Review: Superman: American Alien #7
After a massive explosion rocks downtown Metropolis, Clark finds himself face-to-face with a white-skinned alien riding a flying motorcycle—and the eyes of the world are all on this so-called Superman! But when Clark’s attempt at reason fails and the bounty hunter reveals some unpleasant truths about Clark’s own alien origin, a brutal showdown begins!
Superman: American Alien #7 wraps up writer Max Landis‘ mini-series exploring different facets of Superman. Reteaming with the artist Jock, this issue is an interesting one in that it does a lot in a single issue and it all comes together in the final pages.
The issue has Superman going up against Lobo who is on Earth to deal with a bounty hunter thing. But, the introduction of Lobo does a few things, primarily introducing the concept of “aliens” to Earth. Up to this point Superman has jut been a guy with superpowers and the world doesn’t know his alien origin.
Landis does some smart things in that the way he introduces “aliens” feels almost in stark contrast to a certain film with Superman and the reaction is polar opposites. Landis is able to put Superman over to borrow a wrestling term, instead of casting him as the other and enemy. The resolution helps in that it’s fairly contained and destruction minimal in some ways.
He also uses it to reveal the truth about Krypton to Superman, making his emotion and reaction feel natural. But that’s part of the logic of Landis’ use of Lobo in this way. He too is the “last” of something, so while that connection isn’t completely spelled out for new readers, it is mentioned enough to see that was clearly on Landis’ mind. It also asks the question again, what to do when someone is the last of something and you need to stop them.
The art by Jock is interesting and I’m not 100% sold on Superman’s design here. It looks like he has armor on his shoulders at times, it’s odd. But, Jock can rock Lobo. I love the last Czarnian’s look. The action, plus Lobo, make up for any other issues I had and I honestly focused on that a whole lot.
The issue is a nice end cap to Landis’ series. It’s a solid story and the various themes feel like they come together here. For fans of Superman, this is a series that’s one you have to check out.
Story: Max Landis Art: Jock
Story: 7.65 Art: 7.55 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read
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