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Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Rags Morales & Gene Ha
Ink: Rick Bryant & Gene Ha
Color: Brad Anderson & Art Lyon
Letters: Patrick Brosseali
Despite doing the thing that bugs me most about a reboot, which is using it as an excuse to tell us origins we've already been told, I'm loving this book. So far we've seen a young Superman feared and hated by the powers that be. Last issue he was briefly in their clutches, only to escape and show how powerful a being he is becoming. Though he is unaware of exactly who is feeding him info, the reader gets to see that Lex Luthor is working with some sort of entity in space.
So, in this issue we start back on Krypton with the last days. Instead of a natural disaster leading to the demise of the planet, the people are simply enjoying a party and making a few jokes at the expense of wacky, armageddon predicting Jor-El. An artificial life form crashes the party, however, announcing that their world was being cataloged in advance of imminent destruction and then begins tearing stuff up. That's how it came off to me anyhow, I guess it's possible these things were just cataloging stuff because they knew a disaster was coming, but it certainly seemed to me that they were changing things up a bit and having Krypton be destroyed by these things instead.
Back to the present, young Superman wakes from a nightmare as police force their way into his apartment and rummage through all of his stuff - just to harass him because they don't like the stuff he writes. This was probably my biggest issue story-wise. I can believe in flying men from space, but cops entering and searching a reporter's apartment without a warrant just because they feel like it was too much to ask. My nitpicking aside, they kind of speed through things to show us how the population, and not just the military, is starting to turn on Superman -- though stoning him after he saved a little girl from being hit by a truck was a bit heavy-handed, I suppose it makes the point.
Meanwhile back at the military complex that held Superman last issue, we see them getting this soldier ready for some sort of enhanced suit to go after Superman, but they only end up getting "infected" by this same alien life-form. The issue ends on a cliff-hanger as Lex shouts above the screams to this entity that they had a bargain and this villain asks "Where is Superman?"
Like I said at the beginning, I am really enjoying this take on Superman for the most part. Some of the ideas they are trying to get across come off a bit heavy-handed at times, really hitting the reader over the head with certain concepts. I think a more gentle approach would flow a bit better, but it's not enough to really mess up the story to me. The art is a little too sketchy, as the last couple issues have been, though the art in the first part set on Krypton was great. I'm guessing that was the Gene Ha portion. All-in-all, great issue and really looking forward to the rest of this run.
Review by: Geek Readers