Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Death of Superman #1 Review

Dishonoring Superman's Memory

Written By: Jeff Loveness
Art By: Brad Walker, Drew Hennessy, Norm Rapmund, John Kalisz, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: October 30, 2019

It's back to the Dark Multiverse for all of us as we continue our tour with Tempus Fuginaut as he possibly continues to look for help in the worst place possible for an upcoming Crisis that our heroes will have to face.  Yeah, previously things didn't work out when he went to Azrael Batman's world, but maybe now that he's going to check in on a grief struck Lois Lane right after the Death of Superman, he might just find what he's looking for.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Alright, it looks like old Fuge isn't about looking for help anymore, at least this issue as he comes to this Dark Multiverse world to just be a voyeur at the worst day of Lois Lane's life...... which is weird, but even weirder, I was really looking forward to this issue because of how the solicit said that with the power of the Eradictor, Lois would go after the heroes she blamed for not being by Clark's side when he fought Doomsday, which sounds really cool and exciting, the aspect of Lois blaming the other heroes is barely on a page.  

Instead, we have Lois somehow get to the Fortress of Solitude, where she takes the energy of the Eradicator and starts killing baddies off left and right....... and that's about it.  It's the weirdest thing too because while I know that these worlds are created by the fear or nightmare that someone might have, this issue being something that Lois or Superman would fear, it doesn't really work beyond the most basic concept because we have a world where Lois is murdering people and there doesn't seem to be any heroes that want to stop her and ultimately, just kind of hits the cliffs notes of what happened during the Reign of the Supermen story.  That's the worst part of this book is that we have a cool concept, but it totally lacks in execution only leading to the heartbreaking moment at the end, but barely has any substance once the deviation from what actually happened started.  Lois kills people...... the end.

All in all, the art in this book looks amazing and the thoughts of Lois Lane that we see throughout this book, especially in the beginning are really compelling, but how the world reacts to a killer Lois is what takes me out of the book because while we have a cool concept, it fails to show how the rest of the world would react to that and just doesn't do enough to make this something that stands out the way it really should have.  Hopefully the next issues of this weird series does something to really base itself in the world that it's supposed to be in because after two issues, that really seems to be where everything is lacking......... it either tells us and never shows us or in this case, doesn't do either.  If you're a fan of the Death of Superman story though there's definitely enough here that you can have a little fun with, but ultimately, this isn't a great addition or alteration from that story.

Bits and Pieces:

While the art is amazing and the concept is really cool, I don't feel like enough was fleshed out to make the deviation from the original story make sense or really make it all that compelling beyond a Lois Lane who just kills the baddies.  There's a whole world of heroes out there that would have tried to do something, but here we just get the bare minimum to get us to a heartbreaking end.


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