DCU Spotlight Review: Batman/Superman: World's Finest #19
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DCU Spotlight Review: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #19

by Scott Waldyn, TBU

Overview: In Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #19, Superman must save Batman from the Phantom Zone and stop Jax-Ur!

Title: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #19
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Travis Moore
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Variant Covers: Tony S. Daniel & Alejandro Sanchez, Alexander Lozano, Helene Lenoble
Nicolas Cage Variant Cover: Dan Mora
Release Date: September 19, 2023


Please Note: This comic book review may contain spoilers


Batman / Superman: World’s Finest #19 opens on Gotham City, years ago, right after the cliffhanger at the end of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #18. Batman (Bruce Wayne) is trapped in the Phantom Zone while Jax-Ur roams free. Floating in that void, the Dark Knight communicates with Alfred Pennyworth, who also found himself trapped in the Phantom Zone. Alfred divulges to Batman what happened while, back in Gotham, Jax-Ur simultaneously dishes out all of his secrets to Superman (Clark Kent), as the two battle it out.

Apparently, the Phantom Zone’s walls have been weakening, and small breaches have inadvertently swallowed up the other Gotham citizens who went missing. Jax-Ur, communicating with the Riddler (Edward Nygma) telepathically, figured out how to calculate where and when the next breach would occur. The original plan was to switch places with Superman, but Jax-Ur ended up switching with Batman. 

Out in Gotham, Superman manages to beat down Jax-Ur. Because he was only recently freed from the Phantom Zone, his powers haven’t fully absorbed Earth’s sun yet. Batman pushes through the Phantom Zone barrier with his mind, telepathically communicating with Superman as Jax-Ur flees. What follows is an info dump about who Jax-Ur is and what he means to Superman. Because Jax-ur’s careless actions resulted in the death of 10,000 on one of Krypton’s moons, the council banned spacecraft, which led to the decimation of Superman’s people during Krypton’s destruction. Superman, battling his own inner rage, blames Jax-Ur for billions of Kryptonian lives lost.

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