Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Superman #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Truth, Justice and The Apokoliptian Way

Written By: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Wil Quintana, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 6, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to finish up Imperious Lex and see what the fate of Apokolips and its people's would-be savior will be.  When we last left this story we saw the factions of Apokolips going at each other and Superman, Lex and Lois were caught in the middle of it.  Thankfully, we had a glimmer of hope in the horizon as Jon rode in on his pack of Hunger Dogs to even the playing field.  Let's see who stands triumphant in the end and what happens to Apokolips now that Kalibak has snuffed out the fires at its core.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins....... and pretty much stays for the majority of the issue with all the factions of Apokolips fighting one another, while Ardora and the Prophet talk about what's to become of the world and if they should trust Superman as their savior since he's so alien to their ways and seems to be preoccupied with the safety of his own world.  Well, eventually they decide that they're pro Superman and with that, everything is over.  

No, I'm serious.  Everything is sped up to a quick conclusion with Lois being able to take out the female furies herself, Kalibak trying to throw an unconscious Luthor into an extinguished fire pit and then accidentally falling in himself and the forces of the people of Apokolips just taking control of the situation, where they all hail Superman.  

In the end, Superman says he'll be their savior and while that's just weird and awesome and opens up a whole world of possibilities with where this series would go....... it turns out that Superman just lights some symbolic torches for freedom and hope and spouts off what America did and then makes his way back home.  Yeah, he says he'll be there if they need him, but Apokolips is left to fend for itself and as we leave this issue Lex gets pissed at Superman for never trusting him and rips the S off his chest, making it look like we may have the old Lex on our hands soon........ and that's really disappointing.

That's it for this issue of Superman and this conclusion to Imperious Lex was just rushed to hell because everything just finishes up whether it makes sense or not and because of that it's just a really lackluster ending to this story that had a ton of promise when it began.  The only takeaway from any of this is that Lex Luthor could become a bad guy again and I personally hate that idea because I loved Super Lex and thought that him being a legit hero was the most that anyone has done with his character in decades.  So yeah, the story is disappointing and while I normally love Doug Mahnke's art, this issue just didn't do it for me.  Yeah, it still looked good, but it was less than I expected and really, that's my takeaway from this whole issue.  All in all, it was less than I expected.  I still love this title, but I'm a bit annoyed at how thrown together this arc was because I've been waiting for it since Darkseid War.

Bits and Pieces:

Imperious Lex comes to a rushed conclusion that is really disappointing and the whole takeaway from everything that we dealt with in this arc seems to be in the final two pages and it's a direction that I wish this book and DC in general wouldn't go.  Overall, this issue was really underwhelming and that's a shame because I was hyped at how much promise it had.


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