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Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Johns Romita Jr / Janson Martin
Review by: henrycavillonlinecom
Second installment in Geoff Johns’ run in Superman, and the story is leading us to interesting places.
This issue started with such delightful panels at the Daily Planet, I repeat myself: how good is to see the gang again: Perry, Lois, Jimmy. Steve, I even missed Cat Grant! With Perry trying to pursue the identity of the new hero in town and driving his staff crazy we see the return of the prodigal son: CLARK KENT.
Such a wanted and needed return in Superman’s books and it seems that finally we are getting him back. As I said in my preview review of Superman # 32, when writers take away Clark there is massive destruction of the narrative. No Clark Kent, no connection to Superman, plain and simple. Readers need to feel a connection with the character, having Superman fighting 24/7 only shows what he can do with his powers, but we need to know WHY is he fighting for. Is it just because he can, or because he wants to? A machine can fight, but only a person could have reasons to fight for, see the difference? So far writers have only focused in Kal-El, and honestly it could have started trying to prove all the amazing things Superman can do with his powers when he has no one to ground him: no Kents, no Lois around he could be more “free” to be the superhero, but at the end of the day it delivered an arrogant and disregard for humans as it appear he only sees us as mere puppets.
Fortunately for us, Johns is trying to bring Superman to Earth, to bring back his humanity, and he is giving us a very good start making Clark Kent the star of this issue. Yes, Superman makes an appearance but not in the way that dismisses Clark. As he agrees to help Perry with the “Ulysses” story are we to assume that he is officially back at the Daily Planet? I really hope so!
I like the new character Ulysses, it reminds me a lot of Clark, he is naive, charming, compassionate and loves humans, he might need a few classes in how not to make a mess when protecting us, but nothing that mild mannered Clark can’t handle. And what a beautiful and heartbreaking way to end this issue. We’re glad for Ulysses, but boy, oh boy, don’t we miss The Kents? We all are with you Clark!
Johns Romita Jr. and Janson Martin are making a good job with pencils and inks here, I can’t complaint with the way Romita draws Clark, Ulysses and beautiful Lois.
Final verdict: this was another good issue, I can’t recommend this enough to readers. Justifiably, many of us are skeptical to buy Superman’s books these days, we all know that since the reboot started, this character has been neglected and almost abandoned. But I like where this is going, I might want to see a lot more of Lois, but at least she has been present in 2 issues and without being Laniac or possessed by any evil being, for now is a good thing. Let’s hope Johns & team could stay away and free from Editorial mandates, so they all can deliver to us the Superman we all are eager to read, because it is about time we can join him in the sun!
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