Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Superman #9 Review

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Letters by: Ariana Maher
Cover art by: Jamal Campbell
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: December 19, 2023

Superman #9 finds the Man of Steel recovering from his fight against The Unchained when he moves to stop Pharm and Graft from manipulating their next victim - Marilyn Moonlight.

Is Superman #9 Good?

Superman #9 is weird, which may or may not be a good thing. Joshua Williamson continues to expand his mythos and legacy on the Man of Steel with wild developments and big action, but some of the developments don't land the way Williamson thinks they do. When last we left Superman, he defeated The Chained with Kryptonite-infused gauntlets because Lex built a Kryptonite vulnerability into Sam Stryker's, aka The Chained, powers. Superman won but at a physical cost. Now, Superman barely recovers from his ordeal and gears up with one of Lex's super suits to stop Pharm and Graft from corrupting Marilyn Moonlight, who also has a grudge against Lex Luthor. Superman flies in with a snazzy new suit to interrupt a confrontation between Marilyn Moonlight and Graft. Graft hits Moonlight with a funky laser, and the resulting explosion sends Superman back to the Old West. For readers keeping score, this is the issue that sends Superman back in Time, an event teased way back in the first Williamson arc. If you've got a hankering to see Kal-El don cowboy duds, the last few pages will satisfy your craving. What's great about Superman #9? Williamson has repeatedly teased the character of Marilyn Moonlight and the possibility of an Old West adventure almost since the beginning. It's nice to see Williamson get to it. Hopefully, he can pay it off. What's not so great about Superman #9? Williamson teased Marilyn Moonlight repeatedly over the last nine issues, but except for a single scene during the Parasite fight, we know nothing about her. It's unclear how Superman knows anything about her since she supposedly emerged during Superman's time away in War World. Marilyn Moonlight's name was mentioned in passing in brief in the last issue, and yet, Superman suddenly knows enough about her and Pharm/Graft's plans to know she's a target. In short, Williamson makes some pretty big assumptive leaps, and they don't quite sit right. How's the art? Bruno Redondo steps in for art duties, and let's just say Redondo wouldn't be my first choice. If you've been following along on our reviews for Nightwing, the same critiques there transfer here. Redondo's lines are clean, the figure work is solid, and the overall visual presentation looks professional, but the art lacks pop and life. Further, Adriano Lucas's increasing penchant for faded, flat colors gives the book a washed-out appearance. The art is technically proficient, but it has no vitality.

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Bits and Pieces:

Superman #9 gives Superman more than one cool suit, sets course for a new adventure in Time, and finally gets around to presenting the legend of Marilyn Moonlight. That said, Williamson makes Marilyn Moonlight a known quantity to everyone except the reader, and the technically proficient art lacks grit.


1 comment:

  1. Superman is my Favrot Hero. Almost I watch all DC Comics collection, Last Movie of DC Justice League is one of the amazing movie. I go with my colleague of CV Writing Services in Dubai Office. We enjoy a lot and when Superman Come back this scene is give us goosebumps.