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.