Superwoman #1 Review

Posted August 10, 2016 by Jack Johnston in Comic Books

Written by: Phil Jiminez

Art by: Phil Jiminez

Publisher: DC Comics

This was a title that I completely forgot was coming out and so I knew next to nothing about what was going to happen when I began reading it. I thoroughly suggest that you enjoy the comic in a similar manner as it really surprised me in a number of ways, to that end I’m not going to go into huge detail on the plot in this review and to give you the opportunity to go in completely blind, here’s my opinion:

It’s pretty ruddy great, go get it. No really, download it from comixology, get an issue from your LCS, beg, borrow, (don’t) steal, I don’t care how you do it, just read it and you’ll see what I mean.

Now, onwards with the review.

Quick catch up point: when New 52 Superman died he bombarded Lois Lane with rays and now she has his powers. This issue is all about Lois hitting the scene as Superwoman and her relationship with Lana Lang, her sort of super-mentor. This relationship was pretty well established and had some good depth, with Lois admiring Lana for her role in Clark’s upbringing while Lana slightly resents Lois for revealing Clark as Superman, being just two examples of the good chemistry the characters have.

If I were to equate the two to any characters it’d probably be Betty and Veronica … actually, I’d love to see an Archie styled Superman comic, bring back ‘Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen’ comics I say! I digress, although the pair’s relationship consists of more than just two dimensions, their actual conversations sometimes leave a bit to be desired and are often a little hammy.

If you want to get the most of this series it looks like you’re going to need to be up to date with the other Super-titles, namely Action Comics, as the comic references events that occur in it allot. By all means you don’t need to read that series to enjoy this one however, I certainly don’t (too many Death Of Superman References, not enough Super-Lex).

There are some crazy cool twists in this book that did genuinely shock me and were the things that I enjoyed the most about it. That being said, if the event that occurs on the last page is resolved in the next issue and it doesn’t set up the theme for the rest of the series then that sucks. I mean that would really suck because it’s quite an interesting idea when in relation to what’s been happening in the lead up, not the best, but it’s certainly more promising than what I thought was just going to be a rather generic new-superhero-starting-out plot line.

Couple of minor things left:

  1. The art isn’t amazing but serviceable. People sometimes look really weird though, such as Lex Luthor’s first appearance this issue.
  2. There’s a reference to the famous line ‘You’ve got me? Who’s got you?’ Well done, cheesy but in  good way.
  3. I really like the Superwoman designs, very cool with what I assume are small references to Supermans’ costumes when he split into red and blue forms in the 90s. (If you haven’t read that yet, go do it. It’s stupid, campy fun).

I really enjoyed Superwoman. It was something that I wasn’t expecting to be impressed by, yet here we are with some interesting characters, fun twists and a plot that looks like it’s going places. With one of the best #1’s I’ve seen put out by the Big Two in a while, I think Phil Jiminez is onto something great.

About the Author

Jack Johnston

A lover of sci-fi, lovecraftian horror and long walks on the beach. Jack writes for WTN from a fortified bunker awaiting the insect uprising. Guide to my rating system: 1-2: Should this have been released? 3-4: I regret reading this. 5: Passable but will forget about it quickly. 6-7: Good but needs refined, will play by ear. 8-9: I'd gladly add this to my pull list. 10: Go out and get this now!