Grab Bag Reviewer: Christian Hoffer
It's been years since we've seen a good story in Superman . The title has long been filled with crappy arcs, including the extended debacle that was New Krypton and then the infamous Grounded arc storyline, that has made Superman a series to avoid for years. Unfortunately, this trend hasn't reversed with the first issue of Superman: Man of Tomorrow. George Perez delivers a soft first issue that showcases why Grant Morrison's reinvention of the character probably should have extended into the modern day.
Perez jumps right into Superman's new status quo on the first page. The Daily Planet has being bought out by a media conglomoration leading to the teardown of the old Daily Planet building and the division of the Planet's staff. Lois Lane has been promoted into an executive role in the new television and digital division, which doesn't sit well with Clark. Clark's grumpiness stems from the fact that Lois has sided with a company that engages in shady journalistic tactics and is also fooling around with hunky new lothario Jonathan Carroll. Also, Superman fights a fire monster and a walking fish blows a horn and leaves it in the Himalayas for Stormwatch to find.
My main problem with the story is that Superman is back to the same old mopey putz that instantly causes readers to lose interest instantly. Unlike Action Comics or Justice League, which portray a confident badass Superman, this modern Superman is grumpy and looks as if he's about to cry any moment. It's a pathetic depiction and makes me actively dislike DC's highest profile character.
Perez's breakdowns did the story no favors either. While I'm usually a fan of substance over flash, the dense panel layouts hurt the threat and grandeur of Superman's foe. We never get a clear shot of just how dangerous a fire is to Superman because Perez stacks up panel after panel after panel into each page. The layouts rob the book of what little action it has, adding to the flat feel of the story. For what it's worth Jesus Merino does deliver some above average pencils and at least makes the book bearable to finish
All in all, this is a disappointing book. If you're a fan that enjoys seeing Superman cry, pick up your subscription now. With the amount of frowning and moping going on in this issue, we'll be seeing tears in three issues max.
Total Score: 50/100