Review: Superman #1

Written by George Perez, Breakdowns & Cover by George Perez, Finishes by Jesus Merino

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!

Bias: Superman has generally been a boring character – but with his new return to the original idea in Action Comics, it makes me wonder if the Superman we see in this title will be a continuation of that, or a sell-out.  Did he build a reputation as a (super)man of the people, only to decide his reputation is now too important to risk it doing what gave him that reputation to begin with? (Something we’ve seen all too often in real life…) If nothing else, I’m curious to see what Stormwatch mentioned happening this issue that seems to have such far-reaching effects…

What I liked: Well, we establish early on that Superman isn’t selling out – at least, not yet. There were plenty of set up for future stories, and a big question about the future of the Daily Planet. It was well illustrated, and packed a lot of story into a single issue.

What I disliked: The connection with Stormwatch was one page, and had nothing to do with any of the rest of the story in this title. It felt like a blatant attempt to connect the titles rather than a fluid story cross-over. It would’ve been better to just put that one page in Stormwatch itself… As for Superman – it felt a little depressing, like the point of the story was that the world was passing Superman by.

Verdict: I’m dropping this title.

As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.

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  1. We’ve had a lot of narration leading into a speech, haven’t we? In Batman, again in Batman: The Dark Knight, and now in Superman. This one, at least, was by the Mayor of Metropolis, and not by Clark Kent (the speech in both Batman and Batman: The Dark Knight were by Bruce Wayne).

    In any case, we’ve got new ownership of the Daily Planet, incorporating it into a media empire (formerly called Galaxy Broadcast Systems, but now called the Planet Global Network). The GBS showed parallels to Newscorp, with their newspaper “the Globe” suffering from the same underhanded, illegal dealings that “News of the World” performed (“illegal tactics [like] wiretaps, extortion, out-and-out lies” to quote the comic). This is blunted in the comic somewhat by the fact that there’s a new CEO in charge of the organization, which leaves the reader with the question: is the new boss the same as the old boss? Or is Morgan Edge just as bad as the previous CEO. Only time will tell.

    Clark Kent, however, has already made up his mind. He believes the Daily Planet was bought to breathe integrity and dignity into the organization, but that the Daily Planet will soon be required to perform the same underhanded and illegal tactics that the Globe had. Lois Lane completely disagrees with him. Has she been blinded by her close ties to the new CEO, as well as her new position in charge of the TV division? Again, we’ll have to wait and see. (This is the sort of long form story that works best stretched out over time, though, so I’m okay with these questions.)

    Still, Clark is stuck working in a newspaper he no longer trusts to continue with its reputable business practices, not to mention that we end the comic with him trying to apologize to Lois only to find out she has a boyfriend. He gets into the elevator with slumped shoulders, alone.

    There was a lot of visuals of Superman chasing thieves, and then fighting some kind of an alien threat, but it was mostly background for the Clark Kent story. The only real question we get from the Superman side of things was that everyone’s remarked that Superman’s been gone for a while, and now he’s back. Where was he?

    Whatever the case, the Superman part of the story definitely took a backseat to the Clark Kent side, which was just a little too depressing for me. I’m going to give this one a pass.

    As for the mysterious, hooded woman from Flashpoint #5, she appears in the main panel at the top of page 3, on the far right of the panel.

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