So if you’ve been living in a hole for the last few months, newsflash! There’s a new creative team stepping up to the helm of the main Superman comic, and my word, that’s some pedigree they’ve got. Fresh from their respective exceptional runs on Captain America and Forever Evil, Romita Jr and Johns would seem like the perfect candidates to reinvigorate the series after a relatively lacklustre re-boot of the series for the New 52.
Surprisingly, Romita Jr’s art – which you might not necessarily think a natural fit for the Man of Steel – meshes beautifully with his subject, his mastery of dynamism doing a particularly great job of capture Supes’ ‘faster than a speeding bullet’ thing, even when he’s just making himself dinner.
Johns crafts what promises to be a rather surprising tale here – I won’t spoil it for those who’d like a surprise, but I will say that it’s a rather neat subversion of a particular story that we’re all familiar with. His dialogue’s as solid as it ever was, although this being an action-packed first issue of the arc, he knows when to step back and let the art do the talking.
If there is a downside, the entire issues has more than a slight whiff of Dimension Z to it when it comes to the character design, with shades of the Phrox and Jet Black to two new characters. But if you’re unfamiliar with that particular Captain America story arc, you’ll not have a problem with it – I was just hoping for something a little more unique, coming off of the back of it. Still, one is incidental at best, and the main point is to introduce the other, so it works well enough.
Overall, it’s a bold and stylistically solid opener to a new chapter in our favourite Kryptonian’s story – chock to bursting with Johns’ carefully paced story and dialogue, and Romita’s joyous action. Superman’s suddenly become one to keep an eye on.
The writer of this piece was: Ross Sweeney
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