RandoMonday: Superman and Batman: World’s Funnest

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

 

Superman and Batman: World’s Funnest by Evan Dorkin (writer), a plethora of artists, Tom Orzechowski (letterer), Chris Chuckry and David Mazzuchelli (colorists and separators), and Brian Bolland (cover)

I first heard about this Elseworlds special from Adam Murdough (Murd) on an episode or two of the Comic Geek Speak podcast, and then reminded of it later in the Alex Ross art of DC Comics book Mythology. Being the Kingdom Come completist that I am, I had to have this issue, and I finally picked it up at a recent Emerald City Comicon.

The story is pretty simple, in a 1960s-ish framing story, both Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite show up just as Superman, Batman, and Robin have captured Lex Luthor and the Joker. An argument ensues between the imps and they begin a multidimensional, murderous romp trying to kill each other, ending with the death of billions and billions as they work their way from 1960s Earth-1 to the Kingdom Come universe and back, before they reset everything in the end. Along the way we get to see the DC multiverse, including Earth-2, Earth-Prime (which scares them), the Fourth World, the 1990s DCU, and the aforementioned Kingdom Come story–among others–which is what prompted me to buy this comic in the first place, because it was the last time (at the time of publication anyway) that Alex Ross had done any art featuring that Elseworlds story.

It was a fun romp, especially to see all the various art styles that defined the time periods and stories depicted in this comic. If you’re a fan of Elseworlds or the magical Fifth Dimensional imps, you should seek out this comic.

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