Superman #43 Review

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Posted March 21, 2018 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Art by: Patrick Gleason

Published by: DC Comics

Bizzaroverse is back and better than ever!

I am a huge Bizzaro mark. It is such an absurd concept and if executed well (as it was here) it has potential to be comedy gold.  Tomasi and Gleason manage to give us exactly that in the Boyzarro Re-Death arc here.

We have a full on interaction with Jon and Boyzarro here, which is just amazingly cute. The reaction that Superman has to Boyzarro is as expected at first but later he understands that the character is misunderstood more than anything else.  The Bizzaroverse’s introduction to Rebirth is finally here and it could not have been executed by a better creative team.

Using the family as the catalyst of the introduction was a master stroke, and illustrates the differences and surprising similarities these characters have to our heroes.  We are also introduced to some other versions of heroes from the Bizzaroverse. Without spoiling too much, all I am going to say is that it’s perfect.  Other than that it does feel like a setup chapter for what is surely to come as one of the bigger conflicts in Superman.

Gleason’s art here is stellar and it is very recognizable to what we are accustomed to seeing. He does take some changes to his style–as subtle as they are, they’re still noticeable and work well for this story. Most of those changes come from shading and Gleason adding details, especially on Bizzaro characters.

Superman has been in great hands this entire run, concentrating on family and making Clark a family man. Gleason and Tomasi decided to give us this same dynamic now with Bizzaro, and it certainly works on the square earth as well.  It is one of the reasons I am a little afraid of Bendis’ upcoming run on Superman hoping that he’ll avoid retconning the great things Tomasi and Gleason have accomplished with Superman. I was never readily a Superman collector, however this entire run made me believe in the character.


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