Batman Superman #14
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Max Raynor
Colors by Alejandro Sanchez
Letters by John J Hill
The Rundown: Batman and Superman must use a different set of tactics in order bring down their rogue AI.
The origin of the rogue AI is revealed and its existence is the reason why Superman and Batman have to fight it and stop it. As they take down the robot clones of their enemies, the AI fashions a body for itself that combines both heroes and heads to Earth to learn the true nature of villainy by being the ultimate villain. As Superman races to the planet to confront the creature, Batman decides that a different tactic is what is needed to stop it.
With the help of Steel and Batwoman, Batman taps into the sentient system and challenges the AI with a simple question. One that will determine what the new being will become and what its ultimate purpose will be. At the same time, Superman challenges the being physically and reveals something to the creature that will make it question its purpose as well.
The Story: Joshua Williamson brings this story to a satisfying conclusion with a story that explores some interesting themes. While there is nothing particularly remarkable about the villain, the story does a great job of reminding the reader why these characters are dynamic together and how they use their strengths to enhance a situation. Steel and Batwoman are good additions to the story and Williamson ends the story with a comedic note that made me smile.
The Art: Max Raynor delivers some beautifully detailed imagery in this issue. There is a lot going on and Raynor’s art is focused, deliberate and filled with energy.