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Review: Superman: Year One #2

Superman: Year One #2

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 The story would be standard outdated concepts of a father making relationship decisions for his daughter.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 The comic goes from outdated into some really creepy and vomitous territory.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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Preview: Riverdale Season 3 #5 (of 5)

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #5 (OF 5)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Janice Chiang, John Workman, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 7/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with adventure, including a musical road trip and a gals’ weekend!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #5 (OF 5)

Josie and Archie hit the road in this advance preview of Riverdale Season 3 #5!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #5 (of 5)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 7/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with adventure, including a musical road trip and a gals’ weekend!

Preview: Riverdale Season 3 #4 (of 5)

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #4 (of 5)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman,
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 6/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with thrills! First, Betty is caught up in a dangerous pact with someone way too close to home, then #Veggie stave off terror on the high seas when an overnight on Ronnie’s boat goes all kinds of wrong.

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #4 (of 5)

Review: Superman: Year One #1

After much anticipation, this is it! Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.‘s Superman: Year One! Does the comic live up to expectations?

Story: Frank Miller
Art: John Romita, Jr.
Color: Alex Sinclair
Letters: John Workman

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Review: Superman: Year One #1

Superman: Year One #

After much anticipation, Superman: Year One #1 has arrived. And what stands out is how conservative it is in a way. With a story and art by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr., the debut issue both underwhelms and exceeds expectations.

Superman: Year One #1 isn’t as much a “year one” as it is a compacted look at formative moments in Clark Kent’s life. The first issue charts his escape from the doomed Krypton to his graduation from high school. The issue is a focus on the construction of his morals and belief system. It’s an attempt to make the case as to why he acts the way he does. What shaped his focus on “truth” and “justice?”

Miller and Romita, Jr. have created a very unexpected comic. While Miller’s comics in the past tend to have over the top action and a bit of grim, this first issue instead is one of doing what’s right and standing up to bullies. It’s a PSA in comic form. Debate is had between Clark and his parents as to what to do about school bullies. And that’s a lot of the focus in this issue, Clark and his friends dealing with high school bullies.

There’s a bit of Miller’s philosophy thrown in about unchecked dominance but for the most part, this could be an after-school special in a comic. The underwhelming part is, it’s not so much a “year one” as it is a “year zero” and while it sets up Clark’s moral system the story itself is rather slow and plodding. Miller also has a habit of being a bit cliche by throwing in some of the more famous catchphrases we know today. There’s also some narrative issues in the beginning with a rather muddled voice and perspective.

It’s a character study on what makes a god act human.

And that’s the underwhelming part. It’s not so much a disappointment as it is an unexpected story. For those who have read Miller’s work, especially his takes on Daredevil or his Batman, one would expect a more action focused comic with a bit more punch. Instead, this is Clark dealing with school. It’s his learning to keep his powers in check. It’s a character study on what makes a god act human.

The artwork by Romita, Jr. has never looked better. Joined by Alex Sinclair on color and John Workman with lettering, the comic has a subtlety about it. Much like the story itself, it’s muted and not over the top. Instead, a focus is on the mystery of Clark and his powers with some of his use taking place off the page and all we’re left with is the aftermath. It plays to the story and Clark attempting to hide his true nature. The character designs too are free of Romita, Jr.’s habit of having characters look a bit too similar. It’s leaps and bounds above his recent works.

The debut issue is a solid one. The negativity of Miller’s recent works is gone and instead we have a focus on the positive and justice focused nature of Superman. In it, the creators show they get their subject by delivering the building blocks that have shaped his focus on helping those in his later years. It’s an unexpected debut and one of the best in takes on Superman in recent memories.

Story: Frank Miller, John Romita, Jr. Art: John Romita, Jr.
Color: Alex Sinclair Lettering: John Workman
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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#Veggie hit the high seas in this advance preview of Riverdale Season 3 #4!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #4 (of 5)

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Janice Chiang, John Workman, Andre Szymanowicz
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 6/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale are filled with thrills! First, Betty is caught up in a dangerous pact with someone way too close to home, then #Veggie stave off terror on the high seas when an overnight on Ronnie’s boat goes all kinds of wrong.

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #4 (of 5)

Preview: Riverdale Season 3 #3

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #3

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 5/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale include a peek at life in Leopold and Loeb and an online crush with sketchy intentions!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #3

Archie gets the jailhouse blues in this advance preview of Riverdale Season 3 #3!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #3

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 5/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale include a peek at life in Leopold and Loeb and an online crush with sketchy intentions!

Preview: Riverdale Season 3 #2

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #2

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 4/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The comic based on the hit CW series is back! These two stories set between episodes of Season 3 of Riverdale include a first-hand look at life on the Farm and #Choni’s wild trip out west!

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