Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Superman #24 Review

So Much For Chaos

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Kevin Maguire, John Timms, Alex Sinclair, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 11, 2020

The Lord of the Lords of Chaos has been reborn through the possession of the DEO Agent Veronica Bissette and is on a collision course with Superman as she tries to obtain the artifacts of the Lords of Order, for some reason.  I'm not sure why the Lords of Order's stuff is getting collected here, but that's what we're dealing with, and it seems Nabu is next on the chopping block as Xanadoth tries to claim the Helm of Fate.  Let's jump into this issue and see what this new threat means for our Man of Steel.  Let's check it out.

We begin the issue with a weird flashback, where Agent Bissette takes on collecting magical artifacts for the DEO, which doesn't really need much explanation since we only really get one page here and have already seen the outcome of her pursuits.  From there, we move on to the big battle between Doctor Fate, Superman, and Xanadoth.  This should be a fight that people will remember for the rest of their lives because of the magnitude of this new villain, not to mention that Khalid Nassour is pretty green still when it comes to Doctor Fate-ing and Superman is completely vulnerable to the Lord of Lords, but it's not that memorable.  Like most Bendis stories, we get our characters standing around and talking, where they really don't say all that much, yet the page count moves on, and before you know it, the whole thing is over, and nothing of any real importance happened.

I'm not joking either.  This new big bad, Xanadoth, the Lord of the Lords of Chaos, is pretty much defeated really quickly in this one issue! Yeah, it ends in a way that Xanadoth can come back if anyone ever wants to explore the expanded Lords of Chaos mythology. Still, as of here, this new villain definitely ends its two-issue arc in a complete whimper. We end this issue with Superman saying that he wants to continue talking about his problems to Khalid, even though he never finished medical school, and it didn't seem like he planned on going into the therapy field.  I don't know, maybe he's just an excellent listener, but it was a weird focus for the end of this issue only to wrap things up here and move on to the next big bad next month.

All in all, the art looks great from the pencils to the colors.  If I had one complaint, it would be that some of the panel layouts seemed a little strange at times, where it kind of made some of the actions come off sort of confusing in my mind, but beyond that, I really enjoyed what we got from the art here. Besides, how quickly and out of nowhere Xanadoth went down, it's not like seeing everything any better would make that any less anti-climactic.  So yeah, the story was lame as hell, and the new big bad ended in a complete whimper and barely registers as a real threat now for how easily she went down.  Ultimately, with what little we got out of the last two issues that made out this arc, you really have no understanding of what it means to be a Lord of the Lords of Chaos or really anything of any interest at all.

Bits and Pieces:

While I enjoyed the art in this issue, there wasn't much else to really sink your teeth into besides for a "wow" moment that might hook some, with Superman and Doctor Fate combining their powers.  It's really just smoke and mirrors though to hide the fact that this new villain was lame as hell, and there really wasn't much of a story here.


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