Review: Superman #2
Superboy takes flight as he accompanies his father, the Man of Steel, on their first mission together to confront a creature more dangerous than anyone realizes. Will the duo triumph…or will they die when they face the lethal force of the Eradicator?
Superman was a fantastic debut in that it took Superman and brought him back to a more grounded root with not just the world on his shoulders but also his family to worry and think about too.
Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have teamed up to create a modern take on the classic character. Superman is back to his truth, justice, and goodness roots. This is a father and husband who is as concerned about his family as he is about saving the day.
A great addition to the comic is his son Jonathan, the likely next Superboy, who has powers of his own and must learn how to use them. This issue is all about that as Jon is taken on a trip by his dad to see his father in action and winds up using his power. It’s a very relatable issue in so many ways, and it also has super powers.
Gleason does double duty on art and is helped with Mick Gray on inks and John Kalisz on colors. The art is beyond solid and so of my most favorite Superman work in a while. The design is simple and heavy details are used at a minimum. This is about dramatic poses and action that forces you to focus on the action. It’s as great to look at as it is to read and flows perfectly.
Much like the first issue, this second one is very much a set-up as a familiar villain shows up at the end another nod that feels like as much a throwback to classic Superman as the current hero very much is.
Story: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi Art: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy
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