Batman Superman World’s Finest #9
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Dan Mora
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: Boy Thunder learns some hard lessons as Key makes a new and dangerous partner.
David’s training brings him to Gotham where his hunt for Ratcatcher with Batman causes the Dark Knight to give him a lesson in stealth and restraint. In the aftermath, Superman teams with Flash for a rescue mission at sea and seeks his advice on how to handle a sidekick. Advice he will have to employ when David’s mission with the Teen Titans brings out his anger towards a bad guy.
Key decides to begin the next part of his plan and it involves flooding the streets of Gotham. As Batman and Superman rescue the civilians and close the giant door he used, David is taken in the confusion and introduced to Key’s new partner, the Joker.
The Story: Fun, engaging and entertaining from start to finish. I continue to love the pacing of this series and this issue especially. There is a lot going on, but nothing feels overwhelming. In fact, every part of the story is given time to develop and I love a lot of the character moments as well as the reveal of what happened to David. Waid does a great job with Joker in the issue as well and uses him well.
The Art: Mora is one of my favorite contemporary artists and beautifully brings great detail and style to everything from the characters to the action.