Thursday, February 5, 2015

Superman #38

   With this issue we wrap up the first storyline by the new Superman creative team of Geoff Johns, John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson.

   And while the series has been a bit... well, erratic... it's been quite a step up from the usual Superman fare.

   On the good side, it's been an action-filled adventure pitting the Man of Steel against the mysterious Ulysses, whose power may be greater than Superman's.

   The origin of the new opponent may be a bit derivative, trying hard to be a reverse-Superman - but it's still entertaining.

   On the down side, the ending here is a bit too pat and easily managed - and you might be inclined to think that Superman has actually done a terrible thing here, causing the deaths of (possibly) millions (though he managed to save millions of humans in the process).

   But there are some surprises, including a new look (though not a drastic new look), some surprising discussions and an unexpected new weakness.

   Overall, I really like the new take on this time-honored character. Johns is managing a nice balance between bringing back classic concepts (Clark is back working for the Daily Planet again, finally) and introducing new foes.

   More like this, please.

Grade: A-


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