Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Adventures of Superman #34 Review

Written by: Peter Milligan
Art by: Agustin Padilla
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 16, 2013

The Demolisher part 1 of 3

Is Superman a relic from the past?  Does the gritty and violent world we live in have any use for the greatest boy scout of all-time?  People have been asking that question for a while now, but what happens when Superman starts asking?

The question of whether Superman fits in our day and age keeps coming up.  The Man of Steel opened the debate again, but so has the comics (especially the grittier New 52).  Peter Milligan turns the concept on it's ear by having Superman ask the question.  Unfortunately, the answer is not pretty.

The first of a three part arc, The Adventures of Superman #34 is not a feel good story.  It is violent and includes themes of child abduction.  In other words, it's a pretty fair reflection of our society and what they find "entertaining".  Seriously, the top shows of the year present such themes (and worse) on a weekly basis. Peter Milliagan shows what would happen if Superman decided to "get with the times"...or if he even knows that he's doing it.   It makes you immediately wish for good old Superman back.  I'm eager to see how the arc unfolds, but it is a very good start to a pretty cool concept.

Agustin Padilla's art is good.  I know that the art seems to get bypassed on the digital front so it's nice to see it look so good.  It's a bit more gritty look for Superman's world, but of course that's the theme of the book, so job well done.

Bits and Pieces:

The Adventures of Superman #34 is a very good twist to a familiar story.  Peter Milligan has presented an intriguing beginning to an arc and I can't wait to see how it turns out.


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