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Review: Superman: Red and Blue #2

Superman: Red and Blue #2

I loved the debut of Superman: Red and Blue. The first issue was such a fresh take on Superman with a delivery that mixed in socio-political issues and the character’s limits and failures. Mixed with beautiful art, it was a debut that forced you to take notice. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is entertaining in its own way but falls far short of that first issue that soared.

There isn’t anything particularly bad about Superman: Red and Blue #2. There are five stories that are all entertaining in their own way. The stories vary in their focus and art style each delivering its own take on the character and his world. But, none of the stories really stand out. They’re entertaining while you read but I didn’t find the issue sticking with me in the same way as the first. It’s a case of starting out with a debut that’s almost “too good”. It’s difficult to match that level of quality.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 has its highlights. The comic debuts and opens with an interesting and emotional take on Clark’s relationship with his parents. It’s one that takes on negative perceptions about adoption and stamps them down.

An entry that pits Lex Luthor against Superman has a tinge of humor that pays homage to past stories. It’s a cute, fun story that I’d love as a backup feature in a Superman comic.

Where the comic stands out is in its varied subject matter. The anthology features stories focused on Martha Kent, Val-Zod, Lex Luthor, a random young girl, and Cyborg Superman. Each story is good in its own way and are worth reading. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is a frustrating comic in a way. All of the stories would be great as backups to a regular running series. But, as an anthology the stories are a bit too different in their subjects and topics and far too often fall into Superman battling something or they fall into predictable cheese.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 is hampered by that amazing first issue. It hasn’t stuck with me as that debut has. It’s not one that I immediately raved about to others. It’s good. It’s an entertaining read to sit back and relax to. But, it doesn’t challenge or do anything really new or interesting with an iconic character. An anthology feels like it presents a way to try something new, not something we’ve seen before.

Story: Steven T. Seagle, Chuck Brown, Dan Panosian, Stephanie Phillips, Jason Howard
Art: Duncan Rouleau, Denys Cowan, John Stanisci, Dan Panosian, Marley Zarcone, Jason Howard
Color: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Pat Brosseau, Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh, Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview – The Red Diary / The Re[a]d Diary Flipbook

The Red Diary/The Re[a]d Diary Flipbook

Story by: Teddy Kristiansen, Steven T. Seagle Art By: Teddy Kristiansen
Price: $29.99

A BOLD EXPERIMENT IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL!
KRISTIANSEN’s European Album is newly translated to English by TEDDY KRISTIANSEN and STEVEN T. SEAGLE. But in a unique flip-novel format, the book is also “re-mixed” with a completely different script devised by SEAGLE before he collaborated on the translation. Both versions – THE RED DIARY – a tale of art forgery and World War and THE RE[A]D DIARY – a tale of identity theft and lost love – comprise this unique graphic novel from SEAGLE and KRISTIANSEN – the Eisner nominated/winning team behind the acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel it’s a bird….

Ultimate Spider-Man Debuting this Sunday

The most anticipated new animated series of the year, Ultimate Spider-Man, premieres on Disney XD on April 1 at 11a/10c. Go inside the show with this exclusive look behind the scenes with the powerhouse creators and the superstar voice cast.

Want even more? Stop by one of the ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN LAUNCH PARTY EVENTS on March 31, in NYC and LA, to meet some of the featured talent including Jeph Loeb, Paul Dini, Joe Quesada, Man of Action, Clark Gregg and more!

New York – March 31 12-4pm
Midtown Comics Downtown (64 Fulton Street, NYC)
Featuring Joe Quesada (Marvel Chief Creative Officer), Joe Kelly (Man of Action) and Chris Eliopoulos (Ultimate Spider-Man Premiere Comic)

Los Angeles – March 31 12-4pm
Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood)
Featuring Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of TV), Paul Dini (Creative Consultant), Duncan Rouleau & Steven T. Seagle (Man of Action), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) and Misty Lee (Aunt May)

Head over to Marvel.com for all the details: http://marvel.com/news/story/18388/ultimate_spider-man_kickoff_parties_in_ny_la

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