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World’s Funniest Review

-by Andrew Goletz

Rating: 9 out of 10

In my opinion, most of DC’s ‘Elseworlds’ books have fallen on the latter side of hit or miss. It’s a great idea to have a line like Marvel’s former ‘What If?’ where creators could tell whatever kind of stories they wanted with popular characters without fear of it affecting continuity. ‘Superman and Batman: World’s Funniest’ gives the best reason for the existence of an Elseworlds line. It’s a hysterical idea, executed almost flawlessly and is one of the best comics to come out this year.

Two characters people love to hate, Bat-Mite and Mr.Mxyzptlk, are on hand as the story begins to try and take credit for who was a bigger pest to their respective rivals, Superman and Batman. Of course, the argument ensues and they begin to battle. Mxyzptlk accidentally kills Batman, which enrages Bat-Mite, who retaliates by killing Superman. Mxyzptlk then ‘offs’ the caped crusader’s partner, Robin and Bat-Mite responds in kind, killing most of Superman’s supporting cast. To describe any of these death scenes is to take away from a huge part of the book. They’re done in such a whacky, creative way that you can’t help but smile at these antics. And you’re supposed to.

The book is over the top completely. Eventually, the two little jerks wipe out the entire DC Universe and take their battle to the cosmos. One of the best parts of this series is seeing these two go through different DC Realities causing havoc. We’re get to see the Superfriends animated series style, ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Crisis on the Infinite Earths’ and ‘Kingdom Come’ among others. It would have been nice to see Dorkin’s take on ‘Zero Hour’ or ‘The Watchmen’, but the material presented here is great, nonetheless. A lot of the enjoyment comes from the fact that writer Evan Dorkin has assembled some of the top creative people to lend their talents to the book. In alphabetical order: Mike Allred, Brian Bolland, Frank Cho, Stephen DeStefano, Dave Gibbons, Joe Giella, Jamie Hernandez, Stuart Immonen, Phil Jimenez, Doug Mahnke, David Mazzuccheli, Frank Miller, Sheldon Moldoff, Glen Murakami, Norm Rapmund, Alex Ross, Scott Shaw, Jay Stephens, Ty Templeton, Bruce Timm, and Jim Woodring handle the art with Chris Chuckry assisting David Mazzucchelli with colors and Tom Orzechowski lettering.

Anyone who’s a comic book fan needs to pick this book up or they’re missing out on one of the most unique, creative and fun stories to come out in quite some time.

Evan Dorkin: Writer

Pencillers and Inkers: See Above J

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