Superman #3 Review

Posted July 20, 2016 by Alexander Handziuk in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Art by: Jorge Jimenez

Publisher: DC Comics

In Superman #3 Superman does something revolutionary, something that he hasn’t done in years in comics and especially in recent films. This revolutionary change is that he not only ends up talking to a potential threat, but he also listens to what they’re saying. Backhanded jab at Batman V. Superman aside, it is refreshing to see Superman return to his boy scout-esque, loving personality. Superman is a character that is trusting and a beacon of hope. That being said, when his trust is broken and bad things happen when he trusts, as happens in this issue, Superman is a person that you do not want to cross.

Tomasi and Gleason continue to write Superman down to his core and in doing so they open up new facets of his character to explore. Superman is portrayed as someone who loves humanity but also someone who is trying to keep his family safe. This creates some tension as his family seems to come first in the way he has acted thus far in the series, yet he is also a lover of humanity.

This issue picks up from the cliffhanger of last issue, but does not sacrifice the family dynamic that has made this series such a joy to read thus far. In fact, this chapter focuses on Jon’s powers and his half human, half Kryptonian genealogy head on. The Eradicator, who’s a nice nod to The original death of Superman storyline from the 90’s, ends up causing some conflict for the Super-family. However, as much as the family parts are strong and Superman’s trust of the Eradicator shows progress, the big plot of the Eradicator trying to restore Krypton’s culture is a rather uninteresting one. There really is is no sense of necessity or emotional attachment that makes the Eradicator special and as a result the moments of the issue involving its’ plot fall flat.

What doesn’t fall flat is artist Jorge Jimenez’ pencils as he masterfully balance heavy actions with more subdued character moments throughout the course of the issue. The action seems to jump out of the page, and in fact Jimenez is able to slip in some great character expressions into the multiple action scenes, giving them more emotional weight. Also, his Eradicator is both haunting and beautiful looking, a balance that culminates in a panel that features his body fading into a set of constellations. Jimenez keeps his foot on the artistic gas pedal until the very end and his final page with a very much unhinged Jon, flows effortlessly with emotion.

Superman #3 is another great relationship issue for this series, and the series is quickly becoming one of the standout Rebirth titles. Jorge Jimenez’ dynamic art melds wonderfully with Tomasi and Gleasons’ script and while the Krypton narrative is forgettable, the family dynamic more than makes up for it. If you’re a fan of great Superman stories or are a fan of relationship charged books, then Superman #3 and this series as a whole is worth your while.

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Alexander Handziuk

Alex is a comic aficionado who loves Aquaman, Overwatch, the musical Hamilton and medium length strolls on beaches. Check him out on the Comics Dash Podcast, on twitter at @axehandziuk and in real life patrolling the borders of Canada.