Story: Brandon M. Easton
Art: Jahnoy Lindsay
Colors: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Andworld Design
What They Say:
Facing down a horde of armed mercenaries, Superman stands his ground to protect the protestors and the prisoners, but where did these guys get Kryptonite cuffs from and who is arming them with high powered technological weapons?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The opening act to this storyline had Brandon Easton giving Superman something difficult to deal with that only becomes overwhelmingly problematic for him here, to the point where he needs a break from humanity. Easton has a decent voice for both Superman and Clark at this point that works well and I like how it comes across with Jahnoy Lindsay’s artwork that gives the character a good bit of presence with his physical side and how he interacts with the world around him. It all combines together well to make for a good story even if it’s one that may wrankle some. But with a series called Truth & Justice, it’s going to deal with some realities.
It doesn’t take long overall for Superman to figure out that Intergang, or a faction within it, is behind what’s going on. He’s able to get past the kryptonite chains he’s been placed in at the end of the previous issue relatively easily and deal with protecting the civilians first and then capturing the powersuited men that are attacking him. That they’re able to teleport out is a bit of tech that’s definitely of interest but it’s the weapon that’s left behind that does eventually clue him into what may be behind everything. It’s simple investigating material but it’s welcome to see it unfold in what’s basically a structured and realistic order to events. Having him go after Intergang directly isn’t a surprise but you wish he had done things with a little more backup or a clearer plan since they’re obviously waiting on him.
The other half of the book focuses on Clark working with Mrs. Oakwood as they try to figure out more why her son ended up being freed mysteriously. There’s some good dialogue between the two in general, small town by Clark is always fun, but when she reveals how she got taken by someone with her life savings in order to get him out of prison early, more of the pieces fall into place. But this is also where Clark puts together his article about racism in America and we get a variety of takes that we’ve seen for decades from people that are basically awful Twitter takes. But it’s grounded in various shades of racism based on upbringing and distorted views, often from people who don’t even have a single black friend or acquaintance. It’s disheartening to see but it’s facing such views that’s key.
Truth & Justice puts Superman in a new pickle at the end that will be wrapped up in the next issue and I’m looking forward to it. There’s just a baseline kind of fun you can have with Superman as he grapples with the threats thrown at him but there’s an engaging level when you apply the Clark side to it with how he deals with humanity and the issues there. There’s a good bit going on with this chapter and it moves forward well with revealing some of what’s behind everything and exploring some of how events have unfolded while still putting our hero into a difficult place.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: February 2nd, 2021