Thursday, May 28, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #6 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Ink: Drew Hennessy
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 25th, 2020

In the last installment of Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Lex Luthor took the opportunity to launch his plan to take crime fighting in Metropolis into his own hands. While Superman was taken temporarily down by Titano, LexCorp cameras because flying laser guns and defeated Titano. This lead LexCorp to gain a contract with the city for protection, and crime went way down. But those lasers see no difference from a super-villain and a man running on his dinner bill.

We pick up where we left off, with Clark down on the ground after defending a man who just wanted a free meal. The scene gathers a crowd and while nobody was looking, Clark gets up and changes into Superman in an alleyway.

Superman comes out swinging and destroys one of Lex's "security assets", which just sends more of them to him for destruction of property. I like the corny line of "If destroying that thing was a crime, I'm guilty as charged". Cheeeese and I love it! When Superman is overwhelmed and down, the staff of the Daily Planet, led by Perry, come out with bricks, 2x4's, golf clubs and trash can lids and starts using the machines as pinatas. Supes is shocked that they would risk their life for him.

And then one of the dumbest things I've seen in a long time happens. This could totally be something you could get away with in the Golden Age or Silver Age, no doubt, but man... really? The giant planet on the Daily Planet turns into an enormous Death Star like cannon, and it starts charging itself up to blast Superman. How did this happen? Did nobody see a crew working on the planet?

This is why I'd love a book about the contractors who make things like this and build the secret HQ's for superheroes and supervillains. Do you really think Tim Drake really made the Belfry all by himself? Nah, he had to hire workers. The foreman is a good guy, his second in command is a jerk, and one of the employees is clumsy. One issue it's the Joker's new funhouse, the next it's Green Arrow's new hidden closet or something.

Regardless of how the heck Lex made that happen, Superman is able to use the inspiration of the people of Metropolis to fight his way through the blast and destroy the cannon, and then he confronts Lex in his apartment. The very next day Lex is being rushed by the press about charges against him, and we see that the Daily Planet planet is already being repaired.

Bits and Pieces

For the most part I really truly enjoyed this issue, but it's hard for me to get over the big threat at the climax. I know for something that isn't canon, and from a title that has just screamed FUN since the very beginning, it shouldn't bother me but it does. So I gotta get over it and let it effect my score but not ruin it. The art is great as usual, character interaction is great as usual, and the fun is great as usual.


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