Future State Batman Superman #1
Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Ben Oliver
Colors by Arif Prianto
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Rundown: Superman travels to Gotham to find the source of a new drug and finds out just how dark the city has become.
A new drug has made its way out of Gotham and all the way to Metropolis. When Superman finds out about it, he heads to Gotham to find answers and runs into Batman who needs him to stop making himself so visible to the forces of the Magistrate. After rescuing a group of kids using the drug to fight the Magistrate’s forces, the duo head deeper underground to find more answers.
As they make their way to the source of the drug, Superman gives Batman time to get the information that he needs. Unfortunately, when Bruce is done, he discovers that Clark is gone. As the man of steel confronts the man responsible for the drug, he will discover that being a symbol of hope means little in a city that is devoid of it.
The Story: Gene Luen Yang does a great job of crafting a story that highlights the relationship between these two characters as well as the circumstances that bring them together. There is a dark tone to the story that is punctuated by Clark’s inability to see just how dark the city has become. I like that Superman continues to act as if the world is the way it used to be and Bruce is put in the position of trying to get him to see reality. A well done story that has a great cliffhanger ending.
The Art: Ben Oliver does some great work with the art in the issue. There is a classic look and feel to the imagery that is refreshing and fun.