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Written By: Gene Luen Yang Art By: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Dean White Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: June 24, 2015
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Alright, my first review of Superman!.......sorry if you were a fan of Jim's style of reviews because from here on out....... or at least until we switch books again, I'm going to be spoiling the hell out of them. For this issue of Superman we'll be diving into the Truth, but even though we've had a bunch of issues dealing with that story so far, this will be a prologue setting things up.......which I find really weird, but what the hell? We'll go with it. So let's dive into Superman and eventually find out what led to Superman's depowering and Lois outing Superman's secret identity. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with Clark tying up a few things at work before Jimmy and him go out to see a basketball game. It's here when Clark receives an anonymous text from someone saying that they know who's behind the recent string of robberies and crimes that were acted out with advanced weapons. So with this tip, Clark figures "What a scoop!" and Jimmy and him head off to see who's behind this dastardly deed and how they're pulling it off.
The anonymous tip leads our intrepid reporter........and cameraman to a factory in Technology Park, Clark and Jimmy sneak in and begin taking pictures of the man in charge, who's walking a foreign diplomat around, showing off his gigantic, advanced 3D printer that makes all the advanced weapons and he goes on to explain how they have ones like this at several different sites, so I guess it's weapons abound! Of course, Clark and Jimmy get spotted by some guards and before either one can get ....... advanced weapon-ed, Clark suits up and Superman takes down the guards before getting attacked by the spider-like 3D printer, which now seems like it's a weapon itself as well....... Hell, the bad guys should just produce these printers because man did this one give Superman a run for his money. The battle causes the factory to explode and do to Superman using his new favorite toy: the solar flare, to take down the terror technology, the bad guy gets away. Back at the Daily Planet, Clark and Jimmy get their photos printed and Lois shows up and like she usually does, she joins the two on the story because she recognizes the bad guy as a recently elected Senator.......... who fooled Clark and Jimmy because he wasn't sporting his mustache that was shown on all his election posters....... Yeah, that's pretty funny. So the trio run with the story and the Senator is taken down and all is right in the world........... that is if Clark's anonymous source didn't know that Clark's actually Superman. Yeah, it seems that this mysterious texter is running a sort of extortion on Clark and threatens to reveal his secret if he doesn't do exactly as he's told...........Which at that moment meant that when a blue haired lady with dreadlocks comes to The Planet looking for Clark, he's supposed to give her over to the authorities........which surprisingly he does. Don't worry though, it's not like he called the cops on her or tricked her, he simply let two officers with an arrest warrant out for her take her when they showed up. Again, it still seems like a shitty thing to do, but Clark redeems himself.
In the end, as the woman is put in a car and then asks if they're actually cops, we see Clark dressed in black and sporting shades jump down on the roof of the vehicle and take the impostors out and save the woman....... It's just too bad that Lois came snooping around when Jimmy was waiting with the car and became involved with the getaway when Clark showed up. Don't worry though, it's not like Clark was rocking the S when he got in the car, but if I was Lois, I would definitely think that something was up. If that wasn't bad enough, since Superman went and used a portion of his solar flare at the beginning of the issue, he's not 100% super and gets shot as the faux cops come running after him and the woman. We're told that she has information about who's really behind the weapons and that the Senator was only a pawn, but I don't know if Clark's going to be able to report on it because as the issue closes, we see our heroes' car drive away as they keep screaming "Clark!".
That's it for this issue of Superman and I'm a little upset that we didn't get more "Truth" going on here. Every other "Super" book seems to be telling the story about what Superman is going through now that he doesn't have his full powers and his secret is out of the bag, but this seems to be taking it's time in getting to that and instead showing us a mystery about a weapons manufacturer. I just hate when a story is completely disjointed and has no real feel of events throughout it. Yes, this is the beginning of "Truth", but it just doesn't feel like it the way that the other titles are showcasing the new status quo for Superman. As for the art, I'm a bit biased here because I read Romita Jr.'s Spider-Man in the 90's and I was never a real fan of his style and while I still can't say that I'm a fan, I did find myself enjoying his style more with this title then I ever did with Spider-Man back in the day and besides for Lois having a few moments where she was sporting "liver lips", I kind of dug it. The biggest disappointment for me though, was the inclusion of the "Solar Flare" again. Since Geoff Johns introduced it, it's like we have to have it in every Superman title and I was really happy to get away from it with the "Truth" story arc, but then we have it again here. Now maybe it's because of this power that Superman eventually becomes the way he is now, but I'm just so damned tired of seeing it.
Bits and Pieces:
Don't go expecting much of our new Superman here because this is a prologue to the "Truth" story line where our boy scout is still rocking his blues and his cape. While I enjoyed this story for the mystery it presents, I was kind of let down that this was called the "Truth" because of how different it feels from the rest of the Superman titles. I guess Gene Luen Yang is giving us a slow burn but so far it's just more solar flares and a disjointed feeling when paired with the rest of this story line.