Review: Bizarro #1

bizarro001With Convergence as an easy-dividing point, DC has fashioned itself a mini-reboot of its new 52 line of titles.  Part of the new approach is to expand on stories from before the break, others are to give some old characters a grittier outlook, and some are evidently to undertake a more humorous approach to the mainstream characters.  While Batman also gets his own version of the humorous side (with the Bat-Mite titles) Superman fans get to have as comic focused on Bizarro, a first in the history of publishing at DC Comics.  Although not truly a villain, there has also been a new focus on villainous characters at the big two in recent years which have seen a solid response.  Bizarro is the combination of the two, a humor driven series focused on a quasi villain.

The premise is simple enough – Jimmy Olsen and Bizarro on a road trip!  After a few too many cases of unwilling property damage, Clark sends Jimmy away with Bizarro to keep him out of harm’s way.  Though it is not really clear where it is that they seem to be going, there is a definite Route 66 feel to the road trip.  They even end up on something called Route 66 at one point.  They have to deal with crashing their car and then the hard sell at the used car parking lot in order to get back on the road.  All the while the used car salesman who styles himself as King Tut actually manages to draw on some supernatural power in his desire to sell cars.

The problem with a humor based title is that it depends on being funny, and that can be a hard feat to achieve in a superhero themed comic book.  If the jokes fall flat then the story ends up being pretty two dimensional.  There are a few well placed one liners here (for instance labeling Canada as Bizarro-USA) but there are also a bunch which do fall flat, which is not helped by the fact that there are some weird tangents like when Bizarro picks up his pet chupacabra.  In the end it is entertaining enough, though not necessarily very memorable, but it is a fun concept which verges on the end of being executed well, even if it doesn’t quite get there in this issue.

Story: Heath Corson Art: Gustave Duarte and Bill Sienkiewicz
Story: 7.2 Art: 7.2 Overall: 7.2 Recommendation: Read