Thursday, July 24, 2014

Superman #33 Review

Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: John Romita Jr.
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 23, 2014

Mama I'm Coming Home

In two issues it's obvious that Geoff Johns is here to right the wrongs of the New 52 Superman.  Whether it's the early arrogance of the younger Superman or recent developments like ClarkCatTropolis, you can rest assured that Johns will do what needs to be done.  The surprise here is the slow and subtle approach he's taking to do it.  After two issues, this book is more about Clark Kent than Superman. When we do get to see the Man of Steel, it's not in action, but trying to help his new super friend, Ulysses.  I'm one of those guys that loves watching Superman punch his way out of a problem, but I'm really enjoying the start of this run.

Superman wants to find out more about his new friend, Ulysses.  Color me jaded, but I keep waiting for the evil shoe to fall as Supes discovers Ulysses' evil past.  So far, it doesn't look like that's the case.  While Ulysses is confused about where he really came from and is a bit Cousin Balkie when it comes to blending in, he seems on the up-and-up.  In fact, the biggest secret about his past is revealed and it's heart warming and a surprise to the man, himself.

In my opinion, the early star of this new run is Perry White.  He's loud, gruff and awesome.  He genuinely cares for Clark and his interactions with Jimmy Olsen are priceless.  I also spy a little Lois and Clark action brewing which would make me so, so happy.

I really like John Romita's art this month.  He does a great job on the everyday characters which is good because this book is filled with them.  There is no action to speak of, so I'm looking forward to seeing him give us a huge battle.  With two superheros with huge power sets as Superman and Ulysses, it's bound to happen soon.

Bits and Pieces:

Superman #33 is a slow and deliberate issue that puts the action on hold to give us some great character moments.  Superman figures out a bit of Ulysses past and it's not what I expected.  John Romita's art is as good as advertised, especially during such a character driven story.  Though we find out a bit about Superman's new friend, I still want more.  Now.  Right now.


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