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Batman/Superman: World's Finest #20

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Universal acclaim

Based on 19 critic ratings.

The return of Boy Thunder!

To find and save Superman’s former protégé, the World’s Finest duo bridges the dimensional gulf between their world and an Earth with a jaded Superman, a broken Batman, and a war-hungry Wonder Woman-the world of Kingdom Come!

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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19 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Returning to this world sounds like it is an extremely ambitious undertaking but Batman/Superman: Worlds Finest #20 does such a great job introducing and returning to this world. It is such a treat to see Waid revisit Kingdom Come with such a solid and talented creative team. Everyone really seems to be on the same page. As of right now, it is unknown if this will change the way we read Kingdom Come. Will it feel like a hamfisted sequel or will this simply be a fun nod and visit to the incredible story? If this was inevitable, this is a great way to do it.

  • 100

    Following the storyline that re-told the tale of the Man of Steel and Dark Knight’s first meeting, Dan Mora returns to artistic duties for World’s Finest as Mark Waid pens a story that merges the Silver Age with the universe of Kingdom Come. Considering Waid was the architect behind Kingdom Come, there’s no one better to return to this universe, albeit through new eyes as a younger Bruce and Clark attempt to come to grips with “Earth 22.” Everything about this new storyline is oozing with love of the DC Universe and presenting some big and bold storytelling that fires on all engines. I’ve said a number of times in my past reviews that World’s Finest is creating DC’s best comics and World’s Finest continues to live up to that statement.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Batman Superman World’s Finest #20 shows why this is DC’s top title month in and month out. It’s just operating on a different level. Sure, there’s some company (Nightwing, Titans, Green Lantern, Superman) but even among the top of the elite this title is the standout.

    I’m looking forward to where this trek through Kingdom Come takes our heroes.

  • 95

    Derby Comics

    Mark Waid’s latest arc brings us back to the world of his own 1996 Elseworld’s story, Kingdom Come. I could feel Waid’s own self-reflection happening in real time as Batman and Superman come to understand the realities of Earth-22. The story contains equal parts fulfilling homages and interesting new developments. The context of Boy Thunder being found via Flash mapping the multiverse was a great touch and a plot tool that could be explored even further. There were also great moments of levity (Batman being taken aback by the “Creped Crusader” menu item) that allowed the issue to breath during moments of heightened tension. Dan Mora’s art and Tamra Bonvillain’s colors lift the issue up ever beyond what Waid’s masterful writing does. It’s such a treat to see an entire creative team working together at the top of their games and to see it executed on the retelling of such a classic story is just icing on the cake.

  • 94

    The Batman Universe

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #20 is fun, emotionally driven, inspiring, horrific, and an explosion of incredible art all rolled into one. It’s the very definition of a timeless superhero book.

  • 93

    Superman Homepage

    What an excellent opener, it delivered everything I wanted!

    A compelling premise? Absolutely, Superman and Batman going into the Kingdom Come universe (honestly, any universe) is thrilling enough as it is, but to do so in search of David, who was the star of my favorite arc so far? Captivating to the extreme! Plus, while I know very little of the original story, I’m able to follow this one so far, so good job on that!

    Visceral action? You know it! David’s powers are as brutal as ever, I think they are some of the best depictions of Thunder and Lightning I’ve ever seen!

    Character drama that actually explores our heroes? YES. A lot of these stories can feel a little empty in this department, but Superman’s concern for David and for this world are so well done, and Batman being the comforter of all people (and doing a good job at it) is quite pleasing to see!

    I mean, how often does a comic surprise you anymore? Because David’s happiness at the reunion (which honestly gave me chills) only for him to choke Superman genuinely had me gaping.

    A brilliant start, cannot wait for the next part!

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An exciting, thrilling adventure filled with surprises and great action. Waid does a great job of linking the world of this story to the rest of the multiverse and I like the dilemma of having Batman and Superman in a world that doesn’t know about the multiverse at all. The drama with David continues to be interesting and the story ramps up the tension between the characters and makes me want to see what happens next.

    The Art: Mora delivers some beautifully detailed and visually thrilling art throughout the issue. I continue to love the character designs in this series and Mora’s take on the Kingdom Come universe is fantastic.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Mark Waid returns to the world of “Kingdom Come” and blends this world with the Silver Age in a new arc that is sure to entertain while talking the readers back to one of DC’s most epic storylines that serve as a genuine love for the DC Universe while showing Batman and Superman’s reaction to “Earth-22” as well as finding out the fate of Thunder Boy (The last page will shock anyone **NO SPOILERS**); Bottom line? This new arc presents some great moments while displaying the adventurous storytelling that anyone would expect from this title. Another great storyline from Waid and Mora.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #20 delivers an excellent start to a highly anticipated arc. Waid’s writing is great, leaving the readers on a gnarly cliffhanger, and Mora does his usual thing (i.e. the book looks stunning). Overall, I’m eager to read the next issue, which usually means that creators did their jobs well.

    Final Verdict: Buckle up y’all… this is gonna be a wild ride!

  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman / Superman: World’s Finest #20 gets back to the original creative team with a captivating story that seems to be setting up a prequel to Kingdom Come. Waid’s timing and scene ideas are perfect, and Mora’s art is the best of any book in DC.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    Dan Mora returns after a two-issue break to lead readers into the powerful world of “Kingdom Come”. The phenomenal art is fueled by Waid’s excellent writing (along with the other creative team members) giving readers a journey into DC Comics history that simply can’t be missed!

  • 90


    A strong but awkwardly paced introduction to a new and important storyline. I believe Waid, Mora, and Bonvillan have something special despite minor problems within the script.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Overall, it’s a great return to an iconic world that gives Waid the long-awaited chance to tell the next chapter of his epic.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    My feeling is that Batman/ Superman: Worlds Finest #20 was merely foundational to set up the momentum for the remaining issues in the arc. The intrigue is there. And because of that, I think the energy will be revealed next month and beyond.

  • 85


    This issue is a gorgeous tour through the multiverse. It stands on its own, but also is clearly required reading for Kingdom Come fans. I’m excited to see what the creative team does with such a rich concept.

  • 80


    World’s Finest #20 is a fun follow-up to both “Strange Visitor” and Kingdom Come. Even though I think the opening scene with the Flash could have been a bit more concise, this issue offers a great adventure into another dimension, solid character work, and a cool cliffhanger at the end. The artwork is topnotch, as always. This book is a lot of fun, and a beacon of hope in a sea of mediocre superhero books.

  • 80

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    The art was great here. From the emotional expressions to the battles to the art homages, Mora really brought it. I think Waid is doing solid work here. He knows the beats to hit. But I don’t know if I need this story. I’ll see where it goes.

  • 75

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