We’re mere days away from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and if you’re like me, you’re both excited and slightly trepidatious about the flick. Thankfully, regardless of the film’s success and quality (my fingers are crossed for both despite my reservations about Man of Steel) there’re a bunch of collected editions and graphic novel worth checking out.
Essentially a ‘greatest hits’ collection of some of The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight’s encounters, it includes work from writers such as Frank Miller, Scott Snyder, Jeph Loeb and Geoff Johns, as well as art by Jim Lee, Greg Capullo and Ed Benes. If you’re looking for the battles without the context, this collection is for you!
Written by Jeph Loeb with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams, Hush is the epic crime thriller that rejuvenated The Caped Crusader. And sure, while its predominantly a Batman story, there’s a brilliant battle with Superman in one of its early chapters – – which sees The Dark Knight equipped with his trusty Kryptonite ring taking on a mind-controlled Man of Tomorrow.
There’re few Batman stories more iconic than Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Set ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness, the city now needs him more than ever. But after facing off against two of his greatest foes, it’s his battle with old ally Superman that truly resonates… because only one survives!
Y’know, when they’re not butting heads, Superman and Batman are actually mates. In this first volume of Jeph Loeb an Ed McGuinnes’ Superman/Batman series, the iconic super-heroes unite when Lex Luthor, now president of the United States, accuses Superman of a crime against humanity, and assembles a top-secret team of powerhouse heroes to bring Superman in – dead or alive!
When Batman’s greatest nemesis, Ra’s al Ghul, recruits Bizarro and an Amazon warrior to aid him in his plan to create global chaos, the Dark Knight Detective suddenly finds himself working with the Man of Steel and the Amazon Princess. Looking to thwart the madman’s plot to simultaneously destroy all satellite communications as well as all of the world’s oil reserves, Earth’s greatest heroes reluctantly band together. But if Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are to have any hope of stopping Ra’s’ nuclear missile assault, they will first need to overcome their own biases and reconcile their differing philosophies.