Thursday, May 29, 2014

Superman #31 Review

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Ed Benes and Jack Herbert
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Doomed from the Start

Scott Lobdell is saying goodbye to Superman with his Doomed story line. What's funny is that while I have warmed up to the story, my least favorite issues have been Lobdell's.  This week we get chapter 4 with Superman #31 and not only is it the worst of the lot, I'm not even sure why it even exists.

Lois Lane arrives to interview Superman while he's being studied by Lex Luthor.  He wants the world to know he is a danger to them now and forever.  Lois then has a "brainiac power" freakout about the world ending and shows Superman the Teen Titans are in trouble.  Really, the Teen Titans?  Against doctors orders, Superman flies away to help the Titans and save the day.  What the heck just happened?  Nothing at all, really.

There is no reason to read this book.  It's a bad Superman story and a totally useless Doomed issue.  I have said that Lobdell is an idea man, but this book is short on ideas of any sort.  We are reminded that Lois has Brainiac powers and get to see the Teen Titans.  Also, I would complain at it being one of the shortest issues in recent memory, but when a book is this bad, that is a blessing.

The art is split between Ed Benes and Jack Herbert and it is pretty mediocre.  Nothing stands out except some weird looking Superman panels and the okay Teen Titans page.

Bits and Pieces:

There is no reason to read Superman #31.  It is an awful book for Doomed readers and Superman fans in general.  Just skip it and hope we get back to business in next week's Action Comics.  Lets all pretend this didn't happen.


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