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Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Rob Leigh Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 21, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
While I wasn't the biggest fan of the Eradicator story in the previous issues of Superman, what I was a big fan of was the family moments between our Man of Steel, Lois and Jon. I could sit and read about them just doing day to day stuff, like running errands, cleaning the house and even waiting at the DMV to get their licences renewed...... but maybe that's just me. I love the Superman family and with us jumping into a new story, I hope that we can continue the things that I love, while also getting to see a little bit of Superman going on........... Okay, that's enough pretending, that's exactly what we get here so let's jump into this issue and check it out.
Our issue begins with Superman getting back to being the Superman we all know and love and he does this by first helping some astronauts repair their solar panels and then because the night was still young, helping Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman with whatever problems they had at the time and even though everyone seemed to be grateful except for Batman, we all know that it's all a big front because even Batman can't help at smile in knowing that Superman is back........ even if it's not the one he once knew. It's Superman and that's all that matters....... Especially once the sun rises and we see our Man of Steel head home to greet his family and make a plan for all of them to spend the day together.
It's the last day of the Hamilton County Fair and after getting breakfast at a local diner, Clark decides that it's time to become a part of the community and take in all that it has to offer..... Which just leads to some humorous moments because before he could convince Lois that this would simply be a family affair, he had to first promise that there wouldn't be any super heroics and even gave Lois his cape so she could be certain that he'd keep his promise. Which of course couldn't possibly lead to Clark having to be super in secret.......... Oh yeah, it definitely does. So while the family is having fun and interacting with their new neighbors the Branden's, who you might remember as Jon's first friend in this book Kathy Branden and her grandfather Cobb Branden, Clark has to excuse himself to stop a couple of no good kids from robbing the ticket booth of the Fair.
As our issue ends, we see Clark catching up with his family and just making it to the last ride of the roller coaster so that the entire family can watch the fireworks with the best seats possible, but as the ride starts, two Fair workers talk about how somebody stopped a robbery, wearing a medieval cape from a display and because they accidentally have this conversation with the microphone on, Lois hears the whole thing and gets more and more annoyed as the ride moves away. We finally end our issue with Clark and Jon having smiles on their faces as the coaster begins rolling down and as Lois begins yelling. It's hilarious and I loved it so damn much.
That's it for this issue of Superman and I have to tell you, I loved the art in this issue more than I have any other and with a series that looks as great as this one does, that's hard to do. Everything that this art team brought us here is golden and on top of that, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason brought me everything that I wanted from this Superman series with this issue. I know, people want to read Superman for Superman, but ever since the Lois and Clark title, I've just wanted to see these characters be a family with the added dynamic that two thirds of them happen to be super....... and for how much people have been enjoying this series, maybe I'm not alone. This was just a great issue to see the heart that the Pre-Flashpoint Superman and his family bring to this Universe, while still invoking laughs along the way. Just a amazing issue that gives you the Superman you want right off the bat before moving into the family time that centers this hero.
Bits and Pieces:
This is the issue I've been waiting for when it comes to this series and it delivers on all fronts. The story is well written and gives us heart and humor, plus the super heroics we've come to expect, while also showing us what a Super Family does when it's time to put the cape down and spend a little time together. On top of all that, the art in this issue is probably the best I've seen from this series and even though I know we'll have to get to some terrible evil that Clark will have to take on, I wish we could just continue seeing a day in the life of the Superman Family like this issue gives us.