Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Superman Special #1 Review

Let The Superman Celebration Continue!

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mark Russell, Ian Flynn
Art By: Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, Rob Leigh, Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair, Tom Napolitano, Kaare Andrews
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 16, 2018

Like we got in the Action Comics Special it's time to take a look at three more Superman tales, with one being the farewell for Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason and the other two being add-ons, which work to a degree.  Really though, there's not a lot to say going into this except...... Celebrate good times, come on.  Let's check it out.

Our first story takes us back to Dinosaur Island, which we haven't visited since Superman #8 and #9 and while this may be something that the creators wanted to put a pin in before they headed off to greener pastures, I can't say that I've ever been a fan of Dinosaur Island or the stories we got dealing with them in the Superman book.  With that said though, this is a nice story that wraps up Captain Storm and The Losers.  While there is weird stuff that isn't really explored to its fullest, in the end, this is a feel good story about keeping promises and doing the right thing that pretty much defines Superman and Superboy in this run and with that, I'll be sad to see these creators leave.

For our second and third stories, we continue seeing Superman doing the right thing and showing why he's the greatest superhero of all time and while this feeling is more explored in the second story by Mark Russell, it's the final story that actually hits better for me because it's in continuity and furthers the redemption of Atomic Skull.  All in all, the art for each of the stories are great in my opinion and while they all have their ups and downs depending on what you're into with Superman, this Special seems to work better for me than the Action Comics installment.  There's things to love in each of these stories, but for my money, it's the first and third stories that really shine and make this comic worth buying.

Bits and Pieces:

While this just continues the celebration of Superman like we got with the Action Comics Special, this issue's stories seem to work better together for me and I found myself really enjoying the final story when I really thought I'd be reading this issue just for Tomasi and Gleason's send off.  With that though, there's things to love in each of these and the art was great all throughout.  


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