Story: Robert Venditti
Art: Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
What They Say:
Lex Luthor’s gone Big Brother in Metropolis after placing new hi-tech security cameras around the city to put an end to crime, and Superman with it!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With the Man of Tomorrow series being done mostly as standalone tales so far, which has been a huge plus since people may not always get new installments, Robert Venditti gives us a two-part storyline that starts in this one. It’s one that definitely plays to familiar ideas but it has some nice execution to it and a good focus on the Lois and Clark side that definitely is a lot more interesting than the latest beat-em-up. Paul Pelletier and Drew Hennessey continue their solid run on the artwork for us, giving us a great Titano couple of pages that delight old school fans, while Adrian Lucas nails the color palette for this property just right with its bold and vibrant areas that still fit in well with the larger aesthetic.
This issue was just fun from the start as it reminded me of the back issues I’d get from the 60s and 70s as you get Superman fight Titano the super-ape amid Metropolis and Titano is pretty much winning by sheer force and size. That doesn’t mean Superman is going to lose but it’s going to be a tough and creative fight – if not for the out of the blue arrival of various street cameras turning into high-energy weapons that defeat Titano. This is the part of Lex Luthor’s latest media blitz to paint Superman as weak and ineffective whereas human ingenuity and science can win the day. That’s something that’s somewhat comforting to a lot of people, especially with them seeing Superman almost lose, but one can imagine if there were more pages involved we’d see more human interest stories on those that miss out on him because he’s suddenly finding himself with a lot less to do.
The book does explore some ideas with this in how some villains opt to get out of the city and go elsewhere, like Central City, while also focusing on how some residents may not want high-powered weapons on every street corner in the city. But we also start to see toward the end that your low-level grifter and criminal may be classified the same as a super-villain, so there are kinks to be worked out. I really enjoyed seeing how Lois and Clark had to deal with Perry getting after them for the story of the installation of the weapons getting by everyone but it also touches on some of Clark’s fears in that he may not be as needed as he thought he was. There are a number of fun ways this can be explored but I really like that it turns into leaning into Lois as his rock of the relationship.
While I’m not exactly super keen on multi-part stories from the DC Giants as I really enjoy the one-and-done nature of what we’ve had so far, there are some two-parters that are worth doing. This one shows a lot of good material across the board all while keeping Lex to just a few panels overall yet still a major presence. Its focus on Clark and what his role may be in a world where supervillains are caught so easily is definitely interesting and it reinforces the dynamic between him and Lois well. The team made for a good looking book throughout as it dealt with a lot of different things – it opened on a rampaging giant super-age, after all! – and that kind of cohesive look for it is great. I’m continuing to really dig this incarnation of Superman for its accessibility and for the lack of larger continuity to deal with.
Age Rating: 12+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology and Kindle
Release Date: May 18th, 2020