Crossovers and mega-crossovers, shall we never be rid of them? Two of these issues are part of the uninteresting “Faces of Evil” event from DC, and although it is not billed as such the Superman/Batman annual fits exactly in.
All three stories are distressingly similar, as well. An old and hopefully classic villain is hauled up out of oblivion. His backstory and interaction with the title characters is rapidly recapped or recounted. It is not a spoiler to tell you that the title characters do prevail.
There are hints, in the “Faces” crossover, that all of these featured villains are going to lead to some larger and more important epic, but the hints are so dim and scattered that they create no excitement whatever.
I feel that, with this overwhelming number of Crises and Events and so forth, that the alleged specialness of these things has entirely been eroded away. Even lobster, if you have to eat it once a week, is no longer a treat but becomes a burden. And spreading an epic over twenty or so different titles is a recipe for decompression. If a coherent story can be organized out of all this stuff, it will entirely escape all but the most completist of readers. Certainly I am not going to run around buying all these dull comics; I have better things to do with my money.
Furthermore, tossing an oddball issue of “Faces of Evil” into the run of an ongoing title (already, most of the time, a multipart epic) simply interrupts whatever is going on for one more month.
If there was one habit I’d like to break the comics industry of, it’s the frequent crossovers.