Future State Batman Superman #2
Future State Batman Superman hinges on your ability to buy that Mr. Toad could quickly incapacitate both Superman and Batman quickly enough to mass produce Superman’s DNA to create a False Face Society with his abilities.
This felt like the final spam out moment for The Magistrate, which conveniently has synthetic Kryptonite at their disposal to use in Gotham. On the odd chance that Superman would stroll through Batman’s territory. The Magistrate has felt like a vastly overpowered group dealing with the Batman family so writer Gene Luen Yang bringing Superman into the fray didn’t help matters much.
Yang also writes Batman like a human instead of the best at everything in any situation character he’s been portrayed as over the last 20 years. Yang’s take on Batman seems off best indicated when he calls Superman “Supes.” Calling Catwoman Cat felt like it was pushing it, but Batman really isn’t the nickname type. There is a surprise cameo that works out well and felt like a logical inclusion.
Artist Ben Oliver and Stephen Segovia, working off of Scott McDaniel’s breakdowns, provide clean and easy to follow action sequences. Arif Prianto comes through with smart color choices that flow within the dark, Gotham underbelly tone of the story.
Unlike a lot of Future State titles, this doesn’t end on a cliffhanger as we know Gotham’s fate as The Magistrate further asserts their power and influence.
Yang does his best to explain why Superman and the rest of the Justice League aren’t helping the situation in Gotham although it’s not in keeping with the rest of the Gotham Future State books.
You can skip this one without missing much unless you’re really curious about the rise of The Magistrate.
Rating: 6 out of 10