I’m liking Superman comics more and more these days. Some of that may have to do with how butchered the character was in Batman v. Superman, making any version of Supes that doesn’t go around brooding a welcome breath of fresh air. But some of it, certainly most of it, is that the stories are good ones!
The featured story here is that a hi-tech new villain, HORDR_ROOT (don’t worry, there’s a perfectly good reason for that name) is blackmailing Superman. HORDR_ROOT collects secrets, and he’s found Superman’s. Unless Superman does as HORDR_ROOT says, the entire world will know Clark Kent is Superman, which will put a target on all of Clark’s loved ones.
The main reason this story is so compelling is its cast of characters. Batman, Lois, Jimmy Olsen, HORDR_ROOT, they all have a strong role to play. Gene Luen Yang, a DC rookie, really gets the characters. Jimmy might be a little annoying, but he’s a competent character, and we finally get back to the interesting interactions between he and Clark that take place because Jimmy’s really the only one around (initially) that know’s Superman’s secret identity. Lois is Lois. And Batman and the Justice League are a good supporting cast, as they try to identify just what exactly Superman’s new power means for him, and the world.
If you’re looking for a modern take on Superman that doesn’t sacrifice any established parts of the mythos, this is a great place to start. For the first time since Grant Morrison’s run on Action Comics, I’m actually looking forward to reading more of a Superman solo title as it is being released.
Final Grade: 4 out of 5 stars.