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Rebirths, Reboots & Retcons: Superman – July part 1

Time for the Other Superman book

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Superman #1

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Synopsis: Son of Superman part 1 was written and drawn by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with inks by Mick Gray and opens with Clark (Superman) Smith, at the grave of the fallen Superman, thinking about how things have got to where they are and that even though that Superman has fallen, there is still a Superman looking out for the world. He’s unsure whether he can do what he used to, or what Mr Oz meant by he and his family not being who they thought they were, but the colours will fly.

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At home, there is a fire at the barn. Clark sorts it all out, under the adoring gaze of his Son, Jon. The next morning, Clark, Jon and Lois are getting ready to rebuild, Jon is told to not use his emerging powers, but that they will build the barn together. Jon goes for a wander and sees a bird of prey going to kill Lois’ cat Goldie. In anger and panic, Jon’s heat vision goes off, he blasts wildly, killing the bird and Goldie, all seen by a local girl, about his own age. Jon, full of guilt and shame, gives up on the barn rebuilding.

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That night at dinner, the blonde girl (who introduces herself as Kathy Brannen) drops off milk from her granddad’s dairy farm, Jon is dumbstruck and Kathy (whilst being polite and well spoken) has no intention of hanging around. After an argument about the secret nature of their lives, Jon is sent to bed. From there he sees Batman and Wonder Woman arrive outside the farmhouse, where Superman meets them and they talk. It’s a tense meeting and it’s clear that Jon is amongst the topics of conversation. When he sees Jon spying, Superman walks into his bedroom and simply says “Quickly and quietly, you’r coming with me.”

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Notes: More story than action this time (not surprising, when the other comic is called Action Comics) this fleshes out the day to day life of Lois and Clark. Now living under the name Smith, they are keeping as low a profile as before, other than Clark out in the world as Superman again. The art is clean, with a touch of cartoony styling, that helps give it a family feel. It’s as much Jon’s tale as Superman’s and the focus is very split, with a little more time spent with Jon. The introduction of Kathy and the accident with the cat, just adds a bit of drama and complication to an already tense situation, Jon is clearly not happy at all the hiding and secrets, but also he doesn’t come clean with his mum and dad either. As someone who was a secretive child and someone who is a father to a small boy, I can see both sides of this and it adds to it all. The cameo of Wonder Woman and Batman was good to see, you get the idea that Wonder Woman was invited, because Batman expected more trouble than he could handle quietly.

The ominous ending aside, this is a lot of fun to read and the two consecutive double splash pages are gorgeous.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is what I want from a comic, the only bad thing is that Lois’s hair changes from the cover, to midway through, to the dinner scene. But is that the worst thing?

 

Next Time: Green Arrow maybe?

 

 

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Liverpool based family man and unrepentant geek, trying to understand what's going on in my own head, which is not always being a good place to be. Remember always, we live in a world of wonders.

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