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Comic Review – Superman #42

 

  • Writer: Gene Luen Yang
  • Pencils: John Romita Jr.
  • Inker: Klaus Jensen
  • Colors: Dean White, Wil Quintana, Tomeu Morey
  • Letters: Rob Leigh
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Release Date: July 29th, 2015

With a strong start to the new Superman run, Gene Yang and John Romita Jr. should be flying high. The latest issue of Superman comes out this week, after last issue’s cliffhanger, and it promises a major reveal right on the cover, so let’s get down to it.

WARNING: SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT

Having escaped the attackers from last issue, Clark and Co, including a hacker named Condesa escape to outside of town, only to be attacked again by the minions of Hordr (no, not Hodor), a high tech collective of evil that has been the bane of Clark’s existence for the last couple of issues. After the fight, Lois confirms what she’s suspected for some time, much as she didn’t want to find out: Clark Kent is Superman. But, there is no time to waste as they must invade Hordr’s secret lair, which can be only described as “Evil Nerd Hogwarts”….

Superman 42 Image

The story is admittedly by the numbers, and while enjoyable isn’t 100% thrilling. The real twist here is Lois finding out Clark’s secret through detective work and journalistic skill, compared to past reveals where Clark or someone else is the one who reveals the secret to her. Other than that, the story is quite generic, and the Superman writers in general are starting to overuse the Supernova to the point of overkill. The villain, when confronted, does the generic villain speech and little else. There are moments of lightness, courtesy of Jimmy Olsen and Hiro “Toymaster” Okamura; and Condesa is an interesting character to include here, including her own special ability that fits with today’s tech based world. But on the other hand, as much as Lois cares for Clark as a friend, she acts like a…well a word that cannot be printed here.

Romita’s art, despite some wonky faces, is quite good. The action is dynamic, and the expressions at the big reveal are pitch perfect, including Lois’ face when she finds out Jimmy has known Clark’s secret before she, his supposed best friend, did. The backgrounds are well done, especially the Hordr campus and Hiro’s workshop, and there are some robots for Superman to punch that are quite well done. But the wonky faces do detract, and distract the reader, which can hurt the already average story.

Superman 42 Image 2

It’s sad to see Yang and Co squander a good start, but this issue of Superman pales compared to the previous issue, or the Action issues which have been incredibly strong. As of now, Superman is the weak link in the “Truth” arc, and I hope the next issue will rise above this one to be worthy of the title Superman.


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Daniel Kalban

Daniel is the writer of The Eagle webcomic and aspires to one day join his favorite writers at the Big 2. Until then, he keeps plugging away at various projects, as well as serving as a reporter for Word of the Nerd on various subjects, especially the DC Comics "beat".

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