Superman: Year One #2 takes the promising first issue and goes in a rather odd direction. Clark Kent is off to boot camp where he attempts to fit in the Navy. That could be an issue on its own but we get sidetracked into a story about Atlantis, Clark’s wooing of a mermaid, and incest. It’s an odd one.
Frank Miller delivers an interesting second issue for about half of the oversized comic but then goes off the rails. The concept of Clark having to hide his abilities while being trained by the military is an interesting one. How does someone with superheroic tendencies not stand out? That aspect of the comic is solid and intriguing. But, then there’s this Atlantis aspect…
Stationed on the coast, Clark comes across mermaids and explores the situation coming upon Atlantis and its princess. Of course she falls for him which later sets up a confrontation with her father Poseiden. The story would be standard outdated concepts of a father making relationship decisions for his daughter. But, Miller crosses a line making it clear that Poseiden wants to sleep with his daughter. The comic goes from outdated into some really creepy and vomitous territory. And at that point, took the enjoyment right out of it.
I can overlook Clark holding his breath for insane amounts of time or his ease of using his powers underwater. But a father wanting to sleep with his daughter is where I cross the line. Add in some really odd choices for dialogue boxes and you have a mess of a comic when it comes to the story.
John Romita, Jr.‘s art continues to entertain. There’s a consistency to it and the usual “sameness” to faces isn’t as present. The Atlantean designs are interesting and stand out from the standard of what we’ve seen. The ink by Danny Miki and color by Alex Sinclair stand out, especially when the setting changes to Atlantis. John Workman‘s lettering is impressive bouncing around the various dialogue boxes as the setting shifts underwater.
Superman: Year One #2 is half of a good comic but latter parts had me wanting to vomit and become too distracting. There was a right way to tell this story and this is not it.
Story: Frank Miller Art: John Romita, Jr. Ink: Danny Miki Color: Alex Sinclair Letterer: John Workman Story: 4.0 Art: 7.8 Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass
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(W) Frank Miller (A) Danny Miki, John Romita Jr. (CA) Frank Miller In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $7.99
Clark Kent’s journey of self-discovery continues in the second installment of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s remarkable reimagining of Superman’s origin story. This chapter takes young Clark to the Pacific coast and beyond, as he discovers a place as sensational as he is…Atlantis! There he meets new people, finds love, clashes with gargantuan beasts and discovers the man he’s meant to be.
(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion (CA) Robson Rocha, Danny Miki RATED T In Shops: Jun 19, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The truth about how Aquaman lost his memory is finally revealed! But can Arthur handle the shocking truth? Whom will Queen Mera decide to marry? And how will Arthur escape the jaws of the terrifying Mother Shark? The tides of changes are upon us, and it all leads to next month’s landmark AQUAMAN #50!
(W) Frank Miller (A) Danny Miki, John RomitaJr (CA) Frank Miller PRESTIGE FORMAT MATURE READERS In Shops: Jun 19, 2019 SRP: $7.99
From the burning world of Krypton to the bucolic fields of Kansas, the first chapter of SUPERMAN YEAR ONE tracks Clark Kent’s youth in Kansas, as he comes to terms with his strange powers and struggles to find his place in our world. DC BLACK LABEL is proud to present the definitive origin of Superman as rendered by the legendary comics creators Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.!
This June, legendary creators Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. will share their definitive origin story for the Man of Steel in Superman: Year One from DC Black Label. Beginning with the release of large-format periodicals in the months of June, August and October, the complete story will be available for collection in bookstores everywhere November 2019.
Superman: Year One is a coming-of-age story for the future Man of Steel, featuring a young alien-boy just trying to find his place in a new world. Faced with the need to hide his heritage and powers in order to survive, Clark will find his humanity through the grounding of the Kent family and the relationships that will define the man he will become. Told by two of the most revered voices in comics, Superman: Year One is more than a superhero story – it’s about the choices made by Clark Kent on his path to becoming a legend. It’s a testament to the importance of choosing to become a hero.
Superman: Year One #1 will be available in local comic stores on June 19, and you can see the covers for each issue and the collection below! Covers for the three issues are by John Romita, Jr., inks by Danny Miki, and colors by Alex Sinclair. The collection cover is by Frank Miller with colors by Alex Sinclair.
(W) Robert Venditti (A) Diogenes Neves, Trevor Scott (CA) Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki
In Shops: Jul 18, 2018
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In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
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(W) Robert Venditti (A) Diogenes Neves (CA) Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
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In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
“REBEL RUN” part one! The Guardians can no longer stand idly by as Jessica Cruz’s ring gains more sentience. They’ve seen anomalies within the rings turn into universal nightmares, and now it’s up to their greatest Lantern, Hal Jordan, to relieve Jess of her ring!
(W) Robert Venditti (A) Clayton Henry (CA) Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki
In Shops: May 16, 2018
“UNNATURAL DISASTER” part two! Ethan Avery’s journey to uncover the secrets of his power will have to wait – he’s got a brawl to survive first! If his alter ego, “Damage,” ever wants to make it out of Poison Ivy’s clutches alive, he’s going to have to fight an army of super-angry monkeys to do it. And Gorilla Grodd. That can’t be that hard, right? Remember, Damage – monkey see, monkey smash!