begins with a dramatic reveal, setting the stage for a showdown fans will be elated to see.

Closing the fight is an incredible one full page panel with a character that can be the only one to end things at this stage. The closing act gives readers some fun character moments with the expressions featured. From start to finish, the issue doesn’t disappoint.

FINAL GRADE: 9.5 OUT OF 10

The best superhero book at the LCS gives readers a classic finale that needs to be witnessed. Waid’s superb writing and Mora’s stunning visuals closes off the “Tomorrow” storyline in epic fashion. This series needs to be in your collection before calling it a wrap on New Comic Book Day!

Hit me up on ODPH social media and let me know your thoughts on Batman Superman World’s Finest #17. Thanks for reading Parlay Points on Nerd Initiative.

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Ken M.
Ken M.https://odphpodcast.com/
Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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