Sunday, September 20, 2020

Review of "Superman-Batman Absolute Power," by Jeph Loeb, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino

 Review of

Superman-Batman Absolute Power, by Jeph Loeb, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino ISBN 9781401207144

Five out of five stars

Things are not as they should be

 The trigger events in the life of Clark Kent (Superman) and Bruce Wayne (Batman) were when baby Kal-el landed on Earth and was found by the Kent’s and when Bruce’s parents were murdered in front of him. They were the triggers for their lives being devoted to the fight against crime and injustice. In this graphic novel, powerful people from the future travel back to those moments in time and dramatically alter the lives of Clark and Bruce. They grow up as brothers and in their roles as Superman and Batman become absolute rulers of Earth.

 They are ruthless, wiping out all opposition, including the heroes that were their friends and allies in their normal timeline. That included killing them, their motto is “Obey or die.” However, messing with the timeline is an uncertain science and unusual things happen. During the time-altering actions, other DC characters such as Sergeant Rock and Easy Company, the Haunted Tank, Jonah Hex and Tomahawk are part of the fight. It is an amusing addition to what is an expression of an alternate history.

 The story is very engaging, it is interesting to see the two greatest heroes of the DC line being depicted as the height of evil. There is a battle for the very future of Earth with the “normal” personalities of Clark and Bruce engaged in the struggle to return the world to the way it should be.

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