Monday, March 31, 2014

Adventures of Superman #49 Review

Written by: Steve Niles
Art by: Matthew Dow Smith
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 31, 2014

Ghosts of Krypton

Never build a house on an Indian Burial Ground and never build a Moonbase on'll have to read to find out.  Steve Niles gives us a quick little one-shot about space travel, the Man of Steel and ghosts.  It's not bad, but it's not a story that will stay with you very long after you finish.

Adventures of Superman is unique title that allows varied writers to give Superman a spin around the block. To me, that is it's greatest strength, especially when the creative team is unfamiliar.  This week we get Steve Niles, the author of 30 Days of Night and Matthew Dow Smith who has done art on Nightcrawler, Doctor Who and Stormwatch to name a few.  I'm not a big horror guy (my co-writer Eric is, big time) so I haven't read Niles work and am not familiar with Smith's.  Treading new ground always excites me.

Well, the story is a ghost story on the moon.  Superman is dedicating a new Moonbase, but him and the humans are not alone.  Superman hears and sees things from his past and they are disturbing.  Yep, they have a haunted moonbase on their hands.  This house is not clean.

The how and why of the ghost is pretty cool and really makes it personal for Superman.  Niles also does something not enough writers do with Superman.  He makes him scared.  Not scared for his life, but the kind of scared that kids get when they don't understand ghosts.  Then Superman thinks back to something Pa Kent told him and he knows what must be done.  It's a nice little story that I will probably forget about by next week.

I was not a huge fan of the art this week.  Matthew Dow Smith's work here is pencil heavy and the colors are drab.  I know it takes place on the moon, but it just was not great to look at.

Bits and Pieces:

Adventures of Superman #49 is a nice, but forgettable one-shot.  While the basic story was good enough, the drab art brought it down.  If you skip this one, you won't be missing much.


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