Batman has discovered something strange on the bottom of Gotham
Bay, which leads him to a mysterious and powerful teenage
girl who is bent on destroying Gotham City. Soon, she'll capture
the attention of Superman, Wonder Woman and even Darkseid
and his Female Furies. What is her connection to Superman?
Why does Wonder Woman want to hide her from the outside world?
How will Darkseid succeed in recruiting her into doing his
bidding? Who is she, and whose side will she end up on?...
synopsis above, which appears on the back of this graphic
novel, is a little misleading. While the mysterious woman
(who claims to be Kara Zor-El, Kal-El's cousin) does run amok
in Gotham at the start of this collection,
it appears to be more out of fear than any real attempt to
harm anyone. Once Kal-El meets her and realises that she is
also from Krypton he sets about putting her on the straight
and narrow. It is only Batman who has a problem with her -
suspicious that she may not be who she claims to be.
collection shows how Batman and Superman, while both heroes
in their own right, approach everything from opposite ends
of the spectrum. Superman is trusting and almost naive in
his optimistic outlook, whilst Batman is suspicious of everyone's
loved the way that writer Jeph Loeb examined Batman's guilt
at not being there for Jason Todd (Robin) when he was killed
by the Joker - and then how he was suckered into believing
that Todd had returned from the dead to wreak his revenge
on his former boss - and compared it to Superman's guilt of
being the only Kryptonian alive. Both superheroes want desperately
to believe that somehow something survived (for Batman that
was Todd, for Superman anyone from his homeworld) and it also
shows why both, given the right circumstances, will go out
on a limb for something they believe will help make up for
the past - regardless of all the evidence to the contrary.
is more a Superman story than a Batman tale. Superman must
put his trust in the word of a woman who has already shown
that she is capable of breaking free on her own if she so
desires. Batman is really along for the ride - as a balance
to Superman's optimism.
collection is also beautifully produced. Good quality paper
stock, topped off with a cover that has a blue strip with
a foil-like finish, turns a great collection into a fantastic
beautiful collection for Superman and Batman fans alike.
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