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The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World's Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is. Writer Greg Pak (Hulk) re-teams with critically acclaimed illust The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World's Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is. Writer Greg Pak (Hulk) re-teams with critically acclaimed illustrator Jae Lee (Inhumans) to launch this next epic chapter of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Collecting: Batman/Superman 10-15, Futures End


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The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World's Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is. Writer Greg Pak (Hulk) re-teams with critically acclaimed illust The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World's Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is. Writer Greg Pak (Hulk) re-teams with critically acclaimed illustrator Jae Lee (Inhumans) to launch this next epic chapter of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Collecting: Batman/Superman 10-15, Futures End

30 review for Batman/Superman, Volume 3: Second Chance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars I don't know if it was because I expected to not like this or what, but this volume didn't disappoint me as much as the other two. The stories weren't connected at all, or if they were, only loosely. And instead of growling at each other, they were back to being friends. So...a bit more fun. That's not to say this was perfect. The first issue was some weird story about a spaceship full of microscopic aliens that Batman accidentally sucked up his nose. Ray Palmer (The Atom), who is a scien 3.5 stars I don't know if it was because I expected to not like this or what, but this volume didn't disappoint me as much as the other two. The stories weren't connected at all, or if they were, only loosely. And instead of growling at each other, they were back to being friends. So...a bit more fun. That's not to say this was perfect. The first issue was some weird story about a spaceship full of microscopic aliens that Batman accidentally sucked up his nose. Ray Palmer (The Atom), who is a scientist working for S.H.A.D.E (Frankenstein's old organization), shrinks himself and Superman down, and they take a trip inside Batman to save the day. I shit you not! Doomed crossover event. Already read it, so nothing new there. Batman, Wonder Woman, Steel, & even Krypto search through the Phantom Zone for a cure for Superman. It's good stuff, but it won't make much sense unless you've already read Superman: Doomed. Second Chance is the next up, and it takes place on Earth 2. That wacky little chaos demon from before is back, and it gives them a chance to change the lives of their counterparts on the alternate Earth. {Spoilery things happen} Then the demon makes a deal with some giant devil-thing, who lives in a devil-dimension. They erase both of their memories, and shoot them back on to Earth...naked. *cough* Things get a bit mixed up, and the boys sort of end up with the wrong women. So to speak... Clark falls into Selina's lap, and (of course) she can't resist playing a few tricks on the Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Lois partners up with Bruce, and brings out his flirty side. Eventually, the boys shape up, fight back, remember who they are, and (naturally) save the day. The End. Get this review and more at:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Same, Batman. Same. I've been in the middle of this one for a while. I started it and set it aside a couple of times, then came back to it a few days ago to finally finish it. Every time I started back up reading this I remembered why I set it aside. This just was not a good volume. I enjoy Jae Lee's artwork immensely but I don't think it works for a title like this unless it's going to be the style the entire volume. Honestly I think I'm just more of a fan of him doing cover art though. Thankf Same, Batman. Same. I've been in the middle of this one for a while. I started it and set it aside a couple of times, then came back to it a few days ago to finally finish it. Every time I started back up reading this I remembered why I set it aside. This just was not a good volume. I enjoy Jae Lee's artwork immensely but I don't think it works for a title like this unless it's going to be the style the entire volume. Honestly I think I'm just more of a fan of him doing cover art though. Thankfully I've finished but now I have to read volume 4 ... Here's hoping it's not as weird as this one was.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This follows a bunch of different stories from microscopic problems to saving Superman in the Phantom Zone to the duo forgetting who they are and going down different paths. It missed the mark a few times but I'll give it a thumbs up for an ambitious attempt. MY GRADE: B to B plus. This follows a bunch of different stories from microscopic problems to saving Superman in the Phantom Zone to the duo forgetting who they are and going down different paths. It missed the mark a few times but I'll give it a thumbs up for an ambitious attempt. MY GRADE: B to B plus.