Superman #38 Review

Posted January 5, 2018 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason

Art by: Sergio Davilla

Published by: DC Comics

Superman #38 is a thrilling–yet somewhat disappointing–finale to a bombastic series.

This final chapter of this crossover shows us that ongoing action sequences can be detrimental to the plot as the sequences sometime play out too fast. There is sometimes no room to breathe or explain what exactly took place or why. “Super Sons of Tomorrow” certainly suffers from that in this particular chapter. It is very satisfying for people that wanted action, that wanted a bit of fan service, but ultimately it is a disjointed conclusion and not as satisfying as it should have been.

The issue still has some really interesting team moments between the Teen Titans and Jon though, and some really good Damian/Jon moments that show just how well their friendship has grown throughout not just the arc but the entire run. It is certainly the most interesting aspect of this story. It is a shame that the rest of the story falls a bit flat and loses steam throughout the four chapters. Instead of answering things, more questions are created, and it never feels like there is any satisfactory payoff.

Davilla’s art here is very reminiscent of Ed Benes’ style, yet it never detracts when compared to the rest of the series. However, the action is a little disjointed in some of the panels. Thankfully Davilla makes sure the interpersonal and intimate moments of the story really hit home with some really tight panel work. And the colors make the pencils pop off the page.

Overall “Super Sons of Tomorrow” is a very bombastic storyline but somewhat shallow in the end as some of the big mysteries that could really have been touched on never really get explored.  What could have ended up probably one of the most interesting crossovers did end up fizzling out a bit into just an average book.

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