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BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #19 Review – Time Signals Hope


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BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #19 by Mark Waid, Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands (Credit: DC Comics – Cover: Dan Mora)


Creative: Mark Waid, Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands

Welcome to an all new edition of Parlay Points, the comic book review blog to the ODPH podcast!

For this entry, we are checking out the conclusion of a two part story from arguably the best superhero book currently in comics.

Since it’s debut Batman/Superman: Worlds finest by DC COMICS has been a runaway hit. It’s no wonder why considering the creative team of Mark Waid and Dan Mora. In the current story, Travis Moore is filling in for Mora, but the series hasn’t skipped a beat.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #19 by Mark Waid, Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands concludes the legendary first meeting of 2/3 of DC’S heroic trinity. Let’s take a trip back in time and get a closer look to how that initial encounter plays out.


BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #19 by Mark Waid, Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands (Credit: DC Comics – Cover: Dan Mora)

When a mysterious riddle is left at a crime scene in Gotham City, the first one to take notice would be the caped crusader himself, Batman. However, when a clue is written in is Kryptonian, that catches the eye of the Man of Steel.

As they meet in Gotham, there is still a sense of question each has about the other. Batman uses his Bruce Wayne Influence to meet with Clark Kent of the Daily Planet to ease some tension and answer more questions.

Once the pair gets rolling they find out Jax-Ur, a long time foe of Superman has taken control of the Riddler! When confronting the villain, Batman gets pulled into the Phantom Zone, the long fabled limbo which is used as a prison!


This issue opens up with Superman fighting Jax-Ur over the skies of Gotham. Meanwhile, Batman is communicating telepathically with Alfred. In the conversation, readers are told of how the Zone walls had been weakening to breaches and absorbing Goth residents in the process.

It is revealed Jax-Ur knew where a breach was presumed to occur and used the Riddler to lure Superman there and swap places. During the encounter, it was Batman who was pulled in instead.

With the battle taking place, Batman forces his thoughts thru the warped Phantom Zone to connect with Superman. It is in this moment that not only is a plan put in place, but common ground is met between the two that bonds them for years to come.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #19 by Mark Waid, Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands (Credit: DC Comics – Cover: Tony S. Daniel)

What does Batman think of now? Can the pair find a way to make this work and save the day? readers sit back and enjoy watching the fight get taken to Jax-Ur. The resolution plays perfectly into what makes these two legends. The parting image is a bit of a surprise as an epilogue showcases this story is not as over as readers might think.

Waid sets up the story in such a manner that readers can’t help but smile reading it. Even behind the Phantom Zone walls, Batman finds a way to decipher the problem and pairs it up with Superman’s strengths of unending hope to make it work.


The pair’s ethics have always been different but when together, it pops off the page. The final act doesn’t falter giving readers the iconic moments that they have become accustomed to when seeing the pair work together. The final panel for their story portion perfectly closes the beginnings of a lasting friendship.

Moore delivers on big action for the majority of this story. The fight between Superman and Jax-Ur over the Gotham Skyline is an easy win for readers. Even when Batman and Superman take the fight to very familiar spot, Moore never takes the foot off the gas for the battle.

There’s a great full page shot showing the devastation around them. Later in the book, there’s a few panels that cement the pair’s future with a legendary feel. The closing panel captures the moment and leaves fans grinning from ear-to-ear seeing the birth of the World’s Finest.


The first meeting between two of DC Comics and pop culture’s most beloved heroes concludes with an unforgettable issue. Waid’s excellent writing is brought to life with Moore and Bonvillian’s art to present the catching throwback tale for the modern audience. This is Superhero comics at its’ finest….world’s finest.

Hit me up on ODPH social media and let me know your thoughts on Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #19. Thanks for reading Parlay points on Nerd Initiative.


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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