Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Superman #31 Review

Trust No One!

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Sean Lewis
Art By: Scott Godlewski, Norm Rapmund, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Sharpe, Sami Basri, Ulises Arreola
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 11, 2021

Superman and son have flown off to a distant planet to check in on a race of people who Superman once helped against an intergalactic parasite and even though he was assured on his arrival that everything is fine, it seems that the threat he once helped to neutralize isn't dead after all and has taken control of the planet. Let's jump into this issue and see if Superman and Superboy can take on this threat or if they'll just be taken over too. Let's check it out.

Things are even worse for our Superman Family as they try to save the people of Thakkram because.... well because there doesn't appear to be many Thakkramite people left and everything that led our father and son duo to this remote planet was a trap for the past sins of Superman for his previous victory of the Shadowbreed. It's just too bad that Superman didn't see any of this coming since he and Jon separate in this issue and find out that everyone that they trust has become one with the black goo of their enemy.

This is a pretty straight forward issue that doesn't have a lot to offer in ways of surprise or even intrigue..... at least for me and the biggest takeaway that I had for this issue is that Phillip Kennedy Johnson is trying to distance Jon as a character away from his father and showing that he can be his own Superman one day and we see that through Jon's talks with the current ruler of Thakkram, who too lives in the shadow of his father but we also see this in presenting a power that Jon now possesses that Superman does not. There's some cool stuff here but overall, the main story still isn't wowing me and that's saying something because the backup is way less appealing to me and I have no idea who really would care that Loose Cannon doesn't trust the new Gangbuster or how the new villainess Projectress is involved or why since we know nothing about her.

All in all, the art in both sections of this book is great but beyond trying to make Jon Kent his own character separate from his father, there isn't much that felt exciting, intriguing, or even all that surprising as the story unfolded and the backup is still perplexing to me in how or why it's even going on. It's just a weird story that never really felt like it had a beginning or any reason to continue, while also not giving any detail on the characters involved....... which is weird since the majority of the characters used are either new or obscure characters that most readers wouldn't know. Like I said though, thankfully the art is great and I like what Phillip Kennedy Johnson is doing with Jon Kent.

Bits and Pieces:

While the story isn't all that intriguing or surprising, there are some character elements to this issue that I really enjoy and amazing art throughout the book. I just wish that we didn't have this backup bogging down the series with its nonsense. Hopefully, things will get better as this series continues but right now Superman isn't a series that I find myself looking forward to.


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