Bunch of Savages
Release Date: February 24, 2016
So with Vandal's kids getting all powered up, big daddy goes on the airwaves telling them that if they've gained power that they are his descendants and that they are the chosen few for his new world. Only thing is, they have to prove their worth and daddy expects them to use this power to kill Superman and his friends.......... which kind of sucks if you happen to be either Superman or his friends. To get ready for the upcoming battle, Superman gets Metallo to show him his heart so that he can juice up on some Kryptonite and man it's weird as hell to see Superman get his power the same way Ultraman does............ Well, not exactly the same way, he's not munching on it or snorting it so I guess he hasn't gotten all K addicted yet. So the fight is on and even though it pisses me off because it doesn't make any sense for him to be there, Mister Terrific calls in backup for Superman and we get the entire Mythbrawl crew showing up to join the fight............. because I guess we didn't get enough of Mythbrawl before and it's not like we have an entire Universe of heroes we could call in to make people who love DC superheroes happy.............. lousy Mythbrawl.
In the end, Metallo ends up getting taken out by one of Savage's children and because Metallo scanned Superman and knows that his Kryptonite powers are killing him but he's still willing to save people he doesn't know, Metallo is willing to give Superman his Kryptonite heart so that for once in his life his heart can be as open as Superman's. It's a bit poetic, but comes off a bit too cheesy and that's the end of John Corben. As our issue closes, Superman take's Metallo's heart and gets ready for his final assault against Vandal Savage.
That's it for this issue of Superman and the biggest disappointment for me was that I continuously compared this issue to Superman/Wonder Woman because I had to read that right before this since they came out in the same week and Superman/Wonder Woman just came off way better all around. Really though, not much went down in this issue even though we had two deaths, but because they seemed to come out of nowhere.......... and because I happened to hate both characters, the shock of their deaths did nothing for me and they did nothing for the story except maybe try to make this issue appear more important than it actually is. The best part about this entire issue is the subtle and not so subtle moments where we see the love that people have for Clark, like when Wonder Woman thinks he's dead at the beginning of the issue, to the simple concern that Lois has for him and even Metallo getting over his disdain for our hero. These are all great moments, but the overall story doesn't do much for me and the art and panel layout just seem really basic and uninspired.
Bits and Pieces:
Because Superman/Wonder Woman and this issue came out in the same week and continue each other's stories, I had a hard time trying to rate this issue based on it's own merits and not constantly making comparisons........... sadly I failed because Superman/Wonder Woman was just a better issue overall. As for this though, there isn't much story and the artwork won't "wow" you, but at times it does show us some heart and that turns out to be the most enjoyable aspects of this issue.