Publisher: DC Comics
Writer(s): Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Artwork: Patrick Gleason, Mick Grey, Mark Morales and Christian Alamy
Release Date: 16th November, 2016
Full disclosure, I’m normally more of a Marvel guy, but there’s no denying that DC’s Rebirth is currently overshadowing Marvel’s Civil War 2, and doing so in emphatic fashion. That being said, I haven’t really paid much attention to the Superman series as I normally don’t have much interest in the character. However, having heard that this Superman was a lot different to previous incarnations, I decided to give it a go.
Straight off the bat this issue is clearly adopting a different approach, given that its focus is on Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent (Superman’s Son) and their parents’ attempts to get them to bond. The basic premise is that the boys have to go through a series of challenges to help learn how to work together.
I really enjoyed the writing of Tomasi and Gleason here, as they added an extra layer to the Superman mythos – albeit a saccharine, parental responsibility layer. In terms of story the story is pretty light but definitely enjoyable, and it’ll be interesting to see how the relationship between the youngsters develops.
The artwork wasn’t to my particular taste, I have to say. It seems to be designed for a younger audience but given the contents it is not surprising. There are some good panels of action along the way, but there’s also a bit of an ‘uncanny valley’ look to the character’s faces throughout.
Overall this is a decent, entertaining enough issue, albeit one which appears to be firmly aimed at the younger audience.
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The writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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