Title: Superman Issue 33 New 52
Publisher: DC Comics
Rating: 3.9 out of 5
I’m just going to say it. On the day that it was announced that John Romita, Jr. was going to be taking over the art on Superman, I was less than enthused. I’ve found his art to be uneven at most, and adequate at best. He is not his father. His Spider-Man was adequate, and probably his best work, but outside of that I hated his Sentry and I couldn’t get past the first issue of his Marvel Now Captain America reboot due to his crappy art.
On the other hand, Geoff Johns can spin a great tale from time to time. I don’t love everything he’s ever done, but no one else writes Green Lantern like he did. No one writes comics like he did on GL. So, the fact that he was coming aboard did give me some hope.
We’re two issues in, and how are they doing? Romita Jr’s art has been more on the adequate side. It’s a bit blocky, and not my style, but it’s way better than his Cap. So that’s in his favor. That’s the closest I’ll get to giving him a compliment. Geoff Johns has given me hope that Superman comics can be great again.
Superman is my first love. I will read his comics no matter what. If they are good or bad. For me, the best time for Superman comics was Post-Crisis through the Death and Return of Superman just a bit past Lois and Clark getting married. About a decade of decent good Superman stories, 1986-1996. I haven’t really been happy since. Not that everything has been bad. War of the Worlds was good. I didn’t like all the New Krypton story and the way they wrote Supers into a corner, no longer the lone survivor of a dead world. Supes abandoning Earth, Metropolis and Lois seemed out of character.
The New 52 gave me hope, and Morrison’s Action run was spectacular. But other than the recent Doomed story, the comics have been lackluster (Charles Soule @CharlesSoule has done some great work on Superman Wonder Woman.). One thing I’ve missed is what makes Superman comics Superman comics. His supporting cast. Yeah, Lois has been there in the other comics. She’s got a boyfriend and is mind controlled by Brainiac right now in Doomed, but she’s been a plot device more than a character. In Geoff John’s run, Lois is joined b the rest of the Planet’s cast as they too are main characters in the tale. The main story, and new character Ulysses aren’t all that intriguing or new, but I’m along for the ride as I always have been.