Review: Superman #37
The four-part crossover between Superman, the Super Sons and the Teen Titans starts here! The Batman of Tomorrow travels to the present to prevent a cataclysmic disaster before it happens, revealing that Superboy will soon be responsible for the death of millions. But Superman will do anything to protect his son… and the Batman of Tomorrow is unwavering in his resolve to take down the Boy of Steel. Don’t miss a clash of titanic proportion in the opening chapter of this game-changing story!
Wow was this issue unexpected. Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, Superman #37 is the first part of the “Super Sons of Tomorrow” storyline that already is shaking things up and presenting some really interesting aspects of the DC Universe’s future (and present).
A continuation of the story that began in Detective Comics, Superman #37 continues the Tim Drake Batman of the future’s quest to fix horrible things that have yet to come. This issue is the beginning of that plan which involves kicking Batman’s butt and then Superman’s butt so he can get to his real target. Beyond the action, there’s not a ton here beyond the set up of the story to come and the revelation of who Drake is after.
But, it being action focused isn’t an issue as the action is fierce and great. Drake is the better of Bruce Wayne and has lots of time to plan to take on Superman to see how he works everything out is impressive and pretty damn cool. A fully grown Tim Drake as Batman from the future is a great addition whose return is unexpectedly quick and very welcome.
The art by Jorge Jimenez is fantastic and each sparring is brutal and visually fantastic. The color by Alejandro Sanchez and lettering by Rob Leigh help create the atmosphere and physicality of it all. No punches are pulled and we get to see what feels like every one.
There’s some interesting concepts here, particularly condemning someone for actions they have yet to commit, and they aren’t explored in depth, but instead we get a drag out fight that’s satisfying and visually impressive. An event that initially sounded interesting is now a must read after this one issue and I can’t wait to see where it all goes.
Story: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Art: Jorge Jimenez
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy
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