Superman and Batman
Generations 2

Author: John Byrne
Artist: John Byrne
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99
ISBN 1 84023 711 2
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Imagine if Superman and Batman had aged normally from their debuts in 1938 and 1939. Jumping in 11-year increments from 1942 to 2019 we explore the darkest days of World War II, the groovy '60s, the grim and gritty '80s as well as a shocking near future...

Now here's an interesting idea for a comic collection. Take two heroes who are friends, but who will try to destroy each other if either oversteps the mark, and see how their relationship and private lives change over the years.

John Byrne's artwork (which brings to mind the work of 2000AD artist Carlos Ezquerra) and writing style is to be applauded. There are plenty of references and character appearances to keep serious fans entertained. It is also well written enough to survive as a standalone story for a new generation of comic readers.

There are appearances by plenty of old favourites including Batgirl, The Joker, Robin and members of the JLA. And there is also a moving appearance by a departed Alfred.

I would have preferred to have seen different artists working on different ages - to give it that authentic 60s, 80s and modern-day style, but otherwise this is a bit of a winner. I also loved the "An imaginary tale" strap on the title. Because obviously all other superhero stories are based on real life.

Nick Smithson

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