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BATMAN SUPERMAN #24 – THE EVOLUTION OF A HERO’S MIND

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BATMAN SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #24 by MARK WAID, DAN MORA, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands (DC COMICS)

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

For this entry, the end is truly near. Anytime DARKSEID appears in DC Comics, fans know that the stakes are grave. This is the case with the current story involving two legendary heroes. A trip to Earth 22 for a rescue mission hasn’t gone exactly as planned. Now, BATMAN and SUPERMAN must find a way to stop Darkseid capturing the Anti-Life equation or it will truly be “KINGDOM COME”.

BATMAN SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #24 by MARK WAID, DAN MORA, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands looks to give fans a proper send-off to the return to Kingdom Come.

Let’s see how Earth-22’s final stand plays out

READ LAST ISSUE’S REVIEW HERE!

*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***

When a missing apprentice (David Sikela aka Thunderman) is found to be on Earth-22, Batman and Superman attempt to find the young hero. The planet he is residing on is one longtime DC fans know. It is the home of the legendary series Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

BATMAN SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #24 by MARK WAID, DAN MORA, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands (DC COMICS – COVER: Mahmud Asrar)

Upon arrival, they come face-to-face with a distorted version of their world. GOG is ruling over the land. His protege is the missing Sikela, whom is now known as MAGOG! Gog is planning on leading Earth’s heroes into a war with APOKOLIPS. This is stopped by Batman, Superman and some notable DC heroes.

It’s not enough to stop Darseid from entering the fray. Gog has something he wants: a part of the Anti-Life equation.

BATMAN: CITY OF MADNESS!

This issue begins with the shocking looks of the remaining DC heroes. Superman teams up with his Earth-22 counterpart to slow Darkseid down. Batman signals for the others to regroup. The action ramps up as two Kryptonians try the impossible. Their efforts fall short. Other heroes try but fall short.

Once the dust settles, Darkseid attempts takes his shot at Gog. The only one left to stop him is Magog! What chance does the young hero have?

Readers see quickly that a choice is made that changes everything. It’s fallout challenges the two title characters more than anyone realizes. This leads into an emotional closing act that divulges many secrets. It’s a fitting conclusion that does proper justice to the original 1996 series. Brace for a highly impactful ending.

BATMAN SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #24 by MARK WAID, DAN MORA, Tamra Bonvillain and Steve Wands (DC COMICS – COVER: Sweeney Boo)

There is always a fine line of what defines a hero. With Waid’s first venture into this theme, readers witnessed how a drastic action can cause a spiral out of control. The journey of David Sikela has echoed that idea. The tutelage of Superman vs. Gog gives a backdrop to the presence of Darkseid. Sikela’s action hits readers with a painful picture of the future.

The writing showcases the bond between the World’s finest as well. With the closing act, their friendship support carries the heroes through a dark moment. This leads to a powerful close, circling back to what inspires all heroes: hope.

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Mora and Bonvillian cap off events with strong imagery. Right from the start, the image of Darkseid and the heroes’ reaction sets a high bar for the remainder of the chapter. The fight scenes play off as bold and eye-catching each panel. After Sikela’s actions, the reactions of all parties range from shock to anger.

The full page panel of a haunting presence will full grab readers’ attention. This leads into a fantastic full page panel that answers some lingering questions. There is also a two-page spread that pays a great homage to the original source material. The chapter ends on such a high note that fans will want to dive back in just to stare at the art over and over alone.

FINAL POINT: 9.5

The Return to Kingdom Come doesn’t disappoint as the World’s Finest face a threat that hits close to the heart. Waid orchestrates an intense fallout with Mora providing mind-blowing visuals to bring the story to a thunderous close. This issue continues to cement this series’ place as one of (if not) the best superhero book at the LCS each time out.

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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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