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Batman/Superman: World's Finest #18

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Universal acclaim

Based on 18 critic ratings.

Think you know how Superman and Batman met and became friends? Think again! Read the untold tale of how their worlds first collided-and the stunning, secret loss that nearly destroyed their partnership before it even began!

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Kindle Edition
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27 pages
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18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    A team-up of Batman and Superman warrants an equally formidable villain duo. No, it’s not Magpie and her new partner, but there is someone leaving bizarre riddles in a different language. If Superman and Batman don’t crack the code fast enough, one of them not stick around.

    Every month this title is one of my most anticipated and it never lets me down. Check out this issue for another fun and enjoyable distraction — the way comics were always intended.

  • 100

    World’s Finest has become the gold standard at DC Comics, with Mark Waid possessing a thorough understanding of what makes the comic book line’s biggest heroes and villains work. This is the perfect issue to recommend to fans who love these characters and are looking for a modern take that doesn’t feel bogged down by continuity. Dare I say, World’s Finest presents the DC Universe in all of its glory for a new generation. We’ve seen Batman and Superman meet plenty of times in the past, but this just might be their initial encounter yet.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    This issue gives us a modern-day retelling of the first-ever meeting between Batman and Superman that pays homage to their past meetings in a way that only Mark Waid can pull off, once again showing what a marvelous storyteller he is. The story finds the World’s Finest dealing with The Riddler and a villain straight from the Phantom Zone (**NO SPOILERS**) after they establish mutual respect for one another while at the same time, forgoing the usual misunderstanding that most heroes find themselves in when they meet for the first time (meaning the typical fight); This new take on the Batman/Superman meeting never gets bogged down by continuity which is great for the new readers and old readers will find themselves pleased with the new structure. Yes, the two of them have met several times but this one has without a doubt proven to be the encounter that will always be remembered.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 100

    Derby Comics

    Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read and the artwork is top-notch. The big bad reveal was a legitimate surprise and I’m excited to see how Waid concludes the story in the next chapter given this issue’s cliffhanger. It’s a testament to the full creative team’s talents how well the concept of returning to past moments has lived up this long into the series’ run and it shows no signs of slowing down.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    While the heroes teaming up is fun, the villain team-up between Riddler and a mysterious face from Superman’s past—but not the one I was expecting—is genuinely intimidating. These two are ruthless foes, one with an incredible intellect and the other with brutal strength, and this issue sets up a brutal trial by fire for the two heroes. It’s amazing how much mileage Waid can get out of a bygone era for these heroes without ever losing momentum.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    In a world where it’s difficult to share In entertainment that’s fun for all ages, Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #18 is just that in spades. Waid’s portrayal of their first meeting is something you could sit down and read together with your children without anything too deep, hard to understand, or explicit scenes and language that might infringe on your parental duties. Plus, both parents and kids alike will enjoy this entertaining delight with much fanfare for the characters.

    Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #18 is a quick read that’s super-easy to follow with crisp, bright coloring that’s sure to catch your eye. The story is well-written, places the Golden Age feel perfectly, and mixes the two characters together with two of their classic villains in a way that makes sense masterfully. So far, Waid’s time on Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest has been a true blessing and this issue helps fortify why fans of all ages need to get in on this series before it’s too late.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    A magnificent part of DC Comics history is brought to life with an exceptional start that all comic fans won’t want to miss. Waid, Moore and the team construct the beginnings of a legendary duo with superb writing and art. The series continues to define what superhero storytelling is all about.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A fun adventure with a great sense of nostalgic style. Even though this is a new story from Waid, it feels brilliantly familiar in its tone. I really enjoyed the tense banter between the two characters and how it begins to illustrate the relationship they will eventually have. While I’m not a huge fan of origin stories for characters with this much history both apart and together, this adventure was refreshing and entertaining.

    The Art: I’m a huge fan of Dan Mora’s work in this series and Travis Moore does a fantastic job picking up the torch with art that is dynamic, beautifully detailed and visually engaging.

  • 86

    The Batman Universe

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #18 is an incredible romp that celebrates Silver Age action with surprise appearances and beautiful eye-candy.

  • 85


    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #18, “Phantom Riddles” offers an intriguing premise to Waid’s impending sequel to Kingdom Come in issue #20. Additionally, the issue offers its spin on how Batman and Superman meet, taking cues from various prior media to pay homage to the pair. This is another can’t-miss issue for readers.

  • 85

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    This story is just as fun and just as good. Waid is trying to show how Superman and Batman who became friends. I have read this story many times before. So why not another take? And, given this is their first adventure, we are even further back in the ‘recent past’ and Waid gives us visual cues and clues to help cement that. It is Waid’s forte to dive deep into the DCU. Throw in the Riddler and a Superman specific villain at the end and it all sings.

    Dan Mora gives us the split cover, linked by the hand shake at the bottom. Travis Moore is on internal art and gives us a solid take on a very very classic World’s Finest and their early costumes. There isn’t a ton of action here, focusing on the mystery. But it flows well and Moore keeps the action moving smoothly.

  • 80

    Superman Homepage

    This book is always must read, but I feel like this could be a serious golden standard if it can deliver in the next few parts and provide some more great moments between the two heroes (having Alfred in danger is already a great start).

  • 80


    It’s just a super fun issue that promises a great follow-up chapter before the next big arc of this series kicks off. It has good action, neat character interactions, and strong artwork. In short, this is a solid, entertaining interlude that anyone can enjoy, even if you haven’t been reading this series, as this chronologically takes place even before issue #1. Recommended!

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Overall, Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #18 is a lot of fun. Revisiting, or rewriting, the origin of how Batman and Superman met and teamed up isn’t necessary but it is a lot of fun. Readers might notice the absence of Mora, but by now know Moore is an incredible addition and adds a fresh take to the series they love.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #18 re-imagines the first meeting between Batman and Superman (again) with solid art, entertaining cameos, and a solid cliffhanger.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    World’s Finest #18 is just fine, but not spectacular. Waid’s story’s fun but not particularly groundbreaking and Moore’s art is good but not stupendous. For a series that’s been as great as World’s Finest, I’m willing to give the creative team a break. Filler arcs are always hard to execute as they can often feel irrelevant, as a series spins its wheels before getting one with the larger narrative. While this issue doesn’t strike me as totally superfluous, it’s kind of obvious that the team decided to take a break before firing up the creative juices for the next arc, which will pick up with the return of the Boy Thunder and the Kingdom Come storyline.

    Final Verdict: It’s good but not great.

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