Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Superman #32 Review

My Boy Grew Up Just Like Me

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: June 22, 2021

We're back off to the planet Thakkram to see if Superman and Superboy can take down the threat of the Shadowbreed, who have consumed the mass majority of the planet into its shadowy collective. In our previous issue, we saw our Man of Steel get enveloped by the Shadowbreed as Jon discovered that the new King of Thakkram betrayed them to save his own life against this monster invader. Let's jump into this final issue and see if Superboy can tackle this old foe of Superman's on his own and find out how he'll save his father from having his mind consumed by this baddie. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Remember how a couple of issues ago we saw Jon Kent have a new ability dealing with his heat vision where he could detonate it in mid-air and Superman was in awe because he wasn't able to do this? Well, I hope you remember because it's ultimately the linchpin to get us our ending in this issue, even though it really has nothing to do with that previous heat vision power. This is a weird issue that feels like it just gave up halfway through because while Superboy is up against one of the biggest threats he's ever been up against by himself, for no reason whatsoever, Superman is just able to overcome the Shadowbreed and our ending to the last issue where we think all is lost with our Man of Steel just completely in the thrall of their enemy is kind of thrown away here just so Superman and Superboy can have a father/son moment as Superboy saves the day.

Yeah, the Shadowbreed didn't become the big story threat that I was hoping it would, and even the little bit of backstory that we got here seems to have gone against the "trap" element that seemed to be the case previously where the Shadowbreed led Superman back to the planet to take revenge but this story is still so much better than the Bibbo backup...... and I say that knowing that this is probably the best Bibbo backup that we've gotten but the story is inconsequential and comes off really odd, especially with the heroes that were chosen to represent Jimmy Olsen's Daily Planet C-List champions.

All in all, the art was decent throughout both stories in this title, but both stories feel like they don't matter..... Well, the Bibbo story certainly doesn't matter but the Superman story while it is classic Superman fare, where our Man of Steel defeats an alien intruder just comes off pretty forced to get to the end and all the build-up meant nothing except for the one moment where Jon had a new heat vision power which is brought back here, but differently and the day is saved. It was just underwhelming all around and a disappointing way to end this series. 

Bits and Pieces:

It's the finale to not only this story but this series and sadly it doesn't live up to expectations where all the buildup we had previously just kind of goes away here and we get a pretty quick and disappointing ending to the Shadowbreed story. The art is decent throughout and there are some nice father/son moments but ultimately this issue is a pretty big letdown.


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