Thursday, May 6, 2010

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About War Of The Supermen #1

BAD THING: I had hoped that James Robinson might go a LITTLE longer before breaking his promise regarding stories where a lot of civilians and supporting cast are killed off just to create drama for the protagonists. And it's harder to top senseless death by doing anything other than BLOWING UP NEW KRYPTON!

GOOD THING: That being said, the multi-page scene where Clark searches for Kara among the debris of New Krypton and comforts her is very effective. There is no dialogue or sound at all - which makes sense given that they are in the vacuum of space - and yet Jamal Igle's art says everything we need to know. Very effective use of the graphic novel format. And this is the first time in a long while I've read anything that made Kara seem like a real teenager.

The Final Verdict: While I'm somewhat disappointed that we got such a big whammy in this first issue, I can't help but wonder how they're going to try and "top" this in the coming issues. I can't help but foresee something akin to the end of Superman: The Animated Series at this point. Still, as over-the-top as the attack in this book is, there are a lot of very effective character moments - some told entirely without dialogue through the art - that save the issue. I'm willing to give Issue #2 a shot at this point.

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