Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Superman #30 Review

Ghosts Aliens From The Past

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Sean Lewis
Art By: Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Sharpe, Sami Basri, Ulises Arreola
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 13, 2021

Superman continues with the idea that Jon Kent is looking at his father a little differently, a little more mortal than he did before, and possibly, we may see the Man of Steel fall in battle..... Well, that's what Jon thinks, we all saw Future State and until that future is changed, we all know that Superman is on Warworld, doing Warworld things. We're not there yet though so let's jump into this issue and see the Super Father and Son go off on another adventure. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Superman, we see our Superman Family interrupted from their afternoon of putt-putt with a distress call from an old friend of Clark's from a far off alien world, known as Thakkram and while we're diving deep into a mystery of monstrous proportions, the majority of this issue has the side-plot of Superman just looking at his son in awe as he's now a grown man and the idea that while he's sad that he missed out on so much of Jon's life, he's proud of the man his son has become and wishes that they'd have had more putt-putt days like earlier in the day. This whole thought process really underlines the idea of Superman never seeing his son again and how this is all written out as a memory that he wants to hold on to in his final moments before he'll be pulled away from his family forever, but even though this is a nice moment, wrapped around an alien mystery, I found the reveals of what's going on in this story a little confusing before the obvious reveal that things really aren't alright.

It's just that we have to deal with alien ideas that we don't fully understand and we can only get the full idea when Superman tells us how things work and don't work on the planet as far as language and emotions go and even when this is done at times I'm not completely aware at what they're trying to point out to me in the story and ultimately just left this issue thinking that there were some nice moments between Jon and Clark and that our heroes are going to have to fight an unworldly monster when we go further, but a lot of the subtleties were lost in translation in my opinion....... Which sadly wasn't the case in the Ambush Bug backup that's continuing our Bibbo story from the last issue and comes off as so unneeded that it makes me angry that it's upping this book by another dollar.  

All in all, the Superman main story was pretty good, I just wish that the mystery, backstory, and alien culture were better defined when we were on the planet wasting time remember a character after his death that we readers never actually knew because for the most part this aspect of the book just came off as filler and didn't do much for the main story overall. Beyond that though, I liked what we got here and look forward to Superman facing this monster from his past and even seeing more of Jon and him together. What I won't be looking forward to though are the backups in this book. It just comes off as goofy, unneeded and I'd rather get a story that feels like it means something or even feels like it connects to the main DC Universe. I will say that the art in the backup as with the main story was both strong so thankfully everything was nice to look at.

Bits and Pieces:

While some of the alien stuff in our main Superman story felt like filler and other moments felt undefined, I enjoyed it for the most part and enjoyed the art throughout... I just wish that the backup felt like it mattered in the slightest or that it wasn't just there to be a goofy reason to charge more for the book. Really though, if you're into the father and son dynamic of Clark and Jon, that's where the true strength in this issue lies.


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