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Collecting issues #10-15 this volume was ok. While that doesn't sound like a roaring endorsement, it isn't, it is the feeling I was left with after reading this. In every facet it is "ok" from artwork to the story itself. Nothing made me wince save for a mary-sue moment for Lois, in one of the stories, does a few seconds of training and all of a sudden-viola!! She can fight now. Uh-huh. I might find silly notions like that amusing were I a 5 year old. Sadly, for us all, I am not. But I digress.. Collecting issues #10-15 this volume was ok. While that doesn't sound like a roaring endorsement, it isn't, it is the feeling I was left with after reading this. In every facet it is "ok" from artwork to the story itself. Nothing made me wince save for a mary-sue moment for Lois, in one of the stories, does a few seconds of training and all of a sudden-viola!! She can fight now. Uh-huh. I might find silly notions like that amusing were I a 5 year old. Sadly, for us all, I am not. But I digress....let's talk this volume: So it's a series of Superman/Batman escapades all of which have been done to a certain extent before. Pak takes that oft repeated past and churns out a new (New 52 at that) version of the same. But it isn't terrible. Superman and Atom team up to go wander around Batman's head. Then Batman and Wonder Woman go to the Phantom Zone to find a way to cure Superman of the Doomsday virus. Then, with no explanation, Superman (now cured. I think. At least, I assume.) and Batman get into some fun escapades with a chaos demon Kaiyo who sticks them in an alternate universe where things are similar but different..and then sticks them in a world where Clark and Bruce have no memories. See? Fun times indeed. But fear not-none of the things I mentioned are bad. The story isn't bad. The artwork isn't bad, in fact, it's not even mediocre..just "ok" with pretensions of being "good". Same could be said of this story. Still in a world full of REALLY bad comics and some putrid artwork, this volume deserves none of those labels. It is a deserving 2 star.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Bats and Supes are a lot more loved up in this volume compared to the previous two, it's kinda cute. Problem is, this volume is all over the place, contains about two different stories and a cross over and ugh no it just comes across as messy i like my volumes to be one solid story and so far none of these volumes have that. Overall these are still just average reads, if you want to tune out and read something then it's not that bad, but if you're after a fully developed story it fails to deliver Bats and Supes are a lot more loved up in this volume compared to the previous two, it's kinda cute. Problem is, this volume is all over the place, contains about two different stories and a cross over and ugh no it just comes across as messy i like my volumes to be one solid story and so far none of these volumes have that. Overall these are still just average reads, if you want to tune out and read something then it's not that bad, but if you're after a fully developed story it fails to deliver that.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This one was about as good as the last. I still enjoy reading them but I feel this series COULD be amazing if they tried a little more. So we have Doomsday cross over event in here but the main focus is Superman and Batman trying to face if they are really heroes. One they have to make a choice who they would save and if it would be different. The second story is if they took away all their past would they still be the heroes they are today or different? What I liked: Really enjoyed the one shot This one was about as good as the last. I still enjoy reading them but I feel this series COULD be amazing if they tried a little more. So we have Doomsday cross over event in here but the main focus is Superman and Batman trying to face if they are really heroes. One they have to make a choice who they would save and if it would be different. The second story is if they took away all their past would they still be the heroes they are today or different? What I liked: Really enjoyed the one shot issue of them going to Earth 2 and watching the trinity killed and they COULD have saved them but instead save Supergirl and Huntress (batman's daughter in this timezone) like they were supposed to which lead to the events of the last book. I enjoyed it because it felt most like Batman and Superman. I also enjoyed the other story of them losing their history so they did things different, and watching a more laid back batman is always fun. What I didn't like: The doomsday arc was boring. Atom and Superman going inside Bruce was just as bad too. Those I weren't feeling at all. I also think the art was all over the place, more than usual, and couldn't find a balance. Overall I still enjoy these stories. I just wish the volumes were better put together with multiple stories that work instead of 1 or 2. Either way I'll keep reading cause it's enjoyable enough and least New52 superman isn't SUPER awful like in Action Comics/Superman New52.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    3.5 stars. Some good, some just ok. Just like the rest of this series. Has its good moments but never really flies.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna Kay

