Monday, September 2, 2013

Superman #23 Review

Superman #23 kicks off the Psi War with a little Superman and a lot of Hector Hammond and the HIVE Queen.  The later two battle it out across Metropolis while Superman becomes a mere minor character in his own book.

Mike Johnson takes over Superman, at least for now, and I think that's a good thing.  The focus on Hammond and the HIVE Queen is a great change of pace. Of course Superman is here, but the two psychic giants take center stage,  along with a mystery narrator.   This mystery narrator actually steals the show with a great voice that's both playful and dangerous.  The reveal at the end is great and the highlight of the book.  What can I say, if Mike Johnson stays on, I'll be happy.

Also impressive was Jesus Merino's art.  He really shines in the action and fight scenes throughout the book.  The only gripe I have is that his Superman looks a little young.  He makes up for it in the last page reveal...I love it.

The Psi War is on.  Superman #23 may lack a lot of Superman, but it makes up for it with great action and art.  Mike Johnson and Jesus Merino make a splash in what I hope is a continuing partnership on the Superman in the future.


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