Superman #18 Review

Posted March 1, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason

Art by: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray

Publisher: DC Comics

Superman returns to to the roots that made this run so popular. Family.

Peter Tomasi continues course correction after the New 52 Superman run that had somewhat lost the Superman feel, and it felt like a monster of a month sort of book at times. Here Tomasi brings something that was dearly missing in that run. Hope. This issue starts with the mystery that is tying Rebirth universe. It ties Detective Comics to this issue, and we find out that there are greater forces in play here. From that moment on the book is a family affair, there is not really any particular action going on here but that doesn’t deter this book from being spectacular. As Tomasi has proven himself, he is a master of family dynamic, as he continues to bring the same feel that he has done in Batman and Robin books, with Patrick Gleason, who is a creative force behind this run as well.  What Tomasi manages to do here is without any action build on Superman mythos more than the entire run of New 52, and that is something to say.

Patrick Gleason returns on pencils on this arc which is always great to see, as him and Tomasi have created this bond throughout the years, that you can see how well they work together. Gleason’s art is stellar as always and his depiction of relationship between Jon and his parents is beautiful. Some could say Gleason’s art is not detailed enough, but in this instance i am a big proponent of less is more, and on the other hand I would totally disagree with people saying that as Gleason’s understanding of how to draw emotions is almost unparalleled. This was clearly seen in the earlier issues of this book, especially in the Superman 10 and 11 which was the first introduction to the Super Sons, where Gleason managed to convey so much just through the faces of the characters. We have the same situation here, as the book goes in a complete unexpected direction, just the sheer disarray and the confusion on the characters was just top notch. It is because of books like this, that Gleason is currently one of my favorite artists working.

This book as I said also does tie into the bigger DC Rebirth universe, and it is a little bit of a shame to see all these teases, seeing that all this is connected, but not seeing even a bit of a hint of who actually could be behind it. As for people that have read the DC Rebirth we do see that Watchmen are connected to the actual DC Universe, but I do not believe who could be behind this. it almost feels like they are preparing a big DC event soon what could possibly encompass many books, in the vein of Crisis on Infinite Earths or 52, which would not be a bad thing in its own right, but it might be a little bit too soon for.

The biggest strength of this book as I have said continues to be the family dynamic, and that was on such a strong display here, that it did not deter from lack of action, or really any clues as to what was going on, what this book did do is create a new mystery, and something that could be a start of a really interesting arc if executed correctly.

If you like Superman books, if you just like Tomasi/Gleason dynamic you will not be disappointed, as we have both here, and the future is bright for the Boy in Blue. As I keep saying about the Batman and Wonder Woman books, DC has really pulled the big guns here, making sure that their Trinity is done correctly, and so far all three of those books were stellar. This is something that should be on your pull list!

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