Review: Superman #32

superman #32 coverAfter much build up, writer Geoff Johns, and artist John Romita Jr., with inker Klaus Janson take over the duties on Superman, starting with Superman #32. This is Romita Jr.’s first work for DC Comics, and he’s kicking off this new chapter in his career with the Man of Steel.

In this new adventure, Superman is flying solo. That is, until he meets the intriguing new character Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow. Ulysses shares many of Kal-El’s experiences, including being rocketed as an infant from a world with no future. But what will his emergence mean to Superman and the world?

But, the changes aren’t limited to Superman, because what would he be without his alter-ego Clark Kent. Kent has been off being a blogger, but Perry White offers him a chance to return to The Daily Planet.

There’s also a mysterious character targeting Metropolis with strange mechanical creations… and that person has some connection to Clark’s past.

There’s a lot here in this first issue, giving a fresh start to Superman, from a fresh creative team. I’ve been generally unimpressed with the handling of Superman in DC’s New 52. The character lost something in the revamp, but there’s a tone to this first issue that comes close to figuring out what’s missing.

But, the story isn’t really the focus here, it’s the fact John Romita Jr. is providing the art. I’ll be honest, while I like Romita’s art at times, I’m not blown away by it as so many are. I find the character’s faces often lack distinction, in that they’re mostly the same, and you can see that here with the scientists towards the beginning, or Clark standing next to Perry White. Other than their hair, these two sets of characters are just too similar. Romita has a distinctive style, it just doesn’t appeal to my taste.

If you’re a fan though, Romita’s use of motion fits Superman quite well, and there’s some solid action scenes throughout. For Romita fans, you’ll find a lot to like here and a lot of that is due to Janson’s inking. Johns’ story is interesting. It has a lot of build up, and there’s a lot of potential, especially with the clear compare/contrast between Superman and Ulysses. The key will be how this pays off in the end.

Overall, there’s been much hype leading up to this debut. The issue is good, not great, filled with a lot of potential, and a step in the right direction for Superman in the New 52.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: John Romita Jr.
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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