Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Superman #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Fear Superman's Might

Written By: Keith Champagne 
Art By: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Hanna, Rob Hunter, Wil Quintana, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that our Superman Family road trip has ended, now we can get back to some proper Superman adventures..........which surprisingly seem to be all about Parallax in this issue.  Yeah, it's a bit weird for where Parallax and Sinestro were in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but I'll take any Lantern action I can get, especially if you throw the Man of Steel in as well....... just sounds like fun to me.  Let's see if this arc can wash the taste of that Road Trip out of my mind and get this series back on track as being one of the best titles that Rebirth has had to offer........ and if that cover is any indication, it's going to be pretty damn cool.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Superman on the hunt for missing kids in Metropolis and we find out from a parent's vigil that a kid a night for the past two weeks has gone missing.  It doesn't seem like Superman or the police have had any luck in finding any leads to these disappearances and when we start this issue it looks like Superman's main goal is to simply keep these parents' hope alive in that their children will be returned safely.  

Yeah, I don't know how safe they'll be though because while Superman is trying to calm the minds of the parents we see the first boy who went missing appear on a little girl's bed, looking like he has some Parallax going on inside of him and from this it looks like another little girl is on the verge of disappearing.  Yeah, we never get an idea why Parallax is targeting children besides for the obvious fear that they'd give off, but Superman eventually gets on the trail once he uses his........... emotional spectrum vision........... yeah, it seems that Superman is able to hone in on this and uses it to follow yellow footprints to the kids, which he finds the first missing boy and the little girl he was at with earlier........... emotional spectrum vision.....

In the end, the two children both seem to be possessed by Parallax and whoop Superman's ass, but he continues to use his....... emotional spectrum vision......... to find where they're hiding out at and finally we see Superman confront the Fear Entity itself, which it seems that the monster is feeding off the children in some sort of web construct and to make sure that they're safe, Superman offers himself up in their stead and we end this issue with Superman becoming the host body of Parallax....... but for how long I have no idea because Sinestro shows up and blasts Parallax, claiming that Superman has something that belongs to him.

That's it for this issue of Superman and while I was really looking forward to this issue for what I thought it may be.  By the time I got to the middle of the issue it all kind of fell apart for me because of...... emotional spectrum vision.  Yeah, the initial mystery of kids being taken was interesting, but by the end of this issue we don't really have an idea of why Parallax was targeting children or what he was even doing on Earth and I hope that we find out some answers because right now none of this is really jiving with what we've seen in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps and I just hope that it's easily explained.  The art though was fantastic in this issue and both our hero and baddie came off looking great...... I just wish we could have seen more from the art than a shit load of........ emotional spectrum vision...... but even with that, I look forward to the fight between Sinestro and Super-Parallax, especially if the art maintains this type of quality.

Bits and Pieces:

While the art in this issue is great, I have to say that the story was pretty thin to get us to our pretty sweet cliffhanger.  Yeah, we don't know why anything in this arc is going on yet in this issue and it throws a Superman power at you that doesn't really make sense and comes off a bit silly, but the cliffhanger has my interest peaked and like I said, the art was great in this issue.



  1. I like how this version of Superman looks A LOT like Superboy Prime when he was part of the Sinestro Corps.

  2. I'm surprised how lenient The Continuity Kid was on this one. While I was reading it, I felt like Tom Hanks playing with a robot that turns into a building. I don't get it. I wonder if Supes can track my confusion? It still had some fun bits though and the art's really great. I'd put it at a 5.5 Maybe I missed some things somewhere or maybe I'm just a doofus. Probably I'm just a doofus.