    I guess more like 2.5 stars, but wow was that whole thing kind of pointless. I actually do like Batman/Superman team-ups, but I feel like this series is just taking every bizarre idea they can and playing it out in the most anti-climactic way possible. The whole thing with the Chaos Demon-Girl is only a few pages and I can deal with her as a plot device. But they only have to "want to" remember to be able to? How fucking weaksauce is that???!!! One superior moment for me was seeing Lois Lane spa I guess more like 2.5 stars, but wow was that whole thing kind of pointless. I actually do like Batman/Superman team-ups, but I feel like this series is just taking every bizarre idea they can and playing it out in the most anti-climactic way possible. The whole thing with the Chaos Demon-Girl is only a few pages and I can deal with her as a plot device. But they only have to "want to" remember to be able to? How fucking weaksauce is that???!!! One superior moment for me was seeing Lois Lane sparring with Batman, while wearing a Batgirl costume! Also, what the frick is up with all the issues Jae Lee does the art for having a cover with some villain/baddie crushing the hero in his hands? It always looks like some kind of effed up hug from a deformed and mutated Teletubby...that is all.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    First few (three?) issues tie into the Superman: Doomed story ine, so it can be a bit confusing. (I'm really glad they published the Superman: Doomed collection -- it is one convoluted arc; it really needs to be all in one place and time to take it all in.) The rest of the collection (another three issues) is a well done tale where Bruce and Clark have their memories stolen and are dropped back in Gotham. Things aren't as Super, nor as Dark, for the two without the pasts that shaped them. First few (three?) issues tie into the Superman: Doomed story ine, so it can be a bit confusing. (I'm really glad they published the Superman: Doomed collection -- it is one convoluted arc; it really needs to be all in one place and time to take it all in.) The rest of the collection (another three issues) is a well done tale where Bruce and Clark have their memories stolen and are dropped back in Gotham. Things aren't as Super, nor as Dark, for the two without the pasts that shaped them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This story has been written and re-written over and over and over again. Here's the problem, in Pak's world, without any memory, Superman is dark and Batman is bright. Batman turning bright has been a staple. Without the memory of his parents' death, he only remembers the good times in his early childhood. Yet, this begs the question as to why would Superman react in the opposite way? Why would Superman turn dark? He would have had loving parents and a positive childhood too. Once again, DC writ This story has been written and re-written over and over and over again. Here's the problem, in Pak's world, without any memory, Superman is dark and Batman is bright. Batman turning bright has been a staple. Without the memory of his parents' death, he only remembers the good times in his early childhood. Yet, this begs the question as to why would Superman react in the opposite way? Why would Superman turn dark? He would have had loving parents and a positive childhood too. Once again, DC writers ignore common character traits, because they have an "insert character here" story that they insist on telling, regardless of which book they're writing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David

    I'm a Greg Pak fan. Nothing's going to change that. I've just re-read this whole series. It has moments of glory. Fleeting. Nice chunks of good story telling. Here and there. Too often derailed by x-overs, inconsistent art teams, poor attn to detail (WORLDS FINEST shows a character as white and in BATMAN/SUPERMAN he's asian). Coming from one of the big super hero publishers so much sloppy, unprofessionally produced material is all rather shocking. This wouldn't have happened at DC 15 years ago. I'm a Greg Pak fan. Nothing's going to change that. I've just re-read this whole series. It has moments of glory. Fleeting. Nice chunks of good story telling. Here and there. Too often derailed by x-overs, inconsistent art teams, poor attn to detail (WORLDS FINEST shows a character as white and in BATMAN/SUPERMAN he's asian). Coming from one of the big super hero publishers so much sloppy, unprofessionally produced material is all rather shocking. This wouldn't have happened at DC 15 years ago. Can't quite lay the blame at Pak's feet. I'm sure it's the machine's need to churn out product. He's just an element of it. His part is pretty good. The main story of vol 3 is a good concept that doesn't have the finale it ought to have.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    2.5 stars. Another average volume. This series just isn't doing it for me. This one had the demon from the earlier arc pop up again and take away Superman and Batman's memories, and we got to see them acting out of character. It was interesting but nothing special. There was a future's end story, and a story featuring the atom. Art was hot and cold this time. Overall just a mediocre volume. Nothing really bad about it, but nothing really good about it either. 2.5 stars. Another average volume. This series just isn't doing it for me. This one had the demon from the earlier arc pop up again and take away Superman and Batman's memories, and we got to see them acting out of character. It was interesting but nothing special. There was a future's end story, and a story featuring the atom. Art was hot and cold this time. Overall just a mediocre volume. Nothing really bad about it, but nothing really good about it either.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katy Sauer

