Why is it that when companies actually commit to a crossover they rarely ever do it right, if ever. Don't get me wrong this book here is not horrible and is decent but it lacks the depth that these two characters could have brought out in each other. The first time these two got together it was basically a sleeker looking book, but still just an average comic for these two. Some thought the interaction between the two was all wrong while others liked it. With that said the interaction here is very different but I don't think the change actually changed anything.
Batman is searching for some answers, answers behind the murder and disappearance of a man named Simon Vesper. One man that may be able to shed light on some of this is a guy named Virgil Dare. But there is another that is interested in these matters, and he is Spawn. Spawn travels to Gotham City in search of his own answers but more questions arise once he gets there. These two must come together only to face something that may hark back to the days of the lost colony of Roanoke, Croatoan is among us.
Now while this may not be the meeting that most fans had hoped for it is still different than the Miller/Macfarlane one which people wanted. I will admit on the reread that Batman does come off looking like the stronger of the two but this is DC's try at it. The other one was under the Image umbrella and Spawn for the most part looked stronger there, so fair is fair I guess. Personally I think they both dropped the ball on something that could have been classic.
I will say that I really did enjoy the storyline here as demonic and supernatural stories always seem interesting to me. But even more than that I liked that they went into the Roanoke "lost colony" thing and their take on that, even more hints at the potential that these two have together. The demonic storyline fits perfectly with Spawn and Batman is right at home in these dark stories sot this should have been great. But even with me repeating myself almost every sentence it seems about what this could have been I will say it is not all that bad. Like I said the story is cool and despite what other reviews on this book has said I actually like the artwork here. It is not the cleanest looking work we have ever gotten for either character but I think that lends to the story.
Is this the greatest crossover ever? No, but it is not the worst either. The question that some of you are wondering I am guessing is which of the two stories is the best, well that depends on your taste. I know people who love one and hate the other. I myself am somewhere in the middle, I like both and find them to be average. That of course is not great because two of the coolest comic characters of all time coming together should have been epic. This one feels epic at least in the story department, but with Roanoke and demons and such this should have at least had the scope of 5 issues or something. Even the other book could have been a 3 parter but at least that one made sense has a shorter story.
I hope that this review does not take away from anyone wanting to pick this up if they come across it. There is always the chance that you will like it more than me plus it is a good story. I am still holding out for the ultimate Batman/Spawn story and one day I may get it. But until that day comes upon us we have these ones to go by, which isn't horrible. You can find both of these books very cheap so any collector should be pleased with them.
The first time these two got together it was basically a sleeker looking book, but still just an average comic for these two. Some thought the interaction between the two was all wrong while others liked it. With that said the interaction here is very different but I don't think the change actually changed anything.
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