Review: Superman #26
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
After the fallout with Manchester Black, in the last arc, Superman #26 is a slower and more happier issue between a father and son, Clark, and Jon. It also reflects on Clark’s experience as a child with his own father. Jon aka Superboy is just learning his powers, as we’ve seen in this book, and in Super Sons, and sometimes, in Clark’s opinion, goes in head first without thinking. Just like Pa Kent showed Clark a lesson when he was a boy, Clark gets the idea to do that with Jon.
Throughout the issue, Jon is seen smashing and punching things and not thinking things through at first, or planning ahead, like Clark wants him to do. After a few flashbacks to Clark’s own childhood, he realizes he may need to listen to Jon more, and they can learn from each other. The two super Kent’s finally meet eye to eye and beat up some baddies before they reflect on a touching final page. Michael Moreci tells a simple tale of a father and son learning to work around each other’s differences and come together as a team. It is touching, and it works with these two characters.
The art in the book by Scott Godlewski is a little more cartoony than this series usually has, and it had almost a Doonesbury comic strip look to the faces. That isn’t a bad thing, it was just much different than we’ve seen on the book, and worked just fine for a one shot issue like this. It’s a smart tactic by DC with the bi-weeekly format, letting new creators or different creators try their chops at their big names, while also only having a month to get back to the main story and the main creators. The colors by Hi-Fi were solid as usual, and added to the style Godlewski was going for.
This was an issue that went quick, and was short and sweet. I don’t think it was anything spectacular, but it didn’t have to be. It was a nice breath of air before we begin our next arc, and this book uses these little breaks well, because this comic is usually going full speed ahead. Now that Clark has given Jon that confidence in himself, it will be interesting to see if that spills over to Super Sons and Damian’s constant lecturing and attitude toward Superboy.
Story: Michael Moreci Art: Scott Godlewski
Colors: Hi-Fi Letters: Rob Leigh Cover: Lee Weeks & Brad Anderson
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
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