    See all of my reviews @ https://gloriouspanic.wordpress.com Plot: It was a bit strange but I actually liked at least the ideas behind the stories taking place in this volume. That being said I went in expecting a bit more continuity between each ‘chapter’. There was some meshing together of themes but it felt very much like a taste test of different stories with the same theme rather than one continuous plot line. I liked most of them but I think I would have preferred it to feel more cohesive. Art See all of my reviews @ https://gloriouspanic.wordpress.com Plot: It was a bit strange but I actually liked at least the ideas behind the stories taking place in this volume. That being said I went in expecting a bit more continuity between each ‘chapter’. There was some meshing together of themes but it felt very much like a taste test of different stories with the same theme rather than one continuous plot line. I liked most of them but I think I would have preferred it to feel more cohesive. Artwork: This one throws me a little because none of the art was bad though some of it wasn’t a style I felt drawn toward. My biggest problem was with out incredibly different the styles were from chapter to chapter. The incredible shifts in style and even race of characters threw me completely away from the story. There were even times I had to stop focusing on the art even if I liked it because it distracted me so much from following any of the action. I really liked most of the art separately when I went back and viewed it but I don’t feel it worked well all together. Overall: I was so excited for this because I’ve become a big Batman fan due to my fiance. He introduced me to a lot of the super hero’s I fan girl over and I admit that anticipation may have led to some of my let down. I really enjoyed the chapters themselves and if I’d gotten any of them individually my rating would be much higher. All of them combined into one volume though felt messy and confusing and even not well thought out. I still recommend it for those who are fans of Batman and or Superman because it has great artwork and good content even if it doesn’t quite all come together well. This was provided free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sean Kennedy

    Another disjointed volume, where stories are pushed together without much logical progression, and plotholes you can drive a truck through.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Blindzider

    In this volume, two single issues: one about a microscopic city featuring The Atom (naturally) and the other some type of crossover with a Doomsday story-line, but you only get a small piece here and have to read the rest of it elsewhere. The remainder wraps up the story that started in issue 1. After finishing it, it seemed to be a long way simply to get the opportunity to see what Bruce and Clark would have been like without all the driving forces in their upbringing. And then, you have such a In this volume, two single issues: one about a microscopic city featuring The Atom (naturally) and the other some type of crossover with a Doomsday story-line, but you only get a small piece here and have to read the rest of it elsewhere. The remainder wraps up the story that started in issue 1. After finishing it, it seemed to be a long way simply to get the opportunity to see what Bruce and Clark would have been like without all the driving forces in their upbringing. And then, you have such a short time experiencing those different versions, the moment is fleeting, and simply doesn't hold any weight. Jae Lee only draws one issue and every other issue is drawn by a different artist. So far this series has been hovering right at, or below, average.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Yay!!! Another comic featuring Batman and Superman. Glad they were able to get their memories back. Nice to know what would have happened if they weren't how they were. Can't wait to read Batman/Superman, Volume 4: Siege!!! 5 stars Yay!!! Another comic featuring Batman and Superman. Glad they were able to get their memories back. Nice to know what would have happened if they weren't how they were. Can't wait to read Batman/Superman, Volume 4: Siege!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    *This review is based on an advanced copy provided by NetGalley I really wanted to like this series, but unfortunately the first volume was the only one worthy of more than 3 stars. The Artwork is still inconsistent in this one, but atleast we get more from Jae Lee, which is good. I'm all for books that explore characterization and "what if" scenarios, but this one seemed a little too shallow and rushed. The villain served no other purpose than to be a deus ex machina, and the character were major *This review is based on an advanced copy provided by NetGalley I really wanted to like this series, but unfortunately the first volume was the only one worthy of more than 3 stars. The Artwork is still inconsistent in this one, but atleast we get more from Jae Lee, which is good. I'm all for books that explore characterization and "what if" scenarios, but this one seemed a little too shallow and rushed. The villain served no other purpose than to be a deus ex machina, and the character were majorly ooc. I know that the purpose of the story was to explore what Batman and Superman would be like if they didn't remember who they were, but I don't think they reacted how those characters would actually act(for instance, why was Clark so angry, if he didn't remember anything to be angry about?). Jae Lee's artwork and Lois Lane taking a stint as Batgirl are the only two things keeping this at a 3 rather than 2 star rating.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    This book might well be called Second Chance, for it pretty much needs one. The first story is silly, and the consequences just don't exist at any time after it. The second one is a prologue, again with no result. After that it does settle down and almost has a theme, of Bats/Supes looking again at their actions and themselves, and resolving what a problem they may themselves be. Some of the design is at times brilliant, with one really handsomely drawn episode, but yet again the whole thing is This book might well be called Second Chance, for it pretty much needs one. The first story is silly, and the consequences just don't exist at any time after it. The second one is a prologue, again with no result. After that it does settle down and almost has a theme, of Bats/Supes looking again at their actions and themselves, and resolving what a problem they may themselves be. Some of the design is at times brilliant, with one really handsomely drawn episode, but yet again the whole thing is just done with a devil-may-care lack of responsibility and compassion from comic makers who do a bit and go away again, leaving the reader short-changed. This title deserves a more self-contained, a more nuanced, and more coherent approach, not the slap-dash style of a thousand creators, each with carte blanche to do anything, and by that, giving nothing. It's not awful, but the gulf between this mess and what it should be is quite close to painful at times.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Cristiani

