Sunday, December 1, 2013

Superman #25 Review

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Kenneth Rocafort
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 27, 2013

The Point of No Return

The Krypton Returns arc featured Superman, Superboy and Supergirl battling H'el across timelines to stop his plan of saving Krypton, but destroying the Universe in the process.  Thankfully, Superman #25 ends this mess and maybe puts an end to H'el in the New 52.

To me, Scott Lobdell is an idea man.  The idea of Krypton Returns is interesting in theory.  H'el wants to bring Krypton back so he can destroy it himself.  Unfortunately, his plan will cause the Universe to cease to exist.  Pretty cool idea, but then Lobdell puts pen to paper and we get a wordy, convoluted and confusing story that not only tries the patience of Superman readers, but brings Supergirl and Superboy fans along for the ride.  

Lobdell has to be given some credit for attempting a story that happens simultaneously through three timelines.  That's not why it's confusing though.  It's confusing because various storylines don't get resolved, while others are rushed or just abandoned altogether.  The worst offender is the whole arc itself which can't even bring itself to end properly.

I do like the characterization in this finale more than past issues.  Superman shows just how smart he is, Kara shows more compassion and Superboy gets his redemption.  This issue sets up a very interesting future for the three heroes involved.  Let's just hope H'el is isn't part of that future because I'm really sick of seeing him.
I also like the action in this issue.  The battles between H'el and the House of El are the highlight of the book with Superman's being the best.  If only the dialogue and plot could have matched the action.

Kenneth Rocafort, on the other hand, is on the top of his game here.  The panels just pop off the page and the numerous splash pages are excellent.  He handles both the action and the quiet moments with ease.  This is on seriously great looking book.

Bits and Pieces:

Superman #25 puts Krypton Returns to a rest, but it is more confusing than satisfying.  The action, art and characterization are good, but the story and dialogue bring everything down.  Hopefully the future of the House of El will be better and H'el free.


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