One of the extended “Future State” issues, Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1 takes us to a future Metropolis protected by a new Superman, Jonathan Kent. His father is off somewhere (we’ll get that in another story) and it’s up to Jon to fill in the gap. Joining him is Supergirl who spends the issue mostly as an obstacle for this new Superman to battle.
In this Metropolis a tech company has low-jacked individuals with technology built from Brainiac. In the story, the villain, Brain Cells, are using the people for something leaving Jonathan to make a difficult decision to save the city and its people and attempt to not escalate things further. Which of course escalates things.
Writer Sean Lewis gives us a nice take on the character and world putting Jonathan in a difficult situation. The idea of a fairly new hero who’s not getting it right is a good spin to it all. It’s a hero who makes mistakes and whose decisions might have good intentions but the process to get there isn’t the best. It’s a hero who isn’t quite trusted, a rookie who makes mistakes. This is a Superman who has powers and fumbles something can ponder what would likely happen if any of us were to gain similar powers with similar responsibilites. It’s easier to relate to the character in this way.
The art by John Timms with color by Gabe Eltaeb, and lettering by Dave Sharpe is fantastic. The designs are really interesting though at times it takes a bit to make out exactly what everything is. There is a dynamic aspect to it all though and the battles and confrontations are full of excitement and tension. Sharpe’s lettering especially stands out with his take on Brain Cells’ unique world balloons. It’s a small detail that adds so much to the character.
The issue features so much more…
“The Metropolis Menagerie” is written by Brandon Easton with art by Valentine de Landro, colors by Marissa Louise, and lettering by Sharpe. Shilo Norman is Mister Miracle in a fairly straightforward tale of a hero battling against odds and their powered suit failing. There’s something rather interesting and charming about it all. There’s a pulp sense about it all with the concept feeling like it’s something out of the era of Flash Gordon.
“The Guardian in Future State” is also written by Lewis with art by Cully Hamner and Michael Avon Oeming, color by Laura Martin, and lettering by AndWorld Design. We get to see a bit of a different aspect to the main story. The story focuses on The Guardian and some of the impact of Jonathan/Superman’s decision. It’s an interesting idea of having a shorter story that ties into the main one but I wish it was a bit clearer this was the case and maybe have taken a slightly different aspect with it all. I’m trying to not spoil it but showing more of the impact of Jonathan’s decision or the moments after would have possibly made for a more engaging story. The use of Hamner and Oeming is also a noticeable shift as the two style don’t quite match enough creating a jarring experience for the reader.
Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1 is a decent read but doesn’t quite have the excitement I was hoping for. As an arc for an ongoing series, it’d all be very interesting but as a two issue story it feels like we’re dropped into something well underway.
Story: Sean Lewis, Brandon Easton Art: John Timms, Valentine de Landro, Cully Hamner, Michael Avon Oeming
Color: Gabe Eltaeb, Marissa Louise, Laura Martin Letter: Dave Sharpe, AndWorld Design
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
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