Perhaps you are an appreciator and fan of Neal Adams. Perhaps you place him among a pantheon of comic book greats that might include Jack Kirby and Will Eisner. But you may be of the belief that Neal Adams is a "street level" artist, that he does not or cannot render otherworldly scenes and detailed space ships in their element. Well this comic book will prove you absolutely wrong about that contention, as Superman flies after and then through the launched ship, destroying it with a series of explosions that would be right at home on the set of a Rambo movie. Then Superman flies through a sort of inverted Boom Tube to chase the red sun mote into our own sun, in a scene that is just something to behold, and needs to be seen to be believed. He's able to wreck the mote, but is he in time? While we ponder that, we switch back to Apokolips, where Rafi and his pet dog Rusty are being babysat by Darkseid's own Granny Goodness. I don't think she's his actual grandmother, mind you, but she is part of his inner circle. She offers Rafi some cookies and looks to be all smiles, but quickly turns into the freakish Bette Midler-looking demon-lady who threatens to eat Rusty and torture Rafi. This is just like my babysitter from when I was a kid! Back at the sun, Orion is literally towing Superman's battered body away and back to New Krypton/Apokolips, where he's given painful electro-shock therapy to get his powers juiced up again. That's all it takes, kids! Stick your tongue in an electrical socket and become Superman! You read it here first!
We take a little break to witness Darkseid and Lex Luthor hanging out on Earth at LexCorp, taunting each other. The back-and-forth between these two is so funny, it's like Abbot and Costello, with neither being able to agree who is playing which role. We learn that the red sun mote that was intended to turn our sun red and dampen the Supermen's powers merely put an orange blotch on the face of it, and seems to have no effect on the Kandoorians from New Krypton that are hanging out on Earth to stop the forces of Darkseid (specifically Steppenwolf, in this case.) Darkseid is pretty pissed off by this because he paid good money to see a red sun, but Luthor has already discerned that Superman must have screwed up the plan somehow. There's some blustery blowhardiness between Luthor and Darkseid, then Luthor...oh god, I can't even explain this...Luthor reminds Darkseid that his lethal weapon is his mind, and then uses it to encase Darkseid in green lucite? Beams shoot forth from Luthor's head as he does this, like he's a Ditto-era Dr. Strange fighting another magician. Back on New Krypton, Superman is ready to find Rafi but gets distracted by another incursion by the forces of Darkseid. We then cut to a woman in a green cloak running through the streets below the high-flying action, who looks suspiciously like Lois Lane. She fends off a harasser with the help of a magic staff, then takes off after the winged alien-demon that has figured so prominently into the story up to now. The demon surreptitiously leads her to the roof of some wacky building that looks like a bunch of Legion of Doom headquarters stacked on top of each other, then peers through a skylight to see Rafi, being tortured by Granny Goodness, in a contraption that looks suspiciously like the same tangle of wires Superman used to zap his powers back after stopping the full brunt of the red sun mote. Cheer up, Rafi! You're just gonna be electrocuted and then you'll get your super powers!
And lo, on the fourth day, I did find myself blessed to receive the word and picture of Superman: The Coming of the Supermen, and it did reveal to me many pressing nuggets of knowledge that, verily, did happen about damned time. This whole issue checked off two-thirds from the growing list of questions surrounding this series, with such efficiency and flair that it stung like a slap from Neal Adams himself. (Imagine if this were done by Jim Steranko!) This is the same art and lettering team from the last issue, so it looks much the same, which is to say it is dynamic and crisp and the best that the title has looked thus far. Though frankly, I’m so embroiled in this miniseries, it could be drawn by a fully-blind four year-old and I’d be there for the next issue.