Superwoman RebornWritten by: K. Perkins
Art by: Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Hi-Fi and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 19, 2017
I have not been a fan of this book and while I have numerous reasons why, I also understand that it's been fighting an uphill battle since it debuted at the beginning of Rebirth. For crying out loud, one of it's main characters, Lois Lane, was killed off in the first issue! Still, it hasn't been good so when a new creative team was announced, headed by K. Perkins, I finally had hope that things would turn around. Then Superman Reborn happened and seemed to wipe everything clean...especially the whole Superwoman thing. Again, uphill battle! However, it does give Perkins a bit of a clean slate to work with...as long as she can transition from the old to the new status quo. So, how did she do in her debut issue? Let's find out...
Well, the issue opens right where we left off...Lana has awoken in the Kryptonian Armor and she wants out. Seriously, I'm right there with her, cramped spaces and all. Everything seems pretty standard at this point, but then Kelex says that Lana being alive presents a potentially devastating anomaly. Interesting! Kelex continues and says something has changed with Lana and we find out right away...She has no powers. Oh snap!
We then head off to Metropolis and see Atomic Skull addressing the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit...as a cop! Maggie Sawyer shows up and isn't that thrilled with him, but he is a cop on work-release and while I find that to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard, it's also ridiculously fun. The scene ends by showing who Skull is going after...Remnant.
We then head to the Lang Family Farm in Kansas where Lana is "coping" with her new (or old?) life. She continues treating Steel like shit, but John is a gem and takes it and calls in the big gun...Superman.
Lana tells Supes that she can't be a powerless Superwoman, but Clark takes her on a Super version of It's a Wonderful Life and shows her what she meant to Metropolis. Then, just as he starts telling her what is going on big picture wise, they are interrupted by the ongoing fight between Remnant and Atomic Skull. The fight happened because Skull didn't obey Maggie's orders, but when Superman and Lana save the day, all is well.
The issue ends with Superman telling Lana that powers don't make the hero (boy, I wish he followed his own advice back in the New 52 Truth story!) and the reader left to wonder if there will even be a Superwoman going forward.
Now, if you've been reading this series, you have to be with me that Lana will get a suit from Natasha and carry on ala Super Lex and I am really shocked we didn't end with that as a cliffhanger. I really want to see what's next for Lana because I suddenly am enjoying this book! Imagine that!
One of the reasons is Stephen Segovia's art. It's nice and clean and easy to follow. I know that sounds pretty basic, but this book had been a mess all the way around and half the time, I had no idea what was going on. Now I do and now I'm happy.
Bits and Pieces:
A new creative team and a new status quo (thanks to the Superman Reborn story) has given this book a new life. K. Perkins had a lot to deal with jumping on this book and she came through with flying colors. This was the best issue of this series and we really don't have a Superwoman right now. I can't wait to see what we get when we do.