    This volume was heaps better than the last 2, though a bit disjointed until the last thread. I really enjoyed the last story. Amnesia/personality changes for heroes can be pretty terrible, but this one was pulled off with some grace. Batman and Superman become exactly who you think they'd become without their memories...but they fought to retain who they were despite knowing their real lives would be more painful and torturous. And the art pages as they returned to themselves were just glorious. This volume was heaps better than the last 2, though a bit disjointed until the last thread. I really enjoyed the last story. Amnesia/personality changes for heroes can be pretty terrible, but this one was pulled off with some grace. Batman and Superman become exactly who you think they'd become without their memories...but they fought to retain who they were despite knowing their real lives would be more painful and torturous. And the art pages as they returned to themselves were just glorious. True heroes. The volume gives me faith in the series again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kahn

    In a world where flying men and tooled-up cape-wearing billionaires are the norm, you know something is up when you're finding a story unbelievable. From worlds in Batman's blood to a chaos demon and Supe's pooch, Second Chance just never rises above the WTF and a shake of the head. Maybe it's me, maybe my head's just not in the right place at the moment for this weirdness, maybe it's the stark style of illustration, but this one if off to the charity shop forthwith. In a world where flying men and tooled-up cape-wearing billionaires are the norm, you know something is up when you're finding a story unbelievable. From worlds in Batman's blood to a chaos demon and Supe's pooch, Second Chance just never rises above the WTF and a shake of the head. Maybe it's me, maybe my head's just not in the right place at the moment for this weirdness, maybe it's the stark style of illustration, but this one if off to the charity shop forthwith.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    When a six-issue comics compilation lists four different pencillers, you know you're in for an eclectically styled ride. I didn't actively dislike the story lines or any of the particular drawing styles, though to jump from Jae Lee's stuff and back again so quickly just felt weird, it felt like the title was being rated fourth of fifth down on the Bats or Supes depth chart. When a six-issue comics compilation lists four different pencillers, you know you're in for an eclectically styled ride. I didn't actively dislike the story lines or any of the particular drawing styles, though to jump from Jae Lee's stuff and back again so quickly just felt weird, it felt like the title was being rated fourth of fifth down on the Bats or Supes depth chart.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    I've read all in this series and I really love it. Fresh and exciting new stories with my favorite superheroes. I love, love , love Jae Lee"s artwork especially of Catwoman . I've read all in this series and I really love it. Fresh and exciting new stories with my favorite superheroes. I love, love , love Jae Lee"s artwork especially of Catwoman .

