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Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Art By: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, Rob Leigh Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: September 7, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
It's time to see the Eradicator get his ass kicked and boy is it about time. Yeah, I loved seeing all the father/son stuff with Superman and Jon, but everything with the Eradicator came off weird as hell and I've really just been waiting for the whole ass kicking thing so we could get back to seeing more of the Superman family.......... Yeah, I know we need some kind of drama to keep the story going, but from reading Superman: Lois and Clark and the first two issues of this story arc, I found that I really just love seeing the family element....... which is the most interesting part of this series so far in my mind. Before we hopefully get back to all that heart and whatnot, let's head back to the moon, where Superman has just stolen Eradicator's power by absorbing all the souls of Krypton into himself. Let's check it out.
Our issue spends a lot of time showing that ass kicking I was talking about, while Lois and Jon watch from the Bat-Moon Cave because this big ass fight has gotten the attention of the entire world and everyone is scrambling to get a decent picture of what initially comes off to them as just a shit ton of explosions on the moon.......... and I don't care what Batman and Wonder Woman say at the end of this issue........ the moon is fucked.
So yeah, like we've seen a lot throughout this story arc, Superman and Eradicator beat the hell out of one another, but unlike every other time, I can finally find some relief in my constant worry of Krypto. That's right, after it looks like Eradicator has the upper hand, when Superman releases the souls of Krypton, we see that Krypto is well trained in every universe and with a simple call, he comes to his master............ and oh my god, this issue seemed like it became John Carpenter's The Thing out of nowhere when he did because he just ripped out of Eradicator's chest and horrified the shit out of me . With no more power within him, Eradicator is quickly beaten by our Man of Steel and Man's Best Friend... of Steel. Let's just hope that Superman did more with the body than simply leave it on the moon like it appears here.
In the end, the world is ecstatic to have Superman back and apparently all they needed to believe that our current Man of Steel is the genuine article was him standing in front of a still functioning moon rover, which captured him righting the fallen American flag on the moon's surface........... well that and a very adamant Bibbo singing Superman's praises for bringing him a moon rock back as a souvenir. After the excitement dies down though we get back to the heart of the story and that's Clark's interactions with his son. As our issue closes, we see Clark introduce Jon to his new glasses, since he's going to need a secret identity and after Lois goes to sleep, he takes him to the Justice League Watchtower so he can introduce Batman and Wonder Woman to the new Superboy.
That's it for this issue of Superman and while the whole Eradicator bit to this story seemed a bit overblown, I have to say that I enjoyed this finale to our arc a lot because it got us back to the heart that we began this series with. I love that this series has become all about the Superman family and I really hope that with Jon having his introduction into this world that this series doesn't deviate from this kind of storytelling because the ending to this issue is what I truly want to see more of from this title........ and since I was relieved to see that Krypto is alive and well, hopefully he gets incorporated into future stories. So yeah, while I could do without all the Eradicator stuff, this issue was really enjoyable and gave me everything that I wanted from this initial arc and the art that conveyed it was just great.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue does right by all of us by bringing the heart back into this series by having more than just Superman punching something, while saying that he's protecting his family. We've got real interactions here that open up this series to all kinds of things in the future, while giving us some excellent art throughout........ I just wasn't that into the whole Eradicator thing, but thankfully this issue delivers more than that and gets me excited for what's to come.