Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Superman #39 Review and *SPOILERS*

Good Will

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Barry Kitson, Scott Hanna, Gabe Eltaeb, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It looks that we got ourselves a one-shot here after Superman's exploits in the Super Sons of Tomorrow crossover and really...... There isn't much to say to fill anyone in on this.  It's a one-shot, plain and simple so I'm not going to beat around the bush to try and fill up this opening paragraph.  Let's jump on in and check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Superman fighting a team of villains, who I never thought I'd see again..... The Demolition Team.  If you don't know them, they're pretty much just a team of villains with construction equipment weapons and gimmicks and as you'd expect, Superman wipes the floor with them.  Now I don't know if it was a coincidence, where Superman was already on his way or if he just had himself a "as long as I'm here" moment, but the fight happened to be going on outside of a hospital, where a group of kids fighting cancer were watching and cheering the Man of Steel on from their floor and after Superman was done with the villains....... and then getting permission from the parents and doctors, he took the kids out for the best day of their lives.

So yeah, with the help of Green Lantern and a space shuttle construct, Superman first took the kids into space so that they could feel what it was like to fly and after that, they all met the Justice League on the team's Watchtower.  After everyone got time with their favorite heroes, Superman sent them on a scavenger hunt to find things associated with our heroes, but the most coveted item on the list of finds was a picture of Batman smiling, which our main child in the story gets by telling him a simple joke.

In the end, Superman takes the kids to the moon, where they all wrote their names on rocks and placed them on the surface so that they'll know that they'll be there forever.  We end this issue with the children all staring in wonder at our tiny planet we call home.

That's it for this issue of Superman and while not a lot of anything with consequence goes on in this issue and where I thought I'd just be rolling my eyes at the ridiculous concept of Superman taking cancer kids into space, I did find myself finding some moments touching and even smiling at others.  So yeah, not a lot goes on in this story and I wasn't too fond of a lot of the art either, but if you're just looking for a breather in your everyday Superman stories or even a story that kind of resembles the hope that Rebirth originally promised....... Well, you'll get that here, but little else.

Bits and Pieces:

While it's hard to rate a book where our heroes show cancer kids a good time poorly, there really isn't much to this issue in terms of substance and even the art wasn't something that I could really find myself enjoying completely.  That being said though, there are some touching moments here and some silliness that is appreciated so if you're looking for a decent feel good breather from Superman than maybe this issue is for you.  It's just an issue that didn't feel necessary when it was all said and done.



  1. I loved this issue. Done in one and heartfelt, funny with great moments. 9/10 for me.

  2. Not necessary until the kid reading it has cancer... Thanks for the review. I'm going to pick a few up to take to my son's hospital.

    1. ....... and immediately a monster.

    2. I wish this story would have come out 2 years ago before my daughter died from this horrible disease. Maybe it would have put a smile on her face during those last, awful days. Reading your review makes me remember that horrible human beings do exist.

    3. Well, if wishes are in the mix, I can probably think of a few wishes you should probably make before that one.