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Batman/Superman: World's Finest #21

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Universal acclaim

Based on 15 critic ratings.

Superman and Batman, having followed Boy Thunder to Kingdom Come, find themselves and that world on a path to an apocalyptic future.

Can the World’s Finest team prevent the transformation of Boy Thunder into the villainous Magog, or is his fate sealed?

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

    Mark Waid is the perfect writer for this latest arc, thanks to being the mastermind behind Kingdom Come originally. The latest arc continues World’s Finest’s tradition of being some of the biggest, boldest storytelling in the superhero world. Luckily, Waid’s character beats and bigger-than-life stories are accompanied by Dan Mora’s artwork that constantly demands readers’ attention. Everything is firing on all cylinders in this return to the dark future presented in Kingdom Come, while also throwing a major curveball that many didn’t see coming that gives readers a better foundation as to how Mangog came about in general. World’s Finest is, simply put, superheroes at their finest and it’s a strong recommendation for fans old and new.

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    World’s Finest #21 is the ideal sequel to Kingdom Come. It faithfully preserves the essence of the original while infusing it with unexpected turns and deeper layers. Mark Waid’s decision to revisit one of his most acclaimed works is a bold move, particularly considering that his previous attempt at revisiting this universe was met with mixed responses.

    Dan Mora’s artistic contributions remain a high point; he consistently delivers exceptional art for a series with demanding expectations. Overall, the title stands out as an exceptional piece, blending nostalgia and innovation seamlessly.

    Final Verdict: Perfection wouldn’t be an inappropriate adjective.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    The gap between World’s Finest and other really strong titles is getting wider. Not due diminishing quality from the rest of the competition. It’s just that this book is just operating on a higher level.

  • 94

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #21 continues one heck of a story that ultimately takes place in the Kingdom Come Universe by its original creator. Meaning, he’s bound to get this thing right! And readers, there is no way you read this issue and leave disappointed. This sucker has nonstop action, amazing art, powerful moments, clever twists, and what appears to be an impossible cliffhanger. What more would you want? Plus, the connections between Thunderman, Magog, Gog, and so much more all in one comic should have your mind exploding to know the answers. I don’t know about any of you, but I’m super pumped and impatient wanting this next issue… now! To anyone who hasn’t been reading Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest, you’re 21 issues too late. Get the trades this holiday season, and find the back issues ASAP. It’s truly one of the best ongoings at DC right now.

  • 93

    Superman Homepage

    This issue isn’t one for deep discussion, it’s one for fan excitement. It’s what dreams are made of, an action heavy issue which doesn’t feel like the writer’s excuse for not having a story. There is one, and so far, it’s quite the good one!

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Waid crafts a thrilling adventure filled with twists and surprises throughout. The story has some interesting takes on the world of Kingdom Come and the characters themselves. The story is incredible entertaining and filled with great action throughout and has some great moments that make me excited to see what happens next.

    The Art: Mora delivers some beautifully detailed art that perfectly captures the thrills and action of the story. A visually exciting story from start to finish.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This isn’t the Kingdom Come we know—it’s decades earlier, and Superman hasn’t had his defining loss yet. But they’re still older and just a little more ruthless. Superman has lost his parents and seems to hit first and ask questions later, while Batman is feeling his age and relying more on tech. Both suspect these visiting outsiders are there to attack them—and they believe David when he comes up with a sob story about being threatened. It’s not long before our Bruce and Clark are on the run—but there’s a darker secret behind this world. Waid isn’t the only writer to work on this world and its characters. Geoff Johns played a key role as well—and one of the key elements of his run is about to return in a big way. Superman and Batman aren’t just up against their doppelgangers—they’re up against a dark God, and it’s one that doesn’t intend to let them come home.

  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman / Superman: World’s Finest #21 is a fast-paced, energetic superhero action romp from start to finish. Waid smartly furthers the story through the action, and Mora’s art is the best of any DC book on the shelves.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 85

    Nerd Initiative

    DC’s legendary pair crosses over into the land of “Kingdom Come” for another excellent issue. With Waid at the helm with incredible writing and Mora’s stunning visuals, This is a no brainer on how GOOD this series is. The bar is set very high and fans won’t be disappointed after concluding this chapter.

  • 80


    All together, Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #21 is a flawed but compelling entry into the adventures of Kingdom Come. Waid’s pacing and action-heavy writing aside, he continues to take hard swings into establishing the tone and atmosphere for this world in ways we have not seen before and through Mora and Bonvillan’s art and coloring this continues to remain a fascinating entry and I am excited for the next.

  • 80

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I hope writer Mark Waid will be able to put the genie back into the bottle and leave this world sort of untouched. In the meantime, he is doing great work showing us how the events of that world impact the main Batman and Superman. I liked the interactions between the Batmen and Supermen. There is a killer cliffhanger. But between those ups is the down of Gog. That groan you heard was me when I see Superman bending the knee in worship.

    The art by Dan Mora remains an unbelievable high point to this book. He really crushes this whole issue from the knockdown fights to the emotional beats, to the more insane moments of Gog being summoned. Mora is just a force.

  • 76

    The Batman Universe

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #21 is heavy on the eye-candy action sequences and light on the story. It’s still one of the better books on the shelves, but one yearns for a bit more world-building or character exploration.

  • 75


    It’s a pretty good comic, but I would have liked it if there was less emphasis on hero versus hero combat and more emphasis on the mystery surrounding Thunderman. That said, the art remains absolutely fantastic and the fight scenes are an incredible spectacle. Waid also writes strong characters with clear motivations and voices, which makes this more than a mere fight comic. Recommended!

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