Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Superman #15 Review and *SPOILERS*

Get Your Supermen Together, It's Time To Go

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Ryan Sook, Ed Benes, Clay Mann, Jorge Jimenez, Dinei Ribeiro, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's get Multversal up in this and take our Superman on a ride with the Justice Incarnate.  That's right folks, in the previous issue our Pre-Flashpoint Superman was met by not only the Red Son Superman, but all the heroes who came together during Grant Morrison's Multiversity story because they have themselves a threat on a Crisis scale......... Well, maybe not a Crisis scale, but it's a pretty big deal because someone is going throughout the Multiverse and snatching up certain Supermen....... and from the looks of it, siphoning their power for his own use.  Poor Captain Carrot seemed to get his power taken away from him at the end of the previous issue and at the moment, we don't know if this can be reversed........ So we might now be living in a Multiverse without a Captain Carrot....... Yeah, I know, calm down.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Superman and the Justice Incarnate plan on doing to not only stop this scourge, but to also save Kenan Kong, who was kidnapped.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins on Earth-14, where the Justice League of Assassins is trying their damnedest to fight off a horde of Gatherers coming to take their leader, Squad Superman.  Yeah, they put up a fight and actually kill all the Gatherers, but their master comes a callin' and kills all of the Assassins in a single blow and took Squad Superman for himself.  This takes us to the House of Heroes, where our Justice Incarnate and Superman are learning of the newest kidnapping and trying to figure out a plan to get ahead of their nemesis before he strikes again.......... Leading our Superman to come up with the idea to go from world to world and gather all they can so that if the threat strikes again, at least they'll all be there to fend it off. 

With that, we go into a big ass montage of going world to world to gather these Supermen, where some come more willingly than others, but ultimately they get all their Supermen together......... and out of nowhere our threat is given a name.... Prophecy.  Yeah, I don't know where that came from, just all at once they started throwing this Prophecy name about like it was known by everyone, but I guess we're just supposed to go with it.  

In the end, the plan is as Superman puts it.... "to lose", with all the Supermen in the Multiverse, it will force Prophecy out, but right when their ship detects an anomaly, Superman teleports all the Supermen away so that he can take on Prophecy by himself.......... Which seems super odd out of nowhere and I hope all of this is a ruse because this sudden development just doesn't make sense for everything we've done so far in this issue and as it closes, our Superman goes face to face with Prophecy.

That's it for this issue of Superman and I don't know if it's the review issue I'm reading, but a lot of this came off as really disjointed.  Once all the Supermen get together...... which took way too much time of the book for what we ultimately get, it seems that Superman went and had himself a psychotic break because it doesn't make any sense for him to go and take on a villain.......... who's name came out of nowhere, on by himself.  Especially one who seems to be gathering Supermen power for himself....... making him, what I would assume is some kind of Uber Superman.  So yeah, just a lot of things coming out of nowhere here that didn't seem to make sense to me and while the art in this issue was decent, it didn't all mesh together well for me and I found a few things off with it.  I really hope that the final issue to this arc makes everything come together because right now, this issue kind of makes all of this come off rather silly.

Bits and Pieces:

While I was all hyped for this issue from what we got previously, I couldn't help but be disappointed by all these strange things just being thrown at us without much of an explanation, while we took too much time catching people up on who the Justice Incarnate are and gathering the Supermen, which appears to come off pointless for what we ultimately got.  The art was half decent, but it didn't all jive well together for me and at this point, I just hope that the next issue brings everything together because I'm not really digging what we got from this.


Reviewer Note: Somehow I completely missed in the previous issue where the name "Prophecy" was given to our big bad, so with that I think this issue deserves a 7/10.  


  1. Yea i completely missed the name drop in the last issue but for me this all worked except for the ending the cliffhanger just left me scraching my head instead of getting hyped

  2. I too had to go back to the last issue, the beginning of this issue was very confusing. Did enjoy going back to my Multiversity map to see what Earth 12, 16, and 18 are but it doesn't explain everything... So is Etrigan a "Superman"?