Superman #21 Review

Posted April 20, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Art by: Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray

Publisher: Dc Comics

Superboy’s faith in friends is to be tested as he faces new challenges!

Tomasi and Gleason in this issue continue the story of Black Dawn which could shape of the future of young Jon Kent. This is also a story that continues to show a differences between Superman and Batman as well as Damian and Jon. It is also great to see Damian and Jon interact outside the Super Sons book. Dynamic between those never skips a beat here and it also references some of the events in that book, which allows us to place a time frame for these happenings.

There is an underlying threat in this book which provides a lot of action, but again the spotlight is on Jon and Damian’s relationship and Jon still trying to be a good son while also providing help to the citizens of their city. It is about Jon trying to remain like his father, even though those actions don’t always benefit everyone. The struggle between those two parts are slowly coming to a fruition which is going to be interesting to see how it is developed going forward.

Gleason yet again knocks it out of the park with this book. Of course we have fantastic battle scenes with Superman, but where Gleason has always shined throughout this run is how he does the character emotions. In one panel he can show a span of five emotions flawlessly, and that is seen here to its full potential. Scenes between Jon and Damian yet again take spotlight as they bring the best and worst of each other when they are paired up, and Gleason here manages to capture all of it perfectly.

This issue is going to certainly shake up Superman family to its core with its revelations and twists that are thrown at them. It is going to be fun to see how Jon is going to react to that final page?

Overall Superman continues it’s stellar run in the Rebirth line up as the book to get. As a person that has truly never collected Superman before this run, and have read only some of the bigger Superman stories that came out, I can easily say this remains to be a most consistently great book probably out on the market right now. DC Trinity is certainly in full swing and it looks like there is no slowing down anytime soon!

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