Saturday, March 19, 2016

Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #2

   What the heck happened here?

   The first issue of this series, Superman: The Coming of the Supermen, was bristling with promise - a return to the classic character, placed in a modern setting, with lots of action and enough mysteries to keep things crackling along.

    The only difference seems to be the loss of co-writer Tony Bedard - Neal Adams is the writer and artist of this issue, with Alex Sinclair providing the color art.

   The story here just seems to lose cohesion, as things happen with little rhyme or reason. Kalibak leads an attack group from Apokolips - again - to steal... something... from Luthor's labs.

   Superman finally meets the Supermen (and expresses no surprise at their appearance), becomes furious and destructive as he tries to destroy their blood samples (Why? No idea.) Kalibak attacks a child who had befriended Superman. (How did he know about this kid?) And so much of the dialogue is awkward and clumsy.

   The art, of course, is dynamic and exciting - but the issue feels like it was written quickly and with no real plan.

   Can we drag Bedard back to assist with the writing, please? It's like a completely different series, and especially heartbreaking given the promise of the first issue.

Grade: C


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