Review: Superwoman #1

SWM_Cv1_dsLois Lane takes flight! Now powered up with the abilities of Superman, Lois pledges to carry on the super-legacy as Superwoman! There’s only one problem: Lois’ new powers are killing her, and neither she nor her friend and confidant Lana Lang know what to do about it. Will Lois even survive long enough to learn the deadly secret of Ultra Woman?

Positive and fun. That’s the best way to describe Superwoman #1 from writer Phil Jimenez who does double duty on art. I’m going to warn folks, there may be some spoilers here, as there’s things I didn’t know going into it.

Though the title of the comic is singular, it’s actually a buddy cop comic in many ways. Lois Lane has gained powers due to the death of the New 52 Superman and she needs to learn how to use them. Enter, Lana Lang, who is not only acting as Lois’ mentor… but also her partner!? Yes, Lana Lang has powers too it would seem, and for folks who remember Superman Red/Blue, they’ll feel a bit familiar. The two together, as two folks who don’t necessarily like each other, but are still civil, reminds me a lot of the dynamic you’d see with a buddy cop movie of two different individuals brought together to fight crime.

But, what’s really amazing about the comic is the positive attitude that Jimenez has brought to it all. This isn’t two individuals who are bickering and being mean to each other. They may not want to work together, and are very much opposites, but they are nice and wind up helping each other out. There’s a sisterhood here that’s missing from so many comics.

The way that Jimenez lays things out with the pacing is great too. It throws you into the action and builds things out well relying on a few flashbacks to catch new readers up as to what’s going on. It’s a great mix that creates a solid flow to the comic and story.

Jimenez works on the art and is joined by Matt Santorelli on inks and Jeromy Cox on color. The artwork looks fantastic. Jimenez’s style is just beautiful to look at and he gives us figures that look realistic and shies away from the pin-up look so many other female led comics rely on. Lois and Lana look athletic and the characters look unique. Just fantastic art.

Remember how comics are supposed to be full of fun, positive action? This captures that and brings so much more.

Story: Phil Jimenez Art: Phil Jimenez Ink: Matt Santorelli Color: Jeromy Cox
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation:  Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review