Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Johns, Romita Jr, Janson & Martin
Superman continues to be an entertaining read under Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. As the reader continues to get parallels drawn between Superman and Ulysses, as we find out about the background of Ulysses, this issue also introduces a villain. The comic is a dense read that comes in at twenty-four pages of story and definitely is entertaining. This is probably as close as it comes to a good, but classic, Superman read these days so I recommend checking it out.
The book opens with a mysterious figure that doesn't really get much more coverage in this issue. This was an interesting page though. Then we launch into Neil talking with his parents. Of course, Superman is there to help the conversation along. The obvious part to these scenes is to illustrate the parallels between the two super powered characters. The themes of hope and faith are littered throughout these pages, but so is forgiveness. It's interesting the guilt that his parents feel and the fact that Neil seems to hold no resentment against them.
Later, Clark and Neil have a one on one where Clark explains his recurring dream about being on his home world and being asked to save it. Only to realize he no longer has the "S" on his chest. There seems to be a lot of foreshadowing here.
Clark and Neil then go out as Superman and Ulysses and they find themselves a super powered villain. These scenes help to explain how Ulysses can replicate Superman's powers. Generally the cliffhanger isn't too interesting because it seems too unclear as to what we're looking at.
The comic is entertaining. There is a lot of information in the book about Neil and his background and this actually moves along at a decent clip. The parts that make the book feel generic are the personalities. Neil and Clark are so much alike that they are simply too boring when it is only the two together. Thankfully a villain shows up because the pair just have nothing interesting to say to each other it seems.
Romita does a great job in this issue. The overused line work seems to be gone in this issue and some of the illustrations are very smooth, especially the retelling of the recurring dream that Clark does. The book's action is also presented in a flashy and crisp manner. This may be the best installment from Romita since he's joined Johns and is among a highlight of the book.
Superman is a tough character to get behind. He seems too boring and doesn't really have that great of a rogues gallery. However, Johns is giving us his carbon copy and is putting the pair through a few gates together to see how they differ in their reactions. Things seem to be heating up in this issue. I recommend checking it out.
3.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles