Artist Mike S. Miller perfectly captures the anguish of Superman in this one panel. Head bowed, the blood of The Joker still on his hands, all the while surrounded by the reminders of what he's done and his failures - both in protecting his city and living up to his code. It's a powerful image, matched by a powerful script, which gives us a speech that echos Superman's addressing the United Nations in other classic Superman stories without seeming derivative.
Far too often, deconstructions of Superman are accomplished through proxy characters in other series like Astro City or Irredeemable. Here, Tom Taylor lays bare the Man of Steel as he explores what happens when the heart of gold is overridden by the iron fist. You can't help but sympathize with Superman and see the reasoning behind his actions in this issue, even as you consider the horror that his more liberty-minded colleagues like Green Arrow would feel in seeing a Superman who has decided to provide Security at the cost of Freedom.
Not bad for a tie-in comic to a video game about superheroes punching each other, eh? It's deep stuff and it is brilliant. Definitely worth a 99 cent download.
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