Superman #30 Review

Posted September 8, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Keith Champagne


Art by: Ed Benes, Tyler Kirkham and Philip Tan


Published by: DC Comics


Superman Fear Itself comes to a satisfying conclusion, now getting closer and closer to OZ storyline


Keith Champagne has taken the reigns on Man of Steel book as Tomasi and Gleason are taking a well reserved break. It is not as tightly told stories as we have learned to expect from the other two writers but it is still a very enjoyable storylines we got from Champagne here. This particular story-line put a familiar villain on the playing field and it really took Superman to a place he doesn’t want to be at. Fear for his own child.

That aspect of the book is written really well and it is also where Champagne and the other two writers would differ I believe. Where Tomasi and Gleason would more concentrate on the internal strife and terror Man of Steel would experience Champagne more concentrates on more bombastic portion of the story that can be more exciting to some readers; it just might not be something that Superman readers have come to know from this particular run.


This particular issue also has three different artists on it. Usually this would be very distracting, but we got very talented artists on this book, and not Benes Kirkham or Tan took away from the overall feel of the book. They complemented each other in such a way that I didn’t even notice when each artist took over. Colorists of this book are also to be given kudos as well, as the color really played an integral part in this storyline.

Especially during the final battle it is when the colors really pop and it adds to overall immersion of this storyline.


Fear Itself as a storyline perhaps was not the most important or the best storyline to grace Superman Rebirth line, but it was still extremely enjoyable. That being said, it is high time to return back to what made a Superman such a success, and that is the family dynamic of the Big Blue, Lois and Jon.


If you like Superman and Green lantern you are up for a treat for sure, if you wanted the Superman books to be more action packed, you will get that, but for those that want to see more a dynamic build between the family members, you will get that partially in this book, just not as much as one could hope. Book still comes recommended however.

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Superman #30 Review

Posted April 24, 2014 by Guilherme Jacobs in

We’re less than a week away from Superman: Doomed, the biggest Doomsday story since the famous (or infamous) Death and Return of Superman, and with Superman #30, writer Scott Lobdell moves the final pieces in order to set up the event, but sadly, that’s all you can look forward to when reading Superman #30.

The way Lobdell structures this issue lacks a natural progression, and the reader jumps from one location to the next, one story thread to the next, without a coherent transition. We’re constantly presented with new story pieces but none of receive a proper development, so you may be left wondering if a specific part of the issue was or wasn’t something important that will play out in Doomed. If Superman #30 has a story, then I’m not sure what it is, because besides acting as a glorified prologue, there is no character arc and no point A to B.

The other big issue here is that all those story threads are presented in a expository way with no real reason to justify their presence here. There’s a third person narration that does little to help the book, it comes off as a cheesy gimmick that is just there for the sake of being there.

Ed Benes art has its ups and downs. A couple of pages feature some nice looking visuals but the way he draws characters is really weird, some will be presented in weird postures and strange facial expressions. Norm Rapmund’s inks help a little, and I wouldn’t mind seeing the two together, I wonder if this issue was rushed because Doomed is just around the corner.

Superman #30 lacks a good story progression, feels completely random in its structure and does little to help the book. I admire some of the ideas and premises Lobdell has thrown in his time writing the character, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to more.