Synopsis: Superman and Batman have arrived at the compound of Niles Caulder-the Chief in charge of that strange band of misfits known as the Doom Patrol-but all is not as it seems. While Batman works with Niles to cure Superman of his freakish transformations, a side mission to track a mysterious figure known as “the Demon” attracts the Dark Knight’s attention…
Picking the story up from where the last issue left off. Batman has brought a very sick Superman to the care of Niles Calder and his Doom Patrol. After opening Superman’s chest up. Calder realizes that the Red Kryptonite that Metallo used on The Man of Steel has poisoned his blood. With time very much against them. Calder calls on the help of Negative Man to use his negative energy to remove the poison from Superman’s blood.
With Superman healed. Calder and his Doom Patrol enlist Superman and Batman’s help in taking on a centuries-old Chinese Noble called Nezha who after returning from death tried to take over the world, but was ultimately stopped. Now having escaped his captivity. Nezha is out to rule the world again and has unleashed many of Superman and Batman’s enemies on the world. In a bid to stop him. Superman and Batman fly to Philidelphia in order to save the life of Billy Batson from Faust.
Elsewhere, Robin and Supergirl engage in a bit of time travel.
Dan Mora raises the bar with the art and pretty much surpasses what he did in last month’s issue. I loved the moody gothic surroundings of Niles Calder’s mansion and the panels where Calder and Robotman open up Superman’s chest is really well done.
However, it is the drawings of China in the 1600s that I really enjoyed looking at while Calder gave us the origin story of Nezha’s origins.
A pretty decent second issue. My only complaint is Niles Calder seemed to heal Superman rather too quickly for my liking. I feel it would have been more interesting to keep Superman sidelined for a little longer. But that said, we don’t know for sure if Superman is fully healed yet. So, we’ll have to wait to the next issue to see if that is the case.
Overall. A fun read and thus far a fairly strong team-up story for DCs two most popular heroes.