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Batman/Superman: World's Finest #25

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Join Batman and Superman as the World’s Finest team celebrates 25 issues of World’s Finest!

This oversized special issue takes our heroes around the DCU and beyond—with a special lead story that will at last showcase the first meeting between The Joker and Lex Luthor.

The World’s Finest villains form an unholy alliance and will send chills down the spines of the DCU Heroes forevermore!

PLUS: Spinning out of the events of the World’s Finest Annual, Doom-Mite strikes and points the way to the next World’s Finest epic!

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35 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    All together, Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #25 acts as a teaser to two future stories and sticks the landing as it uses all of its creative resources to tell two fun stories that function as teasers for the future of the book and their cast of characters. Mark Waid, Dan Mora, Steve Pugh, Andriano Lucas, and Tamra Bonvillain all share the same goal with this series to make good comics and they all succeed at just that.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    The 25th issue of this title puts the focus on retelling the first meeting between Lex Luthor and The Joker is without a doubt a fun read that shows the unbalanced chemistry between these two iconic villains while showing how very different they are as opposed to the usual icons that headline this series. While this issue isn’t exactly up to par with the past few stories this is still a great villains tale for anyone to take in and enjoy due to the menacing tone of The Joker and the arrogant nature of Lex Luthor being captured with excellence and how an alliance can easily be broken.

  • 96

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    This story compares and contrasts the two villains, their approaches to crime, and their world views. We have seen Waid use the compare/contrast grist to look at Batman/Superman. We get a very fresh peek into The Rock of Eternity, surely fodder for a future story. And, for an old timer like me, I got just a faint whiff of the plot of the Batman Vs. The Hulk treasury. The art is a sort of realism occasionally tinged with insanity by artist Steve Pugh. If this was the only story in the book, I’d be thrilled.

    But we also get a second story by the standard WF team of Mark Waid and Dan Mora. It is a delicious tease to what looks like a bonkers story bringing in the 5th dimensional imps. I’m ready for it!

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #25 is a satisfying celebration. It offers a fresh look at classic villains, an exciting team-up, and sets the stage for a possible future threat involving the Joker. Waid crafts a jam-packed adventure that delivers a thrilling team-up story alongside a landmark inaugural meeting. This fast-paced adventure throws plenty of challenges at these two supervillains, showcasing their signature framework that makes Lex and the Joker who they are with unwavering determination. Furthermore, the dialogue crackles with wit and menace, leaving readers wanting more from this diabolical duo. Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #25 is a must-read for fans of the iconic duo. It delivers an entertaining main story, a landmark team-up origin, and stunning artwork throughout. This oversized anniversary issue is a true celebration of the World’s Finest.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Luthor’s is predictable, while Joker’s is so horrific we don’t even get to see it first-hand. It’s a unique look into why these two villains are so dangerous together—and why they would never actually work as a team. It’s also the lost story of how Lex Luthor saved the world and no one will ever know about it. Waid continues to be one of the quintessential DC writers.

    Then there’s the backup, which brings back Dan Mora to kick off the next big story. This finds both Batman and Superman under attack in their inner sanctums, with Superman’s Kryptonian animal zoo going haywire and the Batcave seeing both he giant dinosaur and the giant penny come to life (the latter in the form of Abraham Lincoln) for a kaiju battle. It doesn’t take much to see who’s behind it – but the motivation is much more serious than their usual fare, and the stakes are set sky-high for the next big arc.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    World’s Finest #25 is a lot of fun. Waid’s one-and-done story is both interesting and entertaining, as he allows the villains to take center stage for once. Pugh and Mora are an excellent team-up, producing some wonderfully fun and at times even terrifying visuals for this issue. Overall, the book is a win.

    Final Verdict: Don’t sleep on this one. It’s a hoot.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining story from Waid that does a great job of centering the villains in a story that explores how different they are in both personality and goal. The absence of Superman and Batman in the story is perfect and gives the reader a chance to live in the drama and suspense of this tense partnership. The second story delivers great action and an intriguing setup to a bigger arc to come.

    The Art: Pugh delivers some beautiful art in the issue. The issue focuses on the interactions between Luthor and Joker so all of the visuals do a fantastic job of showcasing the emotions of the moments between them including the tension and hatred. Mora’s art is beautifully detailed and filled with awesome imagery and action.

  • 85

    Nerd Initiative

    The ultimate odd couple stands out in an unforgettable first meeting. Waid takes readers back in time with a classic story. The art demonstrates their unlikely methods of teamwork with solid imagery that fits such a vintage tail. Readers will be very pleased to see this piece of DC history hit the LCS.

  • 85

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 83

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman / Superman: World’s Finest #25 delivers the goods with an amusing team-up between Lex Luthor and Joker that turns out exactly as you’d expect, in the best way, and the setup to the World’s Finest next adventure. In all, this was a highly amusing issue.

  • 80

    Rather than focusing on Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, World’s Finest is taking the opportunity to present a double-sized twenty-fifth issue focusing on the Joker and Lex Luthor. It’s a fun romp re-telling the first time that Batman and Superman’s arch-nemeses teamed up with one another. Lex and Joker play off one another well, creating an interesting dynamic that’s a twisted mirror to the usual heroes leading the series. While I think this issue doesn’t hit the same heights as the series to date, that’s more of a testament to World’s Finest’s run so far than anything else. If you’re a big fan of villain tales, this is an issue to grab, especially when it comes to capturing the true menace of the Joker and what other villains do in the face of that.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #25 delivers on a story that proves why Lex Luthor and Joker are to be known as World’s Vilest. Their pairing is one that shows why having chemistry is not always a good thing. The type of chemistry Lex and Joker share is one where you know that this pairing is doomed to fail, as it does in this story. That led to great examination of Batman and Superman’s greatest villains while setting the foundation of the next big story arc of this series.

  • 80

    Superman Homepage

    An almost ridiculously fun villain team up, which manages to go deep into Lex and Joker’s personalities! I would never have chosen “Quest into the Rock of Eternity” as a Lex and Joker first meeting story, but it played off their dynamic perfectly!

  • 70


    The debut of Batman and Superman’s most iconic villains in what is usually one of the best DC titles is sadly a bit of a disappointment. With Superman and Batman largely absent, the story relies on Joker and Lex to carry it, but they’re given very little to do as they follow a treasure map from one scene to the next. There are moments where their personalities shine through, but they are too few and aren’t what drive the story. The backup offers an exciting glimpse of the upcoming arc, which hopefully looks to be a return to form for the series.

  • 60

    The Aspiring Kryptonian

    Batman/ Superman: World’s Finest #25 is a nice spiritual follow-up to issues #18 and #19 wherein we see one of their enemies’ first meetings. It’s no grand spectacle, but it has been a while since we’ve had a Lex Luthor and Joker adventure even if it is just breaking into a hero’s hideout.

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