Yeah, that pretty much aligns with my feelings too.
This was a good issue, and maybe the tightest of the series so far, in terms of everything contributing to the central narrative that drives the issue forward: the clash with the evil Kryptonians.
I think the art team of Kubert and Janson is doing some great things here: they’ve made the story their own with some impressive imagery that at times directly evokes the original DKR and at times does something new, while still not breaking too far from that style (like the great double-splash early on with Batgirl and Aquaman, which honestly looks like something Miller might have done).
I think I’ve put my finger on what this book reminds me of, and it’s The Force Awakens: a sequel that’s almost as much a remake, which goes out of its way to be reverent to the original, and yet which manages to feel fun in its own right, even when you can see at pretty much every point how it’s heavily (almost suffocatingly) informed by what came before it.
It works, though. Azzarello and Miller reworking the Batman vs Superman fight from DKR as a larger scale conflict against an army of Kryptonians is fun, as is the way Batman takes control of the riots and uses the people as a weapon, in a cynical harnessing of democracy, like DK2. And the final page is a real stand-up-and-cheer moment, even if it’s a bit of a cheesy one.
I agree with the comments on Miller’s art in the backup. It could maybe charitably be described as overly simple, and possibly better suited to the mini-comic format - but at full-size it looks a bit messy and crude.
I was also a bit surprised not to get the original Kubert cover to this issue in the back as usual - instead of the regular comic cover that shows Batman and Superman squaring off, there’s an alternate cover (also apparently by Kubert) that shows Batman and the new Batgirl hanging out together (which I can’t find online anywhere).
It’s not the only bit of cover-related oddness either. After reading this issue, I can’t help but feel that the cover to the previous issue (#4) might have been far more apt for this one: