Thursday, May 14, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #4 Review


Written by: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Ink: Drew Hennessy
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 11th, 2020

In another "digital first" one-shot by Venditti, Superman is faced with a Swamp Thing like monster that just won't leave him alone. What's this ugly jerk have against truth, justice, and the American way?

As much as I'd love to go into detail about this issue, I've got to run with a quick summary. Life hasn't been "stay in your PJ's and have Netflix marathons" time for everybody during this pandemic, and I think a lot more of you can relate to what I'm saying than don't. Especially if you're married with kids. But luckily, we have things like comic books to take us away from stress and anxiety for 15 to 20 minutes.

Clark wakes up in the middle of the night from a nightmare. It's about this monster who has recently been randomly attacking him, overpowering him, and then bailing before he succeeds at actually killing Superman. Clark's scream while waking up wakes Lois too, and we get a nice moment between the two that Venditti has shown he can do so well. She tells them that as a journalist he has to "dig deeper", and he takes her advice as a superhero by going back to the locations where this monster confronted him... and he uses his x-ray vision. What he finds is toxic waste buried underground at each location, and Superman helps this monster get revenge on a greedy man who wronged him in his past life.

Bits and Pieces

Hey, I really liked it! First of all that art should give everybody some "mwaah" Italian kissy fingers. And even though it was pretty predictable that Supes would end up on the side of the monster, he still beats the living crap out of said monster to do so. This issue maintains the theme of this run: one-shot with no stakes, well written character moments, and fun for the sake of having fun. It's exactly what I need right now.


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