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Batman/Superman: World's Finest #17

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.

World War A.I. hits its climax, guest-starring dozens of DC heroes in a war against Newmazo and his machines that will determine the fate of humanity-and lay threads for a menace that will soon pop up in the pages of Shazam!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
25 pages
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17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Throwing in Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter and Green Arrow (along with Supergirl and Captain Marvel) felt like a major tease for a Justice League title especially if Waid and artist Dan Mora were to collaborate on it. Mora always rises to the challenge regardless of the character count Waid throws his way. The artwork remains astonishing and so full of personality and enthusiasm befitting this A-level book. Paired with Tamra Bonvillain’s gorgeously intricate color work and Steve Wands’ lettering, there’s not a weak link anywhere on this creative team.

  • 95

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman / Superman: World’s Finest #17 is the Grade-A stuff of superhero comic legendry you wish DC and Marvel would do more of. The battles are amazing, the pacing and urgency keep you on the edge of your seat with every page turn, and the twist ending is clever. Couple Waid’s top-tier writing with Dan Mora’s exquisite art, and you get DC’s Finest comic team.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    The best superhero book at the LCS gives readers a classic finale that needs to be witnessed. Waid’s superb writing and Mora’s stunning visuals closes off the “Tomorrow” storyline in epic fashion. This series needs to be in your collection before calling it a wrap on New Comic Book Day!

  • 94

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #17 is exactly what comics are missing today. It was logical, action-packed, balanced its cast of characters well, and did so with dignity and class. With Waid, the characters and emotion are the big bits with a super heavy plot almost nonexistent. Additionally, anyone who’s new to comics might not notice, but Waid writes FOR the artist. He sets the art team up beautifully to jointly tell the story well which is exactly what happened throughout Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest. Yet, it’s the subtly beneath the surface that involves Waid’s sheer knowledge of the content and history that spearheads the execution of Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #17.

    It’s that history and foundation that relieves the pressure off the reader, puts it squarely on his shoulders to tell, and properly explodes it off the page to the reader. The best way to describe Waid, as well as Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #17 and this series, is that it’s the perfect getaway adventure for any comic fan. DC Comics, if you’re reading this, I highly recommend making this story an animated movie! But, let Waid guide the entire thing and I promise it will be a hit.

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Waid brings the final battle with Newmazo to an exciting and thrilling conclusion in this issue. The story is filled with great tension and character moments for Batman and Superman as well as a wonderful use of the Justice League. The story is smart, fun and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.

    The Art: Mora is a master at delivering huge action and beautifully detailed and dynamic characters visually on every page. A stunning looking issue from the first page to the last panel.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    World’s Finest #17 is just flat-out good. Waid’s script delivers a satisfying conclusion to a wild arc. What started as a simple murder mystery then spiraled into something much bigger, and yet, Waid still managed to bring everything full circle. Dan Mora continues to impress with the freakishly fantastic consistency in his art. I can’t think of anything to criticize about this title.

    Final Verdict: I mean – this book is just a home run, there are no two ways around it.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 90

    Graham Crackers Comics

    want to personally thank writer Mark Waid for revisiting a one page concept idea from the 2006-2011 Justice League of America title. It was one of my fondest wishes to have gotten to see the robotic take over of the world as fought off by the Justice League as shown in the one off page in the final issue (#60). And with all the insanity and pop up cameos (Future Robot Robin on the cover? Excellent!) This story ends on a high note and proves that the old 1960’s-1970’s genius characters like Will Magnus from the Metal Men and T.O. Morrow are worth dusting off and using. And the big finale is perfect for the no win situation. And letting Dan Mora go from almost pinup like images on one page to all out chaos on the next is spectacular. Now, if we could just do something about that overly title? How about just World’s Finest? Just a suggestion.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #17 moves quickly and fast-paced through pages and pages of absolute fun. This issue also ends with small previews of what is to come next: “The untold origin of the Superman/Batman team” and “The return of Boy Thunder!” Readers will be quick to spot Batman and Superman in their Kingdom Come-era suits. By now, World’s Finest readers are well on board for what’s to come but once again, it seems like this would be a great jumping-on point for new readers.

  • 90

    Waid and Mora bring the Metamorpho focused mystery arc to a close by upping the ante in this fight against the latest threat to the DCU, Newmazo. As is the case with the series so far, the creative team has been able to strengthen the major aspects of DC Comics, taking Silver Age concepts and polishing them to a fine sheen. World’s Finest has its heroes and villains as larger than life and the conclusion of this latest arc once again cements the series as DC’s best superhero book on the market. Juggling so many heroes and villains can be a scary trial but Waid and Mora make it look easy.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    One of Mark Waid’s biggest strengths as a writer has always been his deep, deep understanding of DC Comics lore, and I doubt anyone else could pull this many robotic heroes and allies out of a hat at a moment’s notice. Of course, most of them aren’t powerful enough to defeat Newmazo, just make a dent in him—which is why the final surprise guest star of the issue makes such a big impact. The first two-thirds of the issue are basically one long no-holds-barred battle, and it’s impressive that this is so interesting. Then, once the dust settles, Waid manages to neatly tie up all the loose ends from an arc that began as a deceptive murder mystery and transformed into something completely different but no less engaging. I don’t think this arc was quite on the level of the first two arcs, but it’s a fun old-school adventure that sets up potential future adventures with some great visuals along the way.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Intricate plots are fun. A war with AI could be maddeningly sophisticated given the right angles. Waid and Mora keep the complexity out of the way, allowing for a really fun action climax with well-directed aggression that seems to be moving across the page in the right way. It might be big, dumb action on one level, but it’s big, dumb action that is very smartly executed with a sharp sense of style. Waid and Mora ARE working with a large group of heroes in the book, and none of them seems to get enough time on the page or nearly enough credit for being as powerful as they are, but then…that’s always the problem with a superhero party that’s as big as the 17th issue of Batman / Superman: World’s Finest.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 70

    The Batman Universe

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #17 is one of the most beautiful issues of this entire run. Despite the actual story going out with a whimper, the art, colors, and letters are a treat!

  • 70


    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #17 is one of the most beautiful issues of this entire run. Despite the actual story going out with a whimper, the art, colors, and letters are a treat!

  • 70

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Look, I got to see Supergirl kick some butt. I got to see Chemo and Shaggy Man. I got a Metamorpho subplot. This was fun. It shows how great the prior issues have been that this one is a little paler in contrast.

  • 60

    Superman Homepage

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