  23. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    It was very pretty, but I don't think I totally understood it. It was very pretty, but I don't think I totally understood it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chinook

    That was ridiculously awesome. Those plots wouldn't have worked anywhere else, but in comics. That was ridiculously awesome. Those plots wouldn't have worked anywhere else, but in comics.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Batman/Superman: Second Chance picks up where the previous trade paperback left off and collects the next six issues (Batman/Superman #10–15) of the 2013 on-going series and covers two one-issue stories and four interconnected one-issue stories. "Second Chances" , "Eye of Satanus", "Blank Slate", and "Forget-Me-Not" is four interconnected one-issue storyline (Batman/Superman #12–15) that has Clark Kent as Superman and Bruce Wayne as Batman teaming up with Huntress and Power Girl to take down Kaiy Batman/Superman: Second Chance picks up where the previous trade paperback left off and collects the next six issues (Batman/Superman #10–15) of the 2013 on-going series and covers two one-issue stories and four interconnected one-issue stories. "Second Chances" , "Eye of Satanus", "Blank Slate", and "Forget-Me-Not" is four interconnected one-issue storyline (Batman/Superman #12–15) that has Clark Kent as Superman and Bruce Wayne as Batman teaming up with Huntress and Power Girl to take down Kaiyo and Darkseid. Afterward they team up with their significant others Lois Lane and Selina Kyle as Catwoman to take down both Kaiyo and Satanus – new villain. "Enter the Microverse" is a one-issue storyline (Batman/Superman #10) that has Clark Kent as Superman drafting Ray Palmer as The Atom to help an unconscious Bruce Wayne as Batman, as Ray Palmer shrinks himself to go into Batman's mind. "Infected" is a one-issue storyline (Batman/Superman #11), which is a third of four cross-series storyline of the first part of the Superman: Doomed that has Batman and Superman going against the Phantom Zoners: Mongul, Non, and Xa-Du. With the exception of one issue Batman/Superman #10 was written by Jeff Lemire, Greg Pak penned the entire trade paperback. For the most part, it is written moderately well. The main story brought back Kaiyo and a new villain Satanus, which is was mediocre story and I felt that Kaiyo was revisited too soon. The Superman: Doomed issue: Batman/Superman #11 felt ill-placed as it is the penultimate issue of the first part of the storyline, which was somewhat difficult to follow. Karl Kerschl (Batman/Superman #10–11), Dogenes Neves (Batman/Superman #14–15), Scott Hepburn (Batman/Superman #10), Tom Dernick, Daniel Sampere (Batman/Superman #11), Tom Raney (Batman/Superman #12), Jae Lee (Batman/Superman #13), and Pascal Alixe (Batman/Superman #15) penciled the trade paperback. For the most part, the penciling style meshes somewhat well with each other as the pencilers have distinct styles, which makes the artistic flow rather disjointed – especially the issues with multiple pencilers. All in all, Batman/Superman: Second Chance is a mediocre continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This series is actually starting to pick up. The first volume was okay, the second was "eh," but this one was... intriguing. The first two issues seemed to come out of nowhere; I assume they make more sense in connection to the solo Superman series. And while those stories were good (confusion aside), I can't say they piqued my interest enough to actually read the New 52 Superman. The character in this particular reboot just doesn't feel right. He isn't that complete beacon of hope that Superman This series is actually starting to pick up. The first volume was okay, the second was "eh," but this one was... intriguing. The first two issues seemed to come out of nowhere; I assume they make more sense in connection to the solo Superman series. And while those stories were good (confusion aside), I can't say they piqued my interest enough to actually read the New 52 Superman. The character in this particular reboot just doesn't feel right. He isn't that complete beacon of hope that Superman is supposed to be, and his backstory (with his parents being killed in a car accident) is just wrong. I know the New 52 completely ditched Tim Drake's backstory (which was perfect as was), and they apparently did the same with Superman, too. The best part about Superman's character is that he has a close family, that he does have more optimism and brightness in his life--even if it isn't devoid of tragedy. I'm still relatively new to DC in general, but Superman stood out to me because, unlike every other superhero, his parents actually are in his life. I enjoy seeing those traditional family relationships, because there are plenty of shaken and broken families in comics. In many ways, by having a more conventional background (minus, of course, being an adopted alien) Superman is actually an outlier in comics. And, honestly, that's refreshing. But in the New 52... that novelty is gone. But, all of that aside... I actually enjoyed the continuing story here. It took a while to get going, but the major story line in this volume was pretty compelling. It posed an interesting question: Would Batman and Superman still be heroes if they didn't have their memories. And, on a deeper level, it asked: How much of who we are is a result of our experiences and how much is innate? The story was actually pretty emotional, particularly the parts with Alfred. The father-son style relationship between him and Bruce was actually palpable. And the artwork, where both Batman and Superman had to choose to regain their memories... that was pretty powerful imagery. The art style, in general, isn't my cup of tea, but those pages were pretty darn cool. I wasn't really excited about this series, but now I'm actually looking forward to volume four.

