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Batman/Superman: World's Finest #16

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Batman and Superman versus machines!

A.I. villains and heroes-Shaggy Man, G.I. Robot, Red Tornado, and Chemo among them-have launched a global cyberattack alongside Newmazo’s soldiers. Batman, Superman, Robin, and Metamorpho, the Element Man, are unprepared for the onslaught. With millions of lives on the line, the World’s Finest team must find a way to pull the plug before it’s too late!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
28 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest just finds new ways to get better and better. Not only does it beautifully modernize familiar tones and ideas, but it continues to keep strong momentum. We may know that everything’s going to be okay, as this is before the current timeline, but the story remains riveting. All of this comes together to deliver a fun story that keeps the stakes high without relying on shock value. Overall, this issue, much like the series, is a can’t-miss for those looking to enjoy something fun and exciting.

  • 100

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Everyone should be reading this book. Perfect mesh of words and art. The best comic on the market right now.

  • 100

    I’ve mentioned it in previous reviews, but reviewing World’s Finest can be a difficult task because it never gives you much to critique. With the latest issue, we are given a focus on the DC Universe’s biggest players, showing how the likes of Superman, Batman, and their allies are larger than life. Waid’s characterization and Mora’s artwork help to show these superheroes as gods, mythical figures that will stand the test of time. The big reveal behind “Newmazo” and his artificial intelligence “utopia” is one of the biggest challenges for the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, and its a challenge conveyed so well in DC’s best superhero book. Waid and Mora are telling a superhero story for the modern age that both modernizes and pulls on the classic elements that make the DC Universe work.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Waid, Mora, and Bonvillain tell a solidly entertaining narrative in another fun issue of a popular series. It’s too bad that there isn’t a more balanced story being placed on the page. Heroes in peril help out other heroes in peril as AI looks to take over. There’s a lot of action moving around the page.

  • 95

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman / Superman: World’s Finest #16 puts Batman in the driver’s seat to free Superman and their fellow captives to begin pushing back on Newmazo’s genocidal plan. The story is an exciting adventure from start to finish, and Dan Mora’s art is Amazo-ing. (Yes, that’s terrible, and I don’t even care).

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This arc has been the most chaotic of the run so far, eschewing the dense plotting of the first arc for an all-too-current tale of AI gone mad. What began as a mystery surrounding the murder of Simon Stagg—and the apparent framing of Bruce Wayne—has been revealed to be an elaborate shell game as a malevolent upgraded Amazo kidnaps powerful billionaires one by one and replaces them with simulacrums that will help its goals. Those billionaires and scientists have all been captured to slave away in a laboratory helping this “Newmazo” build more technology, and the villain has now successfully hijacking technology around the world—even attempting to drive Robin into a wall. Waid and Mora have done an effective job of taking a group of villains that are usually used as generic throwaway villains for the heroes to beat up, and making them actually menacing.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Once again, the World’s Finest team delivers another banger of an issue. Waid’s fast-paced plotting and punchy script are upbeat and fun. Mora’s art is as sharp as ever, and Bonvillain’s colors are dazzling. As the scope of the “Elementary” arc widens to the larger DCU, the creative team takes the opportunity to showcase their talent. It’s a wonder to behold.

    Final Verdict: There’s not much more to say, other than World’s Finest #16 is simply fantastic.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A fun, exciting and lively adventure from Waid that continues to explore and enhance the partnership between the characters. This issue does a wonderful job of expanding on that partnership while also building on the mystery of the story. I loved the action in the story as well as the planning work from Batman and how a character I noticed missing from the arc is acknowledged and investigated. I love that twist in the story and cannot wait to see what happens next.

    The Art: Mora delivers some beautifully detailed and exciting art throughout the issue. The visual style is fantastic and the action is thrilling and filled with amazing imagery.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 87

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #16 is a fast read that catches fans up on Newmazo and this A.I. Revolution. The story showcases Batman’s cunning leadership abilities as well as Waid’s in-depth knowledge of the DC Comic Universe. Furthermore, it provides fans with a rather intense story that’s packed full of excitement from start to finish. If you’re looking for that extra book to fill out your pull list this week, Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #16 might be just what the doctor (Ivo) ordered!

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest is sixteen issues in and shows no sign of diminishing returns. This is the penultimate issue of this arc, so readers are in for a treat for the next issue. This issue contained a lot of fun moments and still set things up for what should be an incredible climax to the arc. Plus, the number of iconic characters in this issue looking this spectacular is quite a feat and a testament to the creative team’s talents and passion for the material.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    Mark Waid and Dan Mora write and draw in a manner that constantly makes me both appreciate their efforts tremendously and question why more titles beyond Nightwing, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Titans and Superman be of this quality? And fun. Above all else, comic books should be fun and somehow that’s in far too short supply these days.


    One of the strongest aspects of the book is how Waid packs the issue with super heroic moments so Mora can have the heroes being heroes. At times they’ll be vulnerable, take some punches and not have the ultimate solution in hand. That’s fine and welcome as opposed to always having a hero have the get out of free card on hand every time. If Waid can create scenarios that make it hard for Superman and Batman there’s no excuse for other writers struggling to make compelling problems for their heroes.

    Mora’s artwork, as usual, is superb. Mora’s a gifted storyteller, but there is something special about his action scenes as there’s a vitality and excitement to them that brings to the pages an intense cartoon featuring these heroes. The characters have personalities and when Mora can flex like a certain page this issue it really has me excited about the potential of Waid incorporating more heroes into the title more often.

  • 75


    The art is kinetic and executed at a very high level, but some of the panels and pages can be a bit crowded at times. The writing is solid, but the sense of danger diminishes when we have multiple overpowered heroes showing up to save the day. But, while this isn’t the strongest chapter of this arc, it’s still a ton of fun and I recommend it!

  • 70

    The Batman Universe

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #16 has a masterful start that misses the landing by the issue’s end, creating an enjoyable, pulpy scifi extravaganza that suffers from a little bit of uneven plotting.

  • 60

    Superman Homepage

    I’m not even trying this time, guys. The art is good. I can only say it so many times. It’s good. The Metal Men’s destruction was aesthetically pleasing. What more do you need?

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