It is hard for me not to be romantic when talking about Superman. He was the first comic book I ever read, the first action figure I ever owned, and often times, I’ve felt like a strange visitor from another planet. Superman inspires me like no other because he is the ultimate clutch player that comes through when things are at their worst. Needless to say, I had been eagerly anticipating the release of Man of Steel for over a year now, and I finally got to see it on opening night; and it is an epic film that captures who Superman needed to be in 2013.
Superman Unchained #1 | Writer: Scott Snyder | Art: Jim Lee & Scott Williams | Colors: Alex Sinclair | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $4.99
Let me get this out of the way right now, Superman is my all-time favorite superhero. That being said, Action Comics has been either hit or miss while the self-titled series has been completely uninspired since the inception of the New 52. Superman Unchained changes all of that.
I was curious about how Scott Snyder would approach things since his amazing knack for storytelling has been predominate with street-level characters.
Rest assured, Snyder, manages to put a fresh coat of paint on this 75-year-old classic. For starters, he actually made the book about Superman instead of focusing on the complexities of everything around him, such as his personal and professional life.
Those elements come into play when Lois informs Clark of an error in his news article, which prompts him to put on the cape and investigate the matter. Other characters from Superman folklore also make an appearance, and they were used for the purpose that they were intended.
Jimmy Olsen augments Clark Kent’s humanity as he receives a helping hand, including an attempt to be covered for, to avoid the wrath of his boss. The alien-hating General Sam Lane is not central to the story, but he brings about what could be Superman’s biggest threat.
Jim Lee’s legendary splash pages encompass your imagination as the action unfolds in front of your eyes. I mean it. It literally unfolds in the form of a beautiful gatefold poster with so much action that it couldn’t fit on one page.
While due to some dull moments, it is not a grand slam by any means, the newly heralded dream team Scott Snyder and Jim Lee have set the standard for what a Superman comic book should be in 2013.
Action Comics #19 | Writer: Andy Diggle | Art: Tony S. Daniel, Batt | Colors: Tomeu Morey | Letters: Carlos M. Manqual | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column @ Forces of Geek.com
Now, this is what I’m talking about! Smashing giant robots and some great interactions between Lois and Clark make this the Superman book we should have got when the New 52 began. The ongoing Superman series is a cluster&%#$@, Grant Morrison’s run on Action Comics had its hits and misses, and he borders on being an arrogant frat boy in Justice League.
Injustice: Gods Among Us #3 | Writer: Tom Taylor | Art: Jheremy Raapack | Colors: Andrew Elder | Letters: Wes Abbott |Publisher: DC Comics | Price: 99¢ |
Tom Taylor hasn’t pulled a single punch in this video game prequel. In Fact, in this issue, he has thrown an armada of over hand rights to the jaw with the latest developments building towards a world of injustice. Lex Luther is usually the guilty party trying to destroy Superman through physical means with various LexCorp gadgets. The Joker, on the other hand, plays a different game and test the mettle of the Man of Steel like never before.
I officially owe George Perez an apology. The Superman comic book has been garbage since the new 52 began for many reasons besides being too wordy, cheesy, and getting in its own way while trying to tell a story. I was shocked at how bad these books were and was relieved when it was announced last November that Perez would be replaced this past March. The book is a smidge better now, but not as good as it should be, and the book has already been assigned to its third creative team starting in August.
In pop culture folklore, Superman is Earth’s greatest hero. His mythological attributes of being faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound can be quoted by anyone. Over the years, the last son of Krypton has taken a back seat to superheroes such as Iron-Man and Batman. Society’s disillusionment with Superman stems from a lack of realism in which he solves the world’s problems. Being able to jettison an aircraft carrier into outer space with the ease equivalent to us mere mortals throwing a roll of toilet paper seems to be lost on people. Or, maybe our ability to suspend reality has been severely limited to the complexity of the times we live in today?
Superman Earth One is a contemporary re-imagining of the last son of Krypton’s journey to become the man of steel. Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis with the purpose of finding his way into the world while finding a job so he can support his widowed mother. These days, most people have a tough time getting a job. Clark’s problem is the opposite. He can land any job he wants and be the best in the world at it while making a lot of money. Continue reading “Superman: Earth One Review”