  27. 4 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    Another set of largely standalone stories with one repeat from Superman Doomed. A little hit and miss but overall a good collection. The Fantastic Voyage homage story was really cute with the appearance of curmudgeonly Batman - my new favourite. The last story with our amnesiac heroes was the centrepiece. The Batman portions were stronger. The Superman piece faltered though - it’s a little cliched for him to go selfish and dark. Perhaps show the joy in discovering he can fly or have him super di Another set of largely standalone stories with one repeat from Superman Doomed. A little hit and miss but overall a good collection. The Fantastic Voyage homage story was really cute with the appearance of curmudgeonly Batman - my new favourite. The last story with our amnesiac heroes was the centrepiece. The Batman portions were stronger. The Superman piece faltered though - it’s a little cliched for him to go selfish and dark. Perhaps show the joy in discovering he can fly or have him super distracted by his hearing etc etc. I liked the shirtless look so I gave it a pass. The artwork, with its stylistic flourishes really for this weird little story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This had a crossover with some Superman story I did not read. I actually liked the concept of that story, Batman having to go into the Phantom Zone, but I wish the context was located in this actual volume and not some Superman issues I did not know about. After, a bunch of confusing things seem to happen to Batman and Superman. There is something wrong with this series. It's like not grounded in anything. I just don't have a sense of what it's about, or what the writer is going for. It feels lik This had a crossover with some Superman story I did not read. I actually liked the concept of that story, Batman having to go into the Phantom Zone, but I wish the context was located in this actual volume and not some Superman issues I did not know about. After, a bunch of confusing things seem to happen to Batman and Superman. There is something wrong with this series. It's like not grounded in anything. I just don't have a sense of what it's about, or what the writer is going for. It feels like a bunch of random, sometimes confusing things happening. I also feel like this version of Superman, the "New 52" version...something is off about him. He just doesn't feel like Superman to me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    SarahKat

    The last few volumes were definitely the best. They followed the story from the previous volumes whereas a couple of the other issues were standalone stories, or stories that tied in with other runs that I don't follow. I love Jae Lee's art, but he only did one issue of the main story and the cover art. I really enjoyed the story of Superman and Batman both losing their memories and how that affects who they are. The last few volumes were definitely the best. They followed the story from the previous volumes whereas a couple of the other issues were standalone stories, or stories that tied in with other runs that I don't follow. I love Jae Lee's art, but he only did one issue of the main story and the cover art. I really enjoyed the story of Superman and Batman both losing their memories and how that affects who they are.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Connor McKenna

    One of the best volumes in the New 52. Its a roller-coaster that starts with a whacky story about Superman and The Atom shrinking down and entering Batman's brain to remove a minature city, to a poignant follow up to the Earth-2 arc and then finally to hilarity as Batman and Superman are running around Gotham with no memories. So much fun to read with an emotional punch to boot, what a great showcase for these two characters 4/5 stars! One of the best volumes in the New 52. Its a roller-coaster that starts with a whacky story about Superman and The Atom shrinking down and entering Batman's brain to remove a minature city, to a poignant follow up to the Earth-2 arc and then finally to hilarity as Batman and Superman are running around Gotham with no memories. So much fun to read with an emotional punch to boot, what a great showcase for these two characters 4/5 stars!

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