Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Superman #37 Review and *SPOILERS*

A Beat Down of Tomorrow....... Today!

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 20, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Holy shit, we're going to be dealing more with Tim of Tomorrow and it's going to be a part of a big crossover.......... Yeah, the comics have been advertising this and the solicits have been around for awhile, but goddamn, it's still strange to say.  In case you don't know, we dealt with the Tim Drake of Tomorrow in Detective Comics, where we found out that Mr. Oz had been keeping not only our Tim captive, but another one from the future, who had become Batman as well.  Well, he went and turned into a dick and tried to kill Batwoman because apparently her death meant that his timeline didn't need to happen, but before any of that could go down; Hypertime pulled Tim of Tomorrow back where he belonged........ and that's all she wrote....... Well, that's all she wrote then, turns out she's writing more here so let's jump into this issue and check out what this future Tim Drake has to do with the Super Sons of Tomorrow.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Bruce Wayne having a quiet night at home and enjoying a good book.  Yeah, that doesn't last long because out of nowhere the Tim of Tomorrow comes crashing through the window of Wayne Manor and a big ass fight between the Batman of Today and the Batman of Tomorrow begins.  This fight, like the one we'll get for the rest of the issue after this one is concluded seems to be here just to show us how prepared and determined the Tim of Tomorrow is to complete his mission and to my surprise, it seems that whacking Batwoman is off the table.  Yeah, we have this initial fight with Bruce Wayne because the Tim of Tomorrow doesn't want Batman from stopping him on his quest and to make sure he doesn't......... Tim shoots Bruce.

It's really messed up that a former Robin, even one from a wonky future would ever use a gun against Bruce, but that's only where our issue begins.  The majority of the issue sees Tim go to the Fortress of Solitude, where....... he gives Superman a run for his money.  After firing on Kalex and then reprogramming the Kryptonian armor to fight the Man of Steel, we finally see what kind of tactician Tim of Tomorrow really is because after being thrown through the Fortress of Solitude, we see that this was his plan all along because Superman walks into a trap, which when activated surrounds him in a small shell of Red Kryptonite.  I'm not sure why it's Red K and not just red solar energy or what this Red K will actually do to our hero, but as our issue concludes we find out that Tim has come back to our time once again to kill Superboy.......... Jon Kent...... which would just make me assume that this has something to do with bringing Kon-El back, but at this point who knows.  Especially since when we last saw Tim of Tomorrow in Detective Comics he alluded that Damian had done something terrible to Jon in the future.

That's it for this issue of Superman and the beginning of our Super Sons of Tomorrow crossover and while I usually bitch about over the top fight scenes that take up the entire issue, I didn't really mind this one too much because while it is here to show new readers how resourceful this Tim of Tomorrow is, it also reminds the people who just saw him in Detective Comics that he is a serious threat when Hypertime is benched.  Yeah, I'm really interested to see where this crossover goes because of my suspicion that this will lead to Kon-El coming back........ which may or may not happen, but right now I'm optimistic and my biggest gripe about this opener to this story is that Tim just shows up and there's no real explanation about how he managed to make his way back to this time.  Hopefully that's explored in future issues because it's just a really jarring opening otherwise.  The art in this issue is terrific and Jorge Jimenez does a great job in depicting these characters and I hope to see more of him in this story.

Bits and Pieces:

How our villain of this story is actually in this story is never explained here and we do have two over the top fight scenes, but even with that, I'm really intrigued to see where this crossover goes and hope that it will lead to the return of one of my favorite characters.  Even if that's not the case though, this is a decent opener to this story that has incredible art the entire way through.



  1. How did dark knights metal 4 get a 9 and this get a 7.5... Sorry but this was filled with solid action, The story grabbed me right in. Also the art if amazing. Where as the dark knights metal event is just constantly tossing in new characters and the story is good guys find ways to save the day but it turns out false over and over. This was so good in fact that I read it twice.

    1. I only read it, but I have a big problem with there being no explanation of the Tim of tomorrow showing up again.

  2. And what new characters were " just tossed into" Metal #4?

  3. Well, Starro, Black Adam, now Lady Blackhawk, Sinn... there was a couple😉

    1. Kendra was already called lady Blackhawk a bunch of times...starro was odd, but black Adam showing up at the rock of eternity wasn't that crazy. It's an event, lots of characters show up in event books.

  4. I was fine with no explanation of how Tim got back, but what bothered me was the "I have to kill Batwoman..., no, wait, this time it's Superboy" plot. What changed, and wouldn't Tim think this is silly?

    1. Yep, that's a problem. But coming back, in Detective, it was played as if Tim was yanked out of space and time by Mr. Oz. Now he's just a time traveler? The reason they had to use hypertime to send him back in Detective was he isn't a time traveler and they needed a way to explain it.