Review: Superman #52

Superman #52 Cover“The Final Days of Superman” epic concludes in one explosive fight as the new master villain uses Superman’s own solar super flare power against everyone. Can even two Supermen, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Batman be enough to stop this onslaught? And how will the tragic outcome of this battle change the life of one of the Lois Lanes forever?

I haven’t been too keen for DC’s Superman for quite some time, but since writer Peter J. Tomasi took over and has taken use through “The Final Days of Superman.” The thing? It’s really good!

For all the ridiculousness that Superman has been put through, Tomasi has given us actual repercussions to the abuse and here we get that final chapter as it all catches up.

Helping Superman is Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and… Superman. And it’s a massive battle that feels raw in so many ways. By the end of it, Superman (the New 52 version) has paid a price we knew was coming.

And here’s the issue with that. We’ve seen this. And the impact of that moment just felt more grand. This is a whimper in every way. It’s subdued (which in comics is impressive) and maybe because I expected the former, the latter surprised me and caught me off guard.

The art by Mikel Janin is solid throughout with some epic spreads and panels that explode with the energy and action of what it’s depicting. It’s some great art the befits the action and the comic.

While the comic is good, it’s not super. As I said, it’s tame in so many ways once the price is paid. The emotional impact is just missing. I don’t remember that with Superman #75. Hell, I experienced more emotion with Batman v Superman. There’s sound and fury, and it all adds up to nothing to riff off a famous quote. While I’m not sure what I’d do different, this just feels like an odd end to a rather odd time in DC history.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Mikel Janin
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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