Sunday, December 28, 2008


64. Superman vs. Batman (Hush)

One of the hallmarks of the Hush storyline by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee was that each issue would guest star a notable character from the Batman mythos, and one of the most memorable early stories of the year-long storyline was Batman #612, where Poison Ivy brainwashes Superman into going after Batman.

Loeb plays about as fair as you’re going to get when it comes to Superman vs. Batman fights, as he stresses the fact that Superman is fighting the control of Ivy the whole time, which is why he doesn’t just kill Batman right away, and Loeb also has Superman overpower basically every idea Batman comes up with. In fact, the main idea of Batman’s fight is that he is just trying to stay alive for a few minutes while he comes up with a way to free Superman from Ivy’s control, and he tries every trick in the book to do so (and Superman deals with each trick pretty easily) until Batman endangers Lois Lane’s life in an attempt to shake Ivy’s hold on Superman - and it works, but that shows just how dirty Batman is willing to play - he’s willing to endanger an innocent for the good of the rest of the innocents out there.

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