Batman/Superman: World's Finest #15
ELEMENTARY, CHAPTER THREE: ULTRAMORPHO
The rise of Ultra-Morpho! Years ago, Professor Anthony Ivo built Amazo, a killer android who could duplicate the powers of the Justice League. But now an even deadlier android stalks the DC Universe: Ultra-Morpho! Able to transform into any element, including Kryptonite, Ultra-Morpho can kill Batman, Superman, Robin, and Metamorpho in one fell swoop! But who created him? Who does he work for? And what has he done to Will Magnus, inventor of the Metal Men?!
It is safe to say that Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #15 is pure fun from cover to cover. It’s apparent that the entire creative team seems to be in sync and playing off of each other’s strengths. It is this arc especially that feels like everyone has found their footing. The tone Mark Waid has set throughout the series is consistent through all fifteen issues without anything feeling like filler. Even the one-off issues in between arcs where other artists stepped in for Mora and Bonvillain were excellent highlights of the series.
Issue #15 picks up right where issue #14 left off with Superman and Robin facing Ultra-Morpho while Batman and Metamorpho pay a visit to the Metal Men. If you thought Batman and Superman fusing together in the first arc was cool, wait until you see Batman wearing a suit comprised of the Metal Men. If that isn’t cool enough, wait until you see them detach and restore themselves to attack Ultra-Morpho all at once. As a bonus, Superman gets the last punch in wearing a suit made by (and of) Metamorpho. Dan Mora’s art is simply fantastic and handles all of this action so well. Tamra Bonvillain’s colors are a near-perfect companion to the inks and pencils.
In addition to the Metal Men pitching in, we see the Doom Patrol as well as the Teen Titans, which is always fun. The Doom Patrol and the Titans both played pivotal roles in previous arcs, and it doesn’t hurt that there is a new Doom Patrol book coming out as well as a World’s Finest spin-off featuring the Teen Titans and penned by Waid. With so many characters, things move fast with a lot happening at once but Waid’s pacing balances it out and gives also gives Mora and Bonvillain the opportunity to give readers some amazing visuals. Even the onomatopoeia lettered by Steve Wands fits perfectly with the action. There is something so fantastic about how well the red bold letters pair with the vibrant yellows and greens.
Overall, Batman/Superman: World's Finest #15 moves fast but Waid’s pacing paired with Mora’s art orchestrates it all perfectly. The series as a whole continues to be a versatile book for all readers with really no bad time to jump in.
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #15: With a Little Help From My Friends
- Writing - 8/108/10
- Storyline - 8/108/10
- Art - 8/108/10
- Color - 8/108/10
- Cover Art - 8/108/10
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