Writer Joshua Williamson
Artist Nick Derington
Colorist Dave McCaig
Letterer John J. Hill
Cover Nick Derington
Variant Cover Andy Kubert & Brad Anderson
Bruce and Clark have stopped the Batman Who Laughs’ Secret Six from bringing the Watchtower from his home universe. Problem is, they were only able to capture and infected Jim, everyone else escaped. As Jim seethes in his own hatred and the straight jacket, Batman and Superman decide that they need to come clean about this whole ordeal.
That decision leads them to the third member of DC’s trinity. Diana Prince, who’s ward Donna was infected by TBWL, is fighting a battle of her own with what appear to be demons. After helping their friend, she sees their intent and threatens to use the lasso on them. Then explaining to them that they can’t be doing all they can if they reserve to not ask anyone for help. Everyone is in this together.
Bruce and Clark are investigating a disturbance at Rykers Island. They come to the grave of someone once known as kryptonite man. Upon inspection, the gravesite has been disturbed. Just then the duo is attacked by an assassin with a synthetic kryptonite sword and lead-lined mask. After a brief tussle, Bruce deduces right away that it’s Ra’s Al Ghul.
Strangely enough, Ra’s wasn’t there to arm himself against Clark. He was there to protect himself and more from the likes of Zod. After the decimation of Kandor, Zod wanted to use a Lazarus pit to bring them back as the first citizens of his new Krypton. Needless to say, this cannot be allowed.
Incredible clash of worlds at the start of this arc. In true Batman/Superman fashion, two incredibly different villains coming together is something that is always a wild experience. With artwork that is incredibly clear and precise, each panel was very fun to read. I know it’s only the first issue of the arc but it is a very good one.