Superman/Batman Vol. 3: Absolute Power

September 26, 2005 | Trades


Superman/Batman Vol. 3: Absolute Power
Jeph Loeb, Carlos Pacheco
DC Comics
$26.99 (Hardcover)
*** (out of five)

Oh please — no more alternate universe stories!
Coming off one of the most impressive arcs in recent memory, the reintroduction of Supergirl to the DC Universe (complete with mindblowing art by Michael Turner), this collection of the World’s Finest falls a little flat.
Stop me if you’ve heard this: someone from the future goes into the past and alters the timeline. As a result things aren’t as they’re supposed to be, yet the inherent goodness in our heroes can’t be suppressed for long and everything goes back to normal at the end.
Now there are some cool things about Absolute Power. Appearances by classic characters like Kamandi, Sgt. Rock, Uncle Sam and dozens of others makes for a fun nostalgic ride.
It’s not that Jeph Loeb’s doesn’t tell the story well and it’s certainly not the tremendous art by Carlos Pacheco. It just seems like readers have heard this “what if” story a dozen times before and should, frankly, expect something new and different from what has quickly become a must-read comic.

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