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Batman/Superman: World's Finest Annual 2024

63
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.

It’s the world’s finest annual! As the battle against Magog rages on Earth-22, Batman and Superman discover a surprising secret by way of the 5th dimension! Meanwhile, Metamorpho’s story picks up after the events of the Elementary arc as our hero journeys deep within an ancient tomb that may have a hidden, deadly connection to his secret origin! Plus, Batman recruits the Challengers of the Unknown for a top-secret mission, and a special, sizzling story stars the Teen Titans’ most buzzworthy member, Bumblebee! It’s a world tour of the World’s Finest in this first-ever series annual, curated by World’s Finest architect Mark Waid!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
48 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CR3Z79JD

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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Graham Crackers Comics

    This is what the World’s Finest title was always meant to be since it’s inception as World’s Best Comics in 1942. Superman, Batman, and Robin as the lead feature with multiple stories added in. And who better to fill in for the Big 3, than Bat-Mite, Mr. Mxyzptlk, and the Just-Us League! And to use them to give us a preview of an upcoming storyline which doesn’t feel like a preview of an upcoming storyline. But to throw in those late 60’s-early 70’s characters such as the Challengers of the Unknown and Metamorpoho was really just too much for my nostalgia meter! I can even overlook the Bumblebee story as it is a crossover from the World’s Finest Teen Titans book which is equally as good. This one hits all the right buttons in the correct order!

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Overall, this is a great collection of tales without a dud in the mix.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90

    First Comics News

    This annual does a wonderful job of channeling the Silver Age with such finesse and glory that fans of this title will enjoy; The annual kicks things off with a group of fifth-dimensional imps led by both Mr. Myxyzptlk and Bat-Mite that leads into an arogument on how’s the most powerful Justice League member and it leads into the title’s next arc that looks to be promising; Other stories featuring Metamorpho, Bumblebee and The Challengers of the Unknown feel very timeless but with a modern twist that gives these characters their moment to shine. The World’s Finest franchise continues to be the pinnacle of good storytelling that gives both Silver Age and Modern Age fans the best of both worlds, giving this iteration of the DC Universe a bright future.

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Story 1: Imperiled – A fun, entertaining and surprising story filled with interesting moments and the tease of a more compelling story to come.

    Story 2: The Ties That Bind – An entertaining story that delivers a great insight into the character of Metamorpho along with asking the big question that fans of the character constantly consider. The story has great art throughout filled with great details.

    Story 3: Sting Like a Bee – An entertaining and compelling story that does a fantastic job of showcasing a small, local story that is done really well.

    Story 4: Time Check – An entertaining story that makes me want to see more from these characters.

  • 85

    Lyles Movie Files

    In a rarity for an anthology all of the stories are engaging enough to validate their inclusion. World’s Finest fans don’t get the Superman/Batman main story they might have anticipated, but this was a worthwhile read this week.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    In reviewing the World’s Finest comic book franchise, I have said time and time again that this remains the pinnacle of superhero storytelling for DC Comics in our modern age, and the Batman/Superman annual doesn’t buck this trend. The annual issue works on a number of different levels, with the originator of the World’s Finest umbrella, Mark Waid, planting the seeds of the wild challenges facing the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in the future. What the issue also does is traverse the lesser-known corners of the DCU with a modern flair.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Overall, all four stories in Batman / Superman: World’s Finest 2024 Annual are a lot of fun and a great opportunity to flesh out the world. Readers are lucky to get more of this universe but the lack of the Mark Waid and Dan Mora pairing from the main series is missed and a major selling point. Content-wise, other than a small glimpse in IMPeriled and minor references, Batman / Superman: World’s Finest 2024 Annual is Batman and Superman free. However, the lack of Batman and Superman does not take away from the fine quality of these stories. They were all incredibly enjoyable with fantastic art and a great opportunity to build this world up and out.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    Aside from some annoyances toward the start of the anthology, there is a lot to love for many different fans.

  • 76

    Superman Homepage

    Story 1: IMPeriled – A seriously fun, lighthearted romp with an excellent tonal shift ending and some fun meta gags. I never liked the mite concept (Mxy excepted) but this is a great story tease and again has that silver age taken seriously vibe that has dominated this run for good reason. This next half year story arc seems like quite the undertaking!

    Story 2: The Ties that Bind – Another strong story, with a melancholic undercurrent and great action. Hope we see where this Rex story concludes!

    Story 3: Sting Like a Bee – It’s a good story, but I think I need to know more about Karen to truly appreciate this story. Still, a decent time!

    Story 4: Time Check – I really liked the writing, even though I know nothing about these characters, so that’s a testament to the quality!

  • 74

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    On the surface, Batman/ Superman: Worlds Finest 2024 Annual #1 really only had one story of value toward where this series is heading in hopes of contributing to Waids overarching narrative with Gog. However, even that opening story isnt necessary and could be summarized if they even make it into Batman/ Superman: Worlds Finest #25 to help. The other three stories appear to contribute nothing to this series and come across as mere fluff. The Metamorpho story certainly has potential, however, it doesnt appear to do anything to contribute to THIS series. Mix together the confusing final story with the common tropes and origin story of Bumblebee, and I truly dont know what we get out of this annual. Readers, as much as I love this series, I think Batman/ Superman: Worlds Finest 2024 Annual #1 might be a hard pass simply due to the fact that we get very little to help with this overall story for the cover price.

  • 60

    AIPT

    Despite some problems, Batman/Superman: World’s Finest 2024 Annual is a fantastic deep dive into the outside world of Batman and Superman and does a great job showing what the heroes of the past get up to when the World’s Finest aren’t around.

  • 60

    Batman-News

    This annual is entirely skippable. The first story is a lot of nothing, even if the art is cute. The second and third stories barely have any room to develop their themes before they are out of pages. The last story has incredible artwork that makes it worthwhile, even if the story can be confusing because a lot is happening all at once. I wouldn’t recommend this annual to anyone but die-hard fans of Jorge Fornes or World’s Finest completionists. To everyone else, I simply recommend waiting for the next monthly issue of the main World’s Finest series.

  • 60

    Dark Knight News

    It’s hard for me to truly recommend the Batman/Superman: World’s Finest 2024 Annual. While there are moments of fun, it ultimately strikes me as superfluous. Waid and Bunn’s story is great, but the others are mostly lackluster. Considering the price of the book, I strongly suggest you flip through it before making your purchase.

  • 50

    The Batman Universe

    Batman / Superman: World’s Finest 2024 Annual feels like an anthology of stories assembled to fit a production schedule. It exists solely because there’s an extra week this month, and, it feels out of place with everything Mark Waid and Dan Mora have been building for the past 24 issues.

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