Thursday, June 26, 2014

Superman #32

   Surely Superman is the most famous super-hero in existence (closely trailed by Batman and Spider-Man, I assume).

   As such, it's surprising that his comic books tend to lag in both sales and (to be brutally honest) quality. It seems a long-term trend for DC to allow the Man of Steel to limp along for years (or decades), relying on his famous name to provide sufficient sales to keep the franchise moving.

   But occasionally the powers that be seem to realize that attention is needed, and they make the effort to bring on some top creators.

   That's what we have with this issue, as writer Geoff Johns takes control and immediately starts correcting some of the most grievous mistakes made to date.  So we see Clark Kent back in the offices of the Daily Planet, interacting with his classic supporting cast (or at least most of them).

   We also see a lot more of Superman in action, facing surprising opposition and possible competition. (My only complaint is that the story unfolding bears a strong resemblance to the one in the recent-and-still-unfinished Superman Unbound.)

   But the real treat with this issue is the art by long-time Marvel superstar John Romita, Jr., with Klaus Janson inking.

   Romita's one of the best in the business, with a powerful, unique style that manages to combine the raw energy of Jack Kirby, the fluid craftsmanship of John Buscema, and the composition and beauty of his father's work.

   The final result is a terrific comic, and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

   Highly recommended!

Grade: A




Anonymous said...

What a shame that JRjr has to draw that ridiculous Jim Lee designed armor rather than the real Superman. Maybe Johns can figure out a way to fix THAT, too!!

Billy Hogan said...

Finally picked up this issue and read it today. Enjoyed both the story and art. Sometimes it seems that DC has treated Superman as the ugly stepchild because he doesn't lend himself to grim and gritty stories, which the company seems to have fallen in love with for quite a while.

Chuck said...

Billy, that's a good point - Supeman really doesn't fit into the grim style at all (as Man of Steel demonstrated).