Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Adventures of Superman #37 Review

Written by: B.Clay Moore
Art by: Gabriel Rodriguez
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 6, 2014

Exposed: Part 1 of 3

Why is Clark Kent never around when Superman saves the day?  How does Clark Kent always seem to be the one to break Superman related stories?  Are we really supposed to believe that Superman can put on a pair of horned rims and act meek and everyone is fooled?  The newest Adventures of Superman arc takes a look at what happens when someone isn't fooled.

A former reporter for the Daily Planet has a chip on his shoulder and exposing Superman's secret identity may be his ticket for stardom...and revenge.  B Clay Moore tells a decent story here, though it is a bit of a slow beginning.  The Daily Planet gang is all here and I like how Moore writes them.  Jimmy, Lois and Perry (or "Chief" according to Jimmy) are presented in a classic way.  Metallo even makes a brief appearance, but the villain here is the former reporter.  He comes off as a psycho stalker and looks like a homeless man.  However, what is scary is that exposing Superman's identity is a huge threat and this scruffy guy with a camera is about to break the case open.  Like I said, it's a slow start, but the ending promises some interesting conflict.

The art of Gabriel Rodriguez is decent as well.  My main problem is I don't like the look of his Superman.  Jimmy looks a little too young as well, but everything else looks pretty good.

I do have a huge problem in the issue.  Clark is confronted by the reporter during the day.  At least it looks like daytime.  However, he says "I don't like being stalked in the middle of the night".  Someone messed up here.  

Bits and Pieces:

Adventures of Superman #37 is an average start to a new arc.  The idea of Superman's identity being exposed is interesting, but the slow start and average art hold this issue back.  I hope Moore and Rodriguez have better in store next week because what is here is not enough to